Date: December 4, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Carter-Williams And Oladipo Make NBA History

From Elias: Michael-Carter Williams and Victor Oladipo made NBA history by becoming the first pair of rookies to have a triple-double in the same game. It was only the third time in NBA history that more than one rookie had a triple-double on the same day, but not necessarily in the same game. The other two occurrences were Tim Hardaway and David Robinson on February 2, 1990, and Grant Hill and Jason Kidd on April 7, 1995.

Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers

Warriors Overcome Large Deficit To Win

From Elias: The Warriors beat the Raptors despite being down by 18 points entering the fourth quarter. This is only the second time in franchise history that the Warriors won a game in which they trailed by 18-or-more points at the end of the third quarter. Their record in those games is now 2-451! The only other time the Warriors overcame such a deficit was on February 9, 1962 at the Boston Garden. The Philadelphia Warriors trailed the Celtics, 103-84, entering the fourth quarter but outscored them, 42-21, in the final session to win the game. Wilt Chamberlain scored 48 points and hauled in 29 rebounds for the Warriors in that game. This game, by the way, was the first in NBA history in which a team overcame a deficit of 18 or more points at the end of the third quarter to win.

The Warriors nine-point victory is the largest in regulation in NBA history for a team that trailed by at least 18 points entering the fourth quarter. The previous such record was an eight-point win for the Hawks over the Nets on April 15, 1997. The Hawks trailed 80-61 at the end of the third quarter but went on to win, 109-101.

Golden State Warriors


The Young Man Can Rebound

From Elias: Twenty-year old Andre Drummond has grabbed at least 18 rebounds in each of his last two games: 19 against the 76ers on Sunday and 18 against the Heat on Tuesday. Drummond is the fourth player in NBA history under the age of 21 to grab 18-or-more rebounds in consecutive games. John Drew did it twice in the 1974-75 season, Shaquille O'Neal had a three-game streak in 1992-93 and Dwight Howard did it twice (once in 2004-05 and once in 2006-07).

Detroit Pistons

Pistons Survive The Heat

From Elias: The Pistons halted Miami's 10-game winning streak with a win on Tuesday night. It was the second time in the last 20 seasons that Detroit beat a team that entered the game on a winning streak of at least 10 games. The Pistons beat the Spurs, who had won 11 consecutive games, on February 8, 2013. The last time they won such a game on the road was on February 4, 1985 at Milwaukee. The Bucks entered that game on an 11-game winning streak.

Detroit Pistons


Mozgov Excels Off The Bench

From Elias: Timofey Mozgov came off the Nuggets bench to score 17 points and grab 20 rebounds against the Nets Tuesday night, two days after scoring 16 points and hauling in 15 rebounds against the Raptors, also as a non-starter. The last NBA player to score at least 15 points and haul in at least 15 rebounds in consecutive games, both off the bench, was Seattle's Shawn Kemp in March 1992.

Denver Nuggets


KD Is Perfect 10 From The Line

From Elias: Kevin Durant went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in Oklahoma City's win over Sacramento. It's the 34th time in his NBA career that Durant went 10-for-10 or better from the charity stripe in a game. That is three more such games than any other player since 2007-08, Durant's first season in the league. Dirk Nowitzki (31) is second in this list.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Mavs Beat Bobcats At Home Again

From Elias: As usual, the Mavericks beat the Bobcats in Dallas. The Mavs are 10-0 all-time in home games against the Bobcats. The Mavericks are the first team to start 10-0 at home against a particular opponent since the Cavaliers won their first 10 home games against the Bobcats from 2004 to 2009.

Dallas Mavericks


Leuer Leads All Players In Points

From Elias: Jon Leuer led all players with 23 points in the Grizzlies' win over the Suns Tuesday night. It was the first time in his 82-game career that Leuer was the leading scorer in an NBA game.

Memphis Grizzlies



Sid Does It Again

From Elias: Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game earned the Penguins a 3-2 victory over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It was the sixth overtime goal of Crosby's NHL career and first in four years, since his extra-time marker gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 win at Florida on Nov. 23, 2009. Crosby has scored goals in each of the Penguins' three games versus the Islanders this season (four total goals), after scoring goals in only one of his ten games against them over the past three seasons.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Combo Shutout For Jackets

From Elias: Blue Jackets goaltenders Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney combined to make 26 saves in Columbus' 1-0 win over the Lightning. Bobrovsky had made 18 saves when he suffered a leg injury early in the third period and was relieved by McElhinney, who stopped Tampa Bay's last eight shots on goal. It was the first combined shutout in Blue Jackets history and the first in the NHL this season. There were two tag-team shutouts last season: by Chicago's Corey Crawford and Ray Emery on February 28 (3-0 at St. Louis), and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and Tomas Vokoun on March 26 (1-0 vs. Montreal).

Columbus Blue Jackets


When Stuart Scores, It's A Winner

From Elias: Brad Stuart's goal with 4:00 remaining in the second period snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the game-winning goal in the Sharks' 4-2 victory at Toronto. The 14-year veteran defenseman has scored three goals this season and they've all been game-winners for San Jose. The only other season in which Stuart scored three game-winning goals was 1999-2000, his rookie year in the NHL.

San Jose Sharks


Skinner Is A Road Warrior

From Elias: Jeff Skinner tied his career high for points in one game when he tallied two goals and one assist in the Hurricanes' 4-1 win at Washington. Seven of Skinner's ten career three-point games have come on the road, including two in the District of Columbia. Skinner's other three-point game in D.C. was a three-assist night in a 4-3 Carolina overtime loss on Oct. 8, 2011.

Carolina Hurricanes


Former Panther Cages Old Mates

From Elias: Former Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson made 30 saves to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 4-2 win at Florida. Anderson, who played three seasons with the Panthers (2006-07 through 2008-09), has a 9-1-0 record and 1.60 goals-against average in ten games versus Florida since he joined Ottawa in February 2011. The only other teams that Anderson has beaten more than five times during his Senatorial tenure are Buffalo (six) and Washington (six).

Ottawa Senators


Kesler Scores Twice Again

From Elias: Ryan Kesler scored two goals in the Canucks' 3-1 win at Nashville on Tuesday, two days after he scored a pair of goals in a Vancouver win at Carolina. It's the first time that a Canucks player has registered two straight multiple-goal games since Kesler did so in 2010 (Nov. 11-13). Kesler is the fifth NHL player to score at least two goals in each of two consecutive team games this season. The others are Tomas Hertl, Mike Ribeiro, Matt Read and James Neal.

Vancouver Canucks


Lehtonen Sees Lots Of Rubber

From Elias: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped 47 of the Blackhawks' 50 shots on goal in his 4-3 win at Chicago. It was only the third time in the last three seasons that an NHL goaltender posted a regulation-time win in a game in which he faced at least 50 shots on goal. The other goaltenders to do that since the beginning of the 2011-12 season are the Coyotes' Mike Smith (April 3, 2012 vs. Columbus, 54 SOG) and the Maple Leafs' James Reimer (April 20, 2013 at Ottawa, 50 SOG). Lehtonen is the first goaltender to win in that manner for the Stars franchise since Jon Casey did so against the Blackhawks in a Minnesota North Stars home game on Nov. 26, 1989 (54 SOG).

Dallas Stars