An unusual triple-double for LeBron
LeBron James registered 26 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and turned the ball over 11 times in Cleveland’s win over Indiana on Friday. There have been over 1,600 triple-double performances since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977, but James’ is only the second that included more than 10 turnovers, joining Jason Kidd, who turned the ball over 14 times while recording 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Knicks on November 17, 2000.
Williams has a big night off the bench
Lou Williams scored 40 points and handed out 10 assists in 34 minutes off the bench leading the Clippers to a victory over the Grizzlies on Friday. Over the last 48 seasons, the only other players to register at least 40 points and 10 assists off the bench are Atlanta’s Pete Maravich (1973 against Buffalo) and Milwaukee’s Brian Winters (1982 against Denver).
Giannis’s dream season continues
Giannis Antetokoumpo scored 41 points and hauled down 13 rebounds in the Bucks’ 116-91 win over the Nets on Friday. Antetokounmpo is the first Bucks player to record at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in a game in over 19 years, since Ray Allen had 40 points and 10 boards against the Timberwolves on April 19, 1998.
Antetokounmpo is already the 11th different player with a 40-point/10-rebound game this season. That equals the most such players in a single season over the last nine seasons (11 in 2016-17).
Howard dominates Hawks
Dwight Howard scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had seven blocked shots leading the Hornets to a win over the Hawks on Friday. It’s the eighth time Howard has registered at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in a game in his career. The total number of such games for all other active players is 11, with only two others having more than one: Anthony Davis and Hassan Whiteside (two each).
Pelicans win with a team effort
DeMarcus Cousins registered a triple-double and Anthony Davis (27), Jrue Holiday (21) and Darius Miller (20) each scored at least 20 points in the Pelicans’ win over the Rockets on Friday. It marked the third time this season New Orleans had a player record a triple-double and three of his teammates score 20 or more points, having also done that on October 28 (Cousins triple-double) and on December 11 (Rondo triple-double). All other 29 NBA teams have combined to do that three times this season (one each by Oklahoma City, Houston and Denver).
Over the last 35 seasons, the only teams with at least three games of that type in a single season are Denver in 1988-89 (3), Dallas in 2003-04 (3) and Golden State in 2016-17 (3).
Jazz win in Toronto on late bucket by Rubio
Ricky Rubio’s three-point field goal with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Jazz a two-point lead in a game they would go on to win over the Raptors on Friday. It’s only the second time in his 401-game career that Rubio made a go-ahead shot in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, having also done that on March 11, 2016 against Oklahoma City while he was a member of the Timberwolves.
Sixers come away with a rare win in San Antonio
The 76ers ended a 13-game losing streak in San Antonio with a 97-78 win over the Spurs on Friday. That’s the largest margin of victory by a team that snapped a road losing streak of 13 or more games against a particular opponent in over four years, since the Timberwolves ended a 13-game road losing streak against the Lakers with a 23-point win on November 10, 2013. Philadelphia is now 2-29 (.065) in San Antonio since the 1986-87 season. That’s the lowest winning percentage any team has on the road against a particular opponent over the last 32 seasons.
The Spurs scored only 31 points in the first half of the game. That’s the second-fewest points scored in the opening half of a home game by San Antonio in the Gregg Popovich era. The Spurs scored 30 points in the first half against Atlanta at the AT&T Center on February 25, 2008.
Kanter’s strong first quarter leads Knicks to big win in Phoenix
Enes Kanter scored 15 of his 20 points in the first quarter helping the Knicks build a big early lead en route to a 107-85 win over the Suns on Friday. That tied Kanter’s career high for points scored in the first quarter, having also reached that mark on March 22, March 24 and April 1 in 2015 while he was a member of the Thunder.
New York has posted three wins by margins of 20 or more points on the road over the last four seasons and two of them have come in Phoenix (31 point win on March 9, 2016).
Ingram leads Lakers to victory
Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the team’s win over the Bulls on Friday. That marks the first time Ingram led his team in points, rebounds and assists in a game in his 123-game career.