5, Jan. 2 start: Jazz's triple-double drought ends; Celtics vs. Thunder Looms

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Dates between the last 2 Jazz triple-doubles, after Jordan Clarkson broke the 16-year streak last night.

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January 2, 2024 | 6 minutes of reading.

👀 want– Watch from New Year's Day

🔥 New-Look teams get debut wins

📸 Photos of the night

🦄 Unicorn meets unicorn

🎆 Players, teams ring in the New Year

📺 Bulls in six (7 ETNBA TV): Joel Embiid is expected to return to the Sixers in 2024. Can he continue his 30/10 streak after missing the final four games of 2023?

📺 Magic at Warriors (10 ETNBA TV): The Warriors have lost three straight overall and three straight to the Magic (dated Mar. 2022). Tonight in SF they look to pick up both streaks.

📲 Celtics at Thunder (8 ETNBA App): The No. 1 seed in the East (and the league is 26-6) hosts the No. 2 seed in the West (22-9), when the Celtics and Thunder meet at TD Garden. Four games in use.

1. Must watch from New Year's Day

💰 Dropping Times

💥 Best results and more

2. New-look Knicks & Raptors pick up wins following trade

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🦖 Raptors 124, Cavs 121
🏀 TOR 13-20, CLE 18-15 | Review

Pascal Chiagam scored the first goal A game-high 36 pointsScotty Barnes added 20 (incl Go bucket), and newcomers RJ Barrett and Emmanuel Quigley 33 combined in their Raptors debuts. Watch the finale at 2:24.

🗽 Knicks 112, Wolves 106
🏀 NYK 18-15, MIN 24-8 | Review

Julius Randle Came through the clutchHis 12 marks Game-Maximum 39 points The Knicks beat the West-leading Wolves in the fourth. OG Anunoby had 17 points in his Knicks debutJalen Brunson dished out a Career-high 14 assists.

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🏎️ Pacers 122, Bucks 113
🏀 IND 18-14, MIL 24-9 | Review

The Pacers improved to 3-1 against the Bucks this season, overcoming a 15-point deficit. Dyers Halliburton (26 pts, 9 reb, 11 ast) and a dominant bench (outrebounded the Bucks' reserves 70-16) led by Ben Mathurin (25 pts, 13 reb). Giannis (30 pts, 18 reb, 11 ast) is now averaged 46.3 ppg and 13.5 rpg in the season series that ends Wednesday at Indy.

🚀 Rockets 136, Pistons 113
🏀 HOU 16-15, IT 3-30 | Review

Albaren Sengun had 26 points (including Impossible and-1) and nine assists, while Houston's Amen Thompson (12 pts, 6 ast, 2 steal) bested Detroit's Auser Thompson (5 pts, 4 reb, 2 blk) in doubles. First head-to-head match … on Double night.

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☀️ Suns 109, Blazers 88
🏀 PHX 18-15, BY 9-23 | Review

Despite the absence of Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal scored 21 points to lead Phoenix to its fourth straight win. Jusuf Nurkic Peel's influence: „He changes everything.”

🎷 Jazz 127, Mavs 90
🏀 Road 15-19, Track 19-15 | Review

On December 6, the Mavericks defeated the Jazz by 50 runs (matching the second largest losing streak in franchise history). The Jazz avenged that loss with a 37-point victory Jordan Clarkson's first career triple-double (20 pts, 10 reb, 11 ast) and the first by a Jazz player in nearly 16 years (Carlos Boozer, Feb 13, 2008). Kyrie Irving had 14 points and 9 rebounds for Dallas in his first game since Dec. 8.

⚒️ Nuggets 111, Hornets 93
🏀 DEN 24-11, CHA 7-24 | Review

Jamal Murray (25 pts, 7 ast, 5 3s) and Michael Porter Jr. (22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 3s) combined for 47 points to lead the Nuggets past the Hornets. Aaron Gordon scored 10 points in 25 minutes in his first game since Christmas.

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Clippers 121, Heat 104
🏀 LAC 20-12, MIA 19-14 | Review

Dec. In his first game after 20, Kawhi Leonard dropped 24 points, had six rebounds, five assists and four steals in LA's third-straight win. Paul George (23) and Norman Powell (22) combined for 45 runs and Baum scored 21 and 15 runs.

3. Photographs of the night

Jordan Clarkson made history in Utah. | Melissa Majczak/NBAE via Getty Images

The Thompson Twins in Houston. |Carmen Mantado/Getty Images

Kawhi Leonard returns to the Clippers. |Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images

Ish Smith gets his championship ring. | Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

OG Anunoby big block in his Knicks debut. | Nathaniel S. via Getty Images Butler/NBAE

RJ Barrett and Emmanuel Quigley have joined Toronto. | Van Ridley/NBAE via Getty Images

4. Unicorn meets unicorn

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Kristaps Porzingis The NBA didn't introduce the term 'unicorn'.

But when the Latvian-born big man went No. 4 overall to the Knicks in the 2015 NBA Draft, that term took over.

Porzingis can It's got a capital U, but a 'unicorn' has emerged to describe a new generation of big men in the league – one who can dominate the paint, run the floor and rain threes on your head.

TonightOne of the newest members of the Unicorn Society — Oklahoma City star rookie Seth Holmgren — hosts KP and the Celtics in a showdown between East leader Boston and West second-place OKC (8 ET, NBA App)

  • Porzingis in Boston: Made KP's title-chasing Celtic team even better from the moment he arrived. His 12.7 NetRtg ranks second on the team (250 minutes per game), behind Derrick White. There are Cs 4.5 points is best 100 for the post. With him on the ground versus off.
  • Homgren's immediate impact: present No. 1 on Steve Ashburner's rookie ladder, Holmgren's fourth blocks in the league, and on November 18 became the second rookie in Thunder/Sonics history to record 35+ points, 10+ rebounds & 5+ assists in a game. Other? Caddy
  • Can you join Sade KP? Porzingis is the only rookie in NBA history to record at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 75 treys & 100 blocks in 2015-16. If Holmgren continues his current average of 65+ games, he will be second.
  • Already elite: Porzingis & Holmgren rank second among seven centers in the league with 50-30-80 lines this year.

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Chet or KP?

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Let's play a game. Can you guess who each of these is about? Answers to section 5 below.

  1. He went for 16 points In his NBA debut
  2. He became the first rookie Tim Duncan put up 24+ pts, 14+ reb & 7+ blk a game.
  3. He became the first rookie Because Duncan has 7+ blocks in back-to-back games
  4. He was named Kia NBA Rookie of the Month for November & December to kick off his NBA career.
  5. Who is this quote about? „He's a real unicorn-type player, and with the talent he has, sometimes helping the team is tapping into his talent.”
  6. how is it? „His most notable skill is his pure shot. He has great mechanics, long range and a quick release. Adding to that, he's impossible to guard because of his height.”

5. Group Chat: Ring in the New Year

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Chet or KP: Answers

  1. Porzingis
  2. Porzingis, on November 21, 2015
  3. Chet, A few weeks ago
  4. Whatever you guessed, you're right! Both did it
  5. Chet, from Profile of Royce Young for OKCTthunder.com This fall
  6. KP, in one of his pre-draft profiles: This From Timberwolves.com in '15

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