Box Score Bulletin’: Dec. 20

Dec 20, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) looks to get around Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome all stat geeks! “Box Score Bulletin’” is sifting through, analyzing and summarizing all of the NBA box scores from the previous day and night, so you don’t have to! So sip your coffee and enjoy the good, the bad and the ugly…

Thunder (21-5) 93 @ Timberwolves (13-11) 99

  • Leading scorers: OKC – Kevin Durant 33, MIN – Kevin Love 28.
  • The Timberwolves snapped the Thunder’s 12-game win streak, behind Kevin Love’s 28 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks.
  • Alexey Shved also flirted with a triple double with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists.
  • Big Pek continued to bully opponents down low and finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Russell Westbrook was 1 assist shy of a triple double with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. But, he did shoot a very rough 9-28 from the floor.
  • Serge Ibaka posted 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks.
  • The Thunder bench only producted 7 points for the whole game.
  • This was just the 6th time in 26 games that the Thunder scored under 100 points.

Heat (17-6) 110 @ Mavericks (12-14) 95

  • Leading scorers: MIA – LeBron James 24, DAL – Jae Crowder 15.
  • The game wasn’t even as close at the 15-point final score, as the Mavs outscored the Heat 34-19 in the final “garbage time” quarter.
  • The only player of the 13 that played for Miami not to score was James Jones.
  • The Heat starters combined for a +144 net point differential rating.
  • The Big Three combined to shoot 24-40 (60%) from the field.
  • O.J. Mayo had a rare off night with only 8 points on 3-14 shooting.
  • Give it up for rookie Bernard James, who finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes.

Nuggets (14-13) 93 @ Trail Blazers (12-12) 101

  • Leading scorers: DEN – Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer 13, POR – Nicolas Batum 22.
  • The Nuggest set a NEW NBA record in this game with the most 3-point attempts without a make. They went 0-22 from behind the arc. They just happened to break the Blazers record (0-20) that was set just last week. Terrible!
  • J.J. Hickson continues his breakout season with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 3 blocks.
  • Luke Babbitt is becoming a big part of the Blazers bench and finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
  • The Nuggets best statistical game belonged to Andre Miller, who finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in 28 minutes off the bench.