Date: March 16, 2014

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Noah finds another way to fill the box score

Joakim Noah scored 23 points, and added 11 rebounds, eight assists, and five blocks in the Bulls' 94-87 home win over the Kings. The last Chicago player to record at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a game was Scottie Pippen (26 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks) at Dallas on November 21, 1995.

Chicago Bulls


Lawson puts up nearly unique line

Ty Lawson missed all 12 field-goal attempts but was credited with 11 assists in the Nuggets' 97-92 loss at Atlanta. Lawson is the third player in NBA history to go worse than 0-for-10 from the floor and register more than 10 assists in a game. The SuperSonics' Slick Watts was 0-for-11 with 16 assists against the Lakers on Halloween 1975. And the Warriors' Tim Hardaway Sr. missed all 17 shots but handed out 13 assists against the Timberwolves on December 27, 1991.

Denver Nuggets


Korver stays hot from downtown

Kyle Korver made all four of his three-point shots in the Hawks' 97-92 home win over the Nuggets. Korver is shooting 14-for-16 (87.5%) from long range over his last four games. That's the best percentage over a four-game span by any player (minimum: 15 attempts) since Seattle's Dale Ellis also went 14-for-16 on three-pointers from December 26, 1997 to January 2, 1998.

Atlanta Hawks

Knicks continue late surge

The Knicks improved their record to 27-40 with a 115-94 home win over the Bucks. New York has won its last six games, all by at least 10 points. No other team in NBA history with at least 40 losses in the bank has ever fashioned such a streak. Two 40+ loss teams won five straight games by double-digit margins: the Pistons in March 1973 and the Warriors in April 2007.

New York Knicks

Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway puts up 11 in the second

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 11 of his 20 points in the second quarter of the Knicks' 115-94 win over the Bucks in New York. It was the 10th time this season that Hardaway scored at least 10 points in a quarter, third-most among NBA rookies behind Victor Oladipo (15) and Michael Carter-Williams (12).

New York Knicks

Sixers extend two historic slides

The Grizzlies defeated the 76ers, 103-77 at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia has lost its last 20 games, all by a margin of five or more points, breaking the 1992-93 Mavericks' record for consecutive losses by at least five (19 straight).

And it was the 16th straight home game that the Sixers were outscored by 5+ points. That's also an NBA record, previously set by the Timberwolves in 1994 and equaled by the Bobcats in 2012.

Memphis Grizzlies


Wall dominates Nets

John Wall shot 10-for-15 from the floor, scoring 33 points while handing out six assists in Washington's 101-94 home win over Brooklyn. The last Wizards player to record at least 30 points and five assists in a game while making at least two-thirds of his field-goal attempts was Gilbert Arenas, also at home against the Nets, on Halloween 2009 (32 points, 9/13 FG, 7 assists).

Washington Wizards

Pacers led by balanced rebounding effort

Eight Pacers registered at least five rebounds in their 112-104 win at Detroit, the second time this season that Indiana has gotten that kind of balanced rebounding effort. Another eight Pacers grabbed 5+ boards in a road win over the Lakers on January 28. Only one other team has had even one such game in 2013-14: The Raptors at Milwaukee on November 2.

Indiana Pacers


Habs pull off comeback for the ages

The Canadiens beat the Senators in overtime, 5-4, after overcoming a 4-1 deficit by scoring three goals in the last 3:22 of the third period. It was the first time in NHL history that a team won a game in which it trailed by three goals in the final five minutes of the third period. Before Montreal's comeback victory against Ottawa on Saturday, the latest three-goal deficit overcome by a winning team in an NHL game was pulled off against the Canadiens by the Minnesota North Stars 30 years ago. On March 12, 1984, Montreal held a 6-3 lead until 5:05 was left to play in the third period. The North Stars scored three times to send that game to overtime tied 6-6, with Tom McCarthy scoring two of those three goals, and McCarthy scored again only 10 seconds into extra time to earn Minnesota a 7-6 win.

Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators


Iginla's scoring leads Bruins

Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals as the Bruins extended their winning streak to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon. It was Iginla's fourth multiple-goal game of the season and the 98th of his NHL career (third-most among active players). The Bruins have outscored their opponents 32-12 and had 15 different goal-scorers over their last eight games, and Iginla's six goals over that span are the most by any Boston player.

Boston Bruins


Another impressive scoring streak for Okposo

Kyle Okposo recorded a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 4-1 win over the Sabres, after tallying at least two points in each of the Isles' previous two games. This is the league-high fourth time that Okposo has scored two or more points in each of three consecutive games this season. The only other NHL players with more than one streak of at least three straight multiple-point games this season are Phil Kessel (three) and Sidney Crosby (two).

New York Islanders


Giroux scores in another Flyers win

Claude Giroux assisted on two goals in the Flyers' 4-0 win over the Penguins on Saturday afternoon. Giroux has recorded points in each of the Flyers' last 11 wins (8 goals, 14 assists) and in 21 of Philadelphia's last 23 victories (17 goals, 23 assists).

Philadelphia Flyers


Bishop exorcises Devils

Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop recorded his fifth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Devils on Saturday. It was only the third shutout by the Lightning in their 85 regular-season and 11 playoff games versus New Jersey. The other Tampa Bay clean sheets against the Devils were posted by Nikolai Khabibulin in November 2001 and John Grahame in January 2006.

Tampa Bay Lightning


Berglund enjoying March

Patrik Berglund scored the first two goals in the Blues' 4-1 win at Nashville. Berglund scored only eight goals in 56 games this season through the end of February but he's registered six goals in eight games this month. Berglund's total of six goals in March ties his NHL career high for a calendar month set in December 2008 (in 15 games) and previously equaled in February 2011 (in 13 games).

St. Louis Blues


Bobrovsky's reversal of fortune versus the West

Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets posted a 2-1 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Bobrovsky was 1-5-0 in his first six games versus Western Conference teams this season, allowing four or more goals in five of them, but he's 6-2-2 in 10 interconference games since then, and in only one of those games did he give up as many as four goals.

Columbus Blue Jackets