After a five-game losing streak earlier this month, the Miami Heat improved to 7-1 in their last eight games thanks to a big night from the "Big Three." Dwyane Wade had 39 points and 11 rebounds, LeBron James had 32 and 10 and Chris Bosh had 20 and 10 in a 111-99 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in nearly 29 years that, in a non-overtime game, a team had a pair of players with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds and another with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Prior to Friday, the last team to do that was the Nuggets on Dec. 23, 1982 (Alex English, 43/11; Kiki Vandeweghe, 30/12; Dan Issel, 25/10).
It was the second time this season, but just the fifth time since April 1, 2006 that three teammates had 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in a single game. Prior to Friday, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom accomplished the feat against the Suns in triple overtime just this past Tuesday.
Speaking of Kobe and the Lakers, they improved to an NBA-best 14-1 since the All-Star break with a 112-104 win over the Clippers. With the win, the Lakers won the season series against their hometown rivals for the third time in the last four seasons.
It was also the first time in the last five nights that a Kings, Lakers or Clippers game at STAPLES Center did not go into overtime. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the four overtime games in four nights prior to Friday at STAPLES Center was a first for any former or current venue that hosted hockey AND basketball games.
Meanwhile, the Celtics fell to 9-7 since trading Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City after losing to the Bobcats, 83-81. Boston had a 13-point lead over Charlotte heading into the fourth quarter.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in Celtics history that they lost a home game to a team at least 10 games under .500 after having a lead of 10 or more points entering the fourth quarter.
Finally, Nicolas Batum tipped in an alley-oop as time expired to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the San Antonio Spurs in the Rose City. That was the 16th game-winning buzzer-beater this season and the first by Portland since November 6, 2008 when Brandon Roy had one against the Rockets in overtime. The Spurs fell to 1-2 without Tim Duncan this season.