Date: January 4, 2014

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Harden's sharp shooting lifts Rockets over Knicks

From Elias: James Harden made all 12 of his free-throw attempts and knocked down 5 of his 10 shots from three-point range en route to a 37-point performance in the Rockets' win over the Knicks on Friday night. Since the NBA instituted the three-point line in 1979, only four other players have shot 12-for-12 or better from the free-throw line and made at least half of their shots from beyond the arc on at least 10 attempts in the same game: Kobe Bryant on March 24, 2006 (14-for-14 from the line; 5-for-10 from three), Ray Allen on January 12, 2007 (12-for-12 from the line; 8-for-12 from three), Kevin Martin on January 3, 2009 (12-for-12 from the line; 7-for-12 from three) and Kevin Durant on April 6, 2010 (12-for-12 from the line; 7-for-13 from three).

Houston Rockets


Griffin and Jordan dominate Mavs

From Elias: DeAndre Jordan registered 25 points and 18 rebounds and Blake Griffin chipped in with 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Clippers to a victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. It is the first time in over 39 years that the Clippers have had two players each record 25 points and 15 rebounds in the same game. The last time that happened was on November 3, 1974, when Bob McAdoo had 32 points and 18 rebounds and Jim McMillian contributed 25 points and 15 boards in a victory by the then Buffalo Braves over the Lakers.

The last NBA team with two players with at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in a regulation game was Toronto on April 13, 2009 (Shawn Marion and Chris Bosh).

Los Angeles Clippers

Raptors register their 10th road win

From Elias: The Raptors beat the Wizards by a score of 101-88 in Washington on Friday night to run their road record to 10-7 on the season. This is the fewest games into a season it has taken Toronto to register 10 road wins in the team's franchise history. Prior to this season, the fewest road games it took the Raptors to reach 10 wins was 19 in 2007-08.

Toronto Raptors


Iguodala beats Hawks at the buzzer

From Elias: Golden State's Andre Iguodala hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to turn a 2-point deficit into a 101-100 win over the Hawks in Atlanta on Friday night. Prior to Friday, Iguodala was only 1-for-7 on potential go-ahead three-point shots with his team trailing within the last five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his career. His only other made shot in that situation came on March 17, 2009 when he hit a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer while he was with the 76ers against the Lakers in a 94-93 victory.

Golden State Warriors


Crawford helps his teammates but not himself

From Elias: Jordan Crawford registered 11 assists but made only 2 of his 14 shots from the field in the Celtics' loss to the Pelicans on Friday night. Over the last 50 years, only one other Celtic has made less than 15 percent of his field-goal attempts (minimum: 10 attempts) in a game in which he recorded 10 or more assists: Dennis Johnson, who had 12 assists but converted only 2 of his 17 field-goal attempts against the Rockets on March 24, 1986.

Boston Celtics

Grizzlies continue to struggle in Denver

From Elias: The Nuggets snapped an eight-game losing streak by beating the Grizzlies in Denver on Friday night. The Grizzlies are 2-21 against the Nuggets in Denver since the franchise moved to Memphis in 2001. That is the third-lowest winning percentage any team has on the road against an opponent that is currently in its own conference over that span. The Warriors are 0-23 against the Spurs and 2-23 against the Lakers away from home since the 2001-02 season.

Memphis Grizzlies



Crosby finally finds the net against the Rangers

From Elias: Sidney Crosby recorded one goal and two assists in the Penguins' 5-2 win over the Rangers. Crosby's goal ended his 12-game goalless streak against the Rangers, his longest drought ever versus one NHL team. Crosby's had only two other goal droughts of more than six games against one team in his nine-year NHL career: seven-game dry spells versus the Islanders (March 2012 to March 2013) and the Blues (no career goals).

Pittsburgh Penguins


Sharp records his second hat trick in eight days

From Elias: Patrick Sharp recorded his second hat trick in eight days when he scored three goals against Martin Brodeur to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win at New Jersey on Friday. Sharp, who scored three goals against Colorado on December 27, is the first Chicago player to register a pair of hat tricks so close together since Brian Noonan in 1991. Noonan scored all three goals for the Blackhawks in a 3-3 tie versus Winnipeg on December 27, and two days later, in Chicago's next game, he scored all four Hawks goals in a 6-4 loss to the Red Wings.

Chicago Blackhawks

Oilers and Ducks each get on the board early

From Elias: Edmonton's Boyd Gordon scored 35 seconds into the first period and Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri answered with a goal just 11 seconds later in the Oilers-Ducks contest on Friday night. Over the last 20 years, there has been only one other NHL contest in which both teams scored a goal within the first 46 seconds of the game. On November 23, 2011, the Flyers' Andrej Meszaros scored 18 seconds into the game and the Islanders' Kyle Okposo found the net just 19 seconds later in a 4-3 Philadelphia win.

Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers