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Kings of scoring
From Elias: LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points as the Heat topped the Mavericks in overtime. James is the first NBA player in more than 40 years to score 20 or more points in each of his team's first 30 games of a season. The last player to do that before LeBron was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was then known as Lew Alcindor, when he registered at least 20 points for Milwaukee in each of its first 46 games in 1970-1971.
Ninth straight overtime loss for the Mavericks
From Elias: The Mavericks are 0-6 in overtime games this season and they've lost the last nine regular-season games they've played that required an extra period (since April 6, 2012). The Mavericks are one game shy of the all-time NBA record for consecutive overtime losses. That mark was set by the Warriors (10 straight OT losses, Oct. 13, 1979-March 15, 1981) and matched by the Timberwolves (Nov. 7, 1992-Jan. 3, 1995) and Hawks (Feb. 14, 2003-Dec. 14, 2004).
Duncan does it all
From Elias: The Spurs topped the Bucks in Milwaukee behind the play of Tim Duncan, who scored 28 points, collected 13 rebounds, handed out six assists and blocked three shots. It was the second game this season in which Duncan reached all four of those statistical minimums (he had 31 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots at Denver on December 18); no other player has done that even once this season. It was the eighth such game for Duncan in his career, tying him with Kevin Garnett for the most by any active NBA player.
Harden leads Houston
From Elias: James Harden scored a game-high 31 points as the Rockets topped the Hornets in Houston. Harden has led his team in points, outright, in each of his last 14 games. It's the second-longest streak of its kind for any NBA player this season; Kobe Bryant has been the Lakers' outright scoring leader in each of his last 15 games (Dec. 2-Jan. 1). Harden's streak is the longest for a Rockets player since Hakeem Olajuwon did it in 17 straight games in 1994-1995.
From Elias: Joe Johnson scored 33 points and Brook Lopez added 25 as the Nets won at Oklahoma City despite 27 points from Kevin Durant and 26 more for Russell Westbrook. It was only the second regulation (non-overtime) game in the NBA this season in which both teams had a pair of players score 25 or more points. Deron Williams (26) and Johnson (25) each reached that mark for Brooklyn in a victory at Cleveland on November 13 in which both Anderson Varejao (35) and Kyrie Irving (34) did it for the Cavaliers.
Four straight losses, all by at least 10 points
From Elias: The Celtics were defeated by Memphis, 93-83, in their return to Boston after having lost their previous three games by margins of 22 (at Sacramento), 18 (at Golden State) and 29 points (vs. the Clippers in L.A.). Boston tied a franchise record by losing four straight games, each by a double-digit margin. The Celtics have had five previous four-game losing streaks of that kind, most recently in December 2006.
Triple-doubles, home and road
From Elias: Jrue Holiday had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the 76ers' loss at Phoenix. It was the seventh triple-double registered by NBA players in road games this season, and the teams for which they played have posted a 2-5 record in those games. There have been nine triple-doubles by NBA players in home games this season, and their teams have won eight of those nine games.
What a difference a year makes
From Elias: The Clippers won their last 17 games of 2012, but they're 0-2 in 2013, with losses at Denver on Tuesday and at Golden State on Wednesday. The 2012-2013 Clippers are one of 14 teams in NBA history win 17 or more consecutive games in one season. More than half of those teams (8 of 14), including each of the last four, lost at least two straight games immediately following those winning streaks.
Cousins rebounds on both ends of the court
From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins grabbed 16 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to help the Kings top the Cavaliers in Cleveland after he collected eight offensive and six defensive rebounds against the Pistons the previous night. Cousins, Tyson Chandler and Anderson Varejao are the only NBA players to have two-game spans this season in which they accumulated 30 or more rebounds with at least half of them coming on the offensive side of the court.
Nelson returns with a career high
From Elias: The Magic came up two points short in a loss to the Bulls despite an effective return to action by Jameer Nelson. Nelson matched his career high with 32 points after he missed Orlando's previous two games with a hip injury. Three other NBA players have scored at least 32 points in a game this season after missing their team's previous game. Carmelo Anthony did it twice (45 points on Tuesday and 34 points on December 9); the other players to do so were Kevin Love (34 points in his season debut on November 21) and LaMarcus Aldridge (32 points on November 26).
Points off the bench
From Elias: Gordon Hayward (17 points) and Enes Kanter (15 points) came off the bench to post the two highest point totals for the Jazz in a 106-84 victory against the Timberwolves. It was Utah's second victory over the last six seasons in which the players with its two highest point totals were both non-starters. The only other such win for the Jazz over that span (2007-2008 to date) was on Dec. 13, 2010, also against Minnesota (122-100), with Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver leading the team with 21 and 20 points, respectively, off the bench.
It was all Raptors, all the time
From Elias: The Raptors outscored Portland in all four quarters of their 102-79 triumph in Toronto. Before Wednesday night, the Raptors hadn't won a game in that fashion since their regular-season finale against the Nets on April 26. It was the Trail Blazers' third loss this season in which they were outscored in each period. That ties them with the Wizards for the most such losses in the league.
Wizards run out of steam in the second of back-to-back games
From Elias: The Wizards dropped an 89-81 decision at Indiana after a home loss to the Mavericks on New Year's Day. The Wizards have played games on consecutive days nine times this season and they are 0-9 in the second of those "back-to-back" games. That matches the longest losing streak of its kind to begin a season in franchise history. The Wizards lost the first nine games that they played under those circumstances in 2008-2009.