This was a basketball day with a little bit of everything: buzzer-beaters, triple-doubles, dominating blowouts, impressive comebacks and even a touch of perfection.
Here’s a “By the Numbers” recap of Friday night in the NBA.
14 -- The Spurs routed the Mavericks by 26 points. It’s San Antonio's 14th win by at least 25 points this season. Only the 1970-71 Bucks and 1971-72 Bucks have more such wins in an entire season. The Spurs have outscored teams by 679 points this season, the largest scoring margin through 50 games in NBA history. The Spurs are 42-8, matching their best-ever start through 50 games. The Elias Sports Bureau notes it's the first time in NBA history that the same team twice started a season 42-8 or better through 50 games.
3 -- Avery Bradley’s first career buzzer-beating game winner gave the Celtics three such shots since the start of last season, matching the Magic for the most of any team in the NBA in that span. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Smart made the other game winners for Boston.
16 -- The Clippers beat the Magic to improve to 16-4 since Dec. 26 (all without Blake Griffin). They are tied for the fourth-best record in the NBA in that span.
4 -- Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots. Whiteside has four triple-doubles with blocks in the past three seasons. The rest of the NBA has none in that span. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Whiteside is the only player with multiple triple-doubles with blocks off the bench since the stat was first recorded in 1973-74.
0 -- The Hawks defeated the Pacers despite not scoring any second-chance points. Atlanta is the second team with no second-chance points in a win this season, joining the Mavericks, who beat the Nets on Dec. 23.
18 -- Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 33 points in the Nuggets' come-from-behind win over the Bulls. Gallinari was 18-of-18 from the free throw line, the first player to have that many makes without a miss in a game since Kobe Bryant went 18-of-18 in 2013 against the Trail Blazers.
5 -- The Jazz have a season-high five-game winning streak after their win over the Bucks, who have a season-high five-game losing streak. The Jazz have won 14 straight home games against the Bucks and haven’t lost to them at home since October 2001.
103 -- The Nets scored 128 points in their win over the Kings. They had 103 through three quarters, their most through three quarters since Nov. 11, 2000, against the SuperSonics (105).
36 -- The Mavericks trailed by 36 points at halftime, their worst halftime deficit in franchise history.
21 -- The Pacers outrebounded the Hawks by 21 but lost. Elias notes that it’s the first time in franchise history that the Pacers lost a game in which they had at least 20 more rebounds than their opponents.
7 -- The Knicks lost to the Grizzlies, making them 0-7 when Carmelo Anthony doesn’t play.
14 -- The Cavaliers missed 14 free throws, the most missed free throws by a team that lost a game by one point this season.
Elias Sports Bureau Milestone of the Night
7,000 -- Tony Parker became the fourth Spurs player to make 7,000 career field goals, joining Tim Duncan, George Gervin and David Robinson. The Spurs become the third NBA franchise with four such players, joining the Celtics (John Havlicek, Larry Bird, Paul Pierce and Robert Parish) and Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor).