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Byron Scott joins an exclusive club
From Elias: The Cavaliers topped the Bobcats to give Byron Scott the 400th victory of his NBA head-coaching career (400-489 for the Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers). Scott, who won 693 games as an NBA player (for the Lakers, Pacers and Grizzlies), joined Doc Rivers as the only current head coaches to win at least 400 games as both a coach and as a player. In NBA history, six other men have done that: Tom Heinsohn, Phil Jackson, K.C. Jones, Nate McMillan, Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens.
Cousins evokes memory of ill-fated Stokes
From Elias: Sit down, kids. We have a story to tell. DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Kings' 105-96 victory at Toronto. It was Cousins's fifth consecutive double-double since returning from a two-game suspension for unprofessional behavior.
But this was no ordinary double-double. At age 22, Cousins became the second-youngest player in franchise history to post a 30-20 game (that is, points and rebounds), and that covers not only the Kings' time in Sacramento, Kansas City, and Omaha, but also their time as the Royals in Cincinnati and before that in Rochester, New York. It was for the Rochester team that Maurice Stokes scored 32 points and added 20 rebounds in his NBA debut in 1955 - a 100-98 loss to the Knickerbockers. Stokes was four days younger at that time than Cousins was for his tour de force against the Raptors on Friday night. Of course, Stokes' career and life took a tragic turn less than three years later.
Westbrook and Durant each score at least 25 points in two straight games
From Elias: Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and Kevin Durant netted 26 points to lead the Thunder over the 76ers on Friday, after they scored 26 and 27 points, respectively against Brooklyn on Wednesday. Westbrook and Durant are the only pair of NBA teammates to each score 25 or more points in each of two straight games this season, and they've done so in five pairs of consecutive games.
Nets erase eight-point OT deficit
From Elias: The Nets posted a 115-113 double-overtime win at Washington after the Wizards scored the first eight points of the first extra period. Brooklyn was the second team over the last eight seasons to win a NBA game after trailing by eight or more points during overtime. The only other team to win in that fashion over that span (2005-06 to date) was the Heat, 140-129, in triple-overtime against the Jazz on March 14, 2009 (overcoming an eight-point deficit in the first OT period).
Wizards work overtime but lose it at the line
From Elias: The Wizards can blame poor foul shooting for their two-point, double-overtime loss at Brooklyn. Washington shot 58 percent (18-for-31) from the foul line, the lowest free-throw percentage by any NBA team in a multiple-OT loss in nearly 14 years - since the Clippers made only 16 of 32 foul shots in a double-overtime loss to the Grizzlies on Feb. 16, 1999.
Grizzlies can't win the close ones
From Elias: The Trail Blazers topped the Grizzlies in Memphis, 86-84. The Grizzlies are 20-10 this season but they are 0-6 in games decided by a margin of five-or-fewer points. Every other NBA team has won at least two games this season by margins of no more than five points.
These aren't last season's Rockets
From Elias: The Rockets defeated the Bucks, 115-101 at Milwaukee. It was the 11th game this season in which Houston scored 115 or more points; no other NBA team has posted a point-total that high in more than seven games. The Rockets were one of two NBA teams that didn't score as many as 115 points in any game last season (New Orleans was the other).
Pistons getting it done off the bench
From Elias: Austin Daye scored a team-high 20 points in 22 minutes, contributing nearly half of the Pistons' 41 bench points in an 85-84 win over the Hawks. Bench players have scored an average of 52.4 points over Detroit's last seven games (six wins and an overtime loss). That's the Pistons' second-highest such average over a span of seven games in the last 40 years. Their subs averaged 53.7 PPG over seven games in April 2008. Detroit's big bench scorers during that stretch were Rodney Stuckey, Jason Maxiell, and Jarvis Hayes.
Boozer playing like Mike
From Elias: Carlos Boozer scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Bulls' win over the Heat Friday night, one game after scoring 31 points and hauling in 11 rebounds in a win at Orlando. Boozer is the first Bulls player with at least 27 points and 11 rebounds in back-to-back games since November 1997 when Michael Jordan did it.
Suns start fast, finish slow
From Elias: The Suns lost to the Jazz, 87-80, Friday night despite scoring 31 points in the first quarter. That's the second-fewest points scored by the Suns in a game in which they put up at least 30 points in the opening quarter. On Jan. 29, 2000, the Suns lost to the Charlotte Hornets, 100-79, despite scoring 30 first-quarter points.
Big game in LA-LA land
From Elias: Entering Friday night's battle for Los Angeles, the Clippers led the Lakers by nine games in the standings. That was the largest lead the Clippers ever had over the Lakers entering a game against them since they moved to Los Angeles in 1984. The previous largest such lead was five games entering a game on April 9, 2006 (Clippers were 44-31, Lakers 40-37).