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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Stats & Info: Nets on brink of history

By Mike Mazzeo

Interesting note from the Elias Sports Bureau courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

The Nets, who have never finished a season with a .500-or-better record on the road since entering the NBA in 1976, enter Wednesday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks with a 17-14 mark away from home. Brooklyn’s current streak of 36 consecutive seasons with a losing record on the road is tied for the second-longest such streak in NBA history. The Clippers, who are one road win away from clinching a winning mark away from home this season, are currently on a streak of 42 consecutive seasons with a losing road record; the Kings had a 36-season streak from 1964-65 to 1999-2000.

Counting Wednesday night, the Nets have 10 road games remaining, and would need to go 4-6 to end the streak.

Other notes:

Deron Williams is averaging 23.4 points per game since the All-Star break after averaging 16.7 points prior to the break. That 6.7 points per game increase from before to after the All-Star break is tied with Marcus Thornton (11.5 to 18.2) for the largest for any player that averaged double-digits in that category in the first half of the season.

C.J. Watson is shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range (24-for-44) over his last 15 games (since Feb. 13). That is the highest field-goal percentage from beyond the arc for any player over that span (minimum: 25 attempts), ahead of Shane Battier (.515) and Dirk Nowitzki (.512).

• The Nets are 25-4 (.862) against teams that currently have a losing record. Only two teams in the league have a better record than the Nets in those games: Oklahoma City (28-3, .903) and Miami (25-3, .893). Brooklyn is only 14-24 (.368) against teams with a .500-or-better record this season.

• The Nets have allowed an average of 90.4 points per game over their last 11 games. Only one team in the league has allowed fewer points per game than Brooklyn over that span (since Feb. 24): Memphis (86.2 PPG allowed).

• The Nets are only 1-10 (.091) at the American Airlines Center since the Mavericks began playing their home games there in 2000. That is the Nets’ second lowest winning percentage in any arena that an NBA team currently calls its home behind their 0-10 mark at the AT&T Center. Three NBA teams have a lower winning percentage in this arena than Brooklyn: Charlotte (0-9), New York (1-11, .083) and Toronto (1-11, .083).