10 nuggets on Celtics vs. Thunder
1. Rajon Rondo has registered 10-or-more assists in each of his last nine games. That is the longest such streak in Boston’s franchise history. The previous Celtics record in that category was seven straight games by Nate Archibald (1981-82), Bob Cousy (1959-60), and Rondo (2009-10).
3. Durant and Westbrook are the first teammates to score at least 15 points in each of their team’s first 10 games since Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis did it for the Seattle Sonics in 2006. (Prior to that, no one had done it since 1994).
5. Even with Green sidelined for five games, Durant, Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka have the highest “Big Three" scoring percentage in the NBA this season (61 percent). Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh have produced 60 percent of Miami’s scoring this season, to rank second in the NBA; Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett have accounted for 54 percent of Boston’s points and rank eighth.
7. Durant, questionable for Friday's game, scored 37 points in his only trip to Boston last season. That tied the Thunder’s franchise record for the most points scored in a game against the Celtics in Boston. Durant shares the mark with three other players: Bob Rule (1968), Lonnie Shelton (1982) and Dale Ellis (1987), all of whom scored 37 points against the Celtics at the Boston Garden.
9. The Blazers announced on Wednesday that Greg Oden would miss the entire 2010–11 season. After being drafted No. 1 overall, Oden’s total of 82 NBA games through four seasons is the lowest since the NBA abolished the territorial draft in 1966. So it’s worth mentioning the Thunder’s good fortune in Durant falling to No. 2 in the 2007 draft. Durant’s scoring average in his first three seasons was the second-highest recorded by any No. 2 overall pick in the first three seasons after he was drafted (also since 1966).
10. The top five (draft year in parentheses): Bob McAdoo, 27.7 (1972); Durant, 25.3 (2007); Earl Monroe, 24.5 (1967); Sidney Wicks, 23.6 (1971); Dave Bing, 23.5 (1966).
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