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BRYANT CAN'T DO IT ALONE
From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 40 points as the Lakers fell to the Pacers, 79-77. It was the eighth regular-season game of Bryant's NBA career in which he scored at least half of his team's points. No other active player has had more than two such games. (Vince Carter, LeBron James, Antawn Jamison and Jerry Stackhouse have each done it twice.)
LAKERS DIG A HOLE TOO DEEP
From Elias: The Lakers fell to the Pacers after trailing 40-33 at the intermission. Only one other time in the last 12 seasons had the Lakers scored so few points in the first half of a home game, and it happened exactly seven years earlier, when Los Angeles netted 28 first-half points in a 102-96 loss to the Nets at Staples Center on November 27, 2005.
VAREJAO CLEANING THE GLASS ON BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR
From Elias: Anderson Varejao continued to make his presence known under the basket by collecting 18 rebounds, including six on the offensive side of the court, in the Cavaliers' loss to the Suns at Cleveland. In doing so, Varejao became the first NBA player to grab 15 or more rebounds, with at least five off of the offensive boards, in each of six straight games since Ben Wallace did that for the Pistons in March 2003. Those six-game streaks by Varejao and Wallace are the longest of that kind in the NBA over the last 16 seasons (1997-1998 to date).
From Elias: James Harden handed out a game-high 12 assists and Jeremy Lin added ten more as the Rockets manhandled the Raptors. It was the first game NBA game this season in which teammates each recorded ten or more assists. There were only five such games throughout the league all of last season; the only teammates to do it twice were Andre Miller and Ty Lawson for the Nuggets.
PATTERSON HAS THE TOUCH
From Elias: Patrick Patterson scored 22 points for the Rockets while making 7 of his 14 field goal attempts, including two of four from behind the arc. It was the eighth straight game for Patterson in which he made at least half of his shots from the floor. That's the longest current streak of consecutive games with field-goal percentages of .500 or higher for any NBA starter.
ROOKIE HAD IT IN HIS HANDS
From Elias: Philadelphia exhaled following its two-point victory against the Mavericks. Dallas's Jae Crowder missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer after he gathered an offensive rebound from O.J. Mayo's intentionally missed free throw. Crowder was the third NBA rookie to attempt a potential game-winning field-goal in the final second of either the fourth quarter or overtime period this season. All of them missed their shot at glory; the others were Toronto's Terrence Ross (Nov. 12) and Portland's Damian Lillard (Nov. 16).
SIXERS MAKE THEIR FIRST SEVEN SHOTS
From Elias: The 76ers didn't miss a shot while building a 17-8 lead on Tuesday night. Philadelphia was the second NBA team to make its first seven field-goal attempts of a game this season. The Bucks hit their first eight shots from the floor on November 12 (against the Sixers).
LOVE AND HOWARD
From Elias: The Timberwolves topped the Kings as Kevin Love (23 points, 24 rebounds) registered 20 or more points and at least 20 rebounds in a game for the 15th time over the last three seasons. That ties Love with Dwight Howard for the most 20/20 games for any NBA player over that span (2010-2011 to date).