The Los Angeles Clippers won their ninth straight home game and tied the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves for the third-most consecutive home wins in franchise history. The franchise record is 11 set by the San Diego Clippers during the 1978-79 season.
Blake Griffin finished with 32 points and 11 boards, improving his January average to 26.0 points per game and 13.4 rebounds per game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Griffin became the fourth rookie over the last 20 seasons to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a calendar month.
ROOKIES TO AVERAGE 25 PTS/10 REB
IN CALENDAR MONTH LAST 20 SEASONS
Other records in danger of falling in the near future:
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost at the Miami Heat, 117-90, extending their road losing streak to 24 games. Overall, the Cavs have lost 21 straight games, joining the 1997-98 Denver Nuggets and 1995-96 Memphis Grizzlies as the third team in NBA history to lose at least 21 consecutive games in a single season. Making matters worse is that 14 of the Cavaliers' losses during the streak have been by double figures.
Cleveland finished January 0-16, becoming just the third team in the last 20 seasons to finish a month winless (minimum 15 games). The Cavaliers are now 8-40 on the season and the Elias Sports Bureau tells us that they are the first team in NBA history to be the first to reach 40 losses in one season after being the first to record 40 wins in the previous season.
Note of the day:
Jason Kidd had 11 assists in the Mavericks’ win against the Wizards, while opposing point guard John Wall dropped 10 assists of his own. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the age difference between the 37-year old veteran and the 20-year old rookie was the largest in any game in NBA history between two players who each recorded at least 10 assists.