Pau Gasol put up 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the first half as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 121-96. Gasol finished with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth career triple-double. It's his second triple-double with the Lakers.
MOST 7-0 STARTS
LAST 25 NBA SEASONS
The win propels the Lakers to 7-0 for the second time in the past three seasons. It's the fifth time in the past 25 seasons they have started 7-0. Over the past 25 seasons, no other NBA franchise has started 7-0 more than twice. The Lakers are also the first defending champions to start a season 7-0 since the 2001-02 Lakers did so. That team went on to win its third straight NBA title (just as this edition will try to do).
• While the Lakers were looking to remain perfect Sunday, the Houston Rockets were just looking to get a win. The Rockets entered their matchup with the Minnesota Timberwolves sporting an 0-5 record. However, the five teams they lost to entered the day with a combined record of 24-4. The Rockets took out their frustration on the Timberwolves in a 120-94 win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, their 26-point margin of victory is the third-largest in NBA history by a winless team with at least five losses. The largest win of this variety belongs to the 1995-96 Cleveland Cavaliers. They lost their first seven games that season before picking up a 114-82 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. That Cavaliers team went on to win 47 games and make the playoffs.
• The Timberwolves' loss dropped them to 1-6 this season with five straight losses. Each of those five losses has come by double digits. They have been outscored by 130 points during the losing streak, meaning they have lost by an average of 26.0 points per game. Thanks to some digging from the Elias Sports Bureau, we have yet another note relating to a mid-1990s 76ers team to offer: Minnesota's -130 scoring differential over its past five games is the worst scoring differential any NBA team has had over a five-game span since the 1993-94 76ers were outscored by 155 points during a five-game losing streak in April 1994.
• The Boston Celtics defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder despite Kevin Durant's season-high 34 points. He shot 11-of-22 from the field as he hit at least half of his shots for the first time this season. Rajon Rondo had 10 assists and three steals for the Celtics. It's the fourth straight game in which Rondo has had at least 10 assists and three steals. That's the longest such streak within a single season since a five-game streak by John Stockton in 1991-92.