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Hot shooting doesn't help Heat
The Heat made 40 of 70 field-goal attempts, an impressive 57.1 percent, but the visiting Spurs ran off to a 119-101 victory on Tuesday. That 18-point margin made it the largest home loss in NBA history in a game in which the home team compiled such a high shooting percentage.
Aldridge is a shooting star
LaMarcus Aldridge continued his hot shooting, both from the floor and the line, making 10 of his 16 shots and all eight of his free throws in the Spurs' win in Miami on Tuesday. Aldridge has made 62 percent of his field goals over his last seven games (63 for 102) and 92 percent of his free throws (46 of 50). The last NBA player to take 100 shots and 50 free throws over a seven-game span while making at least 60 and 90 percent, respectively, was Atlanta's Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 2003.
Wall's first 50 games
John Wall scored 28 points to go with 17 assists in the Wizards' win over the Knicks on Tuesday. Wall has scored 1006 points with 497 assists through 50 games this season, numbers that no NBA player has produced over his first 50 games of a season since Chris Paul had scored 1083 points with 537 assists through 50 games of the 2008-09 season.
Monroe a beast off the bench
Greg Monroe was held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, but he came off the bench to produce 29 points and 12 rebounds in the Bucks' win over the Celtics. No other NBA player has had as many points and rebounds in a game as a substitute this season.
Hayward perfect in overtime...again
Gordon Hayward made all three of his overtime shots, including a game-winning buzzer-beater, in Utah's win in Dallas on Tuesday. It's the second time this month that Hayward has gone 3-for-3 in overtime, having also done that against the Bulls last Monday. The only other NBA players to go 3-for-3 or better on overtime shots in a game this season are Deron Williams (Dec. 1) and Danilo Gallinari (Dec. 11).
Curry helps Warriors stay perfect at home
Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 35 points, helping Golden State remain undefeated at home this season with a 123-110 victory over the Rockets. Curry did all of his scoring in the first three quarters versus Houston - he did participate in the fourth quarter when the Rockets drew close but failed to make a bucket. Tuesday's game marked the sixth time this season that Curry has scored at least 35 points in a game without tallying any points in the fourth quarter. Only two other players have games of that kind this season - Klay Thompson has done that three times and Damian Lillard has done so once.
Curry and James Harden, who finished 1-2 in the MVP voting last season, both posted big numbers against each other on Tuesday. Curry distributed nine assists and secured five rebounds to go with his team-high 35 points, while Harden scored a game-high 37 points while also compiling five rebounds and five assists. There has been only one other game this season in which opposing players had at least 35 points, five rebounds, and five assists. The Hornets' Kemba Walker (52 points, nine rebounds, eight assists) and Utah's Gordon Hayward (36 points, five rebounds, nine assists) did that on January 18 in a double-overtime victory for Charlotte.
Many Kings score in Boston
No player scored more than one goal for the Kings in their 9-2 rout of the Bruins in Boston. The Kings tied their team record for most different goal scorers in one game (nine), a mark reached four times before but never on the road and not since a 10-5 win versus the Penguins on Jan. 21, 1987. The only other time the Kings scored exactly nine goals in a game with nine different players scoring their goals was a 9-7 victory over the Red Wings on March 24, 1984. Before Tuesday, the last NHL team with nine players scoring a goal in the same game was the Winnipeg Jets in their 9-8 win at Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2011.
Petrovic and Kane fight all night
The Panthers' Alex Petrovic and the Sabres' Evander Kane fought each other three times in Florida's game at Buffalo (twice in the second period and a final time in the third period), earning automatic game misconducts for their third bout. This was the first NHL game in which a player on each team racked up three fighting majors since the Blackhawks' Bob Probert and the Blue Jackets' Jody Shelley battled each other once in each period of Chicago's 2-1 win over Columbus on Jan. 10, 2002.
Petrovic and Kane did more than just fight on Tuesday; each player scored one goal and Petrovic also notched an assist. They are the first NHL players to score a goal in a game in which they earned three fighting majors since Feb. 11, 2011, when the Islanders' Micheal Haley did so against Pittsburgh.
Petrovic is the first NHL player to produce a "Gordie Howe hat trick" with three fighting majors since the Blackhawks' Al Secord on Dec. 9, 1984 versus the Maple Leafs.
Islanders own Blue Jackets
The Islanders won all three of their games against the Blue Jackets in Columbus this season, including a 3-2 shootout victory on Tuesday. This is the first time that the Islanders have recorded three road wins versus the same team in one season since 2007-08, when they did so against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden (3-1-0) and the Devils at Prudential Center (3-1-0).
Rakell is first Ducks player with a two-goal period this season
Rickard Rakell scored two goals in the Ducks' 4-1 win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. Rakell's first goal was a power play marker which gave Anaheim a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, and he scored again less than five minutes later to put the Ducks ahead 2-0. The Ducks have struggled to score goals for much of the 2015-16 season, which is illustrated by the fact that on Tuesday night Rakell became the first Anaheim player to record two goals in one period of a game this season. Ducks players had seven multiple-goal periods last season with Corey Perry notching five of them (and Ryan Kesler and Ryan Getzlaf one each).
Jones blanks Chicago
San Jose's Martin Jones posted his fifth shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago on Tuesday. Jones is the fourth goaltender in Sharks history to register a road shutout against a defending Stanley Cup champion. The others are Steve Shields (in 1999-2000 at Dallas), Evgeni Nabokov (who in 2001-02 blanked the Avalanche twice in Denver) and Antti Niemi (2014-15 at Los Angeles).
Klingberg scores 3rd OT goal of season
John Klingberg scored his third overtime goal of the season and second OT winner in the last six days to earn the Dallas Stars a 4-3 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday. Klingberg beat the Avalanche in Denver with an overtime goal last Thursday, after scoring in extra time against the Wild in Dallas on November 14. Klingberg has tied Flyers rookie Shayne Gostisbehere for the most overtime goals by a defenseman this season. This is the first season in NHL history in which more than one defenseman scored three OT goals.
Hellebuyck ties Condon for NHL lead in wins by rookie goaltender
Jets rookie Connor Hellebuyck posted a 2-1 shootout victory over the Blues in St. Louis. Hellebuyck made his NHL debut less than three months ago (November 27) but he has now tied Montreal's Mike Condon for the league lead in wins by a rookie goaltender this season (13). In nine of Hellebuyck's wins he has started the game and allowed no more than one goal (2 shutouts and 7 one-goal games). The only other rookie goaltenders with more than four such wins this season are Anaheim's John Gibson (7) and Condon (6).
Plekanec keeps Montreal hot
Tomas Plekanec scored two goals and assisted on another as the Canadiens extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the Lightning on Tuesday. On Saturday afternoon, in the first of Montreal's three straight wins, Plekanec led the Canadiens' attack with four points (one goal, three assists). Plekanec has scored three points (or more) in a game 28 times during his NHL career but the only other time he did so twice within a four-day or shorter span was Dec. 21-23, 2009, when he registered consecutive three-point games for the Canadiens at Atlanta and Carolina.
Boucher's specialty is the game-winner
Reid Boucher's goal snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and was decisive in the Devils' 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. Boucher has score three goals in the 13 games he's played for New Jersey this season and each one of his goals has been a game-winner. (The others were Jan. 16 at Arizona and Jan. 19 versus Calgary.). The only other players in Devils franchise history whose first three goals of a season were game-winning goals are Scott Niedermayer (1996-97), Patrik Elias (2002-03) and Jay Pandolfo (first four goals in 2002-03).
Johansson is producing on the road
Marcus Johansson tallied one goal and two assists for the Capitals in their 5-3 win at Nashville. Johansson recorded eight points in 17 road games this season through the end of December (four goals, four assists), but he has racked up ten points in six road games in 2016 (five goals, five assists) with at least one point in each of those games.
Four straight on the Mark
Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom extended his personal winning streak to a career-high four games with a 3-1 victory at Colorado which snapped the Canucks' four-game winless streak. Markstrom, who has allowed only one or two goals in each game during his winning streak, is the first Canucks netminder to record four consecutive wins in one season since Ryan Miller did so more than 14 months ago (Nov. 19-28, 2014).