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THE MIKE BROWN ERA IS OVER IN LOS ANGELES
From Elias: The Lakers fired head coach Mike Brown on Friday afternoon. Brown had a 314-167 (.653) record at the time of his dismissal, the second highest career winning percentage for any head coach that was relieved of his duties in the midst of a season (minimum: 300 games). K.C. Jones was fired by the Seattle SuperSonics 36 games into the 1991-92 season with a .674 career winning percentage (522-252).
LAKERS WIN BIG IN BICKERSTAFF'S DEBUT
From Elias: The Lakers crushed the Warriors by 24 points in Bernie Bickerstaff's first game as the team's head coach on Friday night. It marked the second time that Bickerstaff has won his coaching debut with a team by at least 20 points, having previously led the Nuggets to a 38-point win over the Clippers in his first game on the sidelines with the club on February 21, 1995.
Only one other head coach in NBA history has won his coaching debut by 20-or-more points with two different teams: Chris Ford had a 24-point win in his first game as Celtics' head coach in 1990 and a 25-point win in his debut with the Sixers in 2004.
SIXERS BACKCOURT LIGHTS UP CELTICS
From Elias: Evan Turner had 25 points and 11 rebounds and his backcourt mate, Jrue Holiday, chipped in with 21 points and 14 assists to lead the 76ers to a victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday night. It is only the second time in the last 43 seasons that Philadelphia's starting backcourt each had a double-double with at least 20 points in the same game. On October 31, 2009, Andre Iguodala had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Lou Williams recorded 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Sixers' 141-127 overtime win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
BUCKS LOOK LIKE ROAD WARRIORS IN THE EARLY GOING
From Elias: The Bucks beat the Wizards by a score of 101-91 in Washington on Friday night. Milwaukee won its first road game by 11 points in Boston on November 2. This marks only the second time in the Bucks' franchise history that the team has won its first two road games of a season, each by 10-or-more points. In 1973-74, a season in which Milwaukee reached the NBA Finals, the Bucks won their first road game by 23 points in Phoenix and followed that up with a 12-point win over the Warriors in Golden State the next night.
SUNS RALLY FOR WIN AFTER TRAILING BY 21 AFTER ONE QUARTER
From Elias: After trailing 37-16 at the end of the first quarter, the Suns came back and defeated the Cavs by a score of 107-105 in Phoenix on Friday night. That is the largest deficit that the Suns have overcome at the end of the first quarter to win a game in the team's franchise history.
The last NBA team to win a game in which it trailed by at least 21 points at the conclusion of the first quarter was the 76ers against Indiana on November 14, 2008 (trailed by 25 points). Prior to the Suns, each of the last 44 NBA teams that trailed by 21-or-more points at the end of the first quarter went on to lose the game.
NETS BREAK CLUB MARK FOR BIGGEST ROAD WIN
From Elias: The Nets routed the Magic, 107-68, in Orlando on Friday night. The 39-point margin of victory is the largest by the Nets in a road game in their NBA history. The Nets' previous largest win margin on the road was by 34 points at Philadelphia on January 15, 1986.
KNICKS START SEASON WITH FOUR STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS
From Elias: The Knicks ran their record to 4-0 with a 104-94 win over the Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Each of New York's victories has been by a double-digit margin this season. Only three other teams in the last 25 years have won each of its first four games of a season, all by a double-digit margin: Portland in 1999-2000, Utah in 2004-05 and Phoenix in 2004-05.
DAVIS HAS A BIG NIGHT
From Elias: Anthony Davis recorded 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Hornets to a victory over the Bobcats on Friday night. Davis became the first player in NBA history to register at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in a game prior to turning 20 years old. (Blocked shots became an official statistic in 1973.)
DUNCAN DOES SOMETHING HE HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE
From Elias: Tim Duncan led all players with 23 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and four blocked shots in San Antonio's victory over Sacramento on Friday night. It marked the first time in Duncan's 1,117-game regular-season career that he had more points, rebounds, steals and blocked shots than any other player in a game.
BUDINGER HITS GAME-WINNER WITH LESS THAN A SECOND REMAINING
From Elias: Chase Budinger hit a layup with 0.8 seconds remaining to lead the Timberwolves to a 96-94 victory over the Pacers on Friday night. Budinger is the third player to hit a game-winning shot with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime this season, joining Tony Parker (November 1) and Brandon Jennings (November 3).
RANDOLPH CONTINUES TO HAUL DOWN REBOUNDS
From Elias: Zach Randolph had 15 points and 14 rebounds to help lead the Grizzlies to a 93-85 victory over the Rockets on Friday night. Randolph has recorded at least 13 rebounds in each of the five games he has played this season. Prior to Randolph, the last player to do that in each of the first five games of a season was Kevin Garnett in 2007-08.
IBAKA LEADS THUNDER IN SCORING FOR FIRST TIME
From Elias: Serge Ibaka scored 25 points, tying him with Kevin Durant for the team high, in Oklahoma City's win over the Pistons on Friday night. It marked the first time Ibaka has led or tied his team in scoring in any of the 227 regular-season games he has played in his career.