Sunday, March 4, 2012
Nuggets from Sunday's marquee matchups
Both of Sunday afternoon's ABC games provided unique and historically significant statistical achievements and results. Below is a quick-hit look at the best of the best from the New York Knicks at Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers.
• Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo provided one of the great individual games in NBA history. Rondo (18 points, 17 rebounds, 20 assists) became just the third player in NBA history to record at least 15 points, 20 assists and 15 rebounds in a single game, joining Oscar Robertson in 1961 and Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• The last Celtics player to tally 15 points, 15 assists, and 15 rebounds was Larry Bird on April 1, 1987, in a regulation win against the Bullets.
• The Celtics have won their last 11 home games against the Knicks (since Feb. 28, 2007). According to Elias, its Boston's longest current home winning streak against any opponent.
• Jeremy Lin had 14 points, 5 assists and 6 turnovers, his 3rd game since becoming a starter in which he recorded more turnovers than assists.
• LeBron James recorded his 16th double-double of the season, which came in his 36th game. Last season, he had 31 double-doubles in 79 games. In other words, last season he averaged a double-double in 39 percent of his games; this year, that number is up over 44 percent.
• While James did record a double-double, his effectiveness declined considerably when he was guarded by Metta World Peace. Against World Peace, James shot 4-13 with eight points and two turnovers; in all other situations, he was 8-13 with 17 points and one turnover.
• Dwyane Wade fouled out of a game for the first time since October 29, 2008.
• Not only did Wade foul out, but, like James, he found one matchup to be particularly frustrating. When Kobe Bryant guarded Wade, he made just one-third of his shots (3-9), while racking up almost as many turnovers (four) as points (six). Against all others, he shot 50 percent from the field (4-8), had 10 points and just one turnover.
• Bryant, on the other hand, was much the opposite. When guarded by Wade, he was made four shots on six attempts, had nine points and committed zero turnovers; when guarded by all others, he missed 7 of 17 shots taken and had three turnovers.