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November's Top Performers
Highlighting some of the NBA's top performers in the month of November.
Here are some quick hitters on the NBA’s top performers in the month of November. Please note that all references to a “month” mean a calendar month, and all per-game factoids are based on a minimum of 10 games played.
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The leaders in points, rebounds, and assists were:
479 PTS — Jayson Tatum
181 REB — Clint Capela and Ivica Zubac
160 AST — Tyrese Haliburton
The leaders in PPG, RPG, and APG were:
32.0 PPG — Luka Doncic
13.9 RPG — Clint Capela
12.3 APG — Tyrese Haliburton
Kevin Durant scored 471 points, the most in a month by a Net since the franchise joined the NBA in 1976. Only four players in NBA history have scored more points in a month at the age of 34 years or older:
491 — Michael Jordan, Jan. 1998
487 — Bernard King, Jan. 1991
475 — Elvin Hayes, March 1980
473 — Kobe Bryant, Dec. 2012
Tyrese Haliburton averaged 12.3 APG, the highest such figure in a month by a Pacer since the franchise joined the NBA in 1976. Haliburton recorded 160 assists versus only 26 turnovers. The last player to record 150 or more assists and 30 or fewer turnovers in a month was Muggsy Bogues in January 1995.
Jayson Tatum’s 479 points are the third-highest figure in a month by a Celtic. The only player in franchise history to score more points in a month is Larry Bird with 526 in March 1986 and 502 in January 1988.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored at least 30 points 12 times. The only player in franchise history with more such games in a month is Kevin Durant with 13 in January 2014.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry averaged 31.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG, and 7.8 APG. The only other player in NBA history to average at least 30 PPG, 5 RPG, and 5 APG in a month at the age of 34 years or older is LeBron James (three times).
Anthony Davis averaged 27.2 PPG and 13.2 RPG. The last Laker to average at least 25 PPG and 10 RPG in a month was Shaquille O’Neal in March 2003.
Devin Booker scored 433 points, the fifth time he’s scored at least 400 points in a month. That breaks a tie with Charlie Scott for the most such months in franchise history.
The Kings’ Domantas Sabonis averaged 18.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, and 6.6 APG while shooting 60.3% from the field. It’s the third time Sabonis has recorded averages of at least 15 PPG, 10 RPG, and 5 APG with a field goal percentage of 60% in a month. The only player since the ABA-NBA merger to record more such months is Nikola Jokic with four.
Pacers rookie Bennedict Mathurin recorded eight 20-point games coming off the bench. That matches the most such games in a month by a rookie since the NBA began tracking starters in 1970-71. The other rookies to record eight such games in a month are Ben Gordon (March 2005) and Nikola Mirotic (March 2015), both of whom did so with the Bulls.