Last night, Kyle Korver's 3-point streak came to an end, as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Atlanta Hawks 102 - 78.
Korver now holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer. His streak ended at 127 games after going 0-from-5 from beyond the arc against Portland. The previous record had been 89 straight games with a 3-pointer, which was set between 1994-'96 by Dana Barros.
The last time that Korver had a game without a 3-pointer was 2nd November 2012, and since then he has scored 337 3's in total.
It was Portland's Wesley Mathews job to guard Korver, and right from the start he made it his mission to stop Korver getting the ball. "I was thinking, 'Don't let him touch the ball," Said Mathews. "I was mad when he did touch it."
Blazers coahd Terry Stotts said; "It was a team thing, but Wes took a lot of pride in that challenge…It was fun to watch, especially in that third quarter. They were going head to head and Wes took the challenge."
The Hawks are going through a rough patch right now, having lost 4 straight games, and 12 of their last 13, so the end of the #KyleStreak can't have been easy to take for Kover, who sat out late in the game as Portland dominated.
"I'm a little bummed," Korver said. "The streak was good, it was good while it lasted. Someday I'll look on it and be proud. Not tonight, obviously. This was a tough game all the way around for us."
The Blazers have won 6 of their last 7 games, helping to keep them up there near the top of the Western Conference. Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, while Mo Williams had 15 points. Overall, Portland had 6 players in double figures and led by as many as 29 points during the game.
Korver's 127-game streak is crazy, and it will be a long time before anyone comes close to beating that.
If you're a fan of the NBA, then you need to be reppin' your team, loud and proud! To help you do that, we're giving away a Mitchell & Ness NBA Snapback.
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You can enter as many times as you like over the course of the competition. Each share will get you an individual entry. The closing date is Midday (GMT) on 12th March 2014. A winner will be chosen at random and announced that afternoon. The winner can select a snapback of their choice from the Mitchell & Ness range, while stocks last.
Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and their Oklahoma City Thunder dropped a big game on the Philadelphia 76ers last night, taking the win by 125 to 92.
The Thunder beat the Sixes by 33 points, to send them to their 15th straight loss, as Durant and Westbrook looked unstoppable.
Durant had a game-high 42 points on 14-of-20 shooting, in just 32:49 minutes of play, making it his 10th game of 40+ points.
While that's definitely impressive, Westbrook put in a serious all-round performance, racking up a triple-double in just 20:17 minutes. He had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists, recording the second fastest triple-double in NBA history.
The last time a triple-double was achieved faster was in 1955, when Jim Tucker went for a triple-double in just 17 minutes, for the Syracuse Nationals.
James Anderson was the leading scorer for the Sixers, with 20 points, while Byron Mullens came off the bench to score 15, with 6 rebounds.
The Sixers 15th straight loss matches the franchise record, so they're going to want to pick up a win in their next game if they don't want to start making history for all the wrong reasons.
We've been a fan of Starter Black Label for a while, so imagine how happy we were to get our first little stack of Starter gear out on the virtual shelves!
For SS14, Starter have brought out the Veteran Summer collection, which takes influence from counter war culture, military and fighter pilot design themes, and tattoo iconography.
We picked up a few bits from the collection that we thought were ridiculously nice, and as always we'll try to get a basketball take on as much stuff as possible.
We loved the Starter Shootin' Hoops snapback - the fresh blue crown, with tan peak and contrasting orange undervisor looked really clean, and the colours got us right into the mood for a bit of warmer weather. 'Shootin Hoops' is embroidered across the front of the snapback in a military style font, allowing for a play on the word 'shootin' in terms of a military context.
Remember kids, shoot hoops, not guns!
While not particularly basketball-related, the rest of our Veteran Summer pick-ups run with a Tropical Camo design. We love to see clean, unique, streetwear pieces, and these are bang on the money.
There are two Starter 2Tone Tropical Camo snapbacks, with corresponding Starter Tropical Camo Infill T-Shirts. One set has a green camo print and the other has blue.
As far as the snapbacks are concerned, each one is slightly different in terms of the camo print, but across the whole range the print is really strong, with tropical foliage and birds of paradise interwoven across the design.
We'll have more from Starter in coming months, so stick around. It's guaranteed to be awesome.
If you're in the office today and wishing you were out somewhere playing ball, then this video might cheer you up, and even give you some ideas on how to get through the day.
Watch as Jimmy Fallon and LeBron James play 'Wastepaper Basketball' in a fresh-prince-style rap music video.
Warning: The song is likely to be contagious.
LeBron James was on fire last night, and I feel ok about making that pun, as the future Hall-of-Famer dropped a new career-high 61 points, and set a new Heat franchise record.
James became just the 18th player in the past 51 years to record a 60-point game, and he did it with some style. The points total is impressive in itself, but the efficiency with which James racked up that stat was maybe even more impressive.
He was 22 of 33 from the field, including 8 made 3-pointers on 10 attempts, and he was 9 of 12 from the free-throw line. He made his first 8 attempts, from beyond the arc, only picking up his first miss at 5:17 in the 4th quarter. He also added in 7 rebounds and 5 assists, making him only the 5th player since 1985 to put together a 60-5-5 game.
James' previous points record was 56, set back when he was a Cavalier in 2005. The Miami Heat's record was also 56, which was set by Glen Rice in 1995.
The Heat took a 124 - 107 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on the back of LeBron's performance - a surprisingly narrow margin considering the performance, but that was in large part due to Al Jefferson. The Bobcats centre ran out for 38 points on 18 of 24 shooting, with 19 rebounds in 38 minutes. On another night, that might have been enough.
James' 61 points is the second best scoring performance this season, just behind Carmelo Anthony's 62 points, which were also dropped on the Bobcats, back in January.
I'm sure James didn't care. The game was his 10th 50+ point game, but the first in front of a home crowd (and his Mother), so no doubt he got to enjoy it that little bit more than normal.
Take a look at the game highlights:
Manu Ginobili might have set a new level of hustle last night while playing defence against the Detroit Pistons.
As the San Antonio Spurs guard shuffled to his left to stop Detroit's Rodney Stuckey driving to the basket, he burst right through his own shoe.
It's got to take a lot of power to tear your sneaker right in half!
From now on, when you're playing defence, if you come away with your shoes in one piece, you aren't working hard enough.
Check it out:
The New York Knicks have waived Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih after buying out both of their contracts.
Being from New York, World Peace's move from the Lakers to the Knicks was seen as a homecoming, which has sadly lasted less than a season.
He has played in just 29 games for the Knicks this season, having never secured a steady place in the roster.
Speaking to the press, World Peace said; "It was a childhood dream of mine to play basketball professionally in New York City, and it has truly been a blessing for that dream to have come true. However, under current circumstances, my agent and I have agreed that being bought out would be the best option for me professionally."
Udrih, like World Peace, signed with the Knicks last Summer, and has seen 12 starts in 31 appearances for the team this season.
The timing of the waivers of both players means that can still sign with another team, and be eligible to participate in the playoffs this season.
When Jason Collins stepped onto the court in LA last night, as a Brooklyn Nets player, he was making history. He became the first openly gay athlete to play in a US professional sports league.
Collins has just signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He entered the game versus the Lakers in the second quarter and played 10 minutes for his new team.
Brooklyn came out of LA with a 108-102 win, but Collins was the focus of much of the nights attention.
It's no secret that overtly masculine world of American sports has been seen as a place that would difficult for an openly gay athlete to compete and succeed. Whether it be from teammates or the crowds, there has always been the question of how a gay athlete would be received and how they would handle potential scrutiny.
Collins is blazing a path to show exactly how. The world is changing, and at the end of the day, sexuality shouldn't even be an issue.
Speaking to the press, Nets teammate Paul Pierce said "In the society we live in, this was going to happen eventually…He is a guy that is going to be able to open up the door for athletes around the world. It doesn't matter your race, gender or sexuality because it's about being part of a team and caring for one another. Every guy in here does their own thing and so be it. In this sport everything is magnified and it's great to have him here to open up the doors for so many athletes."
In terms of the Nets signing Collins; they were in desperate need of a strong inside man who could help bolster the defence, and create a more solid core that has been missing since Brook Lopez went down injured earlier in the season, and Reggie Evans was traded away to the Sacramento Kings last week.
Collins announced that he was gay last Spring, which was followed by an outpouring from NBA players who said that he would be more than welcome in the locker room. Collins was already respected in the league, but he was a free agent at the time, and had remained unsigned until yesterday.
Having previously played for the Nets in New Jersey, this seems like a really good fit. He has 511 Nets games already under his belt, having played along side Jason Kidd, who will now be his coach. Collins already ranks in the top 10 of Nets players, in terms of minutes played and rebounds grabbed for the franchise.
IMAGE: Jason Collins JEFF GROSS/GETTY IMAGES
We love it when we're getting up to that time of year when things are getting a little warmer, the sky is looking a little brighter, and K1X drops their Spring/Summer collection!
K1X have certainly not disappointed for SS14. If basketball's your game, then you better get on board with the Nation of Hoop.
We Still Goin' to Sizzlers?
In AW13 K1X unveiled a hoody and snapback hookup that was crazy good. They had teamed up with Parisian designers, Lil' Thugs, to create a White Men Can't Jump illustration that just popped off the apparel.
Now Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle are back on the hustle, but this time on a clean white t-shirt that is a must for any summer baller's wardrobe!
If you've been working on your guns and want to crack out a decent tank top, K1X has got you covered on that front too.
Ball Don't Lie
If you're not 100% in the Summer mood just yet (and that's perfectly acceptable considering it's still February) then maybe check out the K1X Ball Don't Lie crew.
We've all seen Rasheed Wallace shouting Ball Don't Lie at NBA referees, and we've seen the power of karma in the game of basketball. Now we can proudly wear it as a statement on our chest.
K1X keeps bringing the heat season after season, so keep a check on our K1X page for the latest basketball gear to come through.