Lakers, Spurs streak; 76ers struggle

A quick look at five of the most interesting statistical notes from Friday night ...

1-- The Los Angeles Lakers won their 19th straight game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the second-longest win streak against an opponent in franchise history, surpassed only by a 24-game win streak against the now-Sacramento Kings from 1983 to 1988.

2-- The Philadelphia 76ers trailed the Miami Heat by 27 points at halftime. It was the 76ers largest halftime deficit since April 9, 1997, when they trailed the Atlanta Hawks by 27. Philadelphia lost that game 116-101. They lost a much closer one on Friday, rallying but losing, 84-78, in a game where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had either the points or assists on every Heat score in the first quarter.

3-- The San Antonio Spurs had a huge lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning 114-105. The Spurs have the Thunder's number. They've won eight of their last nine meetings with Oklahoma City. The Thunder, who started 17-1 at home, have lost three of their last four home games.

4-- A scan of Basketball-Reference.com told us something notable about Sacramento's Marcus Thornton, who totaled 36 points,five 3-pointers, and five steals in a win over the Boston Celtics. He's the first Kings player to hit those marks since Mitch Richmond had 38 points, five 3-pointers, and six steals at the then-Washington Bullets on January 25, 1997.

5-- The newest member of the Milwaukee Bucks, Monta Ellis, finished with 18 points and a +33 against his former team in a rout of the Golden State Warriors. That was tied for the third-best plus-minus of Ellis' career, easily surpassing his season-best of +19. The Bucks and New York Knicks remain even for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference after both won on Friday.