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ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE.....
From Elias: Kevin Love's 31-point, 31-rebound game on Friday night - in case you spent the evening on Saturn, Elias earlier told the world that Love became the first NBA player with a 30/30 game since Moses Malone had 38 points and 32 rebounds in a game back in 1982 - got us to thinking about Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt knew of 30/30 games: he had a total of 24 of them - in his rookie season of 1959-60 alone, that is!
Love also had five assists in the Timberwolves' win over the Knicks, becoming the first NBA player with a 30/30/5 game since Robert Parish had 30 points, 32 rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, also against the Knicks, on March 30, 1979.
From Elias: Michael Beasley scored 35 points against the Knicks Friday night after scoring 42 points against the Kings on Wednesday. Beasley is the second player in Timberwolves history to score at least 35 points in back-to-back games. Kevin Garnett did it in March 2000: 40 points at Boston on March 22, 38 points at New Jersey on March 24.
The Timberwolves became the first NBA team to have two players score 30 points and one player with 30 rebounds in the same game since the Capital Bullets did it on Nov. 17, 1973. Elvin Hayes had 43 points and 32 rebounds while Phil Chenier had 34 points in a 115-109 win at Atlanta.
UTAH THRIVES ON THE ROAD
From Elias: Utah won in Miami, Orlando and Atlanta in the first three games of its four-game road trip. It's only the second time in franchise history that the Jazz won three straight games, all on the road, and all against teams that entered the game with a winning record. The only other time was in March 1990, with wins in consecutive games at Chicago, Milwaukee and Denver.
DURANT AND WESTBROOK QUITE A PAIR
From Elias: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have both scored at least 30 points in each of the last two games. It's the third time in franchise history that a pair of players each scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games. Both of the previous instances occurred while the franchise was located in Seattle: Walt Hazzard and Bob Rule did it in February 1968; and Dale Ellis and Xavier McDaniel in April 1989.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSSELL
From Elias: Russell Westbrook scored 36 points on his 22nd birthday. The only other player in NBA history to score that many points on his birthday at that young an age was Terry Dischinger. Dischinger scored 37 points for the Chicago Zephyrs against the Knicks on his 22nd birthday in 1962.
WILL THE REAL HAWKS PLEASE STAND UP
From Elias: The Hawks have lost four straight games after starting the season with six straight wins. Only two other teams in NBA history lost four in a row immediately following a start-of-season winning streak of at least six games: the 1960-61 Philadelphia Warriors (Wilt Chamberlain's second season in the NBA) lost four in a row following a 9-0 start, and the 2008-09 Hawks, who, like the current team, dropped four straight after a 6-0 start.
WALLACE ANOTHER 25/14 GAME
From Elias: Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds in the Bobcats' win over the Wizards. It's the second time this season that Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a game. He also did it on November 6 against the Magic. Wallace is the only player in the NBA with more than one game of at least 25 points and at least 14 rebounds this season.
NEW DADDY HAS BIG GAME
From Elias: Steve Nash, celebrating the birth of a son, had 28 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Suns Friday night. It was the third time in his career that Nash reached those levels in all three categories in an NBA game, all for the Suns. Only one other player had three such games in a Suns uniform: Kevin Johnson (four).four
RAPTORS LIKE SPENDING TIME WITH MICKEY
From Elias: Toronto won in Orlando, 110-106, Friday night. The Raptors are 5-3 in Orlando over the last five seasons (since 2006-07). Detroit (4-3) is the only other Eastern Conference team with a winning record in Orlando over that span.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
From Elias: Sam Gagner scored his first goal in three career games against Martin Brodeur in the Oilers' overtime loss to the Devils on Friday night. Sam's father, Dave, who played 15 seasons in the NHL, scored four goals in ten games against Brodeur. The Gagners are the second father/son duo each to score goals against Brodeur, joining Thomas Steen (one goal) and son Alex (three).
TWO DEVILS SCORE FIRST NHL GOAL
From Elias: Devils rookies Alexander Vasyunov and Mattias Tedenby each scored their first NHL goal in New Jersey's overtime win against the Oilers. It was the first time that two Devils players recorded their first NHL goal in the same game since Oct. 12, 1995, when Denis Pederson and Jason Smith did so against the Winnipeg Jets.
ANOTHER MULTI-POINT GAME FOR SID THE KID
From Elias: Sidney Crosby posted his fourth straight multiple-point game when he tallied a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 5-1 win over the Lightning on Friday night. It's the first time that Crosby has recorded four consecutive multi-point games in regular-season play since January 2009, though he had at least two points in each of the Penguins' first five games in the 2010 playoffs.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FOR PANTHERS: SCORE FIRST
From Elias: The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes of their game against the Wild on Friday and held on for a 2-1 victory. Florida is 7-2-0 this season in games in which it scored the first goal but it's the only NHL team without a point in games in which its opponent got on the scoreboard first (0-5-0).
IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT
From Elias: Greg Mauldin, playing in his first game for the Avalanche, scored his first NHL goal in Colorado's 5-1 win over the Blue Jackets, the team for which he made his NHL debut in March 2004. Mauldin is the first player whose initial goal came more than six years after his NHL debut since Oct. 6, 2007, when Mike Mottau scored a goal for the Devils, nearly seven years after he played his first NHL game (Oct. 26, 2000 for the Rangers).
FIDDLER ROOFS THREE
From Elias: Vern Fiddler recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when he scored his first three goals of the season to lead the Coyotes to a 5-4 win over the Flames. Fiddler is the third Phoenix player to score three goals in one game this season; the others are Lee Stempniak and Ed Jovanovski. No other NHL team has more than one player with a hat trick this season.