Five Fast Facts From NBA Games 1.23.13

Awake at all hours, SheridanHoops.com’s newest daily feature presents five items from the previous night in the NBA.

The NBA announced another bird will make its arrival in New Orleans next season, the Warriors put the Thunder with the rest of the league in double-digit losses, the Nets continued their 180 and strengthened their chokehold on the Atlantic Division under coach P.J., while the Bulls rallied to extend their winning streak over the Pistons.

Bob Seger takes us to the bump…”…you’re still damn good, they haven’t gotten to you yet”…

  1. The Brooklyn Nets were six games behind the New York Knicks in third place in the Atlantic Division when P.J. Carlesimo replaced the fired Avery Johnson as interim coach on Dec. 27. Following last night’s 91-83 victory that snapped an eight-game losing streak in Minnesota, the Nets moved within a half-game of the idle Knicks.  Brooklyn opened a 9–0 lead and never looked back.  The Nets hadn’t scored the first nine (or more) points of a road game since April 15, 2007.  New Jersey also started that game on a 9–0 run but had to hold on for a 111–107 win at Indiana.
  2. While the Lakers figure out what to do with Dwight Howard, their play on the court continues to suffer. The Lakers dropped their fourth straight overall and seventh straight on the road with a 106-93 loss at Memphis, while Howard aggravated an injury to his right shoulder and did not play in the second half. The Grizzlies’ 106-point effort came despite averaging 81.5 points in their previous six games.
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