One thing is for certain in Chicago. Face a divisional opponent and chalk up a "W". The Chicago Bulls are now a perfect 12-0 against Central Division teams after an 83-75 road win over the Milwaukee Bucks. They are the only team in the league with a perfect division record.
Elsewhere in the East...
One night after playing just six players in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, nine Detroit Pistons saw time as they snap a three-game losing streak. Rodney Stuckey, who did not play Friday, scored a game-high 28 points. Detroit's bench scored 38 points including 16 from Charlie Villanueva. The Utah Jazz lost despite shooting 59.5 percent from the field. That's the highest field goal percentage by a losing team this season.
The New Jersey Nets suffered another bad loss and have now dropped nine straight to the Houston Rockets. Deron Williams dished out 17 assists in his second game with New Jersey, after racking up 12 against the San Antonio Spurs in his Nets debut on Friday night.
The Elias Sports Bureau tells us that in the history of the NBA, that’s the highest assist total by any player in his first two games with a team. The old record was 26 assists, last done by Kenny Anderson in his first two games with the Charlotte Hornets back in January of 1996.
Despite Williams’ 29 combined assists, the Nets lost both games. For some perspective, Williams had a total of 36 games of 15-or-more assists with the Jazz, and the team went 30-6 in those games, with none of the losses came by a margin of more than five points.
Moving out West…
The Los Angeles Clippers, playing at home for the first time since February 2, jumped out to a 13-point lead in the second quarter, but the Boston Celtics came back and eventually topped the home team 99-92. The Elias Sports Bureau says it was the first time this season that the Celtics have won a game after overcoming a deficit that large; Boston had been 0-6 in games in which it fell behind by 13-or-more points.
Rookies since NBA/ABA merger
Despite the loss, Blake Griffin went for 21 points and 11 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season. Griffin is the eighth rookie to have 50+ double-doubles since the NBA/ABA merger.
And finally, the Dallas Mavericks won their fifth straight game and 15th of 16 overall. In the win, Jason Kidd took only one field-goal attempt (a first-quarter three-pointer, which he made) and no free-throw attempts, but contributed 14 assists and eight rebounds.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in NBA history that a player had collected that many assists and that many rebounds in a game in which he had a combined total of no more than one shot from the floor and the foul line.