W2W4: Marquee matchups abound
December, 24, 2012
By ESPN Stats & Information
Getty Images/NBA-E/Andrew BernsteinCarmelo Anthony will try to soar over Kobe Bryant on Tuesday.Five notes to know on Tuesday's slate of games, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
1-- The NBA Finals rematch between the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder (21–5, .808) against the Eastern Conference leading, Miami Heat (18–6, .750) marks the third time that NBA teams with the best records in their respective conferences have met on this date.
The other instances were in 2005 (Detroit Pistons defeated the San Antonio Spurs) and 2008 (Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics).
2-- Kobe Bryant needs 28 points to tie Oscar Robertson’s record for most career points scored on December 25 (377). Bryant has scored 30 or more points in eight straight games, tied for the third-longest such streak of his career.
3-- The head-to-head matchup of the NBA's leading scorer (Bryant) and the league's No. 2 scorer (Carmelo Anthony) is only the third pitting the NBA's top two scorers head-to-head on December 25.
The other two were Nate Archibald and the Kansas City-Omaha Kings against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Milwaukee Bucks in 1972, and Pete Maravich and the New Orleans Jazz against George Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs in 1977.
4-- The Los Angeles Clippers have won 13 straight games, tied for the third-longest win streak for a team entering a game on this date. The two teams with longer streaks (2008 Celtics-- 19 games, 2010 Celtics-- 14 games) each lost on Christmas Day.
5-- The Bulls are 7-0 all-time at home on December 25. The only other team with an unbeaten home record on this date (minimum three games) is the Cleveland Cavaliers (5-0).