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NBA NEWS - WEEK 5 - NOTES & FACTS

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James opens Week 5 needing 39 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list - (NBA photo)

 

 

Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain exemplified how to play the game without Showtime hot-dogging. The two battled for over a decade during the 60's. Since that time no NBA center could compare to their brute talent - (Library of Congress photo)

 

19-year-old Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is one of 108 International players on NBA rosters - (NBA photo)

 

For those in the know the former LA/Minneapolis Lakers great Elgin Baylor is the best pound for pound NBA player ever.

 

 

 

Golden State and Houston meet Thursday on TNT as the teams square off for the first time since Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals - Toronto has won six straight games to improve to an NBA-best 12-1. Nick Nurse is the first coach to win 12 of his first 13 games since Lawrence Frank started 13-0 with the Nets in 2004 - Montrezl Harrell, Clippers: He is averaging 19.3 points on 82.1 percent shooting (23-of-28) in his last three games, raising his field goal percentage for the season to 68.1 (third in the NBA) - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK USA

Monday, November 12, 2018

THREE POINTS

Chasing Wilt: The Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James opens Week 5 needing 39 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fifth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Los Angeles hosts Portland on Wednesday on ESPN, followed by game at Orlando on Saturday. The Lakers have won five of their last six games to move above .500 at 7-6.

Western Showdown: Golden State and Houston meet Thursday on TNT as the teams square off for the first time since Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals. This marks the start of a three-game road trip for the West-leading Warriors (11-2), who visit Dallas on Saturday and face San Antonio on Sunday on NBA TV. The Rockets have won four of their last six games.

Raptors Rolling: Toronto has won six straight games to improve to an NBA-best 12-1. Nick Nurse is the first coach to win 12 of his first 13 games since Lawrence Frank started 13-0 with the Nets in 2004. Pascal Siakam, a Basketball Without Borders alum from Cameroon, has scored in double figures in a career-high eight games in a row. Toronto’s Week 5 features a home game against New Orleans on Monday on NBA TV and a visit to Boston on Friday on ESPN.


TRENDING TOPICS

Hassan Whiteside, Heat: The 29-year-old center is averaging 18.3 points, 18.0 rebounds and 5.67 blocked shots in his last three games. For the season, he is averaging an NBA-high 3.55 blocks in 29.3 minutes.

Zach Collins, Trail Blazers: Collins has already scored in double figures as many times this season (seven) as he did all of last season as a rookie.

Montrezl Harrell, Clippers: He is averaging 19.3 points on 82.1 percent shooting (23-of-28) in his last three games, raising his field goal percentage for the season to 68.1 (third in the NBA).

Andre Drummond, Pistons: His current four-game streak with 20 or more points is a career high. He has also recorded five of the NBA’s eight games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds this season.

Brook Lopez, Bucks: The 11-year veteran made eight three-pointers in a victory against Denver on Nov. 11 – more threes than he hit in his first eight seasons combined. Lopez, a 7-foot center, ranks fifth in the NBA in three- pointers made (39) while shooting 41.9 percent from long range.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

Dallas’ Luka Doncic is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. Who was the last rookie to average at least 20/6/4 in a season?


ON THIS DAY

Nov. 14, 2009: Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings scores 55 points against Golden State in his seventh career game, the most points by an NBA rookie since 1968.

Nov. 15, 1960: The Lakers' Elgin Baylor scored 71 points, a then-NBA record, against the Knicks. Since then, his 71-point game has been topped seven times.

Nov. 16, 1962: The San Francisco Warriors' Wilt Chamberlain scored 73 points against the Knicks, now tied for the fourth-highest total in NBA history.

Nov. 16, 1957: The Celtics' Bill Russell grabbed the most rebounds in one half (32) in NBA history. He finished with 49 rebounds against the Philadelphia Warriors, now tied for the third-highest total ever.


MILESTONE WATCH

Jamal Crawford, Suns: Needs three points to pass Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen for 56th place all time.

Vince Carter, Hawks: Needs 44 points to reach 25,000 points for his career.

Marc Gasol, Grizzlies: Needs 25 rebounds to pass Zach Randolph for the all-time franchise lead. Gasol is already the Grizzlies’ career scoring leader.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

Michael Jordan. He averaged 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a rookie with Chicago in the 1984-85 season.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

November 12, 1980 Denver Nuggets center Dan Issel hit a fourth quarter layup during a 118-111 loss at New Jersey, lifting his career point total to 20,000 as he became the 12th man in pro basketball history to reach that plateau.

November 12, 1994 NBA All-Star balloting extended beyond the United States for the first time, as ballots were made available to fans at Foot Locker stores in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada and Australia.

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