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Lakers leading the league in wire-to-wire victories
News, notes and nuggets from the teams of the Western Conference.
With their record setting 112-57 victory vs. Cleveland on Jan. 11, the Lakers recorded their league-leading seventh wire-to-wire win of the season.
Getting to seven wire-to-wire victories in just 39 games matches the Lakers regular season total from all of last season.
This season, the Lakers lead the Celtics (6), Spurs (5), Hawks (4) and Bucks (4) in wire-to-wire victories through games played by Jan. 13.
After winning 17 of 18 games and improving to 24-5, the Mavericks are just 2-6 in their last eight games without forward Dirk Nowitzki (sprained right knee). With the loss to Indiana on Jan. 12, Dallas recorded three straight losses for the second time this season. Prior to losing three consecutive games from Dec. 28-Jan. 1, the last time the Mavericks dropped three straight was from Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2010.
Last season, Stephen Curry became the first rookie in NBA history to shoot at least 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line (minimum 100 3-point and free throw attempts), and he is doing it again this season. Curry is shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 92.3 percent from the charity stripe (second in NBA).
The Rockets have allowed at least 100 points in each of their last nine games. It stands as the longest such streak since a run of nine in a row back in 1991-92. The last time Houston allowed an opponent to reach the century mark in 10 or more straight games was in 1987-88 (10 in a row from Feb. 9-26, 1988.
The Clippers earned their second win of the season when allowing over 100 points when they defeated Miami 111-105 on Jan. 12. The Clippers are now 2-17 this season when allowing 100 points or more.
The Hornets won seven of the last 11 games. The Hornets have held opponents to 90 or fewer points 16 times this season, including five of the last seven games. New Orleans is 15-1 in those games.
Jared Dudley has nine career scoring efforts of 19 or more points. Five of those nine have come in the last 11 games. Dudley has five career 20-point games, four of which have come this season, all in the last 11 games. Dudley is averaging a career-high 9.5 points.
Seven of Portland’s next nine games will be at the home. The Trail Blazers play more home games in January (nine) that any other month this season. They are one of only five teams that have already played 22 road games entering Jan. 14. Portland played seven of its 15 Eastern Conference road games only 19 games into the season. The Trail Blazers contested 16 of their first 26 games on the road.
This season, Tony Parker is averaging 17.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists, while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Parker and Steve Nash are the only two players in the NBA this season to average at least 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, while shooting at least 50.0 percent from the field. Parker’s assists (7.0) and steals (1.41) season averages are career highs.
Al Jefferson is currently averaging 2.0 blocks a game, the most by a Jazz player since the 2006-07 season when Andrei Kirilenko averaged 2.1. Jefferson’s 2.0 average is also the highest by a Jazz center since the 1999-00 season when Greg Ostertag notched 2.1 blocks per game.
DeMarcus Cousins has totaled 18 points in the last two games after averaging 21.2 in the previous six games. Meanwhile, Tyreke Evans has totaled 56 points in the last two games he has played in after totaling 18 points in the previous two games.