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Clippers improve to 31-9
From Elias: The Clippers defeated the Timberwolves on Thursday to improve to 31-9 this season. That's easily the most wins over any 40-game span in team history. Before this season, the team's most wins over 40 games was 27, done twice: in 1974-75 when the team was known as the Buffalo Braves, and 1978-79 when the Clippers played in San Diego. Before this season, the Clippers had never won more than 25 of 40 games in one season since moving to Los Angeles.
Lamar Odom came off the bench to lead the Clippers outright in rebounds (12) and assists (6). Only three other players have led their team outright in each category this season in a game that they didn't start: J.R. Smith for the Knicks on January 1; Jordan Crawford for the Wizards on December 8; and Tiago Splitter for the Spurs on November 26.
The buck stops here
From Elias: Milwaukee won in Phoenix for the first time in nearly 26 years on Thursday, by a 98-94 score. Its last win in Phoenix was on Feb. 21, 1987, when the Bucks' starting five for Don Nelson's team was Jack Sikma, Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, John Lucas and Sidney Moncrief.
Entering the game, Phoenix had the second-longest current home winning streak by one team against another. San Antonio has won its last 27 home games against Golden State (and the Spurs host the Warriors on Friday).
Between Nelson's win and Jim Boylan's on Thursday, nine Bucks head coaches lost in Phoenix during the streak: Del Harris, Frank Hamblen, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Ford, George Karl, Terry Porter, Terry Stotts, Larry Krystkowiak and Scott Skiles.
Monta Ellis was the game's high scorer with 24 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Ellis had made only 38 of 119 field goal attempts (31.9 percent) in his previous seven games against the Suns.
25 is the magic number for New York
From Elias: The Knickerbockers defeated the Pistons on Thursday to improve to 25-13 this season. That ties the fewest games the Knicks have needed to reach 25 wins over the last 16 seasons; they also reached 25 wins in 38 games in the 2000-01 season.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points, giving him 25 straight games with 20 or more points. That's the fourth-longest single-season streak in Knicks history, and he's only four shy of the team record. Richie Guerin scored at least 20 points in 29 consecutive games to end the 1961-62 season.