Jerry Buss, who owned the Los Angeles Lakers since 1979, died on Monday at age 80. The Lakers won 10 NBA championships during Buss’ tenure as owner, far more than any other team in any major North American professional sports league. In fact, only four such teams won even half as many titles as the Lakers during that time: the Chicago Bulls (6), New York Yankees (5), San Francisco 49ers (5), and Edmonton Oilers (5).
LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade 30, and each shot 12-of-18 from the floor, in the Heat’s 107-97 victory over the Lakers. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which James had scored 30-or-more points while making at least 60 percent of his field-goal attempts, tying the longest such streaks in NBA history, those produced by Adrian Dantley with the Jazz in 1979 and by Moses Malone with the Rockets in 1982. (Utah won only one of the five games in Dantley’s streak, while Houston won all five of the games during Malone’s run, just as Miami has won all five games during LeBron’s streak.)
Through his first three field-goal attempts on Sunday, James had connected on 40 of his last 50 field-goal attempts, the first time in his NBA career that he has had such a stretch. (LeBron then celebrated by hitting each of his next two shots.)
James and Wade became just the fourth pair of teammates each to score 30-plus points and shoot at least 65 percent from the floor in the same game against the Lakers. Walt Bellamy and Gus Johnson did it for the Baltimore Bullets in 1964, Alex English and Dan Issel for the Nuggets in 1982, and Mike Miller and Pau Gasol- yes, that Pau Gasol – for the Grizzlies in 2007.
What surprised you the most about Kobe Bryant’s back-to-back 14-assist performances against the Jazz and Thunder over the weekend? How about this: Over the past 12 seasons, from 2000-2001 through 2011-2012, Steve Nash played 915 regular-season games, and in only one of those games did any of Nash’s teammates record as many as 14 assists. That was Boris Diaw in 2006, and it took a double-overtime shootout in which the Suns outlasted the Nets, 161-157. For the record, Nash himself has posted 153 games of 14 or more assists.
Jrue Holiday scored 35 points in the 76ers’ win against the Knicks , ending Philadelphia’s NBA-record streak of 436 consecutive games without a player scoring at least 35 points. Prior to Saturday night, the last 76ers player to do so was Willie Green, when he tallied 37 points in a win at Toronto on April 18, 2007.
Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds against the Hawks on Friday night. It was Rondo’s third consecutive triple-double versus Atlanta. Only one NBA player had three straight triple-doubles against the same team in the 1980s (Magic Johnson did so vs. three teams—the Nuggets, 76ers and Rockets), as did only one player in the 1990s (Chris Webber vs. the Warriors) and guy in the 2000s (Jason Kidd vs. the Bobcats). Rondo is now the first player to turn that trick in the current decade.