In the Miami Heat's first loss of the season, the Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo had 17 assists. On Friday, Chris Paul had 19 assists, just the fifth player with at least 19 assists against the Heat, and the first since Andre Miller had 20 on Dec. 8, 2006.
Dwyane Wade Production by Defender
Dwyane Wade committed a season-high seven turnovers, and much of the credit goes to Marco Belinelli. The offseason acquisition forced five of Wade’s seven turnovers and did his best to keep Wade off the free throw line, where he scored 13 of his game-high 28 points.
The Heat still have not allowed 100 points in a game this season, but on Friday the New Orleans Hornets shot 49.4 percent from the floor and scored 50 of their 96 points in the paint. Both were season-highs against the Heat in their first six games.
The Heat have been at their best when they have been efficient in the half-court. In four wins, Miami has shot 47.9 percent from the floor and scored 87.8 points in its half-court offense. In two losses, the Heat have shot just 36.7 percent from the floor, scoring 71.0 points.
Emeka Okafor's 92.3 field goal percent (12-13 FG) is the highest in Hornets' franchise history for a player who took at least 13 shots.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
Anderson Varejao joins Zydrunas Ilgauskas (2007-08) as the second Cleveland Cavalier in the last 25 seasons to go 10-for-10 from the floor.
The Cavaliers have won eight straight road games against the Philadelphia 76ers. That's tied for the fourth-longest road win streak any team has ever had against the 76ers. However, that's not even the Cavs longest road win streak against Philadelphia. From 1991-97, Cleveland won 12 straight games in Philadelphia.
Dwight Howard (30 points, 16 rebounds) now has 23, 30-15 games since his rookie season in 2004-05. That's by far the most in the NBA during that span. Next on the list are Yao Ming and Zach Randolph, each with 12.
From the Elias Sports Bureau: With seven assists on Friday, John Wall has 38 in his first four games, only Oscar Robertson had more (40) in his first four games. However, Wall has committed 17 turnovers in the last two games after turning it over just three times in each of his first two games.