November 5, 2012 10:00 AM by Braxton
With the start of the NBA season underway, I will be writing a weekly rundown of the week that was in the NBA. Now, since it won’t be an in-depth breakdown of every game, it will be more about highlighting the best moments, stat lines, and breaking news of the week. If you’re looking for a quick update on who had the most assists the past week, or who hit a game-winner, then this is your place.
Since being traded to the Houston Rockets, in three games James Harden has averaged 35.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. As good as these stats are, he has also averaged 41.6 minutes per game, a number that he probably won’t be able to keep up all year.
A surprise team in this early season has been the Orlando Magic. Many believed this team would tank after trading away Dwight, and they still might, but they have gotten off to a 2-0 start with a 102-89 win against Denver and a 115-94 victory over Phoenix. It’s only two games, but those are still pretty good W’s for Orlando.
Lines of the Week:
James Harden at Detroit: 37 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists, and 4 steals.
Chris Bosh vs. Denver: 40 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists, on 15-22 shooting.
Chris Paul vs. Lakers: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 15 assists, and 3 steals.
Stat of the Week:
Rajon Rondo continues to dominate the NBA in assists as he has at least 10 or more assists in his last 27 games, which ties him with John Stockton for the third longest streak in NBA history.
Through 3 games, Damian Lillard, Portland’s 6th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has easily been the best rookie in this young season. He has averaged 21.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists
Highlight of the Week:
This may be a bit biased considering I’m a fan of this team, but oh well. With the Miami Heat trailing 116-115, Ray Allen hit drained a three-pointer 6.7 seconds left in the game. He also got fouled on the play and converted the 4-point play to seal the win for the Heat.