Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Heat, Westbrook struggle, but win anyway
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Miami Heat stayed perfect the hard way.
How difficult is it to win a game in which you get outrebounded by 23, as the Heat were on Wednesday in their comeback victory over the Charlotte Bobcats?
Since the start of the 2005-06 season, NBA teams entered Wednesday with a 9-95 record when being beaten on the boards by at least that significant a margin.
It was the first time in team history that the Heat won a game in which they were outrebounded by at least 20 (they are 1-23 in such games).
A few other notes and nuggets from that contest:
The Wade Winner
Over the past two seasons, Wade is 2-for-5 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the final 24 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.
That’s better than both LeBron James (1-for-8) or Chris Bosh (0-for-2) since the trio became teammates.
After allowing Charlotte to shoot nearly 60 percent in the half court in the first half, Miami picked it up in the final two quarters, forcing 12 half-court turnovers and holding the Bobcats under 20 points in its half-court offense.
Offensively, the Heat struggled in half-court sets, making just 23-of-59 shots, a sharp contrast to Tuesday’s win over the Boston Celtics, in which they shot 51 percent in halfcourt.
Chris Bosh had his best game of the season with 25 points and was also strong on the defensive end, holding his man to 4-for-11 shooting from the field. In three games, the player Bosh has guarded is 10-for-30 overall.
Elsewhere in the NBA
Safe at home
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the San Antonio Spurs have won their last 17 home games against the Clippers, the third-longest current home winning streak for any NBA team against another.
The Spurs own the longest streak, having won their last 26 home contests against the Warriors, while the Suns have 23 straight home wins over the Bucks.
Thunder survive an 0-for
The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 92-90, despite an 0-for-13 from the field by point guard Russell Westbrook.
A check of Basketball-Reference.com showed this to be only the fourth time since the 1985-86 season that a team won a game in which it had a player shoot 0-for-13 or worse from the field, the first since David Wesley for the Hornets against the New Jersey Nets in 2001.
Celtics starting similar to Red Sox
The Celtics are 0-3 for the fourth time in the last 40 seasons. In the three other seasons in that run (1977-78, 1994-95, and 2006-07), the Celtics finished a combined 91-155.
Plus-Minus Note of the Night
Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison had 10 points and 12 assists in a 90-85 win over the Toronto Raptors, but also of note was that in the 38 minutes that he was on the floor, the Pacers outscored the Raptors by 16 points.