Today's NBA news courtesy NBA.com/stats:
The Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played March 19-25.
Johnson led the Hawks to a 4-1 week with averages of 23.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Johnson hit game-tying three-pointers vs. Cleveland on March 21 and Utah on March 25, as well as the game-winning three-pointer at Washington on March 24.
Durant's 29.5 ppg ranked second in the league (Kevin Love, 33.5), his 10.3 rpg ranked ninth, and his 2.0 spg tied for fifth best in the Western Conference as he helped the Thunder to a 3-1 week.
The Atlanta Hawks needed four overtime periods Sunday to snap Utah's six-game winning streak, defeating the Jazz 139-133. It was the NBA's first four-overtime game since Nov. 14, 1997 (Phoenix 140, Portland 139). It marked the Hawks' seventh OT game this season, tying the Denver Nuggets for the most in the 2011-12 campaign. Both teams are 5-2 in such games.
The Houston Rockets have played six overtime games (2-4), followed the Los Angeles Lakers (4-1), Los Angeles Clippers (4-1), Miami Heat (2-3) and Jazz (2-3) with five each. According to NBA.com/Stats, the Hawks are averaging 17.6 points in OT (Atlanta scored a combined 41 points in yesterday's four extra periods), second to the Oklahoma City Thunder (18.0 ppg), which has played three OT games, and lead all NBA teams averaging 8.3 rebounds in extra stanzas.
The Hawks' Offensive Rating (points scored per 100 possessions), 100.4 during regulation, jumps to 112.3 in overtime. Joe Johnson paces the Hawks in overtime scoring, averaging 6.1 points, while his Usage Percentage (the percentage of team plays used by a player when he is on the floor) is 35.0 percent compared with 28.9 percent overall.
Stats also indicate the Hawks' defense tightens in OT. In regulation, Atlanta holds opponents to .438 shooting form the field and .331 from beyond the arc; however, the percentages drop to .378 and .300, respectively, in OT.
DWYANE WADE, on Miami Heat players posing for a photo, all wearing hooded sweatshirts in a show of solidarity with Trayvon Martin:
"This situation hit home for me because last Christmas, all my oldest son wanted as a gift was hoodies. So when I heard about this a week ago, I thought of my sons. I'm speaking up because I feel it's necessary that we get past the stereotype of young, black men and especially with our youth."
-The Nation March 25, 2012
Stats & Stuff:
- Chicago has not lost consecutive games in the regular season since Feb. 5-7, 2011, a span of 81 games, the longest streak in franchise history and the fifth longest in NBA history. The Utah Jazz owns the longest streak: 95 games (Nov. 22, 1997-March 19, 1999)
- In five games since his return from a torn right MCL, Memphis' Zach Randolph is averaging 15.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28.6 mpg.
- Milwaukee owns a five-game road winning streak, with the last three road wins coming by at least 20 points. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in franchise history that the team has won three consecutive road games by 20 or more points.
- Minnesota's Kevin Love scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 117-100 victory over the Nuggets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the seventh 30/20 game of Love's four-year NBA career, matching the total posted by all other players in Timberwolves history combined (Kevin Garnett had five 30/20 games and Al Jefferson had two).