The Dallas Mavericks snapped the Utah Jazz’s 7-game win streak making it the third time this season they’ve snapped streaks of seven or more games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it’s the first time in franchise history that they’ve snapped three streaks of seven or more games in a single season. The last teams to do so were the Hawks, Pistons and Lakers, all during the 2008-09 season.
Mavericks This Season
• At 11-9 the New York Knicks record is over .500 after 20 games for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Amare Stoudemire led the way with 34 points, his third straight 30-point game, which is the fifth time in his career he's strung together streaks of at least three straight 30-point performances.
More from Elias: Stoudemire has 491 points and 174 rebounds in 20 games for the Knicks. He's the first player in Knicks history to score that many points and haul in that many rebounds in his first 20 career games with the team. Honorable mention goes to Bob McAdoo, who had 483 points and 244 rebounds in his first 20 games with the Knicks.
• The Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday despite making 12 LESS field goals. One major reason is because they went to the free throw line 59 times. The last team to take that many free throw attempts in a game was the 2006-07 Knicks, who went to the line 63 times against the Detroit Pistons on Dec. 27, 2006.
• Kevin Garnett had 17 rebounds, all on the defensive end of the floor, in the Boston Celtics' win over the Chicago Bulls. He's the first Celtic to have that many rebounds and no offensive rebounds in a game since Larry Bird on Feb. 25, 1990 against the Nuggets. It was also the second time in KG's career that he's had 17 defensive rebounds and no offensive boards in a game.
• Rajon Rondo had 19 assists, five shy of his career high that he set back on Oct. 29. In the last three seasons, the only other players who have had multiple games with at least 19 assists in the same season are Steve Nash and Baron Davis.