NBA News And Notes: Nov. 12
• Utah has won its past three games despite facing a double-digit deficit at halftime in each game. No other team in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55) has won three straight games in that fashion. Atlanta, meanwhile, has won the past 11 regular-season games in which it led at halftime.
• Brandon Roy's streak of 28 straight free throws made is the longest current streak for any NBA player. The only players with longer streaks than Roy's at any time this season are Corey Maggette and Kevin Martin, who each had streaks of 34 consecutive free throws made.
• Utah's road trip continues tonight after back-to-back victories at Miami and Orlando. Only once in franchise history have the Jazz won three straight games, all on the road, and all against teams that entered those games with a winning record. That was in March 1990, with wins in consecutive games at Chicago, Milwaukee and Denver. The last NBA team to post victories in three straight games on the road against winning teams was Phoenix, last season (Jan. 31-Feb. 3).
Start Of Something?
Now that DeShawn Stevenson has given the Dallas Mavericks two solid games as the starting shooting guard, has he given coach Rick Carlisle enough confidence to keep him in that role until Roddy Beaubois returns from injury?
Carlisle wouldn't commit that far, but he's clearly been impressed with how the veteran guard, mostly a fringe rotation player since he was acquired last February, has competed at both ends of the floor as an emergency starter. Carlisle initially made the move in Monday's game against the Boston Celtics to allow Jason Terry to spark a bench crew that was struggling to score.
"I love the way he's playing. He's been ready to play every single game he's been here in a Mavs uniform," Carlisle said of Stevenson. "It's a credit to his professionalism."
Stevenson certainly hasn't given Carlisle any reason not to start him for a third consecutive game in tonight's home game against the Philadelphia 76ers (2-6), losers at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. The Sixers were without Andre Iguodala for a second straight game with Achilles tendinitis in his right foot.
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• The Jazz head to Atlanta on Friday night, and it'll be a battle of two teams who appear to be going in opposite directions at the moment. Keeping that in mind, I still love the matchup for Al Horford, as the Jazz just don't have the interior defensive presence to keep him from going off.
• The Pacers and Rockets have both put up some big offensive numbers on multiple occasions this season and, seeing as Yao Ming won't play, there's a good chance the matchup will turn into a track meet. Get anyone on your roster from both teams into your lineup and reap the benefits.
• Samuel Dalembert is back in the starting lineup and putting up nice numbers for the Kings, and any time a halfway decent big man goes up against the Suns, it's a good idea to get him into your lineup.