Warriors finally lose when Curry scores 30-plus
The Warriors received 38 points from Stephen Curry but lost to the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night. Golden State had won 24 consecutive games when Curry scored 30 or more points prior to Wednesday’s action. That was the longest streak of consecutive games won by a player when scoring 30 or more points since Jamaal Wilkes’ teams were victorious in an NBA record 28 consecutive contests when he registered at least 30 points from 1976 to 1982. Wilkes played for both the Warriors and Lakers and appeared in 516 games during his streak before it ended on January 5, 1983 when he scored 36 points in an overtime loss to the 76ers.
James Harden recorded his 10,000th career point in the Rockets’ win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Harden became the 330th player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 point milestone, but he is only one of six players with more free throws made (3,111) than field goals made (2,951) through the game in which their 10,000th point was recorded. The others are Neil Johnston, Ed Macauley, Corey Maggette, Cedric Maxwell and Dolph Schayes.
Kevin Durant recorded 29 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Thunder’s win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. It marked the sixth time that Durant and Ibaka each recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game as teammates (Oklahoma City is 5-1 in those games). The only other current pair of teammates to do that at least six times are the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (eight times) and the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris (six times).
Celtics beat Pacers with strong finish
The Celtics trailed the Pacers by a score of 94-91 with just 2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter but rallied to score the final 12 points of the game and came away with a 103-94 victory on Wednesday night. It’s the first time the Celtics scored the final 12 or more points of a game turning a deficit into a win since March 13, 2004, when they shocked the Wizards by scoring the game’s final 14 points in a 111-102 victory.
Miles is the latest to misfire from beyond the arc
C.J. Miles misfired on all nine of his three-point attempts in Indiana’s loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night. Although we are less than half way through the NBA season, it is already the fourth time that a player has gone 0-for-9 or worse from beyond the arc in a game this season, with Miles joining James Harden (0-for-10 on November 1), Paul George (0-for-9 on December 3) and Kyle Korver (0-for-10 on December 29) on the list. That ties the most such performances in a single season since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. During the 2003-04 season,Charlie Ward (New York), Baron Davis (New Orleans), Tracy McGrady (Orlando) and Jamal Crawford (Chicago) each went 0-for-9 or worse from three-point range in a game.
Brown’s first win ends Nets’ home losing streak
The Nets ended a 10-game home losing streak with a victory over the Knicks in Brooklyn and in the process handed interim head coach Tony Brown his first career victory. Brown is only the third head coach in NBA history whose first career win ended a single-season home losing streak of 10 or more games. The only other head coaches to do that are Kevin Loughery whose first career win came when the 76ers topped the Bucks ending a 10-game home losing streak on February 14, 1973; and Melvin Hunt, who led the Nuggets to a win over the Bucks snapping Denver’s 10-game home skid on March 3, 2015 for his initial NBA win.
Millsap the lone double-digit scorer for Hawks
Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 20 points but was the only member of Atlanta to reach double digits in scoring in the team’s loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night. It marked the second time this season that Atlanta had only one player score 10 or more points with the other instance coming on December 12 against San Antonio. No other team has had even one such game this season. Prior to this season, the Hawks had only three games in which they had one double-figure scorer in the shot-clock era (1963, 2002 and 2013).
The Wizards defeated the Bucks by a score of 106-101 on Wednesday. Khris Middleton (25), Jabari Parker (22) and Greg Monroe (21) each topped the 20-point mark for Milwaukee while John Wall led the winners with just 19 points. This season, the only other team to win a game without a 20-point scorer against an opponent with at least three players with 20 or more points was the Mavericks against the Pelicans on November 7. Deron Williams led Dallas with 19 points, while Anthony Davis (25), Eric Gordon (21) and Ryan Anderson (21) each scored at least 20 for New Orleans.
Damian Lillard had 21 points, 10 assists and two steals in Portland’s victory over Utah on Wednesday night. Lillard has now recorded at least 20 points, nine assists and two steals in each of his last four games, equaling the longest such streak in the last eight seasons. Since 2008-09, Chris Paul has done it three times (twice in 2008-09 and once in 2013-14) and Devin Harris (2008-09) and Stephen Curry(2012-13) have done it once each.
Pelicans coast to road win
The Pelicans entered the fourth quarter with a 90-65 lead and held on to beat the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night. It’s only the fourth time in the 547 road games the team has played in its franchise history that New Orleans has led by 25 or more points entering the final quarter. The only other such occurrences were on November 21, 2008 (26-point lead at Oklahoma City), November 9, 2009 (31-point lead at LA Clippers) and January 21, 2011 (25-point lead at Atlanta).