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D.J. Augustin has scored in double figures in eight straight games, marking the longest double-figure scoring streak of his career. Augustin previously scored in double figures in seven straight games Nov. 18-29, 2008.
During the current eight-game stretch, Augustin is averaging 19.9 points on .495 shooting from the field (51-103), including .477 from beyond the 3-point line (21-44), and .923 from the free-throw line (36-39). Augustin posted season highs in scoring in consecutive games during the streak, tallying 28 points on Dec. 29 against Cleveland after totaling 27 points Dec. 27 against Detroit. Augustin made 10 field goals in each of those two games, tying his career high.
It was the second time in his career that he has had consecutive games of 20 points or more. He previously did so on November 18 and 21, 2008, when he scored 21 points against Dallas and 26 points against Atlanta.
Ray Allen is having one of the best shooting years of his career from beyond the arc this season and is closing in on Reggie Miller’s 3-point record for most threes made in a career. Miller holds the all‐time record with 2,560 makes. Allen currently has 2,526 makes for his career and is just 34 away. Allen is being helped by the fact that he is currently shooting 46.6 percent from beyond the arc, the best of his illustrious career…He has only been over the 40-percent mark five times in his career with his career high coming during the 2001‐02 season with Milwaukee when he recorded a 43.4 clip from beyond the arc.
In his last 19 games, Ronnie Brewer has registered 38 steals (2.00 spg). He’s averaging a team-high 1.53 steals per game on the year, also good for 16th best in the league as entering games on Jan. 14.
Ramon Sessions scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and added four assists in 26 minutes off the bench against the Lakers. In his last eight games, Sessions is averaging 13.6 points on .507 (36-71) shooting and 5.4 assists per game in 26.9 minutes per game.
Rookie Paul George entered the Pacers' game with Dallas on Jan. 12 having shot 1-of-7 from 3-point range in his previous five games and having made 8-of-32 from 3 in the first 14 games of his pro career. Against the Mavericks, George exploded for a bench-leading and career-high 16 points on 6-of-9 field goals and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. That tied the most 3-pointers by any member of the Pacers in the last nine games — since James Posey shot 5-of-7 against New Orleans on Dec. 20. Against the Mavericks, George and Brandon Rush shot a combined 6-of-11 from 3 while the rest of the team connected on just 2-of-13.
The Bucks have recorded an equal or greater number of rebounds than their opponents in six of the last seven games. In those games, they are outrebounding their opponents 45.3-41.6 per game. The Bucks rank third in the league in defensive rebound percentage, collecting 76.4 percent of the available boards.
New York’s scoring trio of Amar’e Stoudemire (26.1), Raymond Felton (18.3) and Wilson Chandler (17.7), averages 62.1 points per game, which is the third highest scoring trio in the NBA, behind Miami (69.0) and Oklahoma City (66.1). The duo of Stoudemire and Felton, average 44.4 points, which is fourth most in the NBA.
Seven of the Sixers' 15 wins have been by double-digits and Philly is 4-14 in games decided by eight or fewer points, including 0-7 in games decided by our or fewer points. The 76ers had 15 wins by 10-plus points in 2009-10, compared to 12 by fewer than 10. They are outscoring opponents by 12.8 points a game (192 total) in wins this season compare to 9.3 last season.