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Who's struggling, who's capitalizing in back-to-backs

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, center, shoots over

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, center, shoots over Indiana Pacers forward David West, left, and guard Paul George in the first half. (Feb. 14, 2012) Credit: AP

Last night the Heat took down Indiana, 105-90. With the win, Miami became just the third team this season -- with Chicago and Oklahoma City -- to go 3-0 in a back-to-back-to-back stretch.

The sample size for back-to-back-to-backs is very small. So far, 19 teams have played three games in three days, and just one -- the Nuggets -- have done it more than once.

What we do have, though, is plenty to work with when examining back-to-backs. I went through the NBA schedule to see how each team has done in the second game of a two-games-in-two-days stretch. (This also includes the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, considering it double as the second game of a back-to-back.)

Here are a few numbers of note:

- Collectively, the league has played two games in two days 260 times

- Chicago, Orlando and Utah (11) have had the most back-to-backs

- Golden State and Washington (5) have had the fewest

- As a whole, the league is 122-138 in the second half of a back-to-back

- The Bulls (9-2) have the best record in the second half of a back-to-back. The Hornets (0-6) have the worst record.

- Three teams with winning records are below-.500 in the second half of a back-to-back. The Blazers (2-7) have the worst record of those teams.

- The Warriors (3-2) are the lone team with a losing record that is better than .500 in the second half of a back-to-back.

You can see all the data below. Then, click here to watch LeBron James talk about the Heat's back-to-back-to-back sweep. He also calls Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley the Three Stooges, but you'll have to click to find out why.

MOST TIMES TWO GAMES PLAYED IN TWO DAYS
TEAM RECORD GAMES
Chicago Bulls 24-7 11
Orlando Magic 18-11 11
Utah Jazz 14-14 11
Miami Heat 23-7 10
Dallas Mavericks 18-11 10
Los Angeles Lakers 17-12 10
Houston Rockets 16-13 10
Minnesota Timberwolves 13-16 10
Milwaukee Bucks 12-16 10
New Jersey Nets 8-21 10
Detroit Pistons 8-22 10
Charlotte Bobcats 3-25 10
Oklahoma City Thunder 22-6 9
Philadelphia 76ers 20-9 9
Denver Nuggets 17-12 9
Portland Trail Blazers 15-14 9
Knicks 14-15 9
San Antonio Spurs 20-9 8
Indiana Pacers 17-11 8
Boston Celtics 15-12 8
Phoenix Suns 12-17 8
Cleveland Cavaliers 10-16 8
Sacramento Kings 10-18 8
Toronto Raptors 9-21 8
Los Angeles Clippers 17-9 7
Atlanta Hawks 18-11 7
Memphis Grizzlies 15-14 6
New Orleans Hornets 5-23 6
Golden State Warriors 11-14 5
Washington Wizards 7-22 5

 

BEST RECORD IN SECOND HALF OF BACK-TO-BACK
TEAM OVERALL RECORD 2ND GAME OF B2B
Chicago Bulls 24-7 9-2
Oklahoma City Thunder 22-6 7-2
Philadelphia 76ers 20-9 7-2
Los Angeles Clippers 17-9 5-2
Atlanta Hawks 18-11 5-2
Dallas Mavericks 18-11 7-3
Orlando Magic 18-11 7-4
San Anonio Spurs 20-9 5-3
Miami Heat 23-7 6-4
Golden State Warriors 11-14 3-2
Indiana Pacers 17-11 4-4
Houston Rockets 16-13 5-5
Boston Celtics 15-12 3-3
Memphis Grizzlies 15-14 3-3
Phoenix Suns 12-17 4-4
Denver Nuggets 17-12 4-5
Los Angeles Lakers 17-12 4-6
Detroit Pistons 8-22 4-6
Cleveland Cavaliers 10-16 3-5
Sacramento Kings 10-18 3-5
Utah Jazz 14-14 4-7
Knicks 14-15 3-6
Minnesota Timberwolves 13-16 3-7
Milwaukee Bucks 12-16 3-7
Toronto Raptors 9-21 2-6
Portland Trail Blazers 15-14 2-7
New Jersey Nets 8-21 2-8
Washington Wizards 7-22 1-4
Charlotte Bobcats 3-25 2-8
New Orleans Hornets 5-23 0-6

 

BEST RECORD IN FINAL GAME OF BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK
TEAM OVERALL RECORD THIRD GAME OF B2B2B
Chicago Bulls 24-7 1-0
Miami Heat 23-7 1-0
Oklahoma City Thunder 22-6 1-0
Los Angeles Clippers 17-9 1-0
Atlanta Hawks 18-11 1-0
Houston Rockets 16-13 1-0
Los Angeles Lakers 17-12 1-0
New York Knicks 14-15 1-0
Sacramento Kings 10-18 1-0
Charlotte Bobcats 3-25 1-0
Denver Nuggets 17-12 1-1
Philadelphia 76ers 20-9 0-1
Orlando Magic 18-11 0-1
Portland Trail Blazers 15-14 0-1
Utah Jazz 14-14 0-1
Minnesota Timberwolves 13-16 0-1
Toronto Raptors 9-21 0-1
Detroit Pitsons 8-22 0-1
New Jersey Nets 8-21 0-1

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