Stats & Info: Shane Battier

Heat refuse to allow home losing streak

May, 22, 2012
You might be able to beat the Miami Heat at home once, but forget about doing it twice in a row.

In the regular season, they lost five home games. They not only won each of their next home contests, they did it in blowout fashion. The wins came by an average of 19.4 points. That included a 35-point win over the Indiana Pacers in January, two days after losing at home to the Atlanta Hawks.

That trend continued on Tuesday, albeit in a one-game playoff sample. Their 32-point win against the Pacers made them 6-0 in their next home game after a home loss with an average victory of 21.5 points.

The 32-point loss is also the worst loss in Pacers playoff history.

The path to victory in this game was their blistering shooting -- a playoff franchise-record 61.4 percent from the field. Their 115 points is tied for the second-most in franchise playoff history and the 32-point win is third-largest in franchise playoff history.

But it was the work inside from the Heat's star duo that continued the Heat's tone from last game.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade outscored the Pacers inside five feet for the second straight game. James made all six of his attempts from this range in Game 5 and Wade went 3-for-5. The Pacers scored 16 points inside five feet in Game 5, their fewest this postseason.

Overall, James and Wade (58 points) outscored the entire Pacers starting lineup (45 points).

James' 30-point game was the 45th of his postseason career. That's as many as Dirk Nowitzki has and trails only Kobe Bryant's 85 among active players.

It also helped that Shane Battier scored more points in the first seven minutes of the game than he had over the first four games of this series combined.

The other boost came from transition scoring as the Heat scored a postseason-high 29 transition points. They are 6-0 this postseason when scoring at least 14 transition points. In each of the Heat’s three losses this postseason, they were outscored in transition.
• Middle Tennessee shot 71.4 percent from the field including 10-of-11 from 3-point range in an 86-66 drubbing of UCLA. The Blue Raiders connected on their first nine from long distance. Both the 71.4 FG pct and 90.9 3-pt FG pct are the highest allowed by UCLA in at least the last 15 seasons. The Bruins are off to their first 0-2 start since 2002-03. With Division II Chaminade on deck, the Bruins should avoid their first 0-3 start since 1940-41.

• After blocking seven shots in Tuesday’s 75-65 win over Kansas, Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis now has 12 blocks through two games. For comparison, consider that Jamaal Magloire, the most prolific shot blocker in school history, had three blocks in his first two games. Davis’ seven blocks are the most against Kansas since Boston College’s Sean Williams had seven in a game in 2006. Shane Battier is the last to have more. It’s also tied for the fifth highest single-game total in school history. Only Sam Bowie, Andre Riddick (twice) and Patrick Patterson had more in a game.

• Last night, Stephen Bardo tweeted that “J'Covan Brown of Texas playing better than any guard in nation right now.” It’s hard to argue otherwise after he torched Rhode Island for a career-high 35 points in the Longhorns’ 100-90 win. It’s the most points by a Longhorn since Kevin Durant in 2007. He’s also the first since Durant to score at least 28 points in back-to-back games. Brown added six assists and six rebounds. He also became the first player from a power six conference school with a 35-5-5 game since Greivis Vasquez in February 2010. The last Big 12 player to do it? Blake Griffin.

• After losing to Division II Ohio Dominican on Saturday, it didn’t seem like things could get worse for Southern Illinois. Tuesday brought the worst shooting performance in school history. The Salukis shot just 20.5 percent from the field in a 61-42 loss to Saint Louis. At halftime, the Salukis were just 4-for-22 (18.2 percent) from the field and didn’t have an assist. Southern Illinois finished with just one assist compared to 14 turnovers.

• Josh Davis had one of the most efficient games of the season in Tulane’s 96-50 win over Nicholls State. The transfer from NC State put up a career-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. He was 10-for-11 from the field, the top shooting performance this season among players with at least 10 attempts.