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GASOL RECORDS A FLAWLESS TRIPLE-DOUBLE
From Elias: Pau Gasol registered 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and did not commit a turnover in the Lakers' win over Golden State on Wednesday night. It is the third time that Gasol has recorded a triple-double without a turnover in his career (he also did that on February 17, 2009 and November 7, 2010). Only two other active players have done that at least three times: Jason Kidd (five) and Grant Hill (three).
HOLIDAY IS PERFECT FROM BEYOND THE ARC
From Elias: Jrue Holiday scored 24 points and went 6-for-6 from three point range in Philadelphia's victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night. That tied the Sixers' franchise record for most three-point field-goals made without a miss in a game. Two other Sixers went 6-for-6 from beyond the arc: Charles Barkley on February 22, 1989 and Vernon Maxwell on December 27, 1995.
BOBCATS LOSE BY 30+ POINTS FOR NINTH TIME
From Elias: The Bulls beat the Bobcats by a score of 100-68 on Wednesday night, marking the ninth time that Charlotte has lost a game by 30-or-more points this season. Only two other teams in NBA history have lost at least nine games by 30-or-more points in a single season: Denver in 1990-91 (10) and Philadelphia in 1993-94 (nine).
LEBRON HAS HIS BEST SHOOTING NIGHT
From Elias: LeBron James scored 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting from the field to lead the Heat to a victory over the Raptors on Wednesday night. That is James' highest field-goal percentage (.800) in any of the 609 regular-season games he has played in which he has attempted at least 15 shots from the field. James' previous best shooting performance was 16-for-21 (.762) on March 18, 2011 and February 13, 2012.
CARMELO SCORES 21 IN THE FIRST QUARTER
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points in the first quarter en-route to a 33-point performance in New York's victory over the Nets in New Jersey on Wednesday night. It is the most points Anthony has ever scored in the first quarter of a game in his career. His previous high point total in the first quarter was 20 while he was with Denver against Washington on February 8, 2008.
PIERCE DOES IT ALL FOR CELTICS
From Elias: Paul Pierce registered 29 points, 14 assists, five rebounds and two steals to lead the short-handed Celtics to a victory over the Magic on Wednesday night. Only two other Celtics players have reached those levels in those four categories in the same game: Rajon Rondo against the Bulls on February 12, 2012 (32 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds and two steals) and Larry Bird against the Hawks on April 19, 1987 (32 points, 14 assists, five rebounds and two steals). (The NBA began tracking steals in 1973-74).
35 POINTS AND NO TURNOVERS FOR NOWITZKI
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 35 points and did not commit a turnover in the Mavericks' victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night. That marks the 32nd time that Nowitzki has scored 30-or-more points without turning the ball over in his career during the regular season, by far the highest total for any active player. The second highest total among current players is 19 by Vince Carter.
HAWKS BENCH COMES UP BIG
From Elias: The Hawks' bench players combined to score 72 points to help lead Atlanta to a home victory over Detroit on Wednesday night. It is the most points the Hawks' bench has scored since their subs combined to score 88 points against the Nets on December 4, 1987.
STARTING BACKCOURT LIFTS JAZZ
From Elias: Devin Harris had 27 points and one turnover and his backcourt mate Gordon Hayward chipped in with 23 points with only one turnover in Utah's win over Portland on Wednesday night. It is only the second time that Utah's starting backcourt has each scored more than 20 points while committing one or fewer turnovers in a winning effort since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977. The only other such game for the Jazz occurred on March 17, 1987 when starting guards Rickey Green (22 points, one turnover) and Darrell Griffith (26 points, one turnover) did it in a victory over the Clippers.
NAPOLI LIGHTS UP FENWAY FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT
From Elias: After going 3-for-5 with four RBIs on Tuesday night, Mike Napoli followed that up with a 3-for-4, four RBI performance in the Rangers' win over the Red Sox in Fenway Park on Wednesday night. Napoli is the first visiting player to record three hits and four RBIs in consecutive games at Fenway Park since Reggie Jackson did it while playing for the A's in 1969. Reggie had five hits and 10 RBIs on June 14 and followed that up with a three-hit/four-RBI performance the following night at Fenway.
Napoli is only the third player in Rangers' franchise history with at least three hits and four RBIs in consecutive games. The previous two Rangers to do that, Juan Gonzalez and Lee Stevens, both did it in April of 1998.
ALL FIVE DIAMONDBACKS LOSSES HAVE BEEN BY ONE RUN
From Elias: The Pirates rallied with single runs in the seventh and eighth to overcome a 1-0 deficit and defeat the Diamondbacks 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Diamondbacks have now lost five games on the season, with each of the losses by a one-run margin. Over the last 56 years, only four other teams have been beaten by a single run in each of their first five losses of a season: the Tigers in 1976 (first five), the Dodgers in 1986 (first seven), the White Sox in 1996 (first five) and the Braves in 2008 (first five).
LEE GIVES AN EXTRA EFFORT
From Elias: Cliff Lee hurled 10 shutout innings but it was not enough as the Phillies lost to the Giants 1-0 in 11 innings on Wednesday night. Lee is the first Phillies pitcher to pitch 10 shutout innings in a game since Steve Carlton did it against the Expos on September 21, 1981. The last major-league pitcher to toss 10 shutout innings in a game was the Cardinals' Mark Mulder on April 23, 2005 against the Astros.
BRAVES PUT UP A CROOKED NUMBER IN SIX DIFFERENT INNINGS
From Elias: The Braves scored at least two runs in the second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings in their 14-6 rout of the Mets on Wednesday afternoon. It is the first time that the Braves have scored multiple runs in at least six different innings in a game since they had six such innings in a 15-3 win over the Phillies on June 10, 1972.
ZIMMERMANN: THREE STRONG STARTS BUT NO WINS
From Elias: Jordan Zimmermann allowed one run over seven innings but did not get credit for the victory in the Nationals' 3-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday night. Zimmermann has pitched at least seven innings and has allowed two-or-fewer runs but has yet to earn a win in any of his three starts this season. Over the last 25 years, only two other pitchers have gone winless while pitching at least seven innings and allowing two-or-fewer runs through their first three starts of a season: Pat Hentgen in 2001 and Greg Maddux in 1998.
MORNEAU GOES DEEP TWICE AT THE STADIUM
From Elias: Justin Morneau hit two home runs to lead the Twins to a 6-5 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. It is the second time that Morneau has homered twice in a game at the new Yankee Stadium (he also did that on May 15, 2009). Only one other visiting player has two multi-homer games at the new Yankee Stadium: Miguel Cabrera (August 2010 and April 2011).
BRAUN'S SAC FLY SENDS BREWERS HOME WITH A WIN
From Elias: Ryan Braun hit a sacrifice fly to drive home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in Milwaukee's extra-inning win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night. It is the sixth time that Braun has had a game-ending RBI since the start of the 2009 season. Only three other National League players have done that as many times as Braun over that span: Andre Ethier (nine), Matt Kemp (six) and Ryan Zimmerman (six).
STRONG START TO THE SEASON FOR FURCAL
From Elias: Rafael Furcal went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs to help lead the Cardinals to an 11-1 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night. It is the fourth time in 12 games that Furcal has registered at least three hits in a game this season after having only two three-hit games in the 87 games he appeared in last season.
RAMIREZ HOMERS IN THIRD STRAIGHT GAME
From Elias: Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run in Miami's 9-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night. Ramirez has now homered in three consecutive games, tying the longest such streak of his career. Ramirez homered in three straight games five other times, once each in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
FIRST TWO-HOMER GAME FOR HEADLEY
From Elias: Chase Headley hit two home runs in the Padres 8-4 loss to the Rockies in Colorado on Wednesday night. It is the first time that Headley has hit two homers in the 542 regular-season games he has played in his career.
TEN-GOAL OUTBURST HELPS PENS STAVE OFF ELIMINATION
From Elias: The Penguins avoided a four-game sweep in their series against the Flyers with a 10-3 win at Philadelphia and tied two NHL playoff records in the process. Their 10 goals equaled the record for most goals in a Stanley Cup playoff game by a road team, a mark set by the Kings in a 10-8 win at Edmonton in 1982 and matched by the Oilers with a 10-2 victory at Calgary in 1983. Pittsburgh also equaled the record for goals by one team in a playoff game in which it faced elimination. That standard was established by the Canadiens with a 10-3 win on home ice in Game 5 of their series against the Maple Leafs in 1945.
SENATORS OVERCOME TWO-GOAL DEFECIT TO KNOT SERIES
From Elias: Kyle Turris scored the first playoff overtime goal of his NHL career to complete the Senators' comeback from an early 2-0 deficit and give Ottawa a 3-2 victory that evened its series against the Rangers at two wins apiece. It was only the third time in Senators history that they won a playoff game in which they trailed by two goals. Ottawa's other two-goal comeback wins in postseason play were against the Flyers in 2003 and the Sabres in double-overtime in 2007.