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REID VS. SHANAHAN PRODUCES EXCITEMENT
From Elias: Of all the crazy events, facts and statistics about the Eagles-Redskins game on Monday, we liked this one the best: the Eagles had 332 passing yards and 260 rushing yards. There's been only one other NFL game over the last 30 seasons in which a team had at least 300 passing and 250 rushing yards, and it featured the same head coaches as Monday's game. On Oct. 30, 2005, in the only game before Monday in which Mike Shanahan and Andy Reid had faced each other, Shanahan's Broncos threw for 309 and ran for 255 in a 49-21 win over Reid's Eagles.
EAGLES START WITH A BANG
From Elias: Michael Vick's 88-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage was the longest TD pass in the opening minute of a game in just over 41 years, since Roman Gabriel threw a 93-yard touchdown to Wendell Tucker in the opening minute of a 41-30 Rams win over the 49ers on Nov. 9, 1969.
CLIPPERS SET AN NBA RECORD
From Elias: The Clippers starting lineup on Monday - Al-Farouq Aminu, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Gordon and Eric Bledsoe - was the youngest in NBA history, at an average age of 21 years, 143 days. The previous youngest starting quintet was by the Hawks on Nov. 4, 2005 - Josh Childress, Joe Johnson, Zaza Pachulia, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams (21 years, 201 days).
TERRY HEATS UP IN A HURRY
From Elias: Jason Terry led the Mavericks with 26 points after coming off the bench in Dallas' win over New Orleans. It was the 29th time since the start of the 2007-08 season that Terry has scored 25 or more points as a substitute; no other NBA player has more than 20 such games over that time.
THUNDER SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT
From Elias: The Thunder made 51 percent of their field goals, 40 percent of their three-point attempts and missed only one free throw, going 33 of 34, in their win over the Jazz on Monday. Before Monday, the last time a team took that many free throw attempts while missing none or one, and shooting at least 50 percent from the floor, was when the Hawks did it against the Bulls in 1992 (39 for 40 on free throws, made 55 percent of field goals).
WILLIAMS' BIG NIGHT
From Elias: Deron Williams had 31 points, 11 assists and five rebounds for Utah on Monday, his second 30/10/5 (points/assists/rebounds) game of the season; he had 30, 14 and 5 against Orlando five days before. All other NBA players have combined for two such games this season (one each for Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook).
MAGIC STIFLE HOT OFFENSE
From Elias: The Magic defeated the Grizzlies on Monday, 89-72, after Memphis entered the game averaging 104.6 points per game. It's the first time in Orlando's history that they've held a team to 32 points below their scoring average at least 10 games into a season.
WHERE'S WALLACE? AT THE LINE
From Elias: Gerald Wallace made 17 free throws in the Bobcats' win on Monday, tying the most by any player in an NBA game this season. Kevin Martin was 17 for 17 for the Rockets on Oct. 27 and LeBron James was 17 for 22 for the Heat on Nov. 11
NOT AN IMPRESSIVE SHOOTING DISPLAY
From Elias: The Suns were 4 for 20 on three-pointers on Monday and the Nuggets were 3 for 17. It was the first game this season in which each team took at least 15 three point attempts but each made no more than 20 percent of those shots.
From Elias: Darko Milicic had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks on Monday. The only other player to meet each of those minimums in one game this season is Gerald Wallace and only three players did it last season (Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol and LeBron James).
POSEY AND FELIZ HONORED
From Elias: Buster Posey and Neftali Feliz are the third pair of players named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues after appearing in that year's World Series. The previous pairs were Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951 (Giants and Yankees) and Dave Righetti and Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 (Yankees and Dodgers).
Feliz was the Rangers' first Rookie of the Year since Mike Hargrove in 1974; Posey was the Giants' first since John Montefusco in 1975. The only team with a longer span without a Rookie of the Year was the Pirates, who went from 1947 (the first year of the award) until 2004, when Jason Bay took home the hardware.
3 POINTS PER SEDIN
From Elias: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin each recorded three points in the Canucks' overtime loss at Buffalo. (Daniel had one goal and two assists and Henrik assisted on all three Vancouver goals.) It was the first time this season that the Sedin twins each notched at least three points in the same game. They did so nine times last season with the Canucks winning all nine games.
MYERS WINS IT FOR SABRES
From Elias: Tyler Myers scored 4:38 into overtime to earn the Sabres a 4-3 win against the Canucks. Myers' game-winner was only the second overtime goal by a Buffalo defenseman over the last five seasons. The other one was by Andrej Sekera versus the Bruins on March 30, 2008. Each of the Sabres' last five games has gone to overtime, setting a team record.
RECCHI STILL PRODUCING AT AGE 42
From Elias: Mark Recchi assisted on two of the Bruins' three goals in their shutout win against the Devils on Monday night. The 42-year-old Recchi leads Boston with 10 assists in 15 games this season. It's only the second time in the last ten seasons that Recchi has had a double-digit assist total through his first 15 games of a season. He had 12 assists at this juncture with the Penguins in 2005-06.
RICHARDS CONTRIBUTES ON ALL TEAMS
From Elias: Mike Richards tallied three points in the Flyers' 5-1 win against the Senators: two goals, one at even strength and one on a power play, and a shorthanded assist. It was Richards' 23rd NHL game with three or more points but only the second one of those games in which he had even-strength, power play and shorthanded points. The previous instance was in his career-high five-point game on Feb. 19, 2009 versus the Sabres (three at even strength, one each on the power play and shorthanded).
LUNDQVIST SURVIVES PEPPERING
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 39 shots on goal by the Penguins in his overtime win at Pittsburgh. Lundqvist is 10-0-2 in the 12 road games in which he's faced 35 or more shots on goal over the last two seasons.
LILES GETS IT DONE FROM BACK LINE
From Elias: Defenseman John-Michael Liles registered two goals and one assist in the first period to start the Avalanche on their way to a 6-3 win over the Blues on Monday. It was the first three-point period by an Avalanche defenseman since Nov. 30, 2006, when Ken Klee had three assists in the first period of a game against Edmonton. It was the second three-point period for Liles, who had two goals and one assist in the first period of the Avs' game at Edmonton on Oct. 21, 2005.