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Harden's spectacular night
From Elias: James Harden scored 46 points on 14-for-19 shooting (74%), while also contributing eight rebounds and six assists in the Rockets' 122-119 home win over the Thunder. In the last 40 years, the only other starting guards to score more than 45 points, shoot better than 70% and record more than five rebounds and five assists in a game are Michael Jordan (twice in 1988-89), Clyde Drexler (January 1989), Dana Barros (March 1995) and Dwyane Wade (December 2007 and March 2009).
Harden haunts former mates
From Elias: James Harden, who was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets last October, scored 46 points against his former club on Wednesday night. That's the highest point total by a player against a team for which he played either earlier that season or in the previous season since Tony Delk scored 53 for the Suns at Sacramento on January 2, 2001.
A scoring bonanza for guards
From Elias: James Harden led all scorers with 46 points, while fellow starting guard Jeremy Lin scored 29 in the Rockets' 122-119 home win over the Thunder. Meanwhile, both members of Oklahoma City's starting backcourt, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell Westbrook, each scored 28 points in defeat. It was the first NBA game in which all four starting guards scored at least 28 points since December 29, 1989. In that game, Derek Harper scored 42 and Rolando Blackmon added 35 for the Mavericks, while Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter put up 32 and 28, respectively, for the Trail Blazers.
Pacers dominate Knicks
From Elias: All five Pacers starters made more than half of their field-goal attempts, while each of the Knicks' starting five shot under 50% in Indiana's 125-91 home win. The last NBA game in which that happened (all starters on one team over 50%, all on the other team under 50%) was a Mavericks win over the Kings on February 10, 2009. The Pacers had only been on the positive side of such a contest once in their NBA history, a win over the Nuggets on December 12, 1995. And the Knicks hadn't suffered through such a game since March 24, 1972, in a loss to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Bucks.
James dishes in the fourth
From Elias: LeBron James handed out eight assists in the fourth quarter of the Heat's 103-90 win at Atlanta. It was the fifth time that James recorded eight-or-more assists in a period. The first four times all took place in the first quarter. LeBron had never previously been credited with more than six assists in any fourth quarter.
Heat's big fourth quarter turns deficit into rout
From Elias: The Heat trailed the Hawks 73-63 at the end of the third quarter. But Miami outscored Atlanta 40-17 over the final 12 minutes to post a 103-90 victory at Philips Arena. The last team to win by 13+ points after trailing by double digits after three quarters was the Lakers on December 20, 2006. Los Angeles was also down by 10 points at the end of the third, but outscored the Timberwolves 34-7 in the fourth to post a 17-point win at Minnesota.
Monroe fills the box score
From Elias: Greg Monroe scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out seven assists, and blocked three shots in the Pistons' 105-99 win at Charlotte. Since the NBA started recording blocked shots in the 1973-74 season, the only other Detroit starting center to reach those levels of points, rebounds, assists and blocks in a game was Bob Lanier, who did it 11 times between 1973 and 1975.
Howard's trademark performance
From Elias: Dwight Howard scored 24 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the field, and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Lakers' 113-99 home win over the Celtics. It was Howard's 82nd career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds while shooting at least 70% from the floor. That's more than twice as many as any other player since 2004-05, his first season in the NBA. Carlos Boozer is a distant second with 30. And as disappointing as Howard's Lakers tenure has been so far, his five such games are still the most by any player this season.
Grizzlies prefer Ontario to British Columbia
From Elias: The Grizzlies defeated the Raptors, 88-82 at Air Canada Centre. That improved the Memphis franchise record to 8-4 (.667) all-time in Toronto, its best road record against any team. By contrast, the Vancouver Grizzlies were 66-164 (.287) on their home court in the six seasons they played in Canada (1995-96 to 2000-01).
Irving's fourth quarter leads Cavs to victory
From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 105-100 home win over the Hornets. The last NBA player to score that many points in the fourth quarter of a victory was Dirk Nowitzki, who put up 21 against the Rockets on April 18, 2012.
Thompson's shooting, rebounding lead Warriors
From Elias: Klay Thompson scored 28 points, shooting 10-for-18 from the field, 4-for-8 from three-point range, and 4-for-4 from the foul line, while pulling down eight rebounds in the Warriors' 108-98 home win over the Suns. The only other Golden State players to score 25+ points, shoot at least 50% from the floor and from three-point range (minimum 4 3-point FG made), be perfect from the free-throw line (minimum 4 FT made) and grab at least eight rebounds, are Stephen Curry (three times), Anthony Morrow (February 2010) and Rod Higgins (January 1989).
Pekovic's first-half double-double
From Elias: Nikola Pekovic scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the first half as the Timberwolves opened up a 15-point halftime lead and coasted to a 94-87 victory over the 76ers. It was the fourth time this season that Pekovic recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half of a game. That ties Dwight Howard and David Lee for the second-highest such total behind Nikola Vucevic (5).
Magic continue their road slide
From Elias: The Magic lost at Dallas, 111-96. Orlando has lost its last nine road games, all by a margin of at least nine points. That ties the longest such streak in franchise history. In 1989-90, the team's first season in the NBA, the Magic also lost nine straight away games by 9+ points.
Voracek scores second regular-season Philly hat trick in Pittsburgh
From Elias: Jakub Voracek's tiebreaking goal with 91 seconds remaining in the third period completed the first hat trick of his NHL career and earned the Flyers a 6-5 road victory over the Penguins. It was only the second regular-season hat trick by a Flyers player in Pittsburgh. The first one was by Bobby Clarke in a 6-5 Philadelphia win at the Civic Arena on Dec. 13, 1980. The Flyers have had three playoff hat tricks in Pittsburgh, including two in one game last year (by Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux) and one in 1989 (by Tim Kerr).
Simmonds scores a "Gordie" plus one
From Elias: Wayne Simmonds notched the second "Gordie Howe hat trick" of his NHL career in the Flyers' 6-5 win at Pittsburgh and this one had a little something extra, as he scored two goals in addition to recording an assist and a fighting major. Simmonds is only the third NHL player in the last five seasons to register a "Gordie Howe hat trick" that included a multiple-goal performance. The other players to do that since 2008-09 were the Flames' Jarome Iginla (Jan. 30, 2010) and the Flyers' Scott Hartnell (Jan. 11, 2011).
Bernier continues hot start
From Elias: Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier stopped 26 of 27 shots in the Kings' 3-1 win at Calgary. Bernier has won all three of his starts this season, allowing exactly one goal in each. The only other Los Angeles goalie to go 3-0-0 in his first three starts of a season while allowing fewer than two goals in each is the Kings' current #1 netminder, Jonathan Quick in 2010-11.
David Jones sends St. Louis to locker room
From Elias: David Jones scored with 17 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Avalanche a 1-0 home win over the Blues. Jones has scored six overtime goals since New Year's Day, 2011, the most by any NHL player. Steven Stamkos, who has five, is in second place over that span.