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From Elias: Markieff Morris scored 17 points and his twin brother Marcus scored 16 in the Suns' victory over the Pelicans. It's only the second time in NBA history that a pair of brothers each scored at least 15 points in the same game for the same team. The other occurrence was on March 10, 1947 when Johnny Simmons (17 points) and his brother Connie (15) did it for the Celtics against the Providence Steamrollers.
James takes charge
From Elias: LeBron James led the Heat in points (35), rebounds (8) and assists (8) in their win over the Raptors Tuesday night. It was the 123rd time in his career in which James was his team's leader in those three categories in a game, the most among active players. James' team is 80-43 (.650) in those 123 games.
George off to a hot start
From Elias: Paul George scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Pacers improved to 4-0. George has scored 108 points and hauled in 35 rebounds in four games this season becoming only the third Pacers player to score at least 100 points with at least 35 rebounds in their first four games of a season. Adrian Dantley did it in 1977-78 (110 points, 41 rebounds) and Clark Kellogg in 1985-86 (100 points, 35 rebounds).
Knicks don't defend in the first half
From Elias: The Bobcats scored 64 points in the first half in their victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. The Timberwolves also scored 64 first-half points against the Knicks at MSG in New York's previous game. It's the first time since November 2008 that the Knicks allowed at least 64 points in the first half of consecutive home games.
Monta joins Wilt
From Elias: Monta Ellis scored 30 points, made 11 of 14 shots from the field (.786) and handed out nine assists in the Mavericks' victory over the Lakers. The last player with that many points and assists while shooting that high a percentage from the field in a game against the Lakers was Wilt Chamberlain on March 18, 1968. Wilt scored 53 points, handed out 14 assists and shot 24-for-29 from the field (.828) for the 76ers in a 158-128 victory.
Thomas has been solid off the bench
From Elias: Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points off the bench for the Kings in a losing effort Tuesday night. Thomas has scored 83 points in four games this season, all off the bench. Two other players scored that many points, all off the bench, in their first four games of a season since 2001-02: Jason Terry for the Mavericks in 2007-08 (91 points) and Jamal Crawford for the Clippers last season (96).
Rookies lead Oilers
From Elias: Rookie Mark Arcobello scored the first two goals of his NHL career, including the overtime game-winner that earned the Oilers a 4-3 victory over the Panthers. Arcobello is the first player to score an overtime goal in the game in which he scored the first two goals of his NHL career since Nov. 14, 1995, when Shane Doan did that for the original Winnipeg Jets against the Blackhawks.
Arcobello's first goal came at the 2:06 mark of the second period and 33 seconds later his teammate, Taylor Fedun, who was making his NHL debut, scored his first goal. It was the fastest two "first NHL goals" by a pair of teammates since Nov. 15, 2009, when Minnesota's Robbie Earl and John Scott notched their first goals 20 seconds apart. For Scott, it's the only goal he has scored in his NHL career.
Backstrom's assists power Caps
From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three of the Capitals' four power play goals in their 6-2 win over the Islanders. It was the second time this season that an NHL player recorded three power play assists in one game; Daniel Alfredsson did so in the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Flyers on October 12. This was the third time that Backstrom racked up three power play assists in one game in his NHL career. The only other NHL player with three such games since Backstrom entered the league in October 2007 is defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
Karlsson tallies two
From Elias: Erik Karlsson scored a pair of goals in the Senators' 4-1 win at Columbus. It was the first multiple-goal game by an Ottawa defenseman since March 10, 2012, when Karlsson tallied twice in a game against the Sabres. In Karlsson's five seasons in the NHL (2009-10 to date) he's registered six of the eight two-goal games by Ottawa D-men; Chris Phillips has the two other such games.
Fiddler roofs penalty shot goal
From Elias: Dallas forward Vernon Fiddler scored a penalty-shot goal that tied the score at 2-2 with 2:34 remaining in the third period in the Stars' game at Boston and Dallas went on beat the Bruins, 3-2, in a shootout. It was the first score-tying penalty-shot goal in the last five minutes of the third period in an NHL game since April 12, 2002, when Atlanta's Tony Hrkac scored one at Columbus.
Malholtra's overtime goal was worth the wait
From Elias: Manny Malhotra's first goal of the season and first goal for the Hurricanes earned Carolina a 2-1 overtime win against the Flyers. It was the second overtime goal of Malhotra's NHL career and first since April 5, 2001, when he won a game for the Rangers at Tampa Bay with an extra-time marker. He's the first NHL player to go at least 12 years between regular-season overtime goals since Martin Gelinas had a gap of a little over 13 years between OT goals in January 1990 and March 2003.
Parise goes wild
From Elias: Zach Parise scored two goals in Minnesota's 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames. It was the sixth multiple-goal game for Parise in his two seasons with the Wild. The only other player with even half as many multi-goal games for Minnesota in calendar year 2013 as Parise is Jason Pominville with three.
Oshie is shootout king
From Elias: T.J. Oshie was the only player to score in the shootout that enabled the Blues to beat the Canadiens, 3-2, in Montreal. Oshie has scored on all three of his shootout attempts this season and 21 of 39 tries in NHL career. Oshie's 53.8 percent success rate in shootouts is the highest among active NHL players with 30 or more attempts. The only other active player with at least 30 shootout attempts who's scored on at least half of his shots is the Islanders' Frans Nielsen (26 of 49, 53.1%).
Coyotes howl in shootouts
From Elias: The Coyotes extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Canucks. Their previous two wins were also in shootouts: against Nashville last Thursday and at San Jose on Saturday. Phoenix is the first NHL team to win three consecutive games in one season, all via shootouts, since the Red Wings did so in January 2012. The Coyotes have done it once before, in March 2010.