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Heat hot shooting
The Heat made 43 of 74 shots from the floor (58.1%) in their win over Orlando on Saturday, after going 45 for 74 (60.8%) against the Knicks on Thursday. No other NBA team has shot 58 percent or better from the floor in consecutive games this season and Miami did that last in 2006.
LeBron James made 8 of 12 shots, extending his streak of making at least two-thirds of his shots to four straight games. That's the longest streak for James as a professional and it ties the longest streak by any NBA player over the last eight seasons (with a minimum of 10 shots per game). Over those four games, James is 6 for 17 (35.3%) on three-point attempts and 46 for 59 (78.0%) on closer shots.
A career-high for veteran Ariza
Trevor Ariza erupted for 40 points in the Wizards win in Philadelphia on Saturday, seven more than he's scored in any of his other 608 regular-season games in the league. The only other current NBA players who played at least 600 regular-season games before scoring 40-plus for the first time are Steve Nash and Ariza's teammate, Andre Miller. Miller did Ariza one better┐the first time he reached 40, in 2010, he went for 52 points.
The Wizards scored 74 points in the first half on Saturday, the second-highest total by any NBA team this season. The Clippers scored 78 before the intermission on November 4 against Houston.
Martin returns and scores 26
Kevin Martin returned to Minnesota's lineup on Saturday after missing seven consecutive games and he led all scorers with 26 points. The only other players who have had a 25-point game this season immediately after missing their team's previous seven games are Ryan Anderson (Nov. 16) and Deron Williams (Dec. 10).
Rockets have loud takeoffs
The Rockets jumped out to a 41-20 lead over the Pistons after one quarter on Saturday and held on for a 118-110 win. The Rockets, who scored 42 points in the first quarter in Sacramento on Tuesday, have more games with more than 40 points in the first quarter in the last week as they did in the previous 22 seasons (one, from 1991-92 through 2012-13).
Nets substitutes lead team to victory
Marcus Thornton came off the bench to lead the Nets with 25 points in their win in Milwaukee on Saturday and Andray Blatche, also a non-starter, contributed 19 points and 13 rebounds. No other pair of substitutes has had a game this season in which one scored at least 25 points and the other had at least 15 points and 10 rebounds. And no other duo has done that for the Nets since Orlando Woolridge and Ben Coleman in 1987.
Grizzlies claw way back against Cleveland
The Grizzlies came from 15 points behind to defeat the Cavaliers on Saturday, for Memphis's largest comeback win this season. That leaves the Knicks as the only NBA team that hasn't won a game this season when trailing by 15 or more points.
Marc Gasol's desperation heave at the end of the first quarter on Saturday found its mark, for Gasol's first three-pointer of the season. Gasol had made only one of his previous 26 three-point tries prior to Saturday.
Blazers handle Nuggets easily
The Trail Blazers defeated the Nuggets in Portland on Saturday to sweep the season series from Denver, four games to none. Partially because of Denver's pronounced home-court advantage, Portland is the first division rival to sweep a season series from Denver since four teams did so in 2002-03, when the Nuggets went 17-65.
The only NBA teams that have gone longer than Denver without suffering a season sweep by a division rival are Boston (since 2000-01, versus Philadelphia) and San Antonio (1996-97 against Minnesota).
Jagr nets #700
Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player in NHL history to reach to 700-goal plateau when he scored to give the Devils a 2-0 lead in the second period of their game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The opponent and venue for Jagr's 700th goal were appropriate, as he's easily scored more goals against the Islanders (61) than any other team (second-most: 42 vs. Buffalo) and more goals by far at the Coliseum (28) than he's recorded as a visiting player at one arena (second-most: 16 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia).
The Islanders and Nassau Coliseum were also the opposing team and venue for two other players' 700th goals: Marcel Dionne's (in 1987) and Wayne Gretzky's (in 1991). The goaltender that Jagr beat for his 700th goal, Evgeni Nabokov, was also the opposing netminder the last time an NHL player scored career goal #700: Brett Hull on Feb. 10, 2003 against San Jose.
3 D-men score for Devils
Defensemen Marek Zidlicky, Mark Fayne and Eric Gelinas each scored a goal for the Devils in their 6-1 win over the Islanders. It was only the second time in the last 20 seasons that three Devils defensemen scored goals in the same game. The only other time it happened since 1993 was in a 6-1 win over the Hurricanes on Feb. 9, 2008, with defenseman Paul Martin scoring two goals for New Jersey in that game and fellow backliners Colin White and Johnny Oduya each scoring once.
Ovechkin reaches 800 points
Alex Ovechkin scored the first two goals in the Capitals' 4-2 win over the Bruins in Boston. Ovechkin's second goal was the 800th point of his NHL career and he recorded it in his 658th regular-season game. The only other active players who reached the 800-point mark in fewer than 700 games are Jaromir Jagr (626) and Teemu Selanne (636).
Second straight 2-goal game for St. Louis
Martin St. Louis scored two goals in Tampa Bay's loss at Nashville on Thursday and he did it again in the Lightning's 4-2 win at Dallas on Saturday. St. Louis has scored two or more goals in a game 51 times in his NHL career but this is only the second time that he's recorded consecutive multiple-goal games. He posted back-to-back two-goal games for Tampa Bay on Feb. 9-11, 2010 (vs. Vancouver and Boston). St. Louis is the first Lightning player to strike at least twice in each of two consecutive team games since Ryan Malone did so on March 29-31, 2012.
Pacioretty good for two
Max Pacioretty's second goal of the game earned the Canadiens a 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday. This was Pacioretty's eighth multiple-goal game of the season, which keeps him tied for the NHL lead in that category with Alex Ovechkin, who notched his eighth multi-goal game earlier in the day. Pacioretty's eight multiple-goal games are the most in one season by a Canadiens player since 1996-97, when Mark Recchi had an identical total.
Van the Man against Montreal
James van Riemsdyk scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in their overtime loss at Montreal. Van Riemsdyk has scored five goals in Toronto's four games against the Canadiens this season, with at least one goal in each game. He's only the third Maple Leafs player in the NHL's expansion era (i.e. 1967-68 to date) to score goals in each of four consecutive games versus the Canadiens in one season. The others were Ron Ellis in 1969-70 and Jonas Hoglund in 2000-01.
Quick extends winning streak
Jonathan Quick extended his winning streak to three games with a 3-1 victory against the Hurricanes on Saturday. Quick, who posted three consecutive wins only one other time this season (Oct. 24-30), has allowed only two goals over his last three NHL games while facing exactly 25 shots on goal in each game. The last time Quick allowed no more than two goals over a three-game span for the Kings was when he beat the Devils in each of the first three games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, with a pair of 2-1 overtime wins at New Jersey and a 4-0 shutout in Los Angeles.
Pavelec doesn't mind being peppered
Winnpeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned away 39 of the 40 shots on goal against him in his 3-1 victory at Nashville on Saturday. Pavelec has won all four games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal this season, allowing two or fewer goals in each game, and he's 14-4-2 over the last 20 games in which he faced at least 40 shots (dating back to November 2010).
Johnson ties Columbus record
Jack Johnson tied the Blue Jackets record for assists in one game by a defenseman when he set up three goals in Columbus' 6-3 victory against the Florida Panthers. Johnson, whose three assists equaled his single-game career high (done three times before, all for the Kings), is the ninth different defenseman to post three assists in a game for the Blue Jackets and the first since Fedor Tyutin on Dec. 18, 2011 at St. Louis. Adam Foote is the only defenseman to register two three-assist games for Columbus.
Somewhat like a Gordie Howe hat trick
Wayne Simmonds recorded one goal and one assist to help lead the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Rangers. Simmonds was also credited with six hits in Saturday's game, matching his career high (done twice before, when he played for the Kings). Over the last five seasons, the only other players to register a multiple-point, six-hit game for the Flyers are Braydon Coburn (March 13, 2012: two assists, seven hits), Luke Schenn (Jan. 26, 2013: one goal, one assist, 11 hits) and Brayden Schenn (Nov. 13, 2013: two goals, six hits).