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• Shaquille O'Neal played his 100th game with the Heat on Sunday. O'Neal has averaged 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for Miami, after recording averages of 27.2 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Magic and 27.0 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Lakers. Only four other players in NBA history played at least 100 games and averaged 20 points or more per game with at least three different teams: Bernard King (Nets, Warriors, Knicks, Bullets), World B. Free (Clippers, Warriors, Cavaliers), Moses Malone (Rockets, 76ers, Bullets) and Stephon Marbury (Nets, Suns, and Knicks). Of those four, only Malone also averaged double figures in rebounds.
• For the second consecutive Sunday, the Pistons survived an outstanding individual performance by a visiting player. Kobe Bryant scored 39 points in the Lakers' 102-93 loss in Detroit. Last week, Tracy McGrady recorded the highest point total by a Pistons opponent at The Palace since 2002, but the Pistons defeated the Rockets 99-97.
It was the sixth consecutive road game in which Bryant scored more than 35 points, the longest such streak in nearly 20 years. Only four other players have topped the 35-point mark in six or more consecutive road games: Wilt Chamberlain, who had streaks of 17, 12, 10 and six games; Michael Jordan, 10 (1986); Jerry West, 7 (1962); and Bob McAdoo, 6 (1975).