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Mr. Anderson Hurts Former Team
From Elias: James Anderson scored a career-high 36 points against his former team while leading the 76ers to an overtime victory over the Rockets. Anderson, who hadn't scored more than 19 points in any of his previous 123 games in the league, became only the second player in NBA history to score 35 or more points in a game that far into his career without ever before posting a 20-point game. The only other player to do so was Toronto's Acie Earl, who dropped 40 points at Boston on April 12, 1996 after he entered that game with a career high of 16 points in his 140 previous games in the NBA. And like Anderson, Earl did that against his former team.
Lin Shoots And Shares in Loss
From Elias: Jeremy Lin stepped up his game with James Harden on the bench with an injured foot. Lin scored 34 points on the strength of nine three-point field goals, and he added a dozen assists in the Rockets' overtime loss at Philadelphia. Lin averaged 21.5 points per game in the four games that Harden missed last season, compared to his 12.9 points-per-game average while playing alongside Harden. Lin joined Boston's Antoine Walker (nine three-pointers and 13 assists in a regulation loss at Sacramento on January 17, 2001) as the only players in NBA history to register nine or more three-point field goals and 12 or more assists in one game.
Carmelo Leads Knicks Again
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 25 points for the Knicks in their victory in Atlanta. Anthony is the only NBA player who has led his team in points (either outright or tied) in every game this season and he's the first player to lead New York in scoring in each of its first seven games of a season since Patrick Ewing had at least a share of the team high in points in the club's first seven games in 1997-98.
Gay Makes Big Return To Memphis
From Elias: Rudy Gay scored a team-high 23 points for the Raptors in their 103-87 win over the Grizzlies. It was Gay's first visit to Memphis since he played the first 479 games of his NBA career for the Grizzlies (from November 2006 through January 2013). Gay's point total on Wednesday night was the highest for any player in his first road game against the Grizzlies after playing for the club, surpassing Shareef Abdur-Rahim's total of 22 points for Atlanta in his return to Memphis on January 4, 2002.
Paul Keeps Sharing
From Elias: Chris Paul recorded his ninth straight double-digit assist game of the season for the Clippers on Wednesday night. It's the longest start-of-season streak of that kind in franchise history (dating back to the Buffalo Braves). Over the past 20 years the only other NBA player who recorded ten or more assists in each of his first nine or more games of a season is Rajon Rondo, who began last season with a 13-game streak for Boston.
Davis Does It All For Pelicans
From Elias: Anthony Davis scored 29 points to go along with his eight offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds in the Pelicans' loss at Utah. The only other players in franchise history who equaled or exceeded Davis's totals in each of those categories in one game are Armen Gilliam (1990), Alonzo Mourning (1993) and David West (2007).
Spurs Continue To Dominate Wizards
From Elias: The Spurs continued their mastery over the Wizards with a 92-79 win at San Antonio. It was San Antonio's 15th consecutive victory against Washington, the longest current team-versus-team winning streak in the NBA, and it's the Spurs' tenth different winning streak of 15 or more games against one team since they entered the NBA, the most for any team in league history, surpassing the Lakers total of nine such streaks. San Antonio's last ten wins against the Wizards have all been by double-digit margins. It's the longest winning streak of that kind for any NBA team against one opponent since the SuperSonics won ten straight games by margins of ten or more points against the Timberwolves from 1993 to 1995.
Shaw Returns To Beat Lakers
From Elias: The Nuggets defeated the Lakers in Brian Shaw's first game as a head coach against his former team. Shaw is the 22nd former Lakers player to coach against them, but he's only the fourth of those men to win his first game versus the Lakers as a head coach. The others are Howie Schultz (for the Anderson Duffey Packers against the Minneapolis Lakers in November 1949), Larry Krystkowiak (with Milwaukee in November 2007), and Lindsey Hunter (for Phoenix in January 2013).
Kings Silence Pierce, Garnett
From Elias: The Kings defeated the Nets by 21 points with Paul Pierce (12) and Kevin Garnett (six) combining to score only 18 points for Brooklyn. Pierce and Garnett player 384 regular-season games together for the Celtics and in only 25 of those games (6.5 percent) did neither of them score more than a dozen points.
Rubio Threatens Franchise Mark
From Elias: Ricky Rubio scored 16 points to go along with his 16 assists as the Timberwolves topped the Cavaliers. It was the most assists in a game for a Minnesota player since Chauncey Billups registered 17 helpers on March 28, 2002 to tie the franchise record that he shares with Sidney Lowe (1990), Pooh Richardson (1992), Micheal Williams (1993) and Stephon Marbury (1997).
Afflalo A Big Piece For Magic
From Elias: Arron Afflalo scored 36 points for the Magic in their 94-91 triumph over the Bucks. Over the last ten seasons (2004-05 to date), the only other player to score as many as 36 points for Orlando in a victory in which the team scored as few as 94 points was Dwight Howard, who scored 36 of the Magic's 92 points in a win at Toronto on March 5, 2012.
Bobcats Go Wire to Wire
From Elias: The Bobcats topped the Celtics in Boston and they led from wire-to-wire after scoring the first four points of the game. It was the first victory for the Bobcats in which they opened the scoring and never relinquished the lead since January 16, 2010 (versus the Suns). Charlotte entered Wednesday night with a streak of 281 games without a "wire-to-wire" win (the second-longest such streak in franchise history). The only NBA team with a longer current streak of that kind is Sacramento; the Kings haven't won any of their last 304 games in that fashion.
Cy Young Winners "Eliminated"
From Elias: As expected, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw were named Cy Young Award winners for their respective leagues on Wednesday, which should help ease the disappointment of their last appearances on the mound this year. Scherzer was tagged with the loss that eliminated the Tigers in Game 6 of the ALCS one night after the Cardinals defeated Clayton Kershaw to knock the Dodgers out of the postseason.
Over the past 14 years (1999-2012), the only pitcher to lose a postseason elimination game in a year that he eventually won a Cy Young Award was Houston's Roger Clemens, who was the losing pitcher in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS against St. Louis. But before Clemens, five other pitchers lost elimination games in a League Championship Series in years in which they won that award: Steve Carlton (1977 Phillies), Rick Sutcliffe (1984 Cubs), Greg Maddux (1993 Braves), Randy Johnson (1995 Mariners) and Tom Glavine (1998 Braves).
Parise Carries The Wild
From Elias: Zach Parise's goal with 4:17 remaining in the third period tied the score at 1-1 in the Wild's game against the Maple Leafs, and Parise then scored the decider in the shootout that earned Minnesota a 2-1 win over Toronto. Parise is the first NHL player this season to score a shootout-deciding goal after recording his team's only regulation-time goal in that game. Two players did that last season: Chicago's Patrick Kane (March 3 at Detroit) and Pittsburgh's Jussi Jokinen (April 5 vs. the Rangers).
Schenn Shoots, Schenn Scores
From Elias: Brayden Schenn scored both goals for the Flyers in their 2-1 win at Pittsburgh and he did so despite having only two shots on goal in the game. Over the last eight seasons the only other Philadelphia players with multiple-goal games in which they scored all of the team's goals and scored on every one of their shots on goal were Mike Knuble (Feb. 2, 2008 in a 3-0 win vs. Anaheim) and Tom Sestito (Feb. 5, 2013 in a 2-1 win vs. Tampa Bay). The only other NHL player to do that this season is the Jets' Andrew Ladd in Winnipeg's 3-2 loss to Anaheim on October 6.