With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on the floor Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Miami Heat were +14 and scoring at a rate of 109.6 points per 48 minutes. When all other lineups were on the floor, Miami was -6, scoring at a rate of 75.3 points per 48 minutes.
The Heat were outscored 31-19 in third quarter as the Bobcats were 6-for-6 within 10 feet of the basket. In the first, second and fourth quarters, the Bobcats were 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) within 10 feet. This season, opponents are shooting 50.6 percent within 10 feet of the basket against the Heat. That’s the second-lowest percentage in the NBA from that distance.
As for beating teams that do not have winning records, the trend continues for the Heat. Miami won its third straight game on Friday, improving to 7-0 against teams that currently are .500 or worse. The Heat are just 1-4 against teams with winning records.
Around the rest of the NBA
• Matt Barnes made all seven field goals and all five of his free throws, finishing with a team-high 24 points in the Lakers win against the Timberwolves. Barnes also had seven rebounds and six assists. In the last 25 seasons, Barnes is the third player to go 20-5-5 and shoot 100 percent from both the field and free throw line in a game. The other two players are Gary Payton against the Cavaliers in 1994-95, and Charles Barkley against the Spurs in 1988-89.
• Despite losing to the Lakers, Darko Milicic had a career game: 23 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and six blocks. The points and blocks were career highs and the 16 boards equaled his career best. Milicic is the first player this season to have at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game. Kevin Garnett is the only other player in franchise history to have a similar stat line, and Garnett did it 10 times with the Timberwolves.
Tim Duncan had 19 points Friday in the Spurs' win over the Utah Jazz, and passed David Robinson on the franchise's all-time scoring list. As you can see, their careers are, statistically, virtually identical.
More from the Elias Sports Bureau: Milicic joins Elton Brand and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history who have ever had 20 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game against the Lakers.
• From the Elias Sports Bureau: Michael Beasley has now scored at least 25 points in each of his last six games. That's a franchise record, breaking the previous mark set by Garnett in March of 2000.