Boston Celtics: Elias
- Paul Pierce has scored 30-or-more points in a game six times at the American Airlines Arena during the regular season. That is tied with LeBron James for the second highest total among visiting players in this arena and behind only Allen Iverson (7). Pierce has not had much success recently in Miami, averaging only 15.7 points per game in his last six games there; This after averaging 26.9 points per game in his first 13 games in this arena.
- The Heat, who enters Sunday's game with 55 wins, has lost each of the first three games played between these two teams this season. Over the last 10 seasons, only one team that finished a season with 55+ wins has gone 0-4 against an opponent: Phoenix in 2007-08 (0-4 vs. New Orleans). The Suns were bounced by the Spurs in the opening round of the postseason.
- Erik Spoelstra is 1-9 (.100 winning percentage) against the Celtics during the regular season. That is tied with Jay Triano (1-9) for the lowest career winning percentage against the Celtics among head coaches who began their career in the last 50 years (minimum: 10 games). Wonder if those teams had anything in common?
1. Dwight Howard had 32 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocked shots to help the Magic stave off elimination in Boston in Game Four. Howard became the first player to register 30+ points, 15+ rebounds and at least four blocked shots on the road in a "win or go home" game (blocked shots became an official statistic in 1973-74).
3. Vince Carter scored only three points in 31 minutes of action in Game 4. That is the fewest points Carter has scored in any of the 802 games (playoffs and regular season) in which he has played at least 30 minutes during his career.
5. Doc Rivers is only 1-8 (.111) on the road in games in which his team has had a chance to clinch a playoff series in his career. That is the lowest career winning percentage for any head coach in NBA history who has appeared in at least five potential series-clinching games on the road.
7. Game 4 of this series was the first game that went into overtime in this year's playoffs. In the 26 seasons that the NBA played under the current playoff format prior to the 2010 postseason, the fewest overtime games played in a postseason was two during the 2001, 2007 and 2008 playoffs.
9. Nine of the 77 postseason games that Doc Rivers has appeared in as a head coach have gone into overtime (11.7 percent). That is the highest percentage of playoff games that have gone into overtime for any head coach who has appeared in at least 30 postseason games.
10. The Magic have scored 30.9 percent of their total points from 3-point field goals in this year's playoffs (357 of 1,155). Since the NBA instituted the 3-point shot in 1979-80, only two teams have scored over 30 percent of their total points from beyond the three-point line in a single playoff season: Golden State in 2007 (31.2 percent) and Phoenix in 1997 (30.5 percent).
2. The Celtics have allowed fewer than 90 points in each of their last four games in this year's playoffs. That ties the club record for consecutive games allowing fewer than 90 points in the postseason in the shot-clock era. Boston also did that in four straight games in the 2002 playoffs.
4. Paul Pierce was 6-for-8 (.750) from the field in the Celtics' Game 1 victory. That is Pierce's best shooting performance in any of his 89 postseason games.
5. The Celtics have had a different player lead the team outright in points scored in each of their 12 games in this year's playoffs. Only three other teams in NBA history have not had the same player lead the team outright in scoring in at least 12 consecutive playoff games within one season: Phoenix in 2006 (12 straight), Sacramento in 2003 (12) and Detroit in 1989 (13).
7. Orlando got off on the wrong foot in this series, scoring only 32 points in the first half in Game 1. Only two other home teams have scored as few as 32 points in the first half in Game 1 of a playoff series in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55 season): Miami vs. New York in 1999 (31) and the Lakers vs. San Antonio in 2002 (32).
9. This is the eighth time that Rasheed Wallace is appearing in the conference finals in his career. Only three other active players have made at least eight appearances in the conference finals: Shaquille O'Neal (nine), Derek Fisher (nine) and Kobe Bryant (eight).
10. Doc Rivers was the head coach of the Magic for 339 regular-season games from 1999 to 2003. No other head coach has faced an opposing team that he previously coached that many regular-season games for in a conference finals or NBA Finals series.
2. Gregg Popovich boasts a 10-2 (.833) career record on the road against the Celtics. That is the highest career road winning percentage (minimum 10 games) against Boston for any head coach in NBA history, followed by Phil Jackson (19-8, .704) and Flip Saunders (10-5, .667).
4. Tim Duncan has scored 20 or more points in each of his last five games played at the TD Garden. That is tied with Dwyane Wade for the second-longest current streak in this arena behind LeBron James (seven).
5. Michael Finley has appeared in 11 games for the Celtics this season after playing in 25 games for the Spurs at the start of the season. Only two other players have appeared in a game for theses two franchises in the same season: Frankie Sanders (1978-79) and Tony Massenburg (1991-92).
7. Kevin Garnett has recorded 1,508 steals and 1,785 blocked shots in his career. Since the NBA began tracking steals and blocked shots in 1973-74, only one other player has recorded 1,500 in each category during the regular season: Hakeem Olajuwon (2,162 steals; 3,830 blocks).
8. Rasheed Wallace is shooting only 39.2 percent from the field in home games this season. Only three players have a lower field-goal percentage (minimum 250 field-goal attempts) at home than Wallace: Ronald Murray (.364), Richard Hamilton (.373) and Carlos Delfino (.390).
10. Doc Rivers finished his playing career with a 138-game stint with the Spurs during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Four other players who appeared in over 100 games with the Spurs in the NBA have gone on to become a head coach in the league: Vinny Del Negro (433 games), Avery Johnson (644), Allan Bristow (238) and Terry Porter (220).
2. The Celtics have not had an individual player score 30 points in a game in each of their last 26 games. That is the longest current streak in the league. The last Celtics player to score 30 points in a game was Paul Pierce on Jan. 29. The last time the Celtics had as long a stretch of games without a 30-point scorer was during the 1997-98 season (28 straight games).
4. George Karl, who is not expected to return to the Nuggets until the postseason, has a 30-22 (.577) career record against the Celtics during the regular season. That is the fourth highest winning percentage for any head coach (minimum 40 games) against the Celtics behind Phil Jackson (39-16, .709), Les Harrison (28-18, .609) and Pat Riley (48-31, .608).
5. Carmelo Anthony has scored 25-or-more points in each of his last five games. That is tied with Danny Granger for the longest current streak in the league.
7. Rajon Rondo has registered 569 steals since entering the league in 2006. Only two players in the league have more steals than Rondo over that span: Chris Paul (638) and Andre Iguodala (576).
8. Rasheed Wallace has not been called for a technical foul in any of his last 17 games. That’s the second-longest streak of his career. Wallace went 20 games without being called for a technical for the Pistons from March to November 2007.
10. Boston’s field-goal percentage has decreased in each successive quarter this season (50.9 percent in first; 50.1 in second; 47.5 in third; 44.8 in fourth). Only three other teams have suffered a decrease in field-goal percentage by at least five percentage points in each quarter this season: Cleveland, Philadelphia and Memphis.
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