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MILWAUKEE FANS HAVE A ROOKIE TO BE THANKFUL FOR
Brandon Jennings scored 26 points in Milwaukee's win against Memphis on Saturday night. Jennings has scored at least 25 points in six games this season, the highest total for any NBA rookie before Thanksgiving since Michael Jordan had nine 25-point games prior to the fourth Thursday in November in 1984.
DENVER RALLIES AFTER A BAD FIRST QUARTER
Denver scored only 14 points in the first quarter but then rallied to beat the Bulls 112-93 on Saturday night. It had been 36 years since a team scored that many points in a non-overtime game after scoring fewer than 15 in the opening period. In March 1973, Golden State lost 117-116 to Chicago after scoring 14 points in the first 12 minutes.
CALVIN MURPHY WOULD BE VERY PROUD
The Rockets were 24-for-26 (.923) from the foul line in their win against the Kings on Saturday night. That's the highest free-throw percentage for any NBA team this season in a game with at least 25 attempts.
CLEVELAND WINS WITH FOURTH-QUARTER DEFENSE
Cleveland trailed Philadelphia 81-75 at the end of the third quarter, but then outscored the 76ers 22-10 in the final period for a 97-91 victory. It's the first time in Cavaliers history that they allowed 10-or-fewer points in the fourth quarter, after permitting at least 80 points through the first three quarters of a game.
COLLISON STINGS THE HAWKS WITH 11 ASSISTS
Darren Collison did his best Chris Paul impersonation with a game-high 11 assists in New Orleans' win against Atlanta on Saturday night. Collison was the first Hornets player - aside from Paul - to reach double-figures in assists since April 2, 2006, when Speedy Claxton and Paul each had 12 assists in a double-overtime win at Toronto.
DUNCAN PUTS IN SOME QUALITY TIME
Tim Duncan played only 27 minutes, but he still produced 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the Spurs' win against the Wizards on Saturday night. It was the first game of Duncan's NBA career in which he reached each of those three statistical levels while playing fewer than 30 minutes.
ANOTHER ROAD HAT TRICK FOR IGINLA
Jarome Iginla scored three goals - the first only 13 seconds into the game - in the Flames' 5-2 win in Los Angeles on Saturday. It was his ninth career hat trick and seventh in a road game. Iginla's seven road hat tricks are the second-most by any active NHL player, behind Teemu Selanne's eight (of 21 total tricks).
VOKOUN BEATS THE RANGERS IN NEW YORK
Tomas Vokoun and the Florida Panthers beat the Rangers, 3-2, in New York on Saturday night. Vokoun had an eight-game winless streak last month (0-7-1, Oct. 3-28) but he's 6-1-1 with a 1.71 goals-against average in eight games since then, while facing an average of 33 shots on goal per game.
A CONVENTIONAL WIN FOR CAROLINA
The Hurricanes' 3-1 victory over the Lightning on Saturday night was only their second win of the season that did not come in a shootout. (Carolina has three wins via tiebreakers.) The Canes' only other non-shootout win was a 7-2 rout of the Florida Panthers on October 9. They played 17 games in the interim without scoring more "real" goals than their opponent in any of them.
Since the shootout was introduced in 2005, the only other team to go at least 17 games without a non-shootout victory was the 2006-07 Oilers with a 20-game streak which they brought to an end with a 3-2 win in Calgary in their final game of the season.
SKOULA SCORES TWICE IN VICTORY AGAINST ATLANTA
Defenseman Martin Skoula scored the first two goals for the Penguins in their 3-2 win in Atlanta. It was only the second two-goal game in Skoula's ten-year NHL career. His other multiple-goal game came more than seven years ago, on March 17, 2002 for the Avalanche in Nashville. Skoula had a career-high 10 goals that season but he hasn't scored more than five goals in any season since then.
KUBA JOINS A SHORT LIST OF OTTAWA DEFENSEMEN
Filip Kuba scored a career-high four points (one goal, three assists) in Ottawa's 5-3 win over the Sabres. Kuba is only the fifth defenseman in Senators history to score at least four points in one game and he's the first to do so since Joe Corvo set the franchise record for D-men with five points against Toronto on Oct. 26, 2006. The other backliners with four-point games for Ottawa were Norm Maciver, Karel Rachunek and Wade Redden.
TORONTO'S SHOOTOUT WIN IS A FIRST
The Maple Leafs' 2-1 shootout win against the Capitals was their first victory of the season in a game that went more than the regulation 60 minutes. Entering play on Saturday, Toronto was the only NHL team without an overtime or shootout win this season. The Leafs had played six previous games this season which needed more than 60 minutes to decide a winner and they lost four of them in overtime and two via shootouts.
THREE GOALS ARE ENOUGH FOR THE COYOTES
The Coyotes' 3-1 win over the Flyers marked the 10th time this season that they won a game in which they scored three or fewer goals (shootout "goals" excluded). That ties them with the New Jersey Devils for the league high in that category. It's a good thing that the Coyotes have found the knack for winning low-scoring games, since they've scored four or more goals in only three games this season and in none of their last 12 games.
CRAIG HARTSBURG HAS COMPANY
Stephane Robidas scored two goals and assisted on two others in the Stars' 5-3 win over the Devils. Robidas became only the second defenseman in Stars franchise history to record at least two goals and two assists in the same game. Craig Hartsburg did that three times for the Minnesota North Stars.
BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR THE BLUES
The Blues, who beat the Coyotes in overtime at Scottrade Center on Thursday, made it two wins in a row with a 4-1 home win over the Islanders on Saturday. It's the first time this season that St. Louis has won consecutive games in North America. The Blues' only other winning streak this season came when they swept a pair of games from the Red Wings in Stockholm, Sweden to begin their 2009-10 schedule.