STATS: NBA Week 21 Notes
Posted Mar 24 2008 12:03PM
Mar. 17, 2008 -- STATS goes inside the numbers and provides a weekly look at the most noteworthy boxscore happenings in the NBA. This is the twenty-first installment of the season, covering games from Mar. 17 - 23.
Amare Stoudemire went 20-for-20 from the free-throw line in the Suns’ 122-113 win over the Rockets on Saturday. The only other active player to make at least 20 free throws in a game without a single miss was Richard Hamilton (20-for-20) on November 21, 2004 against Charlotte.
Phoenix will play four road games against Eastern Conference clubs this week. Over the past two seasons, the Suns are 24-2 away from home against teams from the East (10-1 in 2007-08).
LeBron James is 23 assists shy from his third season with at least 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. The only players in league history with at least three such campaigns are Oscar Robertson (6) and Larry Bird (3).
With their loss to the Spurs on Sunday, the Mavericks dropped to 9-8 this season with Jason Kidd in the lineup. Dallas has won all nine of its contests against teams currently below .500, but has also lost each of its eight games against winning clubs since the Kidd trade.
Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony each scored over 30 points in Denver’s come-from-behind win over the Raptors on Sunday. It was the sixth time this season that the pair has reached 30 points in the same contest. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol (twice) are the only other pair of teammates to score at least 30 points in the same game on more than one occasion in 2007-08.
The Hornets are coming off a perfect 3-0 week in which they outscored their opponents by a combined score of 96-40 in the fourth quarter. New Orleans was tied or trailing at the end of the third quarter in each of its three games last week.
Boston had its eight-game road-winning streak snapped in its 113-106 loss at New Orleans on Saturday. The Celtics also had a 10-game run away from home earlier this season. They were looking to become the first team to win at least nine straight games on the road twice in a single season since the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks.
Kendrick Perkins is shooting 61.9 percent from the field for Boston in 2007-08. That is the highest single-season field-goal percentage for any player in Celtics history (minimum 200 attempts). Kevin McHale and Cedric Maxwell were the only Celtics to hit at least 60 percent of their field goals in a single season.