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NBA NEWS - NBA NOTES & PREVIEW for WEEK 12

 

James Harden is having a December to remember, averaging 35.9 points - NBA photo

 

Gregg Popovich, Spurs: Needs five victories to pass Jerry Sloan for third - NBA photo

 

 

 

 

ON THIS DAY Jan. 5, 2001: Sacramento’s Chris Webber scored 51 points and grabbed 26 rebounds against Indiana - (NBA photo)

 

 

 

 

 

Raptors vs. Spurs: Thursday on TNT, Toronto and San Antonio meet for the first time since their July trade in which the Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard - Indiana Pacers: The Pacers (24-12) have won four consecutive games and 11 of 13. They lead the NBA in defensive rating (102.0) - NBA teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts on Saturday - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. USA

Monday, December 31, 2018

THREE POINTS

Historic Harden: Houston’s James Harden is having a December to remember, averaging 35.9 points entering tonight’s game against Memphis. The reigning NBA MVP has scored at least 35 in each of his last seven games – the NBA’s longest such streak since LeBron James’ nine-game run in 2006 – and 40 or more in three straight. Harden has also joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to post a seven-game streak with at least 35 points and five assists. Winners of nine of 10, Harden and the Rockets visit Golden State on Thursday on TNT.

Raptors vs. Spurs: Thursday on TNT, Toronto and San Antonio meet for the first time since their July trade in which the Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green from the Spurs for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick. San Antonio is 9-3 in its last 12 games. This is one of four Week 12 national TV games for Toronto, which also faces Utah on Tuesday, Milwaukee on Saturday and Indiana on Sunday (all NBA TV).

National Mentoring Month: As part of NBA Voices, the NBA has partnered with MENTOR since 2014 to highlight the power of mentoring. During National Mentoring Month in January, the NBA family will use PSAs, grassroots events, ticket donations and online organizing to encourage Americans to become mentors via mentoring.org/NBA. MENTOR will launch a new PSA featuring Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, while teams and players will support mentoring organizations through various events and programs. To date, the NBA has driven more than 46,000 new mentoring signups on its way to a goal of 50,000..


TRENDING TOPICS

Indiana Pacers: The Pacers (24-12) have won four consecutive games and 11 of 13. They lead the NBA in defensive rating (102.0). Indiana begins a five-game road trip on Friday in Chicago. Joe Harris, Nets: In his first season as a fulltime starter, Harris shot 56.5 percent from threepoint range in December and now ranks second in the NBA for the season at 48.3 percent.

Thomas Bryant, Wizards: The 21-year-old center is averaging 15.7 points (on 76.0 percent shooting from the field) and 7.5 rebounds in his last six games, which includes a 31-point, 13-rebound performance with 14-of-14 shooting from the field.

10-Day Contracts: NBA teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts on Saturday. Devin Booker, Suns: Booker has scored at least 25 points in each of his last eight games, the longest streak by a Sun since 2008. He also has eight assists or more in six straight games.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves: On Dec. 30 at Miami, Towns became the first player to have at least 34 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks and three steals in a game. (Blocks and steals were first recorded in 1973-74.)


GO FIGURE

Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon is shooting 98.2 percent from the free throw line this season, with one miss in 57 attempts

Brooklyn has played an NBA-high 12 games decided by three points or fewer. The Nets are 7-5 in those games.

San Antonio’s last nine victories (during its current 9-3 surge) have come by an average of 22.2 points.


NBA ON THIS DAY

Jan. 5, 2001: Sacramento’s Chris Webber scored 51 points and grabbed 26 rebounds against Indiana.

Jan. 6, 1995: Atlanta’s Lenny Wilkens earned his 939th victory as an NBA head coach, passing Red Auerbach for the most in league history. (Wilkens is now second with 1,332 wins; Don Nelson is No. 1 with 1,335 wins.)


MILESTONE WATCH

Gregg Popovich, Spurs: Needs five victories to pass Jerry Sloan for third place on the all-time coaching wins list. Three-Point List: Utah’s Kyle Korver (2,270) and Golden State’s Stephen Curry (2,257) are both on the verge of passing Jason Terry (2,282), who is third all time in three-pointers made.

Vince Carter, Hawks: Needs 78 points to pass Jerry West (25,192) for 21st place all time.

Kevin Durant, Warriors: Needs 28 points to reach 22,000 for his career.


G LEAGUE NEWS

On Dec. 29, Svi Mykhailiuk of the South Bay Lakers matched an NBA G League season high with 47 points in a 119-114 victory over the Northern Arizona Suns. Assigned to South Bay by the Los Angeles Lakers, the 47th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft was playing in his third career NBA G League game and his first in a month.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

Kevin Durant scored at least 30 points in 12 consecutive games from Jan. 7-29, 2014, the longest such streak by an active player.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

December 31, 1954 The Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers combined to attempt 127 free throws, the most ever in a regulation NBA game. Minneapolis won 103-91.

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