Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wizards, Nash, Rubio make NBA history
By ESPN Stats & Info
There was plenty of NBA history made Wednesday night by both teams and players, starting with one of the biggest upsets of all-time.
The Washington Wizards defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, 105-102. In NBA terms, this was an extraordinary upset. Exactly how significant of an upset?
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time in NBA history a team with at least 12 losses beat a team with at least 12 wins with each team having played no more than 15 games through that date.
With the loss the Thunder fall to 12-3 while the Wizards improve to 2-12.
Coming into the game the Wizards had a winning percentage of .077 and the Thunder had an .857 winning percentage.
Elias also tells us it's only the fourth time in NBA history -- and third time since 1948 -- a team won a game at least 10 games into the season against a team whose winning percentage was at least 780 points higher.
The biggest upset ever of that kind came last season, when the 1-13 Los Angeles Clippers defeated the 11-1 New Orleans Hornets.
Who else made history?
• Steve Nash had 26 points and 11 assists Wednesday night in a Phoenix Suns victory over the New York Knicks.
According to Elias, Nash (37 years, 345 days) is the oldest player in NBA history with at least 25 points and 10 assists in a game. Previously, the oldest player to do so was Jason Kidd, who did so on his 37th birthday in March 2010.
• Ricky Rubio had a rare night Wednesday in NBA statistical terms. Rubio posted nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals in a win over the Detroit Pistons.
Elias says that Rubio is the first player in NBA history with at least nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and six steals in a game without reaching 10 in any of those categories.
The most appropriate way to put it? Rubio had the best quadruple-single in NBA history.
The last player with at least six but less than 10 in each of those four categories was Adrian Griffin, who had nine points, seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists for the Dallas Mavericks in a win over the Atlanta Hawks in January 2002.
The San Antonio Spurs' Johnny Moore posted a 9-8-7-6 game in a March 1985 win over Seattle, but it was nine points, eight steals, seven assists and six rebounds.
• The Golden State Warriors shot 51.4 percent from the field, 50 percent on three-point attempts and only had 10 turnovers in a 107-100 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday. Those numbers seem like a recipe for a victory, but not in the case of Golden State.
It's the first time this season a team has shot at least 50 percent from the field and from three-point range with 10 or fewer turnovers and lost the game. The last team to lose a game with those numbers was the Cavaliers against the Rockets in February 2011.