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Ben Simmons, 76ers' on Dec. 16 marked his 15th career triple-double - (Keith Allison - photo)

 

 

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki has 899 career regular-season wins, the sixth most inNBA history - (Keith Allison - photo)

 

 

 

 

Robert Parish's 1,014 wins is second on the NAB all time wins list - (Maxi Basket photo)

 

 

 

The NBA announced that NBA All-Star Voting 2019 will begin Dec. 25 and conclude Jan. 21 - On Dec. 15 in Charlotte, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first Lakers teammates in 36 years to have triple- doubles in the same game - Paul George, Thunder: The five-time All-Star is averaging 29.1 points (on 51.9 percent shooting from the field), 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in seven games in December - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA

Monday, December 17, 2018

THREE POINTS

Pacer Power: The NBA’s longest active winning streak be-longs to Indiana, which has won seven games in a row for the first time in nearly two years. The Pacers swept four games against Eastern Conference opponents in Week 9, improving to an NBA-best 14-3 in intraconference games. Indiana plays its next 12 games against the East. Head coach Nate McMillan’s team leads the NBA in scoring de-fense and ranks second in defensive rating.

Showcase Showdown: The 2018 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase tips off Wednesday in Las Vegas. The NBA G League’s premier in-season scouting event features all 27 teams playing two games each over four days. This marks the first Showcase in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to evaluate two-way and NBA G League talent in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline. Last season, 11 players signed NBA contracts coming out of the Showcase.

NBA All-Star 2019: The NBA announced today that NBA All-Star Voting 2019 will begin Dec. 25 and conclude Jan. 21. Fans can vote by searching on Google, through the Google Assistant and via the NBA App and NBA.com. TNT will reveal the All-Star Game starters (in-cluding the two captains) Jan. 24 and the reserves Jan. 31. NBA fans, players and media will combine to select the starters again, while head coaches will choose the reserves.


TRENDING TOPICS

Brooklyn Nets: They have a five-game winning streak for the first time since the 2014-15 season. Spencer Dinwiddie, an NBA G League alum who signed a multiyear contract extension last week, is averaging 24.6 points during the streak.

Buddy Hield, Kings: Sacramento’s top scorer (19.2 ppg) has recorded 15 games with at least 20 points this season, two more than he had in 80 appearances last season.

Kelly Krauskopf, Pacers: Krauskopf, who has spent the last 19 seasons as the Indiana Fever’s top executive and oversaw the Pacers’ NBA 2K League team in the last year, has been hired as assistant general manager of the Pacers.

Ben Simmons, 76ers: The second-year guard/forward’s 22-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound,no-turnover effort at Clevelandon Dec. 16 marked his 15th career triple-double, which is alreadytied with Chris Paul for seventhplace among active players.

Nikola Jokic, Nuggets: Jokic is averaging 21.7 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists in seven games this month.

Paul George, Thunder: The five-time All-Star is averaging 29.1 points (on 51.9 percent shooting from the field), 8.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in seven games in December.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki has 899 career regular-season wins, the sixth most inNBA history. Who are the top five players on the all-time wins list?


GO FIGURE

Reigning NBA MVP James Harden of Houston has four career 50-point triple-doubles, the most in league history.

All 29 Portland games have been won by the team that led after the third quarter. The Trail Blazers are 16-0 when leading and 0-13 when trailing after three quarters.

On Dec. 15 in Charlotte, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first Lakers teammates in 36 years to have triple- doubles in the same game.


NBA ON THIS DAY Dec. 20, 2005: Kobe Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters against Dallas, leaving the game with one more point than the Mavericks. Dec. 22, 1956: In his NBA debut, Boston’s Bill Russell scored six points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the St. Louis Hawks.


MILESTONE WATCH

Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks: Needs four games played to pass Karl Malone for fourth place all time. Kevin Durant, Warriors: Needs nine points to pass Larry Bird for 33rd place and 31 points to pass Gary Payton for 32nd all time. Stephen Curry, Warriors: Needs 10 points to reach 15,000 for his career. Doc Rivers, Clippers: Needs two victories to pass Jack Ramsay (864) for 13th place on the all-time coaching wins list.


G LEAGUE STANDOUT

Agua Caliente Clippers forward Johnathan Motley has scored at least 33 points in each of his last three games, raising his season average to 26.5 points to go with 11.4 rebounds. A two-way player with the LA Clippers, Motley went undrafted in 2017 and spent last season as a two-way player with Dallas.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

The top five players in regular-season wins are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1,074), Robert Parish (1,014), Tim Duncan (1,001), John Stockton (953) and Karl Malone (952).


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

December 17, 1976 The Philadelphia 76ers retired Billy Cunningham’s uniform #32. He scored 13,626 points in just nine seasons with the Sixers and was a member of the 1967 NBA Championship team.

December 17, 1991 Cleveland, which had eight different players score in double figures, defeated Miami 148-80 at Richfield Coliseum. The 68-point margin of victory set an NBA record, shattering the previous mark of 63 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 162-99 win over Golden State on March 19, 1972.

December 17, 1996 Atlanta set an NBA record by making 19 three-point field goals (in 27 attempts) during a 109-73 victory at Dallas. Mookie Blaylock led the Hawks’ barrage from downtown, hitting 7-of-10 attempts.

December 17, 1996 As part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary season, the Top Ten Coaches in NBA History were announced. The list included Red Auerbach, Chuck Daly, Bill Fitch, Red Holzman, Phil Jackson, John Kundla, Don Nelson, Jack Ramsay, Pat Riley and Lenny Wilkens.

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