I'll start with Kobe Bryant, who scored 60 points in his final game. On the other end of the spectrum, the Miami Heat put up five points in the third period against the Celtics, their worst quarter in franchise history. The combination of the two led to this:
Kobe scores 12 times as many points tonight as the Heat did in their entire third quarter.— Mark Vandeusen (@LucidSportsFan) April 14, 2016
Kobe carried the Lakers to a spectacular come-from-behind 101-96 win over the Jazz. As a team, L.A. had 85 field goal attempts--50 of them (59%) belonged to Kobe (even the Celtics fan in me has to admit it was great to watch though). Here's the complete list on record of NBA players who've taken 50 shots in one game:
1. Kobe Bryant
Back to Celtics-Heat, Boston held Miami to nine points during a 16-minute stretch from late in the first half through the beginning of the fourth quarter (I wrote much more on this at CelticsLife.com):
A minute before halftime, Celtics trailed by 26 (60-34). With 9 minutes to go in 4th they led 75-69. That's a 41-9 run over a 16-minute span— CelticsLife.com (@CelticsLife) April 14, 2016
In 1/3 of the game, the Heat had nine points--a pace for 27 over a full contest.
Isaiah Thomas' 21 points and six assists gave him 1,823 and 509 for the season:
ELIAS: @Isaiah_Thomas is first non-1st-round pick w/ 1800 points & 500 assists in a season since Seattle's Gus Williams (2nd-rounder) in '81— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 14, 2016
Thomas actually eclipsed the 1,800/500 mark Monday, becoming the third Celtics player ever to accomplish the feat (along with Larry Bird and John Havlicek).
Out in Oakland last night, the Warriors continued to drain three's at an insane pace. Not only did Steph Curry connect on his 400th triple of the season (his total of 402 shattered his old record by 41%--that'd be like if the year after Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs Barry Bonds hit 98), his teammate Klay Thompson also finished with the third-most threes in league history.
Most 3-pointers in one season, all time:
Stephen Curry - 402, this year
Stephen Curry - 286, last year
Klay Thompson - 276, also this year
Oh yeah, and the Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games. There aren't any great stats in here, but this Taiwanese animation video is hysterical: