10 Fun Facts From Last Night’s NBA Games

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Phoenix Suns vs Maccabi HaifaThe first day of November featured 26 NBA teams in action in 13 games, 10 of which were decided by single digits. Three teams won by three points or less, and one game went to overtime.

There were game-winning 3-pointers, stunning upsets and uncharacteristically poor performances by some of the best players in the world. Here’s what you need to know about what transpired on November 1.

1. With a 101-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat have dropped to 1-2. It’s the first time since Jan. 10, 2013 that the Heat have lost consecutive games and the first time since Oct. 26, 2010—the Big Three’s first game together—that Miami is below .500. Did we mention that it’s only been three games?

2. During the Nets’ win over the Heat, LeBron James was 2-of-8 with three turnovers when Paul Pierce was the primary defender and 9-of-11 with two turnovers when he wasn’t.

3. Kevin Durant scored 13 points in 27 minutes during the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 100-81 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was his lowest scoring output in a game in which he played at least 27 minutes since December 19, 2009.

4. Kevin Love (24 points, 12 rebounds), Nikola Pekovic (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Ricky Rubio (14 points, 10 assists) all recorded double-doubles for the Timberwolves. It’s the first time that all three have recorded double-doubles in the same game.

5. Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers has two career games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both of those performances were against the Denver Nuggets, with the second coming last night. The former Marquette star scored 21 points and grabbed 12 boards in a 113-98 win.

6. Sacramento Kings backup point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, 3-of-3 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the line. Starter Greivis Vasquez had eight points on 2-of-5 shooting.

7. Milwaukee Bucks reserve center Zaza Pachulia scored 20 points for the first time since April 10, 2007. That 2007 game was against the Boston Celtics—the same squad he torched last night.

8. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points during the Toronto Raptors’ 102-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Dating to 2012-13, DeRozan has topped 30 points in three of his past five games.

9. Xavier Henry of the Los Angeles Lakers required nine stitches to cover up a cut on his forehead.

10. Eric Bledsoe hit his first career game-winner to give the Phoenix Suns an 87-84 win over the Utah Jazz. Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock.

Bonus Fact: Both the Phoenix Suns and Philadelphia 76ers are now 2-0.

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Maxwell Ogden is a regular contributor to SheridanHoops.com. Follow him on Twitter.

 

StatBox NBA Finals Breakdown: James & Wade finally show assertiveness to even series

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LBJLeBron James hadn’t even attempted at least 25 field goals in a game since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana. You have to go back to March 18 against Boston for the last time James converted on at least 15 field goals.

NBA Finals Betting Preview: Evolution Of The Number 3

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gregg popovich220px-Erik_SpoelstraIt is almost as if Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra knew this was coming all along and have been preparing for this two-week journey against each other for many, many months. Before we dive into our betting preview for the NBA Finals, it is important to learn how we got to this point.

Perkins: Heat dispatch Pacers, and now go to work on their legacy

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Heat forward LeBron James has led the Heat to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year, and now they have a chance to become a team for the ages.

Heat forward LeBron James has led the Heat to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year, and now they have a chance to become a team for the ages.

MIAMI – It took longer than expected, but the Miami Heat have earned a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. The Big Three, along with coach Erik Spoelstra, came through in their biggest game of the year.

Now, the real work begins. Now, this Miami foursome begins the job of working on their legacy.

LeBron James. Dwyane Wade. Chris Bosh. Erik Spoelstra. These are the men who shape the Heat, who determine the team’s fate. And these are the men tasked with getting the defending champion Heat back-to-back titles in their Finals matchup against San Antonio. 

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Abrams: Eastern Conference Finals Betting Preview

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat are now closing in on not their first, not their second, but their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance, where they will be looking for their second ring with “The Big Three.”

But before we can punch Miami’s ticket to the Finals, the Heat still have four games left to
win against an Indiana Pacers team they’ve lost 2 out of 3 against this season.