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NBA NEWS - PREVIEW for WEEK 5

Houston’s James Harden is evoking memories of Wilt Chamberlain. Harden has scored 513 points in 480 minutes for an average of 39.5 ppg, the most points through 13 games since Wilt’s 696 (53.5 ppg) in 1962-63 - (Keith Allison photo)

 

 

 

Devin Booker - (NBA Photo)

 

Aron Baynes, Suns - (NBA Photo)

 

Carmelo Anthony - (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)

 

 

 

Carmelo Anthony is poised to become the third player selected in the 2003 NBA Draft to be active this season. Who are the other two? - Nov. 24, 1960: Fifty-nine years ago this week, the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain grabbed an NBA-record 55 rebounds against Boston - The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam has increased his scoring average by 18.9 points from 2017-18 (7.3) to this season (26.2) - Heat: Miami (9-3) has matched the best 12-game start in franchise history - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK USA

Monday, November 18, 2019

THREE POINTS

Historic Harden: Houston’s James Harden is evoking memories of Wilt Chamberlain. Harden has scored 513 points in 480 minutes for an average of 39.5 ppg, the most points through 13 games since Wilt’s 696 (53.5 ppg) in 1962-63. Chamberlain averaged 44.8 points that season, on the heels of 50.4 points in 1961-62. Those are the only two times that a player has averaged 39 points or more in a season. Harden and the Rockets seek their eighth straight victory when they host Portland tonight on NBA TV. Houston visits the Clippers on Friday on ESPN.

Rising Suns: Phoenix (7-4) is off to its best start since opening 9-2 in 2009-10. The Suns rank fifth in the NBA in offensive rating after finishing 28th last season. The improvement is led by Devin Booker, who is averaging 25.5 points and shooting 53.7 FG%/50.0 3FG%/94.3 FT%. Phoenix’s Week 5 schedule includes Thursday’s home game against New Orleans on TNT.

Smooth C’s: A one-point loss at Sacramento on Nov. 17 snapped Boston’s 10-game winning streak. The East-leading Celtics commit the fewest turnovers in the NBA and are one of three teams to rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating. Jayson Tatum leads the league in plus-minus, Jaylen Brown’s scoring average (20.1 ppg) is up 7.1 points from last season and offseason addition Kemba Walker (23.8 ppg, 5.0 apg, 4.8 rpg) is thriving. The Celtics visit the Clippers on Wednesday on ESPN.


ONE MONTH IN …

Wizards: They lead the NBA in offensive rating after ranking 15th last season.

Lakers: They lead the NBA in defensive rating after ranking 13th last season.

Heat: Miami (9-3) has matched the best 12-game start in franchise history.

Devonte’ Graham, Hornets: The 2018 second- round pick is averaging team highs of 18.8 points and 7.1 assists, up from 4.7 ppg and 2.6 apg as a rookie last season.

Aron Baynes, Suns: The 32-year-old Australian center is averaging 15.0 points with a career-high 22 three-pointers. His best scoring season was 6.6 ppg in 2014-15.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

Carmelo Anthony is poised to become the third player selected in the 2003 NBA Draft to be active this season. Who are the other two?


NBA CARES SEASON OF GIVING

NBA Cares Season of Giving begins today and continues through Christmas Day on Dec. 25, brightening the holidays for thousands of children, families and those in need.

All 30 NBA teams will host local events during Season of Giving. Players, legends, coaches and teams will lead hundreds of activities to engage communities through education, health and wellness and hands-on service.

The NBA family will use #NBACares across social media to highlight charitable efforts. Fans are encouraged to share their good deeds around the holidays using #NBACares.


GO FIGURE

The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam has increased his scoring average by 18.9 points from 2017-18 (7.3) to this season (26.2).

Paul George has scored 70 points in 44minutes in his first two games as a Clipper.

The Hornets have trailed by double figuresin all six of their victories this season.


NBA BACK IN THE DAY

Nov. 20, 1997: Twenty-two years ago this week, Dallas’ A.C. Green played in his 907th consecutive game to break Randy Smith’s NBA record.

Nov. 24, 1960: Fifty-nine years ago this week, the Philadelphia Warriors’ Wilt Chamberlain grabbed an NBA-record 55 rebounds against Boston.


MILESTONE WATCH

La Marcus Aldridge, Spurs: Needs 44 points to pass Jason Terry for 60th place in NBA history.

LeBron James, Lakers: Needs five steals to pass Derek Harper for 14th place in NBA history. … Needs nine three-pointers to pass Peja Stojakovic for 18th place in NBA history. … Needs 21 rebounds to reach 9,000 for his career.

Rajon Rondo (Lakers) and Russell West-brook (Rockets): Rondo (6,989) and West-brook (6,972) are closing in on 7,000 assists – a mark achieved by 17 players.


SAVE THE DATE

Nov. 27: Kyrie Irving and the Nets are in Boston. Anthony Davis and the Lakers meet the Pelicans in New Orleans.

Dec. 11: Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers visit Toronto.

Dec. 12 & 14: NBA Mexico City Games 2019 with Mavs-Pistons (12th) and Spurs-Suns (14th). Dec. 22: Paul George returns to OKC as the Clippers take on the Thunder.


TRIVIA ANSWER:

Carmelo Anthony (No. 3) is set to join LeBron James (No. 1) and KyleKorver (No. 51) as the only active players selected in the 2003 NBA Draft.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

May 18, 1975 Rick Barry hit a jumper with 38 seconds remaining to put Game 1 of the NBA Finals out of reach as Golden State defeated Washington 101-95. Barry, the series MVP, continued with dominating performances as the Warriors swept the Bullets 4-0 to take the title.

May 18, 1998 Michael Jordan is named the 1998 NBA Most Valuable Player, earning his fifth MVP honor, tied for the second-most league MVP awards with the legendary Bill Russell. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named NBA MVP a record six times.

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