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ON THIS DAY... March 2, 1962: The Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a 169-147 win over New York in Hershey, Pa - Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: Markkanen is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last eight games - Russell Westbrook, Thunder: He has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games, the fourth such streak of his career - Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and John Stockton join Chris Paul as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. USA

Monday, February 25, 2019

THREE POINTS

Portland In Position: Last season, Portland won its first 12 games after the All-Star break en route to securing the third playoff seed in the West. This season, the Trail Blazers are 2-0 since the break to tip off a seven-game road trip, moving them two games behind Oklahoma City for third place in the conference. Portland, which has a 21-10 record in its last 31 games, is featured twice on ESPN this week: visits to Boston on Wednesday and Toronto on Friday.

Must-See TNT: In Week 20, TNT’s two doubleheaders showcase teams all fighting for playoff position. On Tuesday, Toronto hosts Boston and OKC visits Denver. The Nuggets, one game behind Golden State for first place in the West, are also part of Thursday’s doubleheader when they meet Utah, which trails Houston by one game for fifth place in the West. That game is preceded by the Thunder facing Philadelphia, which leads the Celtics by one game for fourth place in the East.

Milestone Moments: LeBron James is on the verge of more milestones. With his next assist, the 15-time All-Star will pass Andre Miller (8,524) for sole possession of 10th place in NBA history. James is also 155 points from passing Michael Jordan (32,292) for fourth place all time. In addition, James needs to make 35 field goals to supplant Kobe Bryant (11,719) for fifth place on that list. The Lakers’ Week 20 schedule includes ESPNtelevised home games against New Orleans on Wednesday and NBA-leading Milwaukee on Friday.


TRENDING TOPICS

Playoff Eligibility Waiver Deadline: Friday (March 1) marks the last day that an NBA player can be waived and still be eligible to play in the 2019 playoffs.

Indiana Pacers: Indiana has rebounded from a four-game losing streak to win eight of its last nine games, moving 20 games above .500 for the first time since the 2013-14 season.

Andre Drummond, Pistons: The two-time All-Star center is averaging 22.2 points (on 70.2 percent shooting from the field), 16.4 rebounds, 2.33 blocked shots and 2.11 steals in the last nine games – a 7-2 stretch for Detroit.

Lauri Markkanen, Bulls: Markkanen is averaging 26.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in his last eight games, which includes a current seasonhigh three-game winning streak for Chicago.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: He has scored at least 40 points in each of his last three games, the fourth such streak of his career. No other active player has more than two streaks of that kind. Orlando Magic: Orlando is 8-2 in its last 10 games, highlighted by a victory against each of the top three teams in the East (Milwaukee, Toronto and Indiana).


TRIVIA QUESTION:

Chris Paul recently became the fifth player in NBA history with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds. Who are the other four players?


NBA ON THIS DAY

Feb. 25, 1977: The New Orleans Jazz’s Pete Maravich scored 68 points in a 124-107 victory against New York, now one of eight players to reach that total in a game.

March 2, 1962: The Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA-record 100 points in a 169-147 win over New York in Hershey, Pa.


MILESTONE WATCH

Chris Paul, Rockets: Needs 56 assists to pass Isiah Thomas for seventh place all time. Also needs four steals to pass Karl Malone (2,085) for 10th place.

Vince Carter, Hawks: Needs 50 points to pass Reggie Miller (25,279) for 20th place all time.

Rajon Rondo, Lakers: Needs 27 assists to pass Deron Williams (6,819) for 20th place all time.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs 39 assists to pass Kevin Johnson (6,711) for 23rd place all time and 54 assists to pass Muggsy Bogues (6,726) for 22nd place.


G LEAGUE WATCH

The Atlanta Hawks’ NBA G League affiliate will be known as the College Park Skyhawks next season, as announced last week. Relocating from Erie, Pa., the Skyhawks will play at the Gateway Center in College Park, Ga., beginning with the 2019-20 season. The new arena, set to open in November 2019, will seat 3,500 for NBA G League games.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and John Stockton join Chris Paul as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

February 25, 1977 “Pistol” Pete Maravich scored a career-high 68 points as the New Orleans Jazz defeated New York 124-107. Only five NBA players have ever scored more than 68 points in a game.

February 25, 1995 During Philadelphia’s 84-75 home setback against Indiana, Dana Barros hits a single three-pointer, giving him the NBA single-season record of 44 consecutive games with at least one three-point field goal, breaking Michael Adams’ previous mark of 43. Barros stretched the streak to 58 games by the season’s end and 89 games before it ended on January 12, 1996.

February 25, 1998 Bill Fitch passed Red Auerbach (938) to become at the time the second-winningest coach in NBA history with a 117-108 win over Philadelphia.

February 25, 1999 The NBA and Hard Rock Care, International broke ground and unveiled the name – NBA City – and logo of the first-ever NBA restaurant. NBA City opened in summer 1999 in the Citywalk entertainment district at Universal Studios Escape in Orlando, Florida.

February 25, 1999 Indiana’s Reggie Miller becomes the first NBA player to reach 4,000 three-point field goal attempts in a 81-74 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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