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Miami 11-0 when holding opponents under 40-percent shooting

Miami 11-0 when holding opponents under 40-percent shooting

News, notes and nuggets from the teams of the Eastern Conference.

The Miami Heat held Milwaukee to only 39.7 percent shooting from the field on Jan. 4, marking it as the 11th time this season Miami has held an opponent under 40 percent shooting from the floor as they improved to 11-0 in those contests. Additionally, the Heat has won its last 18 games in which it has held its opponent under 40 percent shooting from the floor.

After a 3-5 start this season at Philips Arena, the Hawks have won their last nine home contests to improve to 12-5. Since the start of the 2008-09 season, Atlanta has recorded a 77-22 (.778) mark on its home court.

Rajon Rondo recorded 22 assists, 12  points, 10 rebounds and six steals against San Antonio on Jan. 5. According to Elias, Rondo became the first player in NBA history to hand out as many as 20 assists, grab 10 or more rebounds and record at least six steals in one game since the NBA started keeping track of steals in the 1973‐74 season. Rondo joined Larry Bird (four times) as the only Celtics players to register a triple‐double against San Antonio and he joined Magic Johnson (Oct. 26, 1980) as the only NBA players to post a triple‐double with as many as six steals against San Antonio.

The Bobcats enter their Jan. 7 game ranked third in the NBA in blocked shots per game (6.28), with Tyrus Thomas (1.59), Nazr Mohammed (1.17) and Gerald Wallace (1.15) each averaging at least one block per game. So far this season, the Bobcats have recorded eight games with at least 10 blocks, which trails only the 2009-10 season (9) as the highest single-season total in franchise history.

The Bulls are 21-4 this season when they hold their opponents under 100 points and 2-8 when they allow 100 or more points.

New York is 20-14 after 34 games, which is their best start to a season since they started the 2000-01 campaign 22-12. The Knicks are 17-6 (.739) over the last 23 games after starting the season 3-8. Last season, they didn’t hit the 20-win mark until a Feb. 26 win at Washington (21st win Mar. 3). They are six games above .500 this late in a season for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 campaign when they were 48-34. New York was 14-20 after 34 games last season and 15-20 after 35 games. The plus-six win increase is fifth best in the NBA.

John Salmons has scored in double digits in the past nine games and in 13 of the past 15. Over the nine most recent games, he leads the Bucks in scoring with 17.9 points and has shot 51.5 percent (17-33) from 3-point range while pulling down 3.2 rebounds and handing out 3.4 assists.

On Jan. 3 vs. Golden State, the Magic had eight players score in double figures, tying a franchise record. It marks the sixth time in team history that eight players scored in double figures during the same game. The last time was Jan. 27, 2009 vs. Indiana. When Orlando has five players or more score in double figures it is 15-3. When the Magic have six or more score 10-plus points, they are 9-1.

Forward Ed Davis and sophomore DeMar DeRozan have excelled over the last five games (Dec. 28-Jan. 5) for the Raptors. The team’s most recent draft picks have combined to average 29.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and shot .513 (58-for-113) from the field. DeRozan currently ranks sixth among sophomore players averaging 14.2 points per game, while Davis ranks fourth among all rookies with 5.9 rebounds and third with a block per game.

After averaging 22.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during the final 32 games of the 2009-10 season, Andray Blatche is picking up where he left off.  Blatche is currently averaging career-highs in points (16.4 ppg), rebounds (8.0 rpg) and free-throw percentage (.781). Blatche has scored 20 or more points in 10 contests and has seven double-doubles.

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