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As of today, there are two sets of teammates who rank among the top 5 in NBA scoring for the 2010-2011 season: James & Wade in Miami and Anthony & Stoudemire in New York. If both dynamic duos finish in the top 5 at the end of 82 this April, it will be just the second time in NBA history that this has happened. So far the first and last such occurrence was when Warriors Johnston & Arizin and Hawks Selvy & Petit all finished the 1954-1955 regular season among the top 5 scoring leaders.

However, one set of teammates has ranked in the top 5 multiple times: Iverson & Anthony (2008 Nuggets); Bryant & O’Neal (2003 Lakers); Bryant & O’Neal (2001 Lakers); Vandeweghe & English (1984 Nuggets); Vandeweghe & English (1983 Nuggets); Hudson & Maravich (1973 Hawks); West & Baylor (1967 Lakers); West & Baylor (1965 Lakers); Robertson & Twyman (1961 Royals); Petit & Hagan (1960 Hawks); Petit & Hagan (1959 Hawks); Arizin & Johnston (1957 Warriors); Arizin & Johnston (1956 Warriors).

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Ray Allen is poised to break reigning champ Reggie Miller’s all-time 3-point shot record in tonight’s Lakers vs. Celtics matchup. Allen is just two history-making threes away from passing five-time NBA All-Star Miller’s 2,560 career tally. The current TNT analyst Reggie Miller himself will be front row at the TD Garden to pass the torch and broadcast basketball history in the making during the nationally televised game.

According to Hoopedia, the 3-point rule was first tested in an NCAA game between Columbia and Fordham, and the NBA officially adopted the three-point shot in the 1979–80 season.

The distance from the 3-point arc to the basket varies from 23’ 9” inches to exactly 22’ at its closest point along the sidelines. During the 1994–95, 1995–96, and 1996-97 seasons, the NBA shortened the overall distance of 3-pointers to a uniform 22 feet around the basket. So in Ray Allen’s rookie season of 1996-97, the NBA 3-point arc was 22 feet even from the basket, and the following year it was reverted back to its original distance of 23’9.”

For the sake of some fun statistics, if we go with the past and present distances from the top of the arc:

Ray hit 117 3-point shots (22 footers) his rookie year, so 117 X 22 feet = 2574 feet

This means that when Ray hits the record breaking 2561st 3-pointer of his career, he will have shot approximately 11.5 miles worth of 3-point field goals:

(2444 X 23.75) + (117 X 22.00) = 58,045 feet + 2574 feet = 60619 feet

60619 feet / 5280 feet (1 mile) = 11.5 miles (the “Ray Allen”)

The driving distance from the TD Garden to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is 91.8 miles. So the distance from the TD Garden to The Basketball Hall of Fame = 8 “Ray Allens.

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The 10 oldest players in the NBA this season are:

1. Shaquille O’Neal, 38

2. Kurt Thomas, 37

3. Grant Hill, 37

4. Juwan Howard, 37

5. Jason Kidd, 37

6. Theo Ratliff, 37

7. Steve Nash, 36

8. Marcus Camby, 36

9. Derek Fisher, 36

10. Antonio McDyess, 36

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As of today, January 7th, of the top ten teams in the league by record, five are from the Eastern Conference and five are from the Western Conference.

East:  Boston (27-7), Miami (28-9), Chicago (23-11), Orlando (23-12), Atlanta (24-14)

West:  San Antonio (29-6), Dallas (26-9), LA Lakers (25-11), Utah (24-12), Oklahoma City (24-13)

Of the nine highest scoring teams in the league, only the New York Knicks (who are 1st overall, with an avg. of 107.8 ppg) are from the Eastern Conference.

If the season ended today, both Philadelphia (14-21) and Indiana (14-18) would make the playoffs with losing records.

The Miami Heat is the only NBA team that has played to a sellout crowd every game so far this season, both at home and on the road.

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The Dallas Mavericks are the only team in the league that has won every game this season in which they’ve scored at least 100 points.