LA Clippers Extend Win Streak to 16-The Los Angeles Clippers completed a 19-point comeback victory against the Utah Jazz Friday night 116-114 to extend their incredible win streak to 16 games. Blake Griffin contributed 22 points and 13 points to the winning effort, helping LA secure the longest streak in the NBA since Boston went on a 19-game run in 2008 (Sporting News).
Nets Hand Bobcats 17th Straight Loss-The Bobcats also have an impressive streak going, but it’s of the opposite variety. The Brooklyn Nets won their first game under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo Friday night 97-81 over the Charlotte Bobcats, which suffered their 17th consecutive defeat. After getting out to a 7-5 start, things were seemingly beginning to turn in the right direction for Charlotte after winning just seven games all of last year, but this terrible skid has the Bobcats back in the doldrums amongst the league’s worst teams (Sports Illustrated).
UCLA Upsets #7 Missouri-After a bit of a slow start, including a loss to Cal Poly, UCLA is starting to find its groove, winning against No. 7 Missouri on Friday 97-94. Star Freshman Shabazz Muhammad hit the game-winning three-pointer with just over a minute to go and the Bruins held on for their 10th win of the year (CBS Sports).
Jordan Hamilton Fined $25,000 for Yelling at Fan-Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton has been fined $25,000 by the league for yelling profane language at a courtside fan during Denver’s 112-100 Tuesday defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers. Television cameras caught the second-year player yelling at the fan as he returned to the floor after chasing a loose ball out of bounds (Fox Sports).
Brooklyn Nets Consider Jeff Van Gundy to be Serious Coaching Candidate-Although Phil Jackson may be the ideal man for the job, the Brooklyn Nets are also strongly considering Jeff Van Gundy to replace the recently dismissed Avery Johnson. He has not received an offer, but when asked if he was interested, he said he would have to learn more about the organization first. Van Gundy is currently working as an ESPN analyst, but has had success as a head coach in the NBA before with the New York Knicks (1996-2001) and the Houston Rockets (2003-2007), (ESPN). (6)