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EAGLES FAIL TO SCORE TD AFTER 1ST-AND-GOAL FOUR TIMES
From Elias: The Eagles had four first-and-goal drives on Monday against the Saints and failed to score a touchdown on any of them: two wound up as field goals and the other two as turnovers. Over the last three seasons, the only other team to fail to score a touchdown after having 1st-and-goal four times in one game was also the Eagles, on Nov. 28, 2010 in Chicago. (The Eagles also had a 1st-and-goal touchdown in that game, to go along with three field goals and an interception.)
About those turnovers: the Eagles have 16 giveaways since the start of last season on plays starting inside their opponents' 20-yard line, twice as many red-zone turnovers as any other NFL team over the last two seasons (the Lions and Jets are tied for second-most, with eight apiece).
The Saints sacked Michael Vick seven times on Monday, their highest single-game total in more than 10 years, since New Orleans had seven sacks at Washington on Oct. 13, 2002.
KNICKS OFF TO HOT START
From Elias: The Knicks defeated the 76ers in Philadelphia on Monday, 110-88, after winning by 16 over the 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. It's the first time the Knicks have won a home-and-home series by at least 15 points in each game since doing so in December 1970 against the Cavaliers - then in their inaugural NBA season.
New York has won all three of its games this season by at least 15 points, making the Knicks the ninth team in NBA history to win their first three games by such a margin. Of the previous eight, only the 1971-72 Lakers and 1962-63 Celtics went on to win the championship that season.
The Knicks have made 43 three-point field goals this season, the highest total for any team in its first three games of a season, four more than Orlando had in its first three games in the 2009-10 season.
MAYO NOT PAST EXPIRATION DATE
From Elias: O.J. Mayo scored 32 points on Monday against Portland for his second straight game of 30-plus points, after he had 30 against Charlotte on Saturday. Mayo had seven 30-point games as a rookie in 2008-09, the highest total among NBA rookies that season, but he had only one over the past three seasons.
WAITERS DELIVERS SEVEN THREES
From Elias: Dion Waiters scored 28 points on Monday against the Clippers, with 21 of those points coming on three-point field goals. Waiters, who was playing his fourth career game, is the first player to have seven or more three-pointers in one of his first six games in the NBA.
TIMBERWOLVES CLAW THEIR WAY BACK
From Elias: The Timberwolves defeated the Nets on Monday after they trailed by 22 points, marking Minnesota's largest comeback win since Jan. 17, 1998. On that date, Kevin Garnett, Tom Gugliotta, Chris Carr and Stephon Marbury each had at least 20 points to lead the Timberwolves to an overtime win in Dallas, after they were down by 24 points.
SPURS OFF TO BEST FOUR-GAME START
From Elias: The Spurs defeated the Pacers to improve to 4-0, which, surprisingly, is the first time in team history that San Antonio started a season with a four-game winning streak. That leaves only four NBA teams that have never started a season 4-0: the Magic (which joined the NBA in 1989), Raptors (1995), Grizzlies (1995) and Bobcats (2004).
The Pacers are now winless in their last 10 games against the Spurs, their first double-digit losing streak against one opponent since they lost 10 straight games to Cleveland from 1991 to 1993.
COUSINS DOMINATES STATE RIVAL
From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and had 15 rebounds in the Kings' two-point win over the Warriors on Monday. Cousins has had at least a dozen rebounds in each of his last six games against Golden State (92 total) and he's scored 20 or more points in four of those games.