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NBA NEWS - NBA PREVIEW for WEEK 13

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James needs 35 points to join Kareem AbdulJabbar as the only players to reach 38,000 in a career - ( Erik Drost - photo)

 

Charles Barkley was a member of the 1992 USA Olympic Dream team BUT… he was never a member of an NBA title winning team

 

Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden Date 30 May 1985 - Steve Lipofsky www.Basketballphoto.com

 

Bill Russell is seen here in the green uniform guarding Wilt Chamberlain. They had some of the NBA's most classic battles. Russell sadly passed away Sunday at the age of 88 - (US Library of Congress image)

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James needs 35 points to join Kareem AbdulJabbar as the only players to reach 38,000 in a career - Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz: The Finnish forward is averaging 24.5 points this season - Denver has won 12 of its last 15 games - Julius Randle, New York Knicks: Randle is averaging 31.6 points and 12.7 rebounds in his last nine games - BAD BOYS = OUTTA POCKET - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, NY USA

Monday January 9, 2023

TIED AT THE TOP

The Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies begin Week 13 tied for first place in the Western Conference with identical 26-13 records. Both teams share the NBA’s best home record of 16-3 and are 10-10 on the road.

Denver has won 12 of its last 15 games. The Nuggets rank second in the NBA in offensive rating this season.

Memphis has won six consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NBA – and 14 of 18. The Grizzlies rank second in the NBA in defensive rating this season.

The Nuggets’ Week 13 schedule includes ESPNtelevised games against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday and the LA Clippers on Friday.

The Grizzlies’ next nationally televised game will take place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the start of Week 14 (Monday, Jan. 16) when they host the Suns at 6 p.m. ET on TNT.


IN THE ZONE

• Julius Randle, New York Knicks: Randle is averaging 31.6 points and 12.7 rebounds in his last nine games and has led New York to four straight victories.

• Thomas Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers: The 6-10 center is averaging 21.2 points and 13.6 rebounds during the Lakers’ season-high five-game winning streak.

Brooklyn Nets: Brooklyn has won 18 of its last 20 games – the best 20-game stretch in team history.

• Zach LaVine, Chicago Bulls: The two-time All-Star has scored 77 points and made 17 three-pointers over his last two games combined (both victories).

• Indiana Pacers: With six victories in their last seven games, the Pacers have moved a season-high five games above .500 (23-18).

• Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves have rebounded from a six-game losing streak to win four games in a row.

• Lauri Markkanen, Utah Jazz: The Finnish forward is averaging 24.5 points this season – nearly 10 points above his season average for 2021-22 (14.8 points).


LOOKING AHEAD

• 38K for LBJ: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James needs 35 points to join Kareem AbdulJabbar as the only players to reach 38,000 in a career. This week, the Lakers face the Denver Nuggets tonight (NBA League Pass), the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday (TNT) and the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday (NBA TV).

• Key Date: On Tuesday, all standard NBA contracts are guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

• Eastern Showdown: The Boston Celtics begin Week 13 leading the Brooklyn Nets by one game for first place in the Eastern Conference. The teams meet Thursday in Brooklyn (TNT).

• Crowd Pleaser: The Spurs are looking to break the attendance record for an NBA regular-season game when they host the Golden State Warriors on Friday at the Alamodome (ESPN). The record is 62,046 for Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls on March 27, 1998, at the Georgia Dome.

• ABC Matinee: On Saturday, the Miami Heat host the Milwaukee Bucks at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.


BAD BOYS = OUTTA POCKET

Clippers’ Marcus Morris Sr. fined

January 9, 2023

LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. has been fined $15,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a game official, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Clippers’ 128-115 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on January 6 at Target Center.

Celtics’ Marcus Smart fined

January 5, 2023

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $35,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a game official, it was announced today by Joe Dumars, Executive Vice President, Head of Basketball Operations. The incident, for which Smart was assessed a second technical foul and ejected, occurred with 2:46 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics’ 150-117 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 3 at Paycom Center.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

January 9, 1947 Don Martin of Providence became the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a matchup against Cleveland.

January 9, 1972 Milwaukee, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 120-104, ending the Lakers’ consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history.

January 9, 1972 The NBA’s 2,000,000th point occurred in either the Baltimore-Phoenix or Detroit-Buffalo game.

January 9, 1991 Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum, reaching the 15,000 point mark for his career. Jordan reached 15,000 points in 460 games, quicker than any player in NBA history except Wilt Chamberlain (358 games).

January 9, 1993 Detroit retired Hall of Fame center Bob Lanier’s jersey #16 at halftime of the Pistons-Warriors game. Lanier played 91/2 seasons with the Pistons and finished his career in Milwaukee.

January 9, 1996 Toronto established an NBA record by becoming the first team ever not to hit a foul shot during the course of a game. The Raptors are 0-of-3 from the line during a 92-91 loss to visiting Charlotte.

January 9, 2001 Patrick Ewing of the Seattle SuperSonics scored his 24,000th career point, becoming the 13th player in NBA history to reach that total.

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