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Denver’s Nikola Jokic - (NBA photo)

 

 

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Stephen Curry leads Golden State against Luka Doncic and Dallas on Thursday - (Keith Allison - ( photo) )

 

 

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Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday (TNT) in their first matchup since the 2020 Western Conference Finals - Tuesday’s matchup between the LA Clippers and Brooklyn (TNT) features two prolific offenses. LA, an NBA-leading 16-5 after 10 victories in its last 11 games - Stephen Curry leads Golden State against Luka Doncic and Dallas on Thursday (TNT) and Saturday (ABC) - The Lakers’ LeBron James needs to make eight field goals to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the third most in NBA history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Monday, February 01, 2021

PLAYOFF REMATCH:

Denver and the Los Angeles Lakers meet Thursday (TNT) in their first matchup since the 2020 Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets are 6-1 in their last seven games. Denver’s Nikola Jokic is the first player in 44 years to start a season with 20 consecutive double-doubles. On Jan. 31, the 25-year-old center from Serbia tied his career high with 47 points as Denver snapped Utah’s 11-game winning streak. Jokic and the Nuggets face a Lakers team that currently has the NBA’s top defensive rating.

HARD TO HANDLE:

Tuesday’s matchup between the LA Clippers and Brooklyn (TNT) features two prolific offenses. LA, an NBA-leading 16-5 after 10 victories in its last 11 games, is shooting a league-high 41.6% from three-point range, which would be the league’s second-highest mark ever over a full season. The Nets lead the NBA in scoring (122.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (49.8%). Both teams are also part of ESPN’s doubleheader Friday as the Nets host Toronto and the Clippers take on Boston.

BLOCK PARTY:

Indiana’s Myles Turner has been a defensive standout this season. The 6-11 center leads the NBA in blocked shots at 3.89 per game; it’s been more than 20 years since a player averaged that many blocks in a full season. On Wednesday, Turner and the Pacers visit a Milwaukee team led by two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player and 2019-20 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo (ESPN).

LET’S PLAY TWO:

Stephen Curry leads Golden State against Luka Doncic and Dallas on Thursday (TNT) and Saturday (ABC). Curry, who recently passed Reggie Miller for second place in career three-pointers made, has scored the most total points in the NBA this season. Doncic has posted an NBA-high six triple-doubles after leading the league with 17 last season.

MILESTONE WATCH:

The Lakers’ LeBron James needs to make eight field goals to pass Wilt Chamberlain for the third most in NBA history. … Portland’s Carmelo Anthony, who ranks 14th on the NBA’s career scoring list, trails No. 13.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

February 1, 1967 The American Basketball Association was born. The league, which fielded 11 teams in its first season, lasted until the 1975-76 season, when it was forced to disband after facing financial difficulties. Four former ABA clubs joined the NBA in the summer of 1976--the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York (now New Jersey) Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

February 1, 1984 Bernard King scored 50 points for the Knicks at Dallas, equaling the 50 he tallied the night before in San Antonio. He was the first player to score 50 points on consecutive nights since Wilt Chamberlain did it 20 years earlier.

February 1, 1984 David J. Stern officially took over as the NBA’s fourth Commissioner, replacing the retired Larry O’Brien, who had served as Commissioner since 1975. Stern had previously served as the NBA’s first General Counsel and later as Executive VP of Legal & Business Affairs.

February 1, 1995 With a crisp bounce pass to teammate Karl Malone, who hit a jumper from the corner, Utah guard John Stockton became the NBA’s all-time leader in assists with 9,922, surpassing the mark previously established by Magic Johnson. Utah topped visiting Denver 129-88 and Stockton finished with a game-high 16 assists.

February 1, 1996 Chicago defeated host Sacramento 105-85, giving the Bulls a 40-3 record, the most wins ever in a season with just three losses. That broke the 197 1-72 LA Lakers’ record, who started the season with a 39-3 mark but then lost their 43rd game to give them a 39-4 record.

February 1, 1998 Karl Malone scored 20 points to pass Oscar Robertson (26,710 points) for sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

February 1, 2001 Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz grabbed the 13,000th rebound of his career in an 87-76 win over Charlotte, helping him become the sixth player in NBA history to record 26,000 points and 13,000 rebounds in his career. Malone joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Hakeem Olajuwon.

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