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McCown Playing Like A Star
From Elias: Josh McCown passed for 348 yards in the Bears' rout of the Cowboys on Monday, falling two yards shy of becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for 350 or more yards in three straight games after not starting his team's first game that season. As it is, McCown is the first substitute QB to have three straight games of 300 or more yards since Marc Bulger for St. Louis in 2002.
The Cowboys allowed 490 yards on Monday and that was only the fifth-highest total against them in a game this season. The Cowboys have allowed at least 475 yards in six games this season, the highest single-season total against any team in NFL history.
Dallas failed to force the Bears to punt on Monday, just as Denver never punted against the Cowboys earlier this season. Only one other team since 1940 has had two games in one season in which their opponent did not punt (the Packers in 1981).
From Elias: Chris Paul recorded 13 assists in the Clippers' win in Philadelphia on Monday, leaving him with 252 assists in 21 games this season. Paul has reached 250 assists in so few games in only one other season: 2008-09, when he also got to that number in his 21st game.
Walker's 2nd Half Leads Bobcats To Victory
From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 43 points for the Warriors, but Kemba Walker led the Bobcats to a 115-111 win over Golden State on Monday. Walker scored 31 points for Charlotte, including 27 in the second half. That's his highest single-half total in three seasons in the NBA.
Meanwhile, Curry has now wound up on the losing side in each of his three highest-scoring games in the regular season: when he had 54 points against the Knicks (February 27 this year) and 47 against the Lakers (April 12, 2013). The Warriors also lost a playoff game after last season in which Curry scored 44 points against the Spurs.
Denver Needs Only 75 To Top Washington
From Elias: The Nuggets defeated the Wizards on Monday, 75-74, tying their second-lowest point total in any win in team history. Denver had a 72-70 win over the Clippers in 2002 and a 75-71 win over Dallas in 2007. No other NBA team has won a game this season when scoring 75 or fewer points.
Leuer A New Man In December
From Elias: Jon Leuer came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies' win over the Magic on Monday. Leuer has averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds in four games this December, with three games of at least 15 points. Before this month, Leuer had scored 15 points in a game only three times in 81 games in the league.
Lopez Off To A Strong Start
From Elias: Robin Lopez had his ninth game this season with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in Portland's win in Utah on Monday. That's as many 10-10 games as Lopez had all last season, and he had only six such games in his first four seasons.
3 Of A Kind
From Elias: Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre┐who stand third, fourth and fifth on the all-time managerial wins list, behind Connie Mack and John McGraw┐will all be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. McGraw (posthumously) and Mack were honored at Cooperstown in 1937, but since then, no other Hall of Fame class has featured more than one man who won at least 1500 games as a major-league manager.
2 Stars, 2 Goals, 1 Win
From Elias: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin scored the goals for the Penguins in their 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets. Crosby and Malkin have been teammates for eight seasons but this was the first time that they each tallied one goal in a Pittsburgh win, regular season or playoffs, in which the Penguins scored only twice. They've done that twice in losses in which Pittsburgh scored exactly two goals (Nov. 12, 2007 vs. New Jersey and Jan. 23, 2013 vs. Toronto).
MacArthur Makes Most Of His Chances
From Elias: Ottawa's Clarke MacArthur had two shots on goal and scored on both of them in the Senators' 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers. MacArthur has recorded ten two-goal games in his NHL career and in seven of those ten games he had only two shots on goal!