STATS: NBA Week 5 Notes
Posted Dec 3 2007 11:16AM
Dec. 3, 2007 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the fifth installment of the season, covering games from Nov. 26- Dec. 2.
Dwight Howard closed out his first month of the 2007-08 season with a 39-point, 16-rebound effort last Wednesday in Seattle and a 30-point, 23-rebound performance at Phoenix on Friday. His six games with at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in November were the most by any player in a single month since Shaquille O'Neal also had six 30-15 games in November of the 1999-00 season
Jose Calderon has started at point guard for Toronto in six straight games, recording at least 10 assists in each of his last five contests. Calderon has averaged 9.6 assists per game in 17 starts since the beginning of last season, the second most as a starter to Steve Nash (11.5).
With their win over the Mavericks on Saturday, the New Orleans Hornets not only matched their best ever 18-game start at 12-6, but they also snapped their 21-game losing streak to Dallas. The Chicago Bulls' 12 consecutive victories over the Atlanta Hawks is currently the longest win streak by any one team over another. Chicago defeated Atlanta 90-78 at the United Center last Tuesday.
The Boston Celtics led the Knicks by 52 points at one point in their 104-59 win last Thursday. That was the largest lead by a team in any game since the Lakers led the Hawks by 53 points during their 113-67 win on January 9, 2004.
After scoring at least 10 points in 411 straight games, Kevin Garnett was held to single digits in scoring twice last week (8 vs. Knicks on Thursday and 9 vs. Cavs on Sunday). Carmelo Anthony's stretch of 148 straight games scoring in double figures is now the longest active streak in the league.
Entering this week, Tony Parker is averaging 20.7 points per game for the season and has scored a league-high 99 fast break points. Parker and the Spurs will face Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz on Friday in a rematch of last spring's Western Conference Finals. Both Parker (20.2) and Williams (25.8) averaged over 20 points per game in that series.
The Lakers' bench scored 63 points in the team's win over Denver last Thursday. It was the third time this season that the Lakers' reserves scored at least 60 points. L.A.'s bench reached the 60-point mark just once in Phil Jackson's previous seven seasons as the Lakers head coach.