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Noah's amazing two-game span
From Elias: Joakim Noah couldn't quite duplicate his historic 23-point/21-rebound/11-block performance from two nights earlier, but the Bulls' center still managed to score 21 points, grab 10 rebounds and block four shots in Chicago's 96-85 home win over Brooklyn. He's the first player to put up at least 40 points, 30 rebounds, and 15 blocked shots over any two-game span since Shaquille O'Neal in November 1993. Noah has also made 18 of 25 field-goal attempts (72%) over these two contests, easily the best two-game percentage ever posted by a player who also put up 40/30/15 points/rebounds/blocks. The only others with spans over 60% are O'Neal, David Robinson (three times) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. (The NBA started recording blocked shots in 1973).
Turner in good Sixers company
From Elias: Evan Turner just missed a triple double, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out nine assists in the 76ers' 104-97 home win over the Warriors. Turner, who made 10 of 15 shots from the floor Saturday night, joined Andre Iguodala (March 2010), Charles Barkley (seven times from 1986 to 1991) and Julius Erving (four times from 1976 to 1983) as the only Philadelphia players in the last 40 years to record 20/10/8 points/rebounds/assists in a game while also making at least 65% of their field-goal attempts.
Young grabs 15 boards vs. Warriors
From Elias: Thaddeus Young scored 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in the 76ers' victory over the Warriors. Young was the 16th player this season to record at least 15 rebounds in a game against Golden State. The only other team to allow that many such individual performances is Milwaukee (also 16 15-rebound games against).
Jennings' shooting can't match his passing
From Elias: Brandon Jennings made just three of 12 field-goal attempts, but handed out 19 assists in Milwaukee's 122-114 overtime win over Toronto. Jennings is the third Bucks' player to shoot 25% or less while recording 15+ assists in a game. Guy Rodgers (1-for-4 FG, 15 assists) did that on October 26, 1969, and Sam Cassell (3-for-14, 18) did it on January 4, 2000.
Lowry just barely gets his triple-double
From Elias: Kyle Lowry scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and handed out 10 assists in the Raptors' 112-114 overtime loss at Milwaukee. Lowry is the fifth player in NBA history to achieve a standard points/rebounds/assists triple double with absolutely nothing to spare. Penny Hardaway put up exactly 10 points, rebounds and assists for the Suns in 2003. Andre Iguodala did that twice for the 76ers, in 2005 and 2012. And Jason Kidd did it for the Nets in 2006. But Lowry, who scored six of his 10 points in the fifth period, is the first to do it in an overtime game.
Hickson dominates down low
From Elias: J.J. Hickson shot 7-for-8 from the floor, scoring 18 points and pulling down 16 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 109-94 home win over the Timberwolves. Only five other Portland starting centers have recorded at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game while making at least 85% of their field-goal attempts: Bill Walton (1978), Chris Dudley (1995), Arvydas Sabonis (1996), Joel Przybilla (2005) and Marcus Camby (2010).
Cogliano returns to a familiar site for his second hat trick
From Elias: Andrew Cogliano recorded the second three-goal game of his NHL career in the Ducks' 5-4 shootout loss at Phoenix. Cogliano's first hat trick came just over 13 months ago (Jan. 31, 2012) for the same team (Anaheim) against the same opponent (the Coyotes) in the same location (Phoenix). Since 1990, the only other NHL player whose first two NHL hat tricks were registered in road games against the same team was the Canucks' Mason Raymond at Calgary (Dec. 27, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2010). Cogliano's two hat tricks versus Phoenix are a bit of an aberration, because excluding those two games he's scored one goal in 21 career games against the Coyotes.
Three Pens score twice
From Elias: Matt Cooke, Chris Kunitz and Brandon Sutter each scored two goals for the Penguins in their game at Montreal, with Sutter's second goal coming 52 second into overtime to earn Pittsburgh a 7-6 victory. It was only the third time in the last 13 seasons that the Penguins had three different multiple-goal scorers in one game. Their other multi-goal trios were Mario Lemieux, John LeClair and Sergei Gonchar on Oct. 27, 2005 against Atlanta (won 7-5), and James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Tyler Kennedy on March 30, 2012 versus Winnipeg (won 8-4).
A baker's dozen goals in Montreal
From Elias: The Penguins' 7-6 overtime win at Montreal was the highest-scoring game in the NHL this season. Including the 2012 playoffs, the last four NHL games in which as many as 13 goals were scored have all involved Pittsburgh. There were two 13-goal games in the Penguins' first-round playoff series against the Flyers last year (Philadelphia won 8-5 in Game 2 and Pittsburgh won 10-3 in Game 4), and the last 13-goal game in the 2011-12 regular season was the Penguins' 8-5 victory over the Jets on Feb. 11, 2012.
Simmonds scores key goal in three straight Flyers wins
From Elias: Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winning goal when the Flyers edged the Senators, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon. Simmonds was also credited with the game-winner in each of Philadelphia's previous two victories, against Winnipeg and Washington (with a loss to Toronto between those games). He's the fourth NHL player to score the deciding goal in each of three consecutive team wins this season. The first three players to do that were San Jose's Patrick Marleau, Montreal's Andrei Markov and Pittsburgh's James Neal.
Holtby works hard in shutout
From Elias: Braden Holtby posted his third shutout of the season with a 35-save, 3-0 victory at Winnipeg on Saturday. It was only the third time in the last seven seasons that a Capitals goaltender faced 35 or more shots on goal while recording a shutout. The other Washington goaltenders to do that since the start of the 2006-07 season were Michal Neuvirth (Feb. 21, 2011 at Pittsburgh, 39 saves) and Tomas Vokoun (Feb. 7, 2012 vs. Florida, 42 saves).
Nash provides rare scoring by Carolina rookie
From Elias: Rookie Riley Nash, whose NHL career totals were no goals and two assists in 11 games entering play on Saturday, scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Hurricanes' 6-2 win over the Panthers. Nash's one goal and two assists matched the totals that all Carolina rookies combined had recorded in 34 "man games" in the Hurricanes' previous 19 games this season.
Marchand keeps his scoring touch
From Elias: The Bruins overcame a 2-0 deficit and extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory over the Lightning thanks to Brad Marchand, whose power play goal with 2:16 remaining in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie. It was the fourth time in the last six games that a Marchand goal has been the game-winner for Boston. Marchand, who leads the Bruins with 11 goals, hasn't played consecutive games without scoring at least one goal this season.
Pominville while even, short-handed
From Elias: Jason Pominville scored two goals, including one while the Sabres were shorthanded, in Buffalo's 4-3 shootout win against the Devils. It was Pominville's second multiple-goal game of the season and the 17th of his NHL career. Pominville's only other multi-goal game that included a shorthanded tally was the first multiple-goal game of his career: a three-goal hat trick in the Sabres' 10-1 rout of the Kings on Jan. 14, 2006.