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Z-BO, GRIZZLIES HAND KNICKS FIRST LOSS
From Elias: Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Grizzlies handed the 6-0 Knicks their first loss, 105-95 at Memphis. Randolph was the first player in nearly a decade to record 20 points and 15 rebounds in a win over a 5-0 or better team. Jermaine O'Neal had 28 points and 18 rebounds in a Pacers' victory over the 14-0 Mavericks on November 28, 2002.
BATUM DOES IT ALL
From Elias: Nicolas Batum scored 35 points, shot 5-for-8 from three-point range and blocked five shots in the Trail Blazers' 119-117 overtime win over the Rockets. Since the NBA instituted the three-point line in 1979-80, only two other individuals have scored 30 points, hit five three-point field goals, and blocked five shots in a single game. Portland's Clifford Robinson did it at Detroit in November 1995, and Raef LaFrentz had two such games for Denver in January 2002, against Miami and Sacramento.
OKC WINS BEHIND FORWARDS' HOT SHOOTING
From Elias: Kevin Durant shot 9-for-12 from the field while Serge Ibaka went 7-for-9 in the Thunder's 110-95 win at New Orleans. Durant and Ibaka are the first pair of starting-forward teammates to shoot 75% or better from the floor in the same game (minimum 5 FG) since the Warriors' Dorell Wright (9-for-11) and David Lee (8-for-9) against the Raptors on March 25, 2011. The only other pair of Oklahoma City starting forwards to do it since the team relocated from Seattle in 2008 was Durant (9-for-12) and Jeff Green (7-for-9) at Charlotte on December 3, 2008.
HOLIDAY'S FAST START
From Elias: Jrue Holiday scored 26 points, grabbed six rebounds, and handed out seven assists in the 76ers' 99-93 home win over the Jazz. Through nine games in 2012-13, Holiday is averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per contest. The only other player in franchise history to average 15+ points, 4+ rebounds and 8+ assists through his first nine games of the season was Vernon Maxwell (16.9, 4.7, 8.0) in 1995-96.
BYE, BYE, BERNIE
From Elias: The Lakers, in likely their last game under interim head coach Bernie Bickerstaff, beat the Suns 114-102 at STAPLES Center. Bickerstaff posted a 3-1 record before giving way to Mike D'Antoni. It was the third time in his career that Bickerstaff has posted a winning record for a team he took over in midseason. His Nuggets were 20-12 in 1994-95 and the Bullets went 22-13 under his watch in 1996-97. No other coach in NBA history has led three teams to winning records after not starting the season with the head job.
HAWKS' GUARDS SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT
From Elias: Kyle Korver made seven of nine field-goal attempts while fellow starting guard Jeff Teague shot 7-for-10 in the Hawks' 112-96 win at Sacramento. It was the second time in the last 15 seasons that both members of Atlanta's starting backcourt shot at least 70% while making at least five field goals. On April 17, 2005, Tyronn Lue was 10-for-14 and Josh Childress shot 7-for-10 in an overtime win over the Knicks in New York.
WARRIORS DOMINATE THE PAINT
From Elias: The Warriors outscored the Timberwolves 58-22 in the paint in their 106-98 road win. That was the largest paint-scoring margin by a road team against an opponent with a winning record (Minnesota entered Friday 5-3) since February 8, 2009. On that date, the Lakers had a +38 margin in the paint at Cleveland. And on that same day, the Suns outscored the Pistons by 40 points down low.
MAGIC RALLY LATE TO WIN
From Elias: The Magic rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons 110-106 in Auburn Hills. Dating back to December 2009, Orlando had lost 32 of its previous 33 road games in which it trailed by 13+ points in the second half. Its only win in that span was at Miami on March 3, 2011. The Magic's 39 fourth-quarter points were the most they've scored in the final period of a road game since December 27, 2008 at Minnesota (also 39).
PACERS BLOW OUT FORMER COACH
From Elias: The Pacers beat the Mavericks and their former coach Rick Carlisle, 103-83 in Indianapolis. Carlisle is the third different former Indiana head coach to suffer a 20-point loss to the Pacers. Larry Brown lost three such games to Indiana (with the 76ers in 2000 & 2002 and with the Bobcats in 2009). And Isiah Thomas' Knicks lost by 27 in 2007.