1. NBA Bounce House
Warriors remain undefeated
Klay Thompson netted 24 points as the Warriors improved to 8-0 on the season, defeating the Pistons, 109-95. Golden State’s average margin of victory over its first eight games this season is 17.8 points. That’s the third highest mark at this point in the season among the 30 teams to start 8-0 in NBA history. The two teams that rank ahead of the Warriors both went on to win the NBA championship that season: the 1964-65 Celtics (+18.5 average points differential) and the 1996-97 Bulls (+18.4).
Duncan pulls down 14 rebounds in Spurs’ win
Tim Duncan, who turned 39 years old this past April, grabbed 14 boards in the Spurs’ 106-88 win over the Kings. The last player with at least 14 rebounds in a game at 39 years or older was Dikembe Mutombo, who had 15 boards on April 10, 2009 for the Rockets at age 42, in his final season in the NBA. Mutombo had nine such games at 39 years or older; that’s the second highest total for any player in NBA history. Duncan has a lot of work to do to approach the record: 21 by Robert Parish.
Rookie Okafor playing like a veteran
76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor, playing in his seventh game in the NBA, scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the 76ers’ 111-88 loss to the Bulls on Monday. Over the last 10 years, only two other players had at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in one of their first 10 regular-season games in the league: the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol in November 2008 (27 points and 16 rebounds in his fourth career game) and the Lakers’ Julius Randle last week (22 points and 15 rebounds in his fourth game). The last 76ers player to do so was Sharone Wright in November 1994, scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds in just his second game in the NBA.
T’Wolves hold off late charge from Hawks
Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points as the Timberwolves were able to hold off the Hawks, 117-107, on Monday night. Minnesota led, 81-47, early in the third quarter, but Atlanta went on to score 58 of the next 82 points, tying the game at 105-apiece as Paul Millsap sunk a free throw with 4:25 remaining in the fourth. It’s been nearly six years since a team trailed by at least 34 points at any point in a game and was able to climb back to tie the game. That was on December 21, 2009, when the Kings did so against the Bulls. Sacramento was down by as many as 35 points in the third quarter. Led by 15 fourth-quarter points from Ime Udoka and 11 points in the final quarter from Tyreke Evans, the Kings stormed back to tie it with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth and went on to win the game, 102-98.
Indiana’s seeing double…digits
Paul George scored a game-high 27 points, and George Hill added 23 of his own as the Pacers defeated the Magic, 97-84, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana has defeated Orlando by at least 10 points on its home court in each of the last six meetings between the two teams, dating back to March 2013. That is tied for the longest current streak of this type for any team against another; the Spurs have had double-digit victories in their last six games versus the Nets in San Antonio.
It’s been over 20 years since the Pacers had such a streak against a particular opponent. They defeated the Nets in such a fashion spanning six games from December 1992 to March 1995.
2. Ice-Ice Baby
Coyotes storm back to win it in OT
Rookie Max Domi scored a pair of goals and Mikkel Boedker scored the game-winner in overtime as Arizona came back from down 2-0 to defeat the Ducks, 4-3. Prior to Monday’s game, the Coyotes did not earn a point in each of their last 25 games in which they trailed by at least two goals; that was the longest active streak in the league. The Penguins now hold that distinction, with a regulation loss in each of their last 17 games when down by two or more goals.
SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau