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George And Pacers Keep Streaks Alive
From Elias: The Pacers improved to 8-0 this season with a win over the Grizzlies on Monday, and Paul George had his eighth consecutive game with 20 or more points. Only two other players in NBA history have scored at least 20 points in each of their team's first eight (or more) games of a season, all of which were wins: Wilt Chamberlain for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960 (first nine games) and Dave Bing for the Pistons in 1970.
Paul a Dual Threat
From Elias: Chris Paul scored 21 points and passed for 11 assists in the Clippers' win over the Timberwolves on Monday, giving him 170 points and 99 assists through eight games. Paul narrowly missed becoming the second player in NBA history with at least 170 points and 100 assists through his team's first eight games of a season. Oscar Robertson scored 231 points with 102 assists for the Cincinnati Royals in their first eight games in the 1961-62 season (Robertson's second in the NBA).
Spurs In Cruise Control
From Elias: The Spurs outscored the 76ers in the first quarter in Philadelphia on Monday, 31-13, and cruised to a 24-point victory. That was only a day after San Antonio led the Knicks in New York by 18 points at the end of the first quarter in a 31-point win. Only one other team in NBA history has led by 18 or more points at the end of the first quarter in consecutive games, both on the road¿Sacramento did that in wins in Detroit and Utah in April 2002.
Stevens Goes Streaking
From Elias: The Celtics won their fourth consecutive game on Monday to even their season record at 4-4. Brad Stevens is only the second head coach in NBA history to lose his first four (or more) games and immediately follow that losing streak with a winning streak that brought his won-lost record back to .500. Rick Adelman replaced Mike Schuler as Portland's head coach in February 1989, lost his first four games, and then won his next four.
Boston is the first NBA team to start a season with a losing streak of four-plus games that was immediately followed by a winning streak of equal length since Washington in 2007 (lost its first five, won its next six).
Boston made 51 of 85 field goals (60%) in its win over Orlando. That's the most shots the Celtics have taken while shooting 60 percent or higher since a 150-112 win over the Bullets on November 25, 1992, in which they made 62 of 100 shots. Reggie Lewis was 14 for 17 in that game; Robert Parish went 8 for 11; Dee Brown shot 7 for 11.
Stars Align For Rockets
From Elias: Houston's stars prevailed in the Rockets' double-overtime win over the Raptors on Monday: Jeremy Lin scored 31 points off the bench, Dwight Howard grabbed 24 rebounds and James Harden scored 26 points with 10 assists. It was the first game since 1991 in which the Rockets had a player score 30 or more points, a teammate score 25 with 10 or more assists and another grab at least 20 rebounds. The last trio to do that was Vernon Maxwell (30 points), Sleepy Floyd (30 points, 10 assists) and Larry Smith (25 rebounds) also in a double-OT win, against the Warriors.
Houston held Rudy Gay to 11 for 37 on field-goal attempts in its win on Monday. That's the most missed shots any player has had in a game since Kobe Bryant made only 17 of 47 shots against Boston on November 7, 2002.
Lillard Bounces Back
From Elias: Damian Lillard led Portland with 25 points in its win over Detroit on Monday, after he made only 1 of 15 shots (6.7%) against Sacramento on Saturday. It's the second time that Lillard has had a game in which he made less than 10 percent of his shots and followed it with a 25-point game. In February Lillard went 1 for 16 from the floor against Orlando and two nights later scored 33 against Miami.
Nuggets Pull Away Late
From Elias: The Nuggets outscored the Jazz in the fourth quarter on Monday, 30-13, after Denver entered the final period with a two-point lead. The Nuggets had never previously outscored the Jazz by 17 or more points in the fourth quarter in any of their 171 prior regular-season games.
Teague Sure To Share
From Elias: Jeff Teague distributed 12 assists in Atlanta's win in Charlotte on Monday, to bring his total of assists to 71 in seven games this season. The only other player in Hawks history with at least 70 assists in the team's first seven games of a season was Doc Rivers in November 1986 (72).
Boozer Boosts Bulls
From Elias: Carlos Boozer shot 7 of 11 from the floor in the Bulls' win over the Cavaliers on Monday. Boozer has scored 68 points (22.7 per game) and made 28 of 47 shots (59.6 percent) in his last three games against Cleveland, all in 2013.
Rask Blanks The Bolts
From Elias: Tuukka Rask recorded his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Lightning in Boston on Monday afternoon. His other shutout was also against the Lightning, on October 19 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Rask has won all three games he's played versus the Lightning this season, allowing only one goal on 84 shots, and he's 5-0-0 with three shutouts and a total of three goals allowed in five games against them over the last two seasons. The only other NHL goaltender with as many as three shutouts versus one team over the last two seasons is Martin Brodeur, who's blanked the Flyers three times (twice last season and once this season).
Fernandez Was Doc-Like
From Elias: Jose Fernandez won the National League Rookie of the Year Award after a season in which he went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA for a team that lost 100 games. And did we mention that Fernandez didn't turn 21 years old until July 31? His ERA was the lowest in a season by a pitcher younger than 22 who threw at least 150 innings since Dwight Gooden had a 1.53 ERA for the Mets in 1985, his second season in the major leagues.
Myers Makes Most Of Opportunity
From Elias: Wil Myers won the American League Rookie of the Year Award after playing only 88 games this season, but still led A.L. rookies in extra-base hits (36) and RBI (53). Myers is only the fourth position player to win a Rookie of the Year Award after playing fewer than 100 games, joining Willie McCovey (52 games in 1959), Bob Horner (89 in 1978) and Ryan Howard (88 in 2005).
Glennon's Monday Moment
From Elias: Mike Glennon led Tampa Bay to its first win of the season on Monday against Miami, after starting the season 0-8, and it was the first win for Glennon as a starting QB after five losses. No other quarterback has had his first win as a starter come on Monday Night Football after at least five straight losses to start his career.
The Buccaneers held Miami to two rushing yards, the lowest total in any game in Dolphins history. Their previous low was seven yards, in a win over the Vikings in 2006.
Darrelle Revis had an interception to seal the win for the Bucs and he helped limit Mike Wallace to 15 yards on four catches (3.8 average). That's Wallace's lowest yards-per-catch average in any NFL game. Revis has four takeaways (three interceptions and a fumble recovery) in his last four games against Miami.