- The Heat extended their win streak to 26 games with a 109-77 win over the Bobcats. Miami is now 7 wins shy of tying the NBA record of 33 set by the 1971-72 Lakers. The 32-point win was Miami’s largest this season. LeBron James led the way with 32 points, 10 assists, and 8 rebounds. It’s the 2nd time he’s reached those numbers during the streak. Miami matched the second-longest winning streak in the history of major professional sports leagues in North America. It was 97 years ago that John McGraw’s New York Giants earned 26 consecutive wins (September 7 to September 30). That remains as the longest winning streak in the history of Major League Baseball – and it was accomplished entirely in home games, with at least one win against every other team in the National League.
- James Harden scored 29 points in the Rockets’ 96-95 victory over the Spurs. Harden finished the season with 91 points in three games against the Spurs, an average of 30.3 points per game. That’s the highest scoring average in a season for a Rockets player who played more than one game against the Spurs. The previous high was 29.5 by Hakeem Olajuwon in six games in 1994-95.
- The Thunder beat the Trail Blazers, 103-83. It was the 17th time this season that the Thunder won a game by at least 20 points, matching the Spurs for the most such wins in the NBA this season. Only once in franchise history did the Thunder/SuperSonics have more wins by at least 20 points in one season than they have this season. The Sonics won 21 games by 20 or more points in 1994-95.
- Derrick Williams tied a career-high 28 points, but his Timberwolves still lost to the Bulls. Chicago have won back-to-back games for just the second time since February 1, and have won consecutive road games for the first time since January 16-18. Minnesota has now lost 7 straight against the Bulls.
- The Brooklyn Nets improved to 3-1 on their season-high eight-game road trip, with a 102-100 win over Phoenix. Deron Williams scored 20 points and dished out 11 assists (7th game with 20 points and 10+ assists this season). Goran Dragic just missed a triple-double as he scored a season-high 31 points, handed out a game-high 12 assists and grabbed 9 rebounds. Phoenix has now lost 3 straight and seven of their last 8 overall. The Nets are 7-3 in their last 10 games and remain 2 games back of the Knicks in the Atlantic Division.
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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