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James & Wade lead way for Miami
From Elias: LeBron James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while shooting 12-for-23 from the floor, while teammate Dwyane Wade scored 35 with five rebounds and seven assist and shot 13-for-19 in the Heat's 123-116 overtime win over the Raptors. It was the fourth time in the "Big Three" era (since 2010-11) that two Miami players have recorded at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists while shooting better than 50%. It was the third such game for James and Wade, and James and Chris Bosh have also done it once. The other 29 NBA teams have combined for just two such games over the last three seasons.
James needs five OT rebounds to achieve triple double
From Elias: LeBron James completed perhaps the least likely of his 34 career triple doubles in the Heat's 123-116 overtime win over the Raptors. James pulled down just five rebounds in the first four quarters, but grabbed another five in the overtime period to finish with exactly 10. Three other players in the last 12 months have finished a game with double-digit boards despite grabbing five or less in regulation: David West (March 10, 2012), Vince Carter (April 16, 2012), and Al Horford (December 26, 2012). But before 2012, no player had done this in any of the five previous calendar years.
Smith becomes second Atlanta player to 30/13/8
From Elias: Josh Smith scored 30 points, and added 13 rebounds and eight assists in Atlanta's 104-92 win at Charlotte. Only one other Hawks player has reached those levels in points, rebounds and assists in a game since the team moved to Georgia in 1968. Herm Gilliam scored 34, with 13 rebounds and 13 assists against the Capital Bullets on February 5, 1974.
Blazers end slide in style
From Elias: The Trail Blazers ended their six-game losing streak in style with a 100-80 home win over the Pacers, who entered the game with a record of 26-16. The last team to end that long a losing streak with a 20-point win over a team that was at least 10 games over .500 was the Magic on March 10, 2006. Orlando had also lost six in a row when it routed Cleveland, 102-73.
Memphis backcourt lights up Lakers
From Elias: Mike Conley shot 9-for-14 from the field while backcourt mate Tony Allen was 6-for-11 in the Grizzlies' 106-93 home win over the Lakers. Conley and Allen became the fifth pair of starting guards this season to each shoot better than 50% (minimum 5 FG made) in a game against the Lakers. The only team to allow more starting backcourts to do that is the Rockets (6).
Okafor rebounds but struggles shooting
From Elias: Emeka Okafor grabbed 17 rebounds but shot just 3-for-10 from the floor in the Wizards' 92-88 loss at Utah. The last Washington starting center to record that many rebounds while shooting 30% or worse from the field was Moses Malone (17 rebounds, 6/22 FG), also against the Jazz on March 11, 1988.
Robinson's big fourth quarter leads Bulls to comeback win
From Elias: Nate Robinson scored nine points and handed out four assists in the fourth quarter as the Bulls overcame an 11-point end-of-third-quarter deficit to defeat the Pistons, 85-82. It was the third time that Robinson has recorded at least nine points and four assists in the fourth quarter while his team overcame a double-digit deficit entering the period. He did it twice for the Knicks, at Detroit on March 11, 2009 and at Atlanta on New Year's Day 2010. No other NBA player has had three such fourth quarters since Robinson entered the NBA in 2005. LeBron James, Steve Nash and Deron Williams are tied for second over that span with two such performances.
Splitter can't miss
From Elias: Tiago Splitter made 10 of 11 field-goal attempts (91%) in the Spurs' 106-102 home win over the Hornets. The last San Antonio player to shoot better than 90% in a game while taking at least 10 shots was Fabricio Oberto, who shot 10-for-11 against the Nuggets on December 15, 2007.
McGee shoots 80% again
From Elias: JaVale McGee came off the bench to make six of seven field-goal attempts in the Nuggets' 105-95 win at Houston. It was the third time this season that McGee has shot better than 80% from the floor while making more than five field goals. The only player with more such games in 2012-13 is Tyson Chandler (5).
Nets start fast
From Elias: Brooklyn opened up a 9-0 lead and never looked back in its 91-83 win at Minnesota. The Nets hadn't scored the first nine (or more) points of a road game since April 15, 2007. New Jersey also started that game on a 9-0 run but had to hold on for a 111-107 win at Indiana.
Dragic passes without rebounding
From Elias: Goran Dragic scored 12 points and handed out 11 assists, but did not record a rebound in the Suns' 106-96 win at Sacramento. It was the second time this season that Dragic was credited with at least eight assists but no rebounds in a game (January 12 at Chicago). That ties Jeff Teague and Earl Watson for the second-most such games in 2012-13 behind Mike Conley (3).
Gaborik's OT goal caps hat trick
From Elias: Marian Gaborik's third goal of the game earned the Rangers a 4-3 overtime victory against the Bruins on Wednesday. Gaborik is the third player in Rangers history to record a hat trick that included an overtime goal. The other Rangers to do that were Cecil Dillon (Dec. 12, 1936 at Toronto) and Tomas Sandstrom (Dec. 31, 1986 vs. the Islanders).
Lundqvist continues dominance over Bruins
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his 4-3 overtime victory against the Bruins on Wednesday. Lundqvist has not allowed more than three goals in any of his 29 career games versus Boston. That's a new NHL mark for most consecutive games by a goaltender against one team allowing three or fewer goals from the start of a career, breaking the old record of 28 games by Dominik Hasek versus Ottawa (1992 to 1999). Lundqvist 29-game streak is the longest of its kind by an NHL goaltender at any point in his career since Nikolai Khabibulin's 30-game skein against Calgary from 1996 to 2009.
A rare loss for Pens when Crosby & Malkin each light the lamp
From Elias: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored a goal for the Penguins but Pittsburgh lost to Toronto, 5-2. Entering play on Wednesday the Penguins had won the last 19 regular-season games in which Crosby and Malkin both scored goals.
Van Riemsdyk returns to familiar place for multi-goal game
From Elias: James van Riemsdyk scored his first two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 5-2 victory at Pittsburgh. It was the sixth career multiple-goal game for Van Riemsdyk, who was traded to Toronto by the Flyers in exchange for Luke Schenn last June. The first of Van Riemsdyk's multi-goal games for Philadelphia came on Jan. 7, 2010 and it was also against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, though at Mellon Arena, not Consol Energy Center, the Pens' current home.
Sullivan is the oldest Coyote with a hat trick
From Elias: Steve Sullivan scored three goals in the Coyotes' 5-1 home win over the Blue Jackets. Sullivan, 38, is the oldest player in Phoenix's franchise history to record a hat trick. Ray Whitney was 13 days younger when he set the previous record on November 13, 2010 against St. Louis.