Friday, November 1, 2013
Top stats to know: Heat vs. Nets
By Justin Page, ESPN Stats & Info
Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports Tonight on ESPN (8 ET), the Miami Heat visit the Brooklyn Nets. The Heat are coming off a loss, but have a couple trends in their favor.
Paul Pierce and the Nets look to end a 13-game losing streak to LeBron and the Heat.
Miami has won 13 straight following a loss dating back to last season (including playoffs), and have also won 13 straight against the Nets, tied for the third-longest active win streak for one team over another.
What are some of the other topics our broadcast crew will be talking about?
Pursuit of a 3-Peat
The Heat will try to become the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Lakers did so from 2000 to 2002.
There have been five three-peats in NBA history. The others are by the Lakers (1952-1954), the Celtics (1959 to 1966) and the Bulls (1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 1998).
Potential LeBron James accomplishments
LeBron James is seeking to join Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell as the only players in NBA history to win three straight MVPs.
He’s trying to join Kareem-Abdul-Jabaar (6), Michael Jordan (5) and Russell (5) as the only players to win three MVPs.
He’s also seeking to become the first player in NBA history to win five MVP awards in a six-season span.
And he can become only the second player in NBA history to win both the regular-season MVP and an NBA championship in three straight seasons, joining Russell.
Heat own the old Nets
The Heat have won 13 straight games vs the Nets. The Nets last win in the series came on March 20, 2009.
Miami is 9-0 against the Nets in the Big 3 era (since 2010-11), winning those games by an average margin of 17.3 points and outscoring them in the paint, 44.9 to 35.1. However, those Nets teams did not have Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce.
What do Pierce and Garnett have left?
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn after spending six seasons together in Boston. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first duo in NBA history to play on two different teams together while having each been selected to at least 10 All-Star games in their career.