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How About A Hand For Justin Tucker?
From Elias: Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal with under a minute to play gave the Ravens an 18-16 win in Detroit on Monday. That was the third-longest behind-to-ahead field goal in NFL history. The two others were as time expired in the fourth quarter: Tom Dempsey's 63-yard field goal for the Saints against the Lions in 1970; and Matt Bryant's 62-yarder for the Buccaneers against the Eagles in 2006.
Tucker accounted for all 18 of Baltimore's points with field goals of (in chronological order), 29, 24, 32, 49, 53 and 61 yards. His 248 yards of field goals were the fourth-highest single-game total in NFL history, and the highest by a player who kicked six or fewer field goals.
Tucker is the first player in NFL history to make at least 15 field goals without a miss over four consecutive games in one season, all of which were wins by his team.
Matthew Stafford threw interceptions on 3rd-and-1 in the third quarter and 3rd-and-2 in the fourth quarter in Detroit's loss. No other player this season has had a game throwing multiple interceptions on third or fourth down with two or fewer yards to go and in fact, the only other player with two such picks all season is Brandon Weeden (2).
Finally, this was the first NFL game since 2000 and only the eighth in league history in which a team that scored at least two touchdowns lost to a team that didn't score any.
Big Night For Big 3
From Elias: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each scored at least 20 points and made at least 60 percent of their field-goal attempts in Miami's win over Utah on Monday. The only other game in which the Big Three each scored at least 20 points and made 60 percent of their shots was a win over Toronto on March 30, 2012.
Pistons Deal Pacers Their 1st Home Defeat
From Elias: The Pistons won in Indiana on Monday, 101-96, handing the Pacers their first home loss of the season after 11 successive wins. It's the fourth time that the Pistons have ended a season-opening home winning streak of 10 or more games. They also did that against the Celtics in 2007 (12 games), Lakers in 1978 (10) and, when the Pistons were based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, against the Rochester Royals (predecessor of the Kings) in 1950 (a 23-game home winning streak to start the 1949-50 season).
Josh Smith scored 30 points in Detroit's win, making him the first player to have a 30-point game to help snap a season-opening, double-digit home winning streak since Latrell Sprewell and Kevin Garnett each scored 30-plus in Minnesota's win in Sacramento in 2003.
Nets And Johnson Hot From Deep
From Elias: Joe Johnson made 10 three-pointers on Monday, including eight in the third quarter alone. He's the first NBA player with eight or more three-point field goals in one quarter since Michael Redd had eight in the fourth quarter for Milwaukee on February 20, 2002.
The oddity of Monday night belonged to the Nets, who made 21 of 35 three-point attempts (60%) but only 15 of 26 free throws (58%). Since the NBA adopted the three-point line in 1979, no other team has made 60 percent of its three-pointers and less than 60 percent of its free throws, while attempting at least 25 of each.
The 76ers allowed 130 points to the Nets on Monday after surrendering 139 points to Portland on Saturday. It's the first time since the final week of the 1993-94 season that Philadelphia has allowed at least 130 points in consecutive games.
Millsap Channeling His Inner Kyle Korver
From Elias: Paul Millsap has made 15 three-point field goals in his last 10 games, including two in the Hawks' win over the Lakers on Monday. Before this stretch began, Millsap had made only 36 three-pointers in 554 regular-season NBA games.
Wizards End Losing Streak In New York
From Elias: The Wizards defeated the Knicks on Monday, 102-101, ending their 10-game losing streak in New York. That was the Knicks' longest home winning streak against one team since winning 10 straight at Madison Square Garden against the Hawks from 2000 to 2004.
Sullinger Finding His Way To The Line
From Elias: Jared Sullinger made nine of 11 free throws against Minnesota on Monday after going 7-for-7 from the line on Friday against the Knicks. Sullinger had not attempted more than four free throws in any of his previous 17 games before Friday (17 for 27 in those games).
The Celtics have won their last eight home games against the Timberwolves, their second-longest current home winning streak against any team; the Raptors have lost their last 10 games in Boston.
Crosby Nets Game-Winner For Penguins
From Elias: Sidney Crosby scored to break a 1-1 tie with just over six minutes remaining in the third period and that goal was the game-winner for the Penguins in their 3-1 victory against the Maple Leafs. Crosby has scored 19 goals this season including a league-leading 10 third-period goals. (He's also tallied once in overtime). Crosby scored 15 times (in 36 games) last season but only five of his goals came in third periods (and none in OT).
Jets Lean On Kane
From Elias: Evander Kane scored one goal and assisted on another for the Jets in their 3-2 win at Columbus. Entering the game, the Blue Jackets were the only one of the Jets' 29 opponents that Kane had not recorded a point against in his five-season NHL career spent entirely with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise. Kane is still goalless against four NHL teams (other than the Jets, of course): the Ducks, Red Wings, Coyotes and Canucks.
1st Goal Is A Game-Winner For Ceci
From Elias: Cody Ceci's first NHL goal was the game-winner for the Senators in their 3-2 victory against the Blues. Ceci, an Ottawa native who was participating in only his third NHL game, is the first player whose first career goal was an overtime tally for the current Senators franchise. Before Ceci, the last player to record his first NHL goal in extra-time was the Islanders' Thomas Hickey on February 21 last season at Montreal.