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KOBE'S 29 LEADS ALL SCORERS, NOT JUST ON LAKERS, BUT IN ANY OF 13 GAMES
From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 29 points in the Lakers' loss at Utah on Wednesday, and believe it or not, that was the highest points total by any NBA player on a night when 13 games were played. That's correct: Wednesday's action featured an overtime game, a triple-double, and the Clippers pinning the first loss of the season on the Spurs. But no one scored 30 points, making Wednesday the first day in NBA history on which as many as 12 games were played but no player scored as many as 30 points.
LAKERS: ICE COLD IN SALT LAKE
From Elias: The Lakers flew to Salt Lake City but left their game in Los Angeles, making only 25 of 74 field-goal attempts (33.8 percent) in a 95-86 loss to the Jazz. It was the Lakers' lowest shooting percentage in their last 258 games, since hitting only 29.8 percent from the floor in a loss at Denver on Feb. 27, 2009. And it was the second-lowest shooting percentage that the Lakers have had in 141 games against the Jazz since that franchise moved to Utah from New Orleans in 1979; the Lakers shot only 29.4 percent in a loss at the Delta Center on Nov. 3, 2004.
The disparity in free-throw attempts got lot of attention in this game: the Lakers had 46 free-throw attempts, the Jazz had 18. The Lakers had won the last 24 games in which they enjoyed such a large disparity, and not lost a game in which they shot at least 28 more free-throw attempts than their opponents since Nov. 19, 1970, when they lost, 111-110, at Seattle, despite taking 48 foul shots to Seattle's 19.
A FIRST FOR THE CELTICS
From Elias: The Celtics and the Wizards played a back-and-forth game that appropriately landed in overtime, where Brandon Bass and Kevin Garnett combined for nine of Boston's 12 points in taking a 100-94 decision. For 52 years now, the Celtics have been playing the Wizards in their various incarnations (the franchise was born as the Chicago Packers in 1961, and subsequently played as the Chicago Zephyrs, the Baltimore Bullets, the Capital Bullets, and the Washington Bullets). But Wednesday's game marked the first time in those 52 years that the Celtics have beaten the Wizards in a regular-season game, in Boston, in overtime; Washington had taken each of its first three overtime contests in Beantown.
MONROE ENDS PISTONS' TRIPLE-DOUBLE DROUGHT
From Elias: The Pistons fell to 0-5 with a 105-103 loss at Sacramento, but Greg Monroe made some news as he became the first Pistons player to earn credit for a triple-double since Chauncey Billups had one on Feb. 20, 2004. Monroe had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against the Kings, ending the Pistons' streak of 669 consecutive games without a triple-double, which had been the second-longest current drought of that sort in the NBA. The longest current drought belongs to the Pacers, who have gone 767 games since their last triple-double (by Jermaine O'Neal in 2003).
HOT-SHOOTING HEAT STYMIES NETS
From Elias: Dwyane Wade made 10 of 14 shots while Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis combined for 10-for-15 shooting off the bench as the Heat shot 51.9 percent from the floor in its 103-73 victory over the Nets. Miami has hit more than half of its shots in four of its first five games this season; no NBA team had started a game in that manner since the Suns did it back in 2008.
The Brooklyn team is still reeling from blowing a 22-point lead in a home loss to the Kevin Love-less Timberwolves on Monday night. What do you think? Does a team that loses a game after having led by 20-plus points, such as the Nets did on Monday night - does that team suffer a carry-over effect in its next game? What do you think such teams' won-lost record is over, say, the last 15 years, in games immediately following that team losing after blowing a 20-point lead? Over the past 15 seasons, NBA teams had played 64 such follow-up games; their won-lost record in those games: 32 wins and 32 losses.
CLIPPERS BIG STARS COME UP BIG TO BEAT SPURS
From Elias: The Clippers' biggest stars, Blake Griffin (22 points, 10 rebounds) and Chris Paul (10 points, 12 assists), had big games, but so did DeAndre Jordan (20 points, 11 rebounds) as Los Angeles rolled to a 106-84 win over the previously unbeaten Spurs. You have to go back more than six years, to April 5, 2006, to find the last regulation-length game in which the Clippers had a pair of 20/10 (points/rebounds) players and a double-double (points/assists) guy: the players were Corey Maggette and Elton Brand for the 20/10, and Shaun Livingston for the points/assists double-double.
Even with the loss on Wednesday, the Spurs' all-time won-lost record against the Clippers franchise is a quite creditable 115-31. So creditable, in fact, that San Antonio's .788 winning percentage against the Clippers is the highest by any one NBA team against another (minimum: 50 games played).
FARIED CLEANS 9 OFF OFFENSIVE GLASS
From Elias: Kenneth Faried had 16 points and 16 rebounds, including nine off the offensive glass, and the Nuggets swooped into Houston, stopped James Harden, and left the Toyota Center with a 93-87 victory. Harden, the league's leading scorer, made only five of 15 shots, missed all five shots from beyond the arc and committed six turnovers, as he saw his per-game scoring average fall from 35.3 to 30.3.
Faried, in his last three games, has amassed 53 points and 36 rebounds in only 94 minutes. His total of nine offensive rebounds at Houston was the highest for a Denver player in a regulation-length game since Nene had nine in a late-season win over the Grizzlies on April 15, 2005.
HAWKS BEAT PACERS WITH SPECIAL KIND OF COMEBACK
From Elias: The Hawks defeated the Pacers for the 10th straight time at Phillips Arena on Wednesday night, the longest home winning streak that the Hawks have had against any opponent since they won 14 home games in a row against the Nuggets from 1990 to 2003. But it was how they did it that was so noteworthy. Indiana held a 14-point lead, 83-69, with six and one half minutes remaining but Kyle Korver scored eight points as Atlanta out-scored Indiana, 20-3, the rest of the way.
How often do you see an NBA team win a game in which it's at least 14 points down with six and one-half minutes to play? You're in the right place to get those answers: it happens roughly once in each NBA season; in fact, Wednesday's game marked the seventh time it has been done in the NBA over the last seven seasons.
BEASLEY DOMINATES BOBCATS
From Elias: Michael Beasley was the man of the match in the Suns' 117-110 victory at Charlotte, finishing with 21 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Which player in Suns history had the most games in which he reached those three levels in the same game? That's Charles Barkley, who had 12 such games from 1992 to 1995. But since The Round Mound's last such game on Christmas of 1995, the Suns have seen only two such performances; Shawn Marion (22/16/7) and Amar'e Stoudemire (36/15/8) turned in those games, in the first and last months of 2004, respectively.
For Beasley, it was the first such game of his NBA career (he had previously played for the Heat and the Timberwolves), and he tied his career single-game high in assists (he had seven in three previous games).
76ers BEAT HORNETS TO AVENGE SAINTS BEATING EAGLES
From Elias: The 76ers went to New Orleans and held the Hornets to a franchise-record-low 62 points and to 33-percent shooting from the floor in a 77-62 triumph in The Big Easy. Philadelphia, with Jason Richardson and Andrew Bynum out of the lineup, evened its record at 2-2 but its offensive struggles continued. The 76ers haven't scored as many as 90 points in a game this season, and this marks the first time that they have failed to reach 90 points in any of their first four games of a season since the 1953-54 season, when the franchise was playing as the Syracuse Nationals, and the NBA had not yet adopted the 24-second shot clock!
MAYO'S QUICK START PROPELS MAVS
From Elias: O. J. Mayo scored seven points in the first four minutes of the game as the Mavericks turned an early lead into a 109-104 win over the visiting Raptors. It was the third straight win for Dallas, and the third game in a row in which it scored more than 30 points in the first quarter: 31 against Charlotte on Saturday and against Portland on Monday, and then 36 against Toronto on Wednesday. Dallas and Miami have each scored 30-or-more points in the first quarter an NBA-high three times this season (each team has played five games); on average, last season, NBA teams reached the big three-oh in the first quarter in only 17.2 percent of their games.