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James carries the load
From Elias: LeBron James was a one-man scoring crew for Miami from late in the second period through the majority of the third quarter in its victory at Cleveland as he scored 15 straight Heat points during that time. That equaled the longest streak of its kind for James over the last two seasons, during which time he scored 15 straight points for Miami in only one other game (April 9, 2013 versus Milwaukee).
Howard and Asik are strangers
From Elias: Dwight Howard (11 points, eight rebounds) and Omer Asik (ten points, nine rebounds) each played significant minutes without spending any time on the court together as they posted similar results in the Rockets' 113-84 victory over the Hawks. Houston outscored Atlanta by 21 points (53-32) during Asik's playing time (20:24); with Howard on the court (26:03), the Rockets had a ten-point advantage (57-47).
Lakers have a different leader every night
From Elias: Nick Young scored a game-high 26 points off the bench in the Lakers' victory at Brooklyn. It was the sixth straight game for the Lakers in which a different player was the team's outright leading scorer (Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol, Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar and Young). Los Angeles has had four overlapping six-game spans this month in which it had a different outright team scoring leader in each game. Before this season, the Lakers hadn't had a six-game stretch of that kind since 1997-98 (Kobe Bryant, Nick Van Exel, Rick Fox, Elden Campbell, Eddie Jones and Shaquille O'Neal, from Dec. 2 through Jan. 4).
Grizzlies' backcourt plays errorless ball
From Elias: Mike Conley handed out nine assists and recorded two steals while Tony Allen registered two assists and three steals as the Grizzlies defeated the Celtics, but what makes those statistics somewhat special is that neither of those Memphis guards turned the ball over. It was only the third NBA game over the last five seasons in which a team's starting backcourt combined for 10 or more assists, five or more steals and no turnovers, and it was the first such game by starting guards for the Grizzlies since December 17, 2005 (Damon Stoudamire and Eddie Jones versus the Suns).
Vogel through 200 games
From Elias: The Pacers' victory at Charlotte gave Frank Vogel a 125-75 career record as a head coach in the NBA. Among the 18 current NBA head coaches with at least 200 games in that capacity, only Tom Thibodeau (142-58), Rick Adelman (137-63) and Rick Carlisle (126-74) had better records through that point of their coaching careers than Vogel.
Vucevic cleans the glass for Orlando
From Elias: Nikola Vucevic scored a team-high 21 points to go along with his game-high 16 rebounds as the Magic topped the 76ers at Orlando. Vucevic has led his team in rebounds, either outright or tied, in each of its last 12 games. The only NBA player with a longer current streak of that kind is Kevin Love, who's claimed the Timberwolves' team-high in rebounds in each or their 17 games this season.
Nowitzki picks up the slack for Ellis
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points to lead the Mavericks to a 103-99 win over the Warriors as Monta Ellis had a poor-shooting night, making only two of his 16 field-goal attempts. It was the 69th game of Ellis's career in which he missed 14 or more shots from the field, but his field-goal percentage on Wednesday (12.5%) is his lowest in any of those games.
From Elias: Reggie Jackson came off the bench and matched his career high with 23 points on the strength of 10 of 14 shooting from the field to help the Thunder get by the Spurs. Jackson, whose previous 23-point game came in the 2012-13 regular-season finale, had never before made more than eight field goals in an NBA game.
Two giants fall
From Elias: The Suns snapped Portland's 11-game winning streak after the Spurs saw their 11-game winning streak fall at Oklahoma City earlier on Wednesday. It was the first time in NBA history that two teams had winning streaks of 11 or more games end on the same day.
Lawson's streak as Denver's assist leader comes to an end
From Elias: Ty Lawson scored 23 points but he handed out only four assists as the Nuggets won at Minnesota. Lawson, who played second fiddle to Andre Miller's six assists on Wednesday, had led Denver in that category (either outright or tied) in each of the team's 13 previous games this season. That was the longest streak of its kind to begin a season in the Nuggets' NBA history.
Gortat is a sharp shooter in overtime
From Elias: Marcin Gortat scored 25 points, including six in overtime, to help the Wizards top the Bucks in Milwaukee. Gortat, who was 2-for-2 from the field during Wednesday's overtime period, has made five field goals in six attempts during overtime this season.
Field-goal percentage tells the story for Detroit
From Elias: The Bulls made 53.2 percent of their field-goal attempts as they beat the Pistons, who shot 44.2 percent from the field. Detroit is the only NBA team that has won every game this season in which it had a higher field-goal percentage than its opponent (6-0) and has lost every game in which it had a lower field-goal percentage than its opponent (0-9).
Steen and Hull
From Elias: Alexander Steen became the second NHL player to reach the 20-goal mark this season when he scored a power play goal in the first period of the Blues' win at Colorado. (Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday.) Steen reached the 20-goal plateau in the Blues' 24th game of the season, second-fastest in franchise history, behind Brett Hull's team record of 20 games set in 1990-91. Steen has scored 20 goals in a season twice before (24 in 2009-10, 20 in 2010-11) and both times it took him far longer to reach that mark than it did this season (his 55th game in 2009-10 and 72nd game in 2010-11).
Three assists for Markov
From Elias: Andrei Markov assisted on all three of the Canadiens' goals in their 3-1 win at Buffalo. It was the ninth three-assist game of Markov's NHL career and his second this season. (He tallied three assists in Montreal's 4-3 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 1.) Markov is the first NHL defenseman with two three-assist games this season. Five backliners had two games with three or more assists last season: Francois Beauchemin, Kris Letang, Slava Voynov, Keith Yandle and Markov's Montreal teammate, P.K. Subban.
Dwyer finds his scoring touch
From Elias: Patrick Dwyer's shorthanded goal in the second period turned out to be the game-winner for the Hurricanes in their 4-3 victory at New Jersey. Dwyer's shorthanded marker extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-high three games. When Dwyer began his current streak with a goal at Boston on Monday he had scored only three goals over his last 40 games, dating back to the middle of March last season.
Power play clicks for the Senators
From Elias: Bobby Ryan, Chris Phillips and Mika Zibanejad each scored a power play goal for the Senators in their 6-4 win at Washington. It was the first time that the Senators scored three power play goals in one game since a 5-2 home-ice victory against the Flyers on April 5, 2011, and the first time they did so on the road since a 4-3 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on April 8, 2010.
Rookie rules the road
From Elias: Predators rookie Marek Mazanec notched his second NHL shutout with a 4-0 win against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. His first shutout was a 2-0 victory at Detroit on November 19. Mazanec is the first rookie goaltender to record a pair of road shutouts within a nine-day (or shorter) span since Boston's Tuukka Rask posted two in eight days in 2010 (March 23 at Atlanta and March 30 at New Jersey). Honorable mention goes to the Rangers' first-year netminder, Cam Talbot, who registered a pair of road shutouts over an eight-day span earlier this month (Nov. 16 at Montreal and Nov. 23 at Nashville). Talbot turned 26 years old in July, which makes him too old to be eligible for rookie status this season.
First goal wins
From Elias: The Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their game at Florida and went on to record a 5-2 win over the Panthers. It was the 16th consecutive Rangers game in which the team that scored the first goal won the game. This 16-game streak, which began on October 28, has seen ten Rangers wins and six by their opponents with every game decided in regulation time. It's the longest single-season streak of its kind (i.e., team that scores first wins and no OT or shootout) by an NHL team since the Dallas Stars had one of an identical length in November/December 1997.
Red Wings enjoy a lopsided victory over the Bruins
From Elias: The Red Wings' 6-1 win over the Bruins at Joe Louis Arena matched the largest margin of victory by either side in a game between those two "Original Six" teams over the last 20 years. Detroit posted a win by the same score in Boston on Feb. 11, 2011. The Bruins haven't won a game against the Red Wings by as many as five goals since a 6-1 victory at Boston Garden in January 1991.
Second multiple-goal game for Hedman
From Elias: Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman scored two goals in a game for the second time in his NHL career to lead the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Flyers. Hedman's first two-goal game was in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens on February 12 last season. He's only the fourth defenseman in Lightning franchise history with more than one multiple-goal game for the club. The others are Dan Boyle (8), Pavel Kubina (3) and Shane O'Brien (2).
Malkin leads Penguins' comeback
From Elias: Evgeni Malkin recorded two goals and one assist, all after the Penguins fell behind the Maple Leafs, 4-1, to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-5 shootout win over Toronto. Malkin leads the NHL in both assists (17) and points (20) in November. The 17 assists match his career high for a calendar month (set in February 2008), and 20 points are the most he's registered in one month since March 2012 (23).
Boedker scores on the road
From Elias: Mikkel Boedker scored the first goal for the Coyotes in their 3-1 win at Minnesota. Boedker has scored six goals this season and they've all come on the road. He's the only NHL player with more than five goals this season who hasn't scored any goals on home ice. This is a bit of a turnaround for Boedker, who scored only one of his seven goals for Phoenix last season in a road game.
Jets do all of their scoring in the second period
From Elias: The Jets took a 3-0 lead in their game on Long Island on goals by Mark Stuart, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi within a 5:15 span during the second period and then hung on for a 3-2 win over the Islanders. It was the first time that Winnipeg scored three or more goals in one period of a road game this season. (The Jets have done that six times on home ice.) In fact, before Wednesday's win the Jets had not recorded more than one goal in a road period since they scored twice in both the first and third periods of their season opener, a 5-4 victory at Edmonton.