Wade’s missed free throws lose the game for Heat, put him with Wallace and Chamberlain
From Elias: Dwyane Wade also took a page from Wilt Chamberlain’s handbook by going 4-for-11 from the free-throw line in Miami’s 89-87 loss. Wade was the first NBA player to miss as many as seven foul shots in a playoff game that his team lost by two or fewer points since the Pistons’ Ben Wallace missed all seven of his free throws in an 86-84 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Conference Semifinals in 2006. Chamberlain did that three times in such close playoff losses, the most for any NBA player.
Anthony joins Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar with 40+ playoff performance
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 41 points as the Knicks defeated the Heat to stay alive in their first-round playoff series. Anthony, who scored 42 points for New York in Game 2 of last year’s first-round loss to the Celtics, also had a pair of 40-point playoff games for the Nuggets (41 points in 2009 and 42 in 2010). Anthony joined Wilt Chamberlain (Warriors and 76ers) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bucks and Lakers) as the only players in NBA history with at least two playoff games of 40 or more points for each of two different franchises.
Kobe joins Kareem and Wilt as only Laker over 33 to score 38+ points in a playoff game
From Elias: Kobe Bryant, 33 years old, scored 38 points on Tuesday in the Lakers’ win over the Nuggets. The only other Lakers players to score that many points in a playoff game at age 33 or older are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (three times in the 1980 playoffs, including twice in the NBA Finals) and Wilt Chamberlain (45 in Game 6 the 1970 Finals against the Knicks).
And coupled with Pierce’s 36-point game, it’s the first time that two players age 33 or older have scored 35 points on the same day in the NBA playoffs.
Most rebounds in a half?
Tonight Bynum had 19 rebounds in a half - who holds the record for the most? Not Wilt.
Andrew Bynum grabbed 19 rebounds in the first half tonight against the Spurs - which was a high for any Spurs opponent ever - and he finished with 30 rebounds overall (also a high against San Antonio) but who holds the NBA record for most rebounds grabbed in one half?
Amazingly, it’s not Wilt Chamberlain, who holds the record for most rebounds in a game at 55. The most in a half was set by Bill Russell, who grabbed 32 rebounds in 24 minutes versus Philadelphia on November 16, 1957, according to NBA.com.