Saturday, January 28, 2012
Heat dunk-and-run to win
The New York Knicks tried to win with 3-point shooting. The Miami Heat took a simpler route-- dunking.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for all 10 of the Heat's dunks in Friday’s win. Each had five for the game. The 10 dunks were the most that the two have combined for since becoming teammates and James’ total was his most as a member of the Heat.
Miami's 10 dunks are the second most the team has had in the last two seasons. Eight of the 10 came in the first half, including all five by James.
The eight matched the season-high, previously set by the Los Angeles Clippers against the Toronto Raptors earlier this season.
Wade returned after missing six games (with an ankle injury) and so did the Heat’s transition game.
Five of the Heat’s dunks came in transition. The Heat scored 22 points on 20 transition plays, with five of those plays coming via Wade steals or blocks. The Heat were averaging only 12 transition points with Wade out of the lineup.
The Knicks meanwhile became just the fourth team in the last 15 seasons to attempt more 3-pointers (43) than 2-pointers (41) in a game. The Knicks were 14-for-25 when taking an unguarded, catch-and-shoot 3-pointer, but just 1-for-7 on contested ones of that type.
The Camby Man Can
Portland Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby had a funky box score line in a rout of the Phoenix Suns-- 20 rebounds and no points in just 24 minutes
Via Elias, the last player with 20 or more rebounds in 24 minutes or less was Clyde Lee of the Atlanta Hawks against the 76ers on October 22, 1974 (21 rebounds in 22 minutes).
Camby is the first NBA player to grab at least 20 rebounds and finish a game scoreless since he had 20 rebounds and no points for the Denver Nuggets against the Los Angeles Lakers on December 5, 2007.
Ricky Rubio matched a career high with 18 points and added 10 assists in the Minnesota Timberwolves' win over the San Antonio Spurs.
It's Rubio’s eighth game this season with at least 10 points and 10 assists, one behind league leader Deron Williams, who has nine for the New Jersey Nets.
Rubio has dished out 10 or more assists in each of his last four games.
Magic disappear from list
The Orlando Magic lost to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, giving the team its first two-game losing streak this season.
Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only teams without back-to-back losses this season are now the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers.
The Magic, who lost to the Boston Celtics on Thursday, have been outscored 147-92 over the last six quarters, scoring fewer than 20 points in each.
Plus Minus Note of the Night
Backup center Udonis Haslem had a rather nondescript four points, six rebounds and five fouls in his 26 minutes against the Knicks. Yet, when he was on the floor, the Heat outscored the Knicks by 23 points. In his 22 minutes off the floor, the Heat were outscored by 13.
Haslem was a plus-23 on a night where Wade was minus-1 and James was plus-4. The Heat’s starting center, Joel Anthony, was minus-10.