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NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 16

Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden Date 30 May 1985 - Steve Lipofsky www.Basketballphoto.com

 

 

Aaron Gordon is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 64.1% from the field in his first four games with Denver - NBA photo

 

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC returns this week as Brooklyn hosts the LeBron James, & the Los Angeles Lakers - NBA photo

 

Brooklyn’s James Harden needs to make 10 three-pointers to pass Kyle Korver for fourth place in NBA history - NBA photo

 

 

 

 

 

PRIMETIME SHOWDOWN: NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC returns this week as Brooklyn hosts the Los Angeles Lakers - Aaron Gordon is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 64.1% from the field in his first four games with Denver - Brooklyn’s James Harden needs to make 10 three-pointers to pass Kyle Korver for fourth place in NBA history - Dallas is another team on the rise in the Western Conference.Since a 9-14 start, the Mavericks have posted an 18-7 record over the last two months - Phoenix has won five consecutive games and 26 of its last 32. After Wednesday’s game, the Suns visit the West’s current third-place team, the LA Clippers, on Thursday (TNT) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Monday, April 05, 2021

MARQUEE MATCHUP:

The teams with the NBA’s two best records meet Wednesday when Utah visits Phoenix (ESPN). The Jazz begins Week 16 with a nine-game winning streak, an NBA-best 38-11 record and a 3½-game lead over the Suns for first place in the Western Conference. Phoenix has won five consecutive games and 26 of its last 32. After Wednesday’s game, the Suns visit the West’s current third-place team, the LA Clippers, on Thursday (TNT).

PRIMETIME SHOWDOWN:

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC returns this week as Brooklyn hosts the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nets are 20-4 in their last 24 games. This week, they also face New York tonight (NBA TV) and New Orleans on Wednesday (ESPN). The Lakers start the week in fifth place in the Western Conference, half a game behind fourth-place Denver and half a game ahead of sixth-place Portland. Los Angeles also meets Miami on Thursday (TNT).

INSTANT IMPACT:

Aaron Gordon is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 64.1% from the field in his first four games with Denver – all victories for the Nuggets, who continue to surge. Denver has won five consecutive games and 14 of its last 17, moving within one game of the Clippers for third place in the Western Conference. The Nuggets’ Week 16 schedule includes a game against Boston on Sunday (NBA TV).

MAVS ON THE MOVE:

Dallas is another team on the rise in the Western Conference. Since a 9-14 start, the Mavericks have posted an 18-7 record over the last two months – the fourth-best mark in the NBA during that span. The Mavericks play nine of their next 11 games at home, beginning tonight when they put their four-game winning streak on the line against Utah at American Airlines Center (NBA League Pass).

AROUND THE NBA:

Miami has won four straight games. … Milwaukee’s Jrue Holiday is averaging 26.8 points, 8.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds in his last four games. … Brooklyn’s James Harden needs to make 10 three-pointers to pass Kyle Korver for fourth place in NBA history. … Utah has won a team-record 22 consecutive home games. … Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 29.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in his last six games.


OUT OF POCKET

April 2, 2021 NEW YORK – Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has been fined $50,000 for using offensive and derogatory language on social media, it was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations. Durant has acknowledged that his actions were inappropriate.

April 5, 2021 NEW YORK – Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield has been fined $20,000 for directing inappropriate language toward game officials, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred following the conclusion of the Kings’ 129-128 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on April 3 at Golden 1 Center.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

April 5, 1967 Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, grabbed an NBA Playoff record 41 rebounds in a 115-104 win over Boston.

April 5, 1981 The Philadelphia 76ers rejected an NBA Playoff record 20 shots in a 125-122 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Spectrum in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

April 5, 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hit his trademark sky-hook in a game against Utah in Las Vegas to surpass Wilt Chamberlain’s career total of 31,419 points, becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer as the Lakers defeated the Jazz 129-115. Abdul-Jabbar would go on to score a record 38,387 points in his legendary career.

April 5, 1995 Charlotte limited Philadelphia to a franchise-low 66 points during the Hornets’ 84-66 win over the visiting Sixers. The teams also combined to score an NBA record-low 19 second-quarter points, with the Hornets accounting for 11 and the Sixers eight.

April 5, 2001 Wang Zhizhi of the Dallas Mavericks played in his first NBA game, a 108-94 win over Atlanta, becoming the first Chinese player to compete in the NBA. Wang had six points and three rebounds in eight minutes of play.

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