Australian forward Joe Ingles has created a piece of Utah Jazz history, setting a record for three-pointers for the NBA franchise.
Ingles was on target with successive long-range buckets in the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks to go past Jazz legend John Stockton with 846 three-pointers in his 493rd game.
Stockton took 1504 games over 17 seasons to amass his tally.
In his seventh NBA season, Ingles is at the peak of his powers despite his veteran status.
The 33-year-old is shooting a career-best 44.7 per cent from beyond the arc, up on his career average of 40.8 per cent.
“If you told me back then there would be a chance I would break any of those guys’ records, Karl (Malone) and John and those guys that are huge to this organisation, I definitely would have laughed in your face,” Ingles told NBA.com before the game.
“To be anywhere close to it and have a chance to take it over … I don’t really know what to think too much about it.”
Ingles finished with 10 points from his 28 minutes on court as the Jazz swept aside the Mavericks 120-101.
Ben Simmons had 11 points for the Philadelphia 76ers, who continue to hold top spot in the Eastern Conference after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 118-94.
Simmons dribbled the length of the court and threw down a dunk to put the Sixers ahead 42-41 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half.
From there, Joel Embiid took control, scoring 37 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in Minneapolis.
Patty Mills had 17 points when San Antonio made all the key plays in the final six minutes as the Spurs defeated the visiting Denver Nuggets 119-109.
San Antonio held Denver to 23 points in the final quarter for its third straight victory, all at home.
The Spurs and the Nuggets are both 11-8, but San Antonio is fourth in the Western Conference.
While two-thirds of the season remain, it’s progress for a franchise that missed the playoffs last season for the first time in 22 years.
“The biggest thing for (coach Gregg Popovich) is to be patient and to trust for us to be professionals,” Boomers guard Mills said.
James Harden had 25 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to help the visiting Brooklyn Nets to a 147-125 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was Harden’s third triple-double in eight games since being traded from Houston.
Paul George had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Kawhi Leonard added 24 points as the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Orlando Magic 116-90.
The two All-Stars’ were making returns following two-game absences because of COVID-19 protocols.
The New Orleans Pelicans held off a furious Milwaukee rally to beat the Bucks 131-126 while the visiting Sacramento Kings withstood a fourth-quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 126-124.
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Washington Wizards 116-100 and the New York Knicks defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-81.
The Charlotte Hornets recovered to defeat the visiting Indiana Pacers 108-105.