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Hawks scoring in bunches
The Hawks beat the Timberwolves, 120-113, one day after beating the 76ers, 125-99. It's the first time since January 1992 that the Hawks scored 120 or more points in games played on consecutive days. The Hawks won in Seattle, 128-119, on January 21 and then lost in Golden State, 136-124, the next day. Dominique Wilkins scored 58 points for the Hawks over that two-day span.
Love is not enough
Kevin Love scored 43 points and hauled in 19 rebounds for the Timberwolves Saturday night in their loss to the Hawks. It was the second time this season that Love had a 40/19 game and in both cases his team lost. He scored 45 points with 19 rebounds in an overtime loss against the Clippers on December 22. The last NBA team to lose two games in a season in which they had a player score at least 40 points and grab 19 rebounds was the Buffalo Braves in 1973-74. Bob McAdoo had three 40/19 games, the Braves lost two of those games.
LeBron loves NY
LeBron James scored 30 points in Miami's win over the Knicks in New York. James' 29.6 career scoring average at Madison Square Garden is the third-highest among the players who have appeared in at least 15 games at "The World's Most Famous Arena", behind Michael Jordan (31.8 in 31 games) and Kobe Bryant (30.7 in 15 games).
Jeremy Lin came off the Rockets bench to record a triple/double in their win over the Cavaliers. Lin is the second player this season to record a triple/double despite not being in the starting lineup. Tyreke Evans did it against the Clippers on December 18. The last Rockets player to accomplish this was Cedric Maxwell against the Pacers on March 31, 1988. Maxwell played 42 minutes in his game, Lin played only 29 minutes.
Wall does it all
John Wall scored 17 points, handed out 15 assists and made six steals in the Wizards' upset win over the Thunder. Only one other player had that many points, assists and steals in an NBA game over the last 11 seasons. Chris Paul has had five such games over that span. Wall is the only player in Wizards franchise history to have a game like that since steals were compiled for the first time in 1973-74.
Davis has lots of rejections
Anthony Davis has blocked at least four shots in each of his last six games. Only one other active player had a streak like that at any time in his career. Serge Ibaka blocked at least four shots in six consecutive games in April 2012. That's also the longest such streak in the history of the Hornets/Pelicans franchise. Alonzo Mourning had a five-game streak in February 1993.
Dragic has been efficient
Goran Dragic made 10 of his 14 shots from the field and scored 25 points in the Suns' win over the Bobcats. Dragic has scored at least 24 points and made at least half of his shots from the field in each of his last four games. The last Phoenix player with a streak like that was Amar'e Stoudemire in April 2010.
Double/Double for Duncan and Parker
Tim Duncan (23 points, 17 rebounds) and Tony Parker (18 points, 10 assists) both recorded double/doubles in the Spurs' win over the Kings. It was the 43rd time in the regular season that both Duncan and Parker recorded a double/double in the same game. The Spurs are 37-6 in those 43 games.
DeRozan's big game goes for naught
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and handed out 12 assists in the Raptors' three-point loss to the Trail Blazers. DeRozan is the second player in Raptors history to score at least 36 points and hand out at least a dozen assists in a game. Vince Carter scored 42 points with 12 assists in a one-point overtime win over the Hornets on March 21, 2004.
George and Hibbert score 20 points
Both Paul George and Roy Hibbert scored 20 points in the Pacers' win over the Nets. The Pacers are 13-1 this season in games in which more than one player scored at least 20 points with their only loss in such games coming at Miami on December 18.
Johnson likes the home cooking
Chad Johnson recorded the second shutout of his NHL career and his first shutout for the Bruins with a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Boston on Saturday. Johnson, who signed with Boston as a free agent last summer, has won all five of his home starts for the Bruins while allowing two or fewer goals in each game. Johnson's lifetime NHL record in home starts is 7-0-1 including the three starts he made for the Coyotes in Phoenix last season.
Thompson scores twice
Nate Thompson scored both goals for the Lightning in its 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal: a shorthanded tally that gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead in the second period and the game-winning goal with 23.1 seconds remaining in overtime. Thompson is the first player in Lightning franchise history to record a multiple-goal game while scoring every one of the team's goals in an overtime win. He's the second NHL player to pull off that feat this season; Montreal defenseman Andrei Markov did it in the Canadiens' 2-1 overtime victory against the Blackhawks on January 11.
Three-point game for rookie
Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, scored three points in an NHL game for the first time when he scored one goal and assisted two more in Colorado's 7-1 win over the Sabres. MacKinnon is the first rookie to register at least three points in one game for the Avalanche since Nov. 27, 2010, when defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk posted one goal and two assists in a 7-4 Colorado victory against Minnesota.
Mason crowns Kings
Steve Mason posted his third shutout of the season (and second over the past five days) with a 2-0 win against the Kings at Staples Center. Mason, who blanked the Red Wings, 5-0, on Tuesday, is the first Flyers goaltender to shut out the Kings in Los Angeles since Pelle Lindbergh did so twice in the 1982-83 season.
It's Kopitar or nothing for the Kings
The Kings, who lost 2-0 to the Flyers on Saturday, have scored only three goals over their last six games and all of them were recorded by Anze Kopitar (in a 2-1 loss at Anaheim, a 1-0 win at San Jose and a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh). Kopitar is the first NHL player to score all of his team's goals over a six-game span in one season since the league began permitting forward passing within the attacking zone in 1929-30.
Another multiple-point game for Johansen
Ryan Johansen tallied a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win against the Panthers on Saturday, two days after he scored a pair of goals in a Columbus win over the Capitals. It's the first time that Johansen has recorded consecutive multiple-point games in his three seasons in the NHL. Johansen is the fourth Columbus player to register at least two points in each of two straight team games this season. The others are Brandon Dubinsky (twice), Jack Johnson and Cam Atkinson.
More hats in Kessel's closet
Phil Kessel notched his second hat trick of the season when he scored three goals for the Maple Leafs in their 6-3 home-ice victory against the Senators. Kessel, who also scored three goals when the Leafs beat Anaheim in Toronto on October 22, is only the second player to register two hat tricks in one season at Air Canada Centre, which opened in February 1999. The first was Alexander Mogilny, who had a pair of hat tricks for the Maple Leafs at "the ACC" in 2002-03.
Neil, of all people, scores twice
Chris Neil scored two of the Senators' three goals in their loss to the Maple Leafs and recorded an assist on the goal that he didn't score. Neil has scored two goals in a game only four times in a 12-season NHL career spent entirely with Ottawa, less than half as often as he's had two fighting majors in one game (nine times). The Senators have won only one of Neil's four two-goal games, but they've won six of his nine two-fight games.
Ex Pens Dmen getting their revenge
Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek ended his 83-game regular-season goal drought when he scored a goal in the middle of the second period that turned out to be the game-winner in the Coyotes' 3-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night. Michalek, who played two seasons for Pittsburgh (2010-11 and 2011-12) before getting traded back to Phoenix, is the second former Penguins defenseman in a week to score a game-winning goal versus Pittsburgh! Last Saturday, Sergei Gonchar did that for the Dallas Stars in their 3-0 win over the Penguins. Before Gonchar, the last time an ex-Pittsburgh player scored a game-winning goal against the Penguins was by Boston's Mark Recchi on January 10, 2011.