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NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 22

Golden State’s Stephen Curry - (NBA Photo)

 

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Golden State’s Stephen Curry celebrates his 31st birthday on Thursday (March 14) - Lou Williams, Clippers: The two-time NBA Sixth Man Award winner needs 28 points to pass Dell Curry for the most career points off the bench since starters were first tracked in box scores (1970-71) - Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has accounted for 12 of the 24 triple-doubles in Raptors history - Gordon Hayward, Celtics: Hayward is averaging 19.0 points on 70.6 percent shooting from the field during Boston’s three-game winning streak - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK USA

Monday, March 11, 2019

THREE POINTS

Rockets Rolling: Houston has won a season-high eight consecutive games to surge into third place in the West and close within 2½ games of second-place Denver. The Rockets are 30-11 in their last 41 games, the NBA’s second-best record in that stretch (behind Milwaukee’s 32-9). Houston goes for nine in a row tonight against Charlotte (NBA TV) before facing Golden State on Wednesday (ESPN). With a win over the Warriors, Houston would become the first team to sweep a four-game season series against Golden State since San Antonio in 2013-14.

Primetime Showdown: In this week’s season finale of NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, the Warriors make their only visit to Oklahoma City during the 2018-19 regular season. The Thunder opens Week 22 tied with Portland for fourth place in the West, one game behind third-place Houston and 2½ games ahead of the Nos. 6-8 teams (Utah, San Antonio and the LA Clippers). Golden State leads Denver by 1½ games for the top spot in the conference.

Chasing Chamberlain: Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki needs 35 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for sixth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Nowitzki and the Mavericks are featured twice on TNT this week, hosting San Antonio on Tuesday and visiting Denver on Thursday. Last week, the 21-year veteran passed John Stockton for third place in career games played.


TRENDING TOPICS

Detroit Pistons: Detroit has won five straight games and 12 of 14. During the 12-2 stretch, the Pistons’ offensive rating is 4.9 points per 100 possessions better than that of any other team.

Gordon Hayward, Celtics: Hayward is averaging 19.0 points on 70.6 percent shooting from the field during Boston’s three-game winning streak.

NBA Awards: The 2019 NBA Awards on TNT presented by Kia will be held on Monday, June 24 at Barker Hangar in Santa Moncia, Calif. The third annual NBA Awards will honor the brightest stars and best moments from the 2018-19 season.

Mike Conley, Grizzlies: Conley is averaging 31.3 points and 7.7 assists during Memphis’ three-game winning streak, including 15.3 points per game in the fourth quarter.

San Antonio Spurs: San Antonio has rebounded from a 1-7 stretch with a five-game winning streak that includes victories over NBA-leading Milwaukee, the West’s No. 2 team in Denver and red-hot Detroit.

FIT Week: NBA and NBA G League teams and players will participate in NBA FIT Week presented by Kaiser Permanente from March 14-21, highlighting the importance of leading a healthy life mentally, physically and spiritually.


TRIVIA QUESTION: The Spurs have made the playoffs in 21 consecutive seasons, one shyof tying the NBA record. Who holds the record?


GO FIGURE

Toronto’s Kyle Lowry has accounted for 12 of the 24 triple-doubles in Raptors history. Golden State’s Stephen Curry celebrates his 31st birthday on Thursday (March 14). The Bucks have secured their first 50-win season since 2000-01 – the last time they advanced past the first round of the playoffs.


NBA ON THIS DAY

March 12, 1985: Larry Bird set a Boston franchise record by scoring 60 points in a 126-115 victory over Atlanta.

March 16, 2007: Kobe Bryant scored 65 points in the Lakers’ 116-111 overtime victory over Portland, the first of his four consecutive 50-point games.


MILESTONE WATCH

Lou Williams, Clippers: The two-time NBA Sixth Man Award winner needs 28 points to pass Dell Curry for the most career points off the bench since starters were first tracked in box scores (1970-71). Phoenix’s Jamal Crawford is eight points behind Williams.

Russell Westbrook, Thunder: Needs five assists to pass Muggsy Bogues (6,726) for 22nd place all time.

Klay Thompson, Warriors: Needs six three-pointers to pass Peja Stojakovic (1,760) for 17th place all time.


G LEAGUE

Capital City Go-Go guard Jordan McRae recently set an NBA G League record for consecutive 30-point games with 10. A two-way player withthe Washington Wizards, McRae is averaging30.7 points in 29 NBA G League games. McRae,the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, hasappeared in 19 games for the Wizards in 2018-19.


TRIVIA ANSWER

The Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers hold the NBA record for consecutive playoff appearances with 22 (1949-50 to 1970-71).


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

March 11, 1965 Boston’s Bill Russell grabbed 49 rebounds, the third-highest total in NBA history, in a 112-100 win over Detroit at Providence.

March 11, 2000 Rolando Blackman, holder of 24 Dallas Mavericks’ records, was honored by the team when it retired his jersey #22 during halftime of Dallas' game against Phoenix at Reunion Arena. Blackman joined Brad Davis (no. 15) as the only Mavericks to be so honored.

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