Here are some notes about tonight’s game, sent along by TrueHoop and Clippers blogger Kevin Arnovitz: *The Cavaliers have already won 61 games, a franchise record, with eight games left in the season. If Cleveland can run the table, they will finish with 69 wins, which would tie for second on the list of most wins in a single season. Of the 11 teams that have won at least 66 games in NBA history, 9 of them went on to win the title.
Most wins in a season W-L Playoff Result 1995-96 Bulls 72-10 Won Title 1996-97 Bulls 69-13 Won Title 1971-72 Lakers 69-13 Won Title 1966-67 76ers 68-13 Won Title 1972-73 Celtics 68-14 Lost Conf. Finals 2006-07 Mavericks 67-15 Lost in First Round 1991-92 Bulls 67-15 Won Title 1999-00 Lakers 67-15 Won Title 1985-86 Celtics 67-15 Won Title 2007-08 Celtics 66-16 Won Title 1970-71 Bucks 66-16 Won Title
*The Cavaliers appear to be vulnerable to the fast break. Cleveland allows only 90.7 points per game, which leads the NBA. But, the Cavaliers allow 13.7 fastbreak points per game, which ranks 28th in the NBA. *LeBron James leads the Cavaliers this season in total points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. It is not very often that a single player leads his team in all of these categories. Blocks and steals became official statistics in 1973-74.
Leading Team in Points, Rebounds, Assists, Blocks and Steals 2002-03 Kevin Garnett Timberwolves 1994-95 Scottie Pippen Bulls 1977-78 Dave Cowens Celtics
*LeBron James is Mr. Everything for the Cavaliers. He scores in such a variety of ways. He can score in transition, in the clutch and in the paint.
NBA Rank Fastbreak PPG 5.2 2 Points Per 4th Qtr 6.6 3 Points in Paint PG 11.7 5
*Anderson Varejao has drawn 50 offensive fouls this season, most in the NBA this season. Phoenix’s Steve Nash is second with 48. *Dwight Howard is trying to become only the fifth player in NBA history to lead the league is both rebounds per game and blocks per game. Howard leads the NBA at 14.0 rebounds per game and 2.96 blocks per game this season. Blocks became an official NBA statistic beginning in the 1973-74 season.
Leading NBA in RPG and BPG RPG BPG 1975-76 Kareem Abdul Jabbar, LAL 16.9 4.12 1976-77 Bill Walton, POR 14.4 3.25 1989-90 Hakeem Olajuwon, HOU 14.0 4.59 2001-02 Ben Wallace, DET 13.0 3.48
*Dwight Howard is a beast in the paint. And his dominance is shown through how many dunks he has each season. He has led the NBA in dunks in several seasons since he has been in the league.
Dunks NBA Rank 2008-09 185 1 2007-08 269 1 2006-07 254 1 2005-06 214 1 2004-05 162 4
*The Magic are second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at 38.8% this season, behind only the Celtics. Orlando is last in the NBA in free throw shooting at 72.1%, in large part because of Dwight Howard. Without Howard, the Magic would rank fifth in the NBA in free throw shooting.
FTM-FTA FT Pct. Dwight Howard 465-770 60.4 Rest of Team 988-1244 79.4
*Dwight Howard has committed 58 offensive fouls this season, by far the most in the NBA. Second is Boston’s Kendrick Perkins with 47.