The NBA trade deadline came and went on Thursday, as eight deals were made. Find out who the real winners and losers were.
Only two games composed the schedule in a very light night around the league. Both conference leaders were in action last night and both dominated their opponents while extending their lead. In Chicago the Bulls melted against the Heat while the Spurs stayed hot on the road against the Clippers.
Please welcome the Five Fast Facts from Thursday.
- LeBron James led Miami with 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Heat topped the Bulls, 86-67 in Chicago. James also posted team highs in each of those categories the previous night when Miami won at Atlanta. No player had led any NBA team (either outright or tied) in points, rebounds and assists in each of two road wins played on consecutive days since James did it for the Cavaliers more than four years ago at Golden State and Utah (Jan. 23-24, 2009).
- The Bulls turned the ball over 27 times in their 86-67 home loss to the Miami Heat. It was the Bulls’ highest turnover total in one game since 2004 and their highest total in a home game since March 20, 2000 versus Orlando. Chicago was the first NBA team to score 67 or fewer points and commit at least 27 turnovers in one game since the Bobcats gave the ball away 29 times in a 94-63 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 7, 2007.
- LeBron James recorded his 17th game this season with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Only David Lee has recorded more such games this season with 19.
- In Los Angeles, the Spurs continued their dominating play on their current rodeo road trip, defeating the Clippers 116-90. The Spurs are now 6-1 on their trip and now lead the Western Conference by four games over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs have won 16 of their last 17 games overall. Tony Parker: 31 points, 7 assists in the win. He is averaging 29.3 PPG and 8.7 APG over his last six games.
- Eight trades were made at the deadline yesterday. Despite the constant chatter concerning Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Iman Shumpert and Dwight Howard, the biggest name dealt was J.J. Redick who now finds himself with the Bucks.
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