On Wednesday there were 12 games on the NBA schedule. The 24 teams combined for 2,443 points, which is the second-most in the NBA this season. Five teams won by twelve or more points including the Magic who beat the Timberwolves by 42 (fourth-largest margin of victory in franchise history). Besides the outburst in Orlando here are some primetime players that blew out the box score on Wednesday.
Bryant• Kobe Bryant went for 30 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists giving him the 17th triple double of his career. Bryant broke a tie with Kevin Garnett (16) and put himself alone in fourth place among active players for most triple-doubles. The three active players with more career triple-doubles are Jason Kidd (105), Grant Hill (29) and LeBron James (28).
• Rajon Rondo scored 17 points and dished out 15 assists vs. the Bucks. His 82 assists through the first five games of the season are an NBA record (he set the four-game record in his last game).
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• Rondo’s teammate Paul Pierce scored 28 points in Boston's victory, including the 20,000th point of his career late in overtime. Pierce is the 20th player in NBA history to net at least 20,000 points for one team and he's the third player to reach that milestone for the Celtics, joining John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791). The only other franchise with as many 20,000-point players as the Celtics is the Lakers, who have four: Bryant, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor.
• Dwight Howard had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks in 23 minutes against the Timberwolves. He is the first player in NBA history to reach each of those stats in less than 25 minutes played (blocks first recorded in 1973-74 season). The only other player with at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes or fewer was LaSalle Thompson on November 3, 1983 vs. Denver (15 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks in 25 minutes).
Ellis• Like the sun, this post sets in the West. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Grizzlies and improved their home record to 3-0. It's the first time Golden State has won its first three home games of a season since 1990, when the Run TMC crew (led by Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin) won its first six games at The Arena in Oakland (now known as Oracle Arena). Monta Ellis led the way with 39 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists and on the season is averaging 30 PPG and six APG. The last Warriors player to average at least 25 points and five assists per game in the first four games of a season was Hardaway in 1994.