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LeBron, Allen, Wade... Battier?
On a team with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen, it was Shane Battier who took the last shot for the Heat trailing by 2 points as time expired in double overtime. Battier is 1-of-9 on field goal attempts with less than a minute to play and the score within five points over the last two seasons including the playoffs. As a team, the Heat hit only 2-of-10 such attempts in Sunday's loss to the Celtics.
Holiday ends 76ers' record drought
From Elias: Jrue Holiday scored 35 points in the 76ers' win against the Knicks, ending Philadelphia's NBA-record streak of 436 consecutive games without a player scoring at least 35 points. Prior to Saturday night, the last 76ers player to do so was Willie Green, when he tallied 37 points in a win at Toronto on April 18, 2007.
Irving is fifth player with 3 straight 30-point games before age 21
From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 32 points in the Cavaliers' win against the Raptors, his third straight game with 30 or more points. The 20-year old Irving became only the fifth player in NBA history to register three straight 30-point games before his 21st birthday. The others were John Drew, Bernard King, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Batum nets triple-double in one-point win
From Elias: Nicolas Batum had 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 101-100 win against the Clippers. The only other NBA players in the past 10 years who had a triple-double in a regular-season game their team won by a single point were Jason Kidd for the Nets in November 2005 and Russell Westbrook in January 2011.
Timberwolves squander another big lead
From Elias: The Timberwolves followed a familiar script on Saturday night, forging an 18-point lead before allowing the Bobcats to rally for a 102-101 victory. It was Minnesota's fifth loss this season in a game it led by at least 15 points, the most such defeats for any team in the league.
Rockets withstand Williams' early barrage
From Elias: Deron Williams scored 20 points in the first quarter, but he was held to seven points over the remainder of the game in the Nets' 119-106 loss at Houston. The only other NBA player to score 20 points in the opening quarter of a game this season is Carmelo Anthony, who dropped 22 on the Lakers in the first 12 minutes on December 13, and finished with 30 points in the Knicks' win.
Lawson does quick work in Nuggets rout
From Elias: Ty Lawson had 26 points and six assists, while playing only 26 minutes in the Nuggets' rout of the Kings. That was the fewest minutes played by any NBA player this season in a game in which he had at least 25 points and five or more assists.
Bulls starters each held below 10 points
From Elias: The Bulls lost to the Wizards, 86-73, and none of Chicago's five starters -- Carlos Boozer, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich and Richard Hamilton -- reached double-figures in points. It was only the second time in the last 29 seasons that no Bulls starter scored at least 10 points in a game. That also happened over that span in a 98-80 loss to the Kings in 2006.
Jazz tough in OT
From Elias: The Jazz defeated the Pacers in overtime on Saturday night, improving Utah's record to 14-5 (.737) in OT games over the last four seasons. The only teams with better records in games extended beyond 48 minutes over that span are the Lakers (15-2, .882) and Nuggets (12-3, .800).
Ilyasova and Sanders power Bucks over Warriors
From Elias: Ersan Ilyasova had 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Larry Sanders added 16 points and 11 boards in the Bucks' win over the Warriors. The only other time in the last two seasons that a pair of Milwaukee players each produced a 15/10 (points/rebounds) performance was also in a game against Golden State. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Drew Gooden did that in a Bucks victory versus the Warriors in March 2012.
Marleau ties record set in 1917
From Elias: Patrick Marleau tied what may be the oldest record in NHL history when he scored two goals in San Jose's 4-0 win over the Avalanche on Saturday. The Sharks have won all four games they've played this season with Marleau scoring two goals in each game. He's only the second player in league history to score at least two goals in each of his team's first four games of a season, matching the mark set by Hall of Famer Cy Denneny in the first four games played by the original Ottawa Senators in 1917-18, the NHL's first season.
Marleau is the first NHL player to score two or more goals in each of four consecutive team games at any juncture of a season since Alexander Mogilny had a five-game streak for Buffalo in 1992-93. Marleau's streak of four straight two-goal games to begin this season contrasts sharply to the slow start he made last season, when he went goalless in his first five games.
Blackhawks start season with 5 straight wins
From Elias: The Blackhawks tied a franchise record when they extended their season-opening winning streak to five games with a 3-2 victory at Columbus. The only other season that Chicago began with five consecutive wins was 1971-72, with a team featuring Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito.
Corey Crawford, who's been in goal for four of the Blackhawks' five wins this season, made 24 saves in Saturday's game. Crawford lost his first two career games versus the Blue Jackets but he's beaten them all seven times he's faced them since then, a winning streak which dates back to April 2011.
Gaborik sparks Rangers comeback
From Elias: Marian Gaborik scored two goals and assisted on another two goals to lead the Rangers to a come-from-behind 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs. It was the seventh time that Gaborik has recorded four or more points in a game since he signed with the Rangers as a free agent in July 2009. That matches the number of games with at least four points that Gaborik posted in the eight seasons he played for the Minnesota Wild (2000-01 through 2008-09).
First NHL hat trick for Read
From Elias: Matt Read, who led NHL rookies with 24 goals last season, scored his first three goals of this season in the Flyers' 7-1 road win against the Panthers. It was the first NHL hat trick for Read, who scored once in each period of Saturday's game. Read is only the second Flyers player to score three goals in a game versus the Panthers. Eric Lindros did that in a game at Miami Arena in March 1995.
Perron leads Blues over Stars
From Elias: David Perron matched his career high for points in one game when he tallied two goals and one assist for the Blues in their 4-3 win at Dallas. Perron has recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 16 career games against the Stars, and he's posted at least one point in all but three of those games. With the exception of the Buffalo Sabres (four points in three games), Dallas is the only team that Perron has averaged more than one point per game against in his six seasons in the NHL.
Kopitar records his first two-goal game vs. Coyotes
From Elias: Anze Kopitar scored his first two goals of the season to lead the Kings to a 4-3 win at Phoenix. It was the 21st multiple-goal game of Kopitar's NHL career but his first in the 40 games he's played against the Coyotes. Entering play on Saturday, Kopitar had scored only one goal in his last 14 games versus Phoenix.