Updated: November 30, 2009, 11:44 PM ET

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Monday Game Notes: Rough Start For Barrise

By Elias Sports Bureau

• What an introduction to the NBA it was for Nets interim coach Tom Barrise, whose team fell to 0-17 after Friday's 106-87 loss to the Lakers, thereby matching the longest winless start in league history. Barrise was the first coach to make his NBA debut for a team on a single-season losing streak as long as 16 games. The previous high: 12, by Gar Heard of the Mavericks in 1993. By facing Phil Jackson, Barrise was only the fifth coach to make his NBA debut against an opposing coach with at least 1,000 career victories. The others were Jay Triano of the Raptors against Jerry Sloan (2008), and Ed Tapscott of the Wizards (2008), Pete Myers of the Bulls (2003) and Frank Johnson of the Suns (2002), all against Don Nelson.

• Carmelo Anthony leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 30.1 points per game, but he needs only 20 points on Monday night to reach a milestone of sorts. Anthony has scored at least 20 points in each of his 17 games this season. Only one active player started a season with 18 consecutive 20-point games: Shaquille O'Neal in 1994.


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