Five Fun Facts from NBA Games 1.20.13

This is the newest feature on, and it’ll be coming to you in the middle of the night (or morning, if you are in Europe, or afternoon for Aussies, etc.) seven days a week.

Lots of stuff happens in NBA games, much of which merits mentioning. In this daily feature, we’ll point out five fun facts that you can bring to the water cooler each day to up the ante from mere office gossip. Off we go … 


  1. When Kevin Durant missed a free throw with 1:33 remaining in overtime of the Thunder’s 121-118 loss to Denver, it snapped a streak of 50 consecutive makes. Durant scored 37 points, marking the first time in his career he has scored 30 or more in four straight games. He retained his No. 1 spot Sunday in our weekly MVP rankings.
  2. Denver coach George Karl moved past Larry Brown into sixth place on the all-time win list with 1,099. Phil Jackson is the next guy ahead of him with 1,155.
  3. The Pistons are a bad team. On that we can all agree, right? Well, folks in Boston may beg to differ. They’ve watched Detroit defeat the Celtics four straight times.
  4. Kobe Bryant attempted 32 shots and missed 22 of them in the Lakers’ matinee loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers are 6-20 when Bryant takes 20 or more shots, 11-3 when he takes fewer than 20.
  5. Dwight Howard was ejected from the Lakers’ 108-103 loss for drawing two technical fouls, giving him six for the season. DeMarcus Cousins, Matt Barnes and Blake Griffin lead the NBA with nine each.

Stat Mann is the nom de guerre of our research statistician, who spends a lot of time watching basketball in central Connecticut. Someone would be angry if they discovered he was moonlighting here.


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