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4 NBA things to know for Dec. 2

Some key storylines and NBA tidbits to know for the day ahead

Dec 2, 2019 10:27 AM ET

The Bucks are seeking their longest win streak since the 1981-82 season.

Get up to speed on the latest NBA news, plus a quick look at some storylines and tidbits worth noting today:

1. Party like its the 1980s: The Bucks have been an unstoppable force of late, sporting an 11-game win streak and a 17-3 mark. The latter is the team's longest such run since 1984-85 and a win tonight in New York (8 ET, League Pass) would give Milwaukee its longest win streak since 1981-82. Going even further back, Milwaukee's 17-3 start is its best since the '70-71 and '71-72 seasons. Since the 2013-14 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 20.7 ppg and shooting 50.2% vs. the Knicks (and the Bucks are 15-3 in those games).

 
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks rolled to their 11th straight win.

2. Opposites attract in Philly: The Jazz and Sixers are heading in opposite directions over their last nine games, with Utah going 4-5 over that stretch and Philadelphia at 7-2. The squads meet tonight (7 ET, NBA TV) in a game that will feature superstar centers Rudy Gobert and Joel Embiid. As much as these big men will shape tonight's game, also worth watching is how this game could be a springboard for either squad. Utah has a somewhat-easy schedule in December while Philadelphia has the opposite scenario.

 
The Sixers have won three in a row after beating the Pacers on Saturday night.

3. Rough run of it lately, huh?: Were it not for wins against the Bulls and Grizzlies, the Warriors would be in the midst of a 14-game losing streak. Were it not for John Collins' 25-game suspension, the Hawks might not be in the midst of their 10-game slide. Either way, these two struggling teams meet (7:30 ET, League Pass) and perhaps the lone reason to watch might be for Trae Young. He has scored 30 or more in four of his last five games, including back-to-back games of 37 and 49 points

 
Trae Young lit up the Pacers for 49 points in a loss last week.

4. When Dirk had it cooking ...: Fifteen years ago today, the Mavs and Rockets squared off in a showdown of West powers. While the Dirk Nowitzki-Tracy McGrady showdown likely received top billing back then, it was all about Nowitzki on this night. He lit up the Rockets for a single-game career-high 53 points in a 113-106 overtime win. Nowtizki scored 10 or more points in every quarter but the third (he had eight) and added 10 in OT to power the victory.

 
Back on Dec. 2, 2004, Dirk Nowitzki had his way with the Rockets.

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