With the second half of the 2020-21 season underway, the NBA is once again welcoming the world’s best basketball players back on the hardwood. Fresh from the NBA All-Star 2021 festivities, teams are now fighting for homecourt advantage in the race to the NBA Playoffs. Mark your calendars and catch all the exciting NBA action with the league’s premium subscription service – NBA League Pass powered by PLDT Home Fibr!
This weekend, the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers will face the Washington Wizards (March 13, Saturday, 9 am), which will feature All-Star teammates Joel Embiid and Bradley Beal. In their last meeting on January7, Beal scored a career-best 60 points, which was matched by Embiid’s 38 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks to lead the Sixers to a 141-136 win.
A rematch of last year’s first-round playoff matchup, the Dallas Mavericks will host the LA Clippers (March 16, Tuesday, 9 am) as they look to build on their impressive win during their Dec. 28 meeting that set an NBA-record 50-point lead at the half en route to a 124-73 win for their first victory of the season. Both teams are set to integrate a key missing player in the first meeting: Kawhi Leonard for LA and Kristaps Porzingis for Dallas.
Bringing the spotlight on all-time records, James Harden currently sits in fifth place all-time in 3-pointers made with 2,425 in 864 games played and needs 26 treys to pass Kyle Korver for fourth place. At his current 3-point rate of 3.3 3PM per game in 23 games with the Brooklyn Nets, it would take Harden eight games to pass Korver, which would come against the Jazz at Utah (March 25, Thursday, 10 am). Additionally, Chris Paul passed Oscar Robertson to climb to sixth place on the NBA’s all-time assists list and needs 188 assists to pass NBA Legend Magic Johnson. Paul currently ranks fifth in the league in assists at 8.8 per game for the Suns and would need 21 games to pass Johnson for fifth place at this current pace.
Finally, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are set to duel with Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on May 8, Saturday, 10 am. Outside of the 2020 Western Conference first round rematch, the matchup between James and Lillard will exhibit a showdown between this season’s top MVP candidates.
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Note: All records and statistics through games played on March 11, 2021