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NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 25

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for second place all time - (Keith Allison photo)

 

 

 

Chris Paul, Rockets: Needs two steals to pass Alvin Robertson (2,112) for ninth place all time - NBA photo

 

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers: Needs seven three-pointers made to reach 1,500 - NBA photo

 

onas Valanciunas, Grizzlies - NBA photo

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAYApril 6, 1996: Robert Parish became the NBA’s career leader in games played, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - (Maxi Basket photo)

 

 

 

San Antonio has tied the NBA record for consecutive playoff berths with 22, matching the Nationals/76ers (1949-50 through 1970-71 - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for second place all time - Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs four assists to pass Bob Cousy (6,955) for 18th place all time and 48 assists to reach 7,000 - NBA ON THIS DAY April 5, 1984: The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, passing Wilt Chamberlain during a game against the Jazz in Las Vegas & April 6, 1996: Robert Parish became the NBA’s career leader in games played, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK USA

Monday, April 01, 2019

THREE POINTS

Best in the West: Golden State leads Denver by one game for first place in the West with six games left for both teams. The Nuggets visit the Warriors on Tuesday on TNT. Golden State leads the season series 2-1 and can clinch the tiebreaker with a victory. Denver’s week also features a home-and-home set against Portland on Friday (ESPN) and Sunday.

ABC Finale: In ABC’s regular-season finale, Oklahoma City visits Minnesota on Sunday. The Timberwolves are seeking to sweep the Thunder franchise for the first time since joining the NBA in 1989. Minnesota won the first three matchups this season, twice by two points. Playoff-bound OKC opens Week 25 tied with San Antonio for seventh place in the West.

Heat Wave: Miami went an East-best 11-4 in March, leaving the Heat a half-game ahead of Orlando for eighth place in the conference. The Heat also trails Brooklyn by only a half game for seventh place and Detroit by one game for sixth. Miami is on NBA TV three times this week: at Boston on Monday, vs. Boston on Wednesday and at Toronto on Sunday.


TRENDING TOPICS

NBA 2K League: The 2019 NBA 2K League season begins Tuesday with THE TIPOFF powered by AT&T, a five-day tournament featuring all 21 teams. All games will stream live on Twitch.

LA Clippers: The playoff-bound Clippers went an NBA-best 13-2 in March and led the league in offensive rating for the month. Autism Awareness: In celebration of World

Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, the NBA family will host multiple events that promote equality and inclusion for children and families living with sensory needs.

Devin Booker, Suns: In Week 24, the 22-year-old guard became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive 50-point games and averaged 52.3 points (on 62.0 percent shooting from the field) in three games.

NBA Paris Game 2020: The NBA will play a regular-season game in France for the first time when Charlotte and Milwaukee meet on Jan. 24, 2020, at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

Jonas Valanciunas, Grizzlies: Before yesterday’s injury-shortened appearance against the Clippers, Valanciunas had averaged 25.3 points and 15.4 rebounds in his previous seven games.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

James Harden is the top scorer by 8.2 ppg. When was the last time the scoring leader finished a season at least 8.0 ppg ahead of the No. 2-ranked player? Answer BELOW


GO FIGURE

Detroit’s 11-game home winning streak is the team’s longest since the 2005-06 season.

San Antonio has tied the NBA record for consecutive playoff berths with 22, matching the Nationals/76ers (1949-50 through 1970-71).

The NBA has set a record for three-pointers made for the seventh season in a row.


NBA ON THIS DAY

April 5, 1984: The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time scoring leader, passing Wilt Chamberlain during a game against the Jazz in Las Vegas.

April 6, 1996: Robert Parish became the NBA’s career leader in games played, passing Kareem.


MILESTONE WATCH

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five triple-doubles to pass Magic Johnson for second place all time. In addition, with his next assist, Westbrook will pass Deron Williams (6,819) for sole possession of 21st place on the NBA’s career list.

Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs four assists to pass Bob Cousy (6,955) for 18th place all time and 48 assists to reach 7,000.

Chris Paul, Rockets: Needs two steals to pass Alvin Robertson (2,112) for ninth place all time.

Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers: Needs seven three-pointers made to reach 1,500.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

The last time the NBA’s top scorer finished at least 8.0 ppg ahead of the second-ranked player was Michael Jordan (37.1) over Dominique Wilkins (29.0) by 8.1 ppg in 1986-87.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

April 1, 1973 Boston’s John Havlicek connected on 24 field goals, an NBA Playoff record he shares with Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, as the Celtics defeated Atlanta in Boston 134-109 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Havlicek finished the game with 54 points.

April 1, 1999 Detroit’s Joe Dumars becomes the 10th player in league history to play 1,000 games with the same team and one of eight to play 1,000 games with his only team.

April 1, 1999 Philadelphia head coach Larry Brown wins his 900th professional game with a 88-84 win over the Miami Heat. At the time, Brown compiled a 671-547 NBA record to go along with a 229-107 ABA ledger for a combined record of 900-654.

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