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Curry and Lee Light Up Miami
From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 36 points on 13-22 shooting (59.1%) while teammate David Lee put 32 points on the board, making 13 of 17 field-goal attempts (76.5%) in the Warriors' 123-114 win at Miami. It was only the third time that two teammates scored 30+ points and shot 55% or better against a team featuring LeBron James. The first two took place in the King's rookie year. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal and Gary Payton did it against the Cavaliers in February 2004. And the Mavericks' Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki also accomplished this against Cleveland the next month.
Varejao Ties Cavs Rebound Record
From Elias: Anderson Varejao tied the Cavaliers' single-game record with 25 rebounds in Cleveland's 87-81 overtime win over Orlando. The only other Cavs player to grab that many boards in a game is Rick Roberson, who did it in a 130-123 win at Houston on March 4, 1972, Cleveland's second season in the NBA. Only three other franchises have never had a player record more than 25 rebounds in a game. Larry Johnson and Tyson Chandler share the Hornets/Pelicans single-game record with 23 boards (franchise began play in 1988). Donyell Marshall holds the Raptors (started in 1995) record with 24. And Emeka Okafor set the Bobcats (since 2004) record with 25 rebounds.
Shumpert's Rare Shooting Performance At San Antonio
From Elias: Iman Shumpert scored 27 points on 10-13 shooting (76.9%) in the Knicks' 105-101 win at San Antonio. Only two other opposing starting guards have scored 25+ points and shot at least 75% from the floor in a road game against the Spurs in the Duncan/Popovich era: the Suns' Stephon Marbury (March 4, 2003) and the 76ers' Andre Miller (January 3, 2009).
Thunder Suffers Shocking Loss
From Elias: The 10-21 Nets overcame a 77-61 third-quarter deficit to win 95-93 at Oklahoma City. The Thunder had been 31-1 at home when taking a double-digit lead against teams 10+ games under .500 since moving to the Sooner State in 2008. Their only previous loss under those circumstances came in overtime to the 34-47 Bucks in the final game of the 2010-11 season.
18th Time Is A Charm For New York Teams
From Elias: The Knicks and Nets both won Thursday night, for the first time in 18 dates in 2013-14 on which they both played (excluding days on which they faced each other). That's the most such common dates into a season before the first double-win for the New York-area basketball teams since the Nets entered the NBA in 1976-77. The old record was set in 1987-88, when New York and New Jersey won on the same day for the first time on try number 17.
Blazers Put Up 134 On Charlotte
From Elias: The Trail Blazers defeated the Bobcats 134-104. It's the fourth time in the last three seasons that Portland has scored that many points in a non-overtime game. That equals the total of 134-point games put up since 2011-12 in regulation-length contests by the other 29 teams combined.
Grizzlies Down Suns Despite Rough 1st, 3rd Quarters
From Elias: The Grizzlies defeated the Suns 99-91 despite being outscored 26-22 in the first quarter and 32-16 in the third. It was the second time in Phoenix's 46 seasons in the NBA that the Suns lost a game in which they outscored their opponent by 20 combined points in the first and third quarters. The first was a 114-108 loss to the Clippers on November 4, 2006, in which Phoenix "won" the first quarter by six and the third period by 15.
Noah Reaches 300 Rebounds
From Elias: Joakim Noah grabbed 11 rebounds in the Bulls' 94-82 home win over the Celtics, bringing his season total to 302 boards in 30 games. It's the fourth time in the last five seasons that Noah has recorded 300+ rebounds over his first 30 games. Since Dennis Rodman departed following Chicago's last NBA title in 1997-98, only three other Bulls players have done this even once: Elton Brand in 2000-01, Ben Wallace in 2006-07, and Carlos Boozer in 2010-11.
Favors Needs Less Than 30 Minutes To Fill Box Score
From Elias: Derrick Favors registered 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals while playing 28:43 of Utah's 96-87 home win over Milwaukee. The last Jazz player to record 20/10/4 points/rebounds/steals in a game while playing less than 30 minutes was Karl Malone on Valentine's Day 2003 against the Wizards (23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals in 29 minutes).
Sixers Win Despite Allowing 25+ In Each Quarter
From Elias: The 76ers posted a 113-104 win at Sacramento despite allowing 25 points in the first quarter, then 26, 26, and 27 points respectively in the next three periods. It's the second time in the last two weeks that Philadelphia has won a game in which it surrendered at least 25 points in all four quarters - they defeated Brooklyn 121-120 in this manner on December 20. Before that, the Sixers hadn't experienced that kind of victory since downing the Knicks 141-127 on Halloween 2009.
Bruins Goalies Thrive In NHL Debuts
From Elias: Niklas Svedberg made his NHL debut as the starting goaltender for the Bruins in their game against Nashville on Thursday and stopped 33 of the 35 shots he faced in a 3-2 overtime victory. The last four goaltenders whose first NHL game was a start for Boston all registered a win in their debut: Tim Thomas (October 2002), Hannu Toivonen (October 2005), Tuukka Rask (November 2007) and Svedberg.
Skinner Completes Hat Trick In OT
From Elias: Jeff Skinner completed his second hat trick of the season (and of his career) with an overtime goal that gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 win over the Capitals. Skinner is only the third player in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history to score three or more goals in one game, including an overtime winner. The others were Hartford's Kevin Dineen (Dec. 21, 1986 at N.Y. Rangers) and Carolina's Erik Cole (Dec. 21, 2001 vs. Atlanta).
Another Shutout For Elliott
From Elias: Brian Elliott notched his third shutout of the season with a 5-0 win against the Kings on Thursday. It was Elliott's 15th shutout in the three seasons since he signed with the Blues as a free agent in July 2011, the most that any NHL goaltender has recorded over that span. Elliott leads the NHL in shutouts since the beginning of the 2011-12 season even though he's started only 69 games, which ranks him 31st among NHL goaltenders. Mike Smith and Jimmy Howard, who are tied for the second-most shutouts over the last three seasons (13), have started 134 and 122 games, respectively.
Okposo Scores 4th OT Goal
From Elias: Kyle Okposo scored the fourth overtime of his NHL career to earn the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. Okposo, who's played his entire career with the Islanders, now shares the franchise record for regular-season overtime goals with Mike Bossy, Pat LaFontaine, Pierre Turgeon and John Tavares. Okposo has recorded eight points over his last three games (four goals and four assists), a personal high for any three-game span in his NHL career.
Horton Scores In Columbus Debut
From Elias: Nathan Horton came off the injured list to make his debut for Columbus on Thursday night and made an immediate impact by scoring the game-winning goal in the Blue Jackets' 2-0 victory at Phoenix. Horton, who signed with Columbus as a free agent last summer, is only the third player to score the winning goal in his first game with the Blue Jackets. The others were Craig MacDonald (Dec. 31, 2008) and Marian Gaborik (April 4, 2013). Horton took a lot longer before notching his first game-winner with the two other NHL teams he's played for, Florida (56th game) and Boston (61st game).
Koivu Adds Sabres To His Multiple-Point Bingo Card
From Elias: Mikko Koivu recorded the 100th multiple-point game of his NHL (and Minnesota) career when he assisted on two goals in the Wild's 4-1 win over the Sabres. Entering play on Thursday, Buffalo had been one of the four teams that Koivu had never recorded a multi-point game against (excluding Minnesota, of course). The others are Montreal, Philadelphia and Washington. Mikko's brother, Saku, has scored two or more points in a game 193 times in his 18 seasons in the NHL.
Subban Puts Up 4 Points
From Elias: P.K. Subban became the second NHL defenseman to score four points in one game this season when he tallied one goal and three assists to help lead the Canadiens to a 6-4 win at Dallas. (The Stars' Sergei Gonchar was the first, with four assists at Winnipeg on December 14.) Over the last six seasons, the only other four-point game by a Montreal defenseman was the one Subban registered with three goals and one assist in the Canadiens' 8-1 win at Minnesota on March 20, 2011.
MacArthur Scores Rare Goal vs West
From Elias: Clarke MacArthur scored the game-winning goal in the Senators' 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. MacArthur has scored 11 goals in 28 games against Eastern Conference teams this season, but his game-winner on Thursday was only his second goal in 14 games versus Western Conference foes.