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Warriors now 15-0, tying the best start in NBA history

The 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors tied the NBA record for best start to a season by improving to 15-0 with tonight’s 118-105 win at Denver, equaling the mark set by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

The Warriors are the first defending champion in NBA history to begin the season 15-0.

Dating back to 2014-15, the Warriors have won 19 consecutive regular-season games, extending a franchise-record streak and becoming the 10th team in NBA history to win 19-straight regular-season contests. The Warriors are the first team to post win streaks of at least 15 games in consecutive seasons since the Spurs did so in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Golden State also improved upon its best road start in club history at 7-0 away from home, tying the second-longest road win streak in team annals.

The Warriors, who posted a franchise-best record of 67-15 before capturing the 2015 NBA title, are now 82-15 (.845) in the regular season dating back to 2014-15 and 98-20 (.831) including the playoffs.

Andre Drummond, James Harden named Players of Week

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond and Houston Rockets guard James Harden were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 8.

Drummond helped the Pistons to a 2-1 week behind averages of 22.0 points (fourth in the East) and a league-leading 24.3 rebounds. He collected a point-rebound double-double in all three contests, and had two games where he posted 25-plus points alongside 25-plus rebounds. Drummond, who shot 68.9 percent from the field for the week, becomes the first player to open a season with consecutive Player of the Week awards since LeBron James in the 2011-12 campaign as a member of the Miami Heat.

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Harden led the Rockets to a 4-0 week behind a league-best 38.5 points. He also chipped in with 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Harden scored 37 points to open the week during a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 2, and closed the week with back-to-back 40-point performances in wins over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 6 and the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 7.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Detroit’s Reggie Jackson, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Indiana’s Paul George, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Orlando’s Evan Fournier, Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

Video: Top NBA plays of week, Nov. 1-7

Through Sunday’s games, the NBA is being led by the Warriors (7-0), Hawks (7-1), Cavaliers (6-1), Pistons (5-1) and Raptors (5-2). Enjoy these league-wide video highlights of the top plays of the week:

Best NBA dunks of the week, Nov. 1-7

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Daniel Gibson sticks up for Matt Barnes

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Matt Barnes vs. Derek Fisher drama:

Daniel Gibson sticks up for Matt Barnes

NBA bad boy Matt Barnes is getting support off the court after beating up Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his ex.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson said Friday that he has no problem with what Barnes did because he would have done the same thing.

“You don’t want nobody that’s been around you’’ dating your former girlfriend or wife, Gibson told Power 105.1 radio. “You crossing the line’’ by dating them.

The Phoenix Suns today announced they have signed guard Deonte Burton, forward Kyle Casey, forward Cory Jefferson, center Henry Sims and guard Terrico White, bringing the club’s roster to 18 players.

Burton, a 6-1, 190-pound guard, played with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany last season following a standout four-year career at the University of Nevada, Reno. Burton left Nevada second in Wolfpack history in career scoring (2,102) and assists (515), earning WAC Player of the Year and AP Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2012. Since going undrafted in 2014, Burton spent training camp in 2014 with the Sacramento Kings and has played at NBA Summer League with the Washington Wizards (2014) and Philadelphia 76ers (2015).

Casey, a 6-7, 225-pound forward, played last season with KK Helios Suns Domzale in Slovenia after going undrafted out of Harvard University in 2014. In 32 games with Helios, Casey averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds, shooting 52.8 percent from the field. In four seasons at Harvard, Casey averaged 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 118 games, earning First Team All-Ivy League distinction in 2012. Casey played with the Brooklyn Nets at NBA Summer League 2014.

Jefferson, a 6-9, 218-pound forward, played in 50 games (one start) with the Nets last season after being selected with the 60th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. Jefferson averaged 3.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 10.6 minutes in 2014-15, twice scoring in double-digits including his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds against the Suns on March 6. A four-year performer at Baylor University, Jefferson averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior in 2013-14, helping the Bears to a Sweet 16 appearance.

Sims, a 6-10, 248-pound center, is a three-year NBA veteran who averaged 8.0 points on 47.4 percent shooting and 4.9 rebounds in 73 games (32 starts) with the 76ers last season. For his career, Sims has averaged 7.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 121 contests (57 starts), mostly with Philadelphia (99 games from 2013-15) though he also played in 20 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013-14 and in two games with the New Orleans Hornets as a rookie in 2012-13. Sims went undrafted in 2012 following a four-year career at Georgetown University where he posted 114 assists as a senior in 2011-12, the second-most in a season for a center in Hoyas history.

White, a 6-5, 215-pound guard, played last season with Yenisey Krasnoyarsk in Russia, averaging 11.6 points in 41 games. Drafted 36th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2010 NBA Draft, White was on the Pistons’ roster for the entire 2010-11 season but did not appear in a game due to a foot injury. White posted 13.1 points with the NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede in 2011-12 and has since played professionally in Serbia, Turkey, and Israel, in addition to Russia. Prior to being drafted, White played two seasons at the University of Mississippi, averaging 14.5 points for his career.

Video: Remembering Moses Malone

Basketball legend Moses Malone passed away recently. Here’s another salute to him:

NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts announced today that union operations will be moving to a new home in mid-town Manhattan in spring 2016.

The new office space and players campus is located at 1133 Avenue of the Americas and covers 47,000 square feet over two floors. The campus will include a business center, practice court and training facility. The union will conduct player meetings in the new space and host several player programs on campus during the off-season.

“We are delighted to have a more accessible and welcoming space for our members to conduct business and train, when they are in New York,” said Roberts. “This is their home away from home.”

The union has accepted an offer to sell its current office space, located at 310 Lenox Avenue in Harlem. The settlement will happen in early 2016.

The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved changes to playoff seeding and qualification procedures effective with the 2015-16 season, the league announced today.

As part of the modifications, the eight playoff teams in each conference will be seeded in order of their regular-season record. Most recently, every division winner was guaranteed a top four seed in its respective conference regardless of its record but did not receive home-court advantage if its playoff opponent had a better record. spoke with a league official just to clarify that this rule change applies to both (1) Seeding and (2) Qualifying for a playoff spot (before seeding even takes place.) And what we were told is that yes, this rule change applies to both. So, the teams in a conference with the eight best records are the teams that will make the playoffs, and they will be seeded in that order.

An NBA division-winner will now miss the playoffs if that team does not have a top eight record in the conference.

Therefore, winning a division means nothing in regard to making the playoffs except in tiebreaker situations as described below:

The Board also approved changes to tiebreak criteria for playoff seeding and home-court advantage. Head-to-head results have become the first criterion to break ties for playoff seeding and home-court advantage between two teams with identical regular-season records; the second criterion is whether a team won its division. Under the old tiebreak system, a division winner was awarded the higher seed and received home-court advantage in a series if the two teams met in the playoffs.

The NBA’s Competition Committee unanimously recommended each of these changes prior to the Board of Governors vote.

Video: Spencer Haywood highlights

Enjoy these highlights from basketball legend Spencer Haywood:

Video: Best Dikembe Mutombo blocks

Retired center Dikembe Mutombo averaged 9.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game over his NBA career. He was a defensive force. Enjoy this video showcasing some of the best blocks of his basketball career:

Enjoy this 11 minute video showcasing the best NBA bloopers of the 2014-15 season:

Enjoy these video highlights showcasing Elton Brand’s career in the NBA, where the power forward averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game from the 1999-2000 season until this past year.

Here, watch some NBA mascots jump and fall into stuff, and dancers jump around, and maybe some other stuff.

Video: Best NBA crossovers from 2014-15

Enjoy this video showcasing the 60 best NBA crossovers from the 2014-15 season:

Video: 2014-15 NBA hustle plays

Enjoy this video showcasing some of the best hustle plays from the 2014-15 NBA season:

The following is being sent on behalf of the family of Darryl Dawkins:


“It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved husband and father, Darryl Dawkins, who succumbed today to a heart attack. Darryl touched the hearts and spirits of so many with his big smile and personality, ferocious dunks, but more than anything, his huge, loving heart. His family, wife Janice, children Dara, Tabitha, Nicholas and Alexis, along with countless family, friends, and fans, all mourn his loss. More than anything Darryl accomplished in his basketball career as the inimitable ‘Chocolate Thunder,’ he was most proud of his role and responsibility as a husband and father. We ask that the public please respect our privacy as we grieve his loss.”

The NBA announced today that it has fined the Los Angeles Clippers $250,000 for violating NBA rules prohibiting teams from offering players unauthorized business or investment opportunities.

The violation involved a presentation made by the Clippers to free agent DeAndre Jordan on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity for the player. While the NBA’s investigation ultimately concluded that the presentation of this opportunity had no impact on Jordan’s decision to re-sign with the Clippers (especially since he reportedly then agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks before later changing his mind), the team’s conduct nevertheless violated the league’s anti-circumvention rules.

The NBA’s anti-circumvention rules prohibit teams from, among other things, providing or arranging for others to provide any form of compensation to a player unless such compensation is included in a player contract or otherwise expressly permitted under the CBA.

Enjoy this video featuring the best NBA blocks from the 2014-15 season:

Video: Best NBA dunks of 2014-15 season

Enjoy this 19-minute video featuring the best NBA dunks of the 2014-15 season:

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