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RONDO HAS A BIG NIGHT
From Elias: Rajon Rondo had 24 assists and registered a triple-double to lead the Celtics to a 105-101 victory over the Knicks in Boston on Friday night. Only one other player in NBA history has had that many assists in a game with a triple-double. On February 7, 1985, Isiah Thomas registered 25 points, 10 rebounds and 24 assists for Detroit in a double-overtime loss to Washington.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
From Elias: The Nets came back from an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Kings on Friday night. New Jersey has overcome a deficit of eight-or-more points to win in each of their first two games this season (the Nets trailed the Pistons by 10 points in the fourth quarter and came back to win in their season opener). Incredibly, the Nets didn't win a single game of that type during the whole 2009-10 season. New Jersey was 0-59 in games in which they trailed by eight-or-more points in the fourth quarter last season.
HAWKS OFF TO FAST START
From Elias: The Hawks defeated the 76ers by a score of 104-101 in Philadelphia on Friday night. Atlanta is off to a 2-0 start, with both of their wins coming on the road. This is only the third time in the Hawks' franchise history that the team has won each of their first two games of a season, both on the road. The Hawks also did that in 1967-68 and 1988-89.
EVANS IS CONCENTRATING ON REBOUNDS
From Elias: Reggie Evans had only two points but recorded 14 rebounds in Toronto's victory over the Cavaliers on Friday night. Evans had 16 rebounds and did not register a single point in Toronto's season-opening game. Evans is the only player in NBA history to have more than 10 rebounds while scoring two-or-fewer points in each of his first two games of a season.
MONTY OFF TO A 2-0 START
From Elias: The Hornets defeated the Nuggets by a score of 101-95 on Friday night to run their record to 2-0 under rookie head coach Monty Williams. Only one other head coach in the Hornets' franchise history has won each of his first two games with the team: Tim Floyd.
ORLANDO COULD HAVE USED MAGIC
From Elias: The Magic registered only five assists as a team in their 26-point loss to the Heat on Friday night. Over the last 30 seasons, only two other teams had as few as five assists in a game: the Clippers vs. Chicago on February 7, 1999 (five) and Atlanta vs. New York on April 28, 1999 (five).
ANOTHER 30-POINT PERFORMANCE FOR DURANT
From Elias: Kevin Durant followed up his 30-point performance on opening night with another 30 points to help lead the Thunder to a one-point victory over the Pistons on Friday night. Only one other member of the SuperSonics/Thunder in the last 39 years has scored at least 30 points in each of his first two games of a season: Ray Allen in 2005-06.
GASOL SHINES IN THE MIDDLE FOR LAKERS
From Elias: Pau Gasol started at center and had 21 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to help lead the Lakers to a victory over the Suns on Friday night. Gasol is the first Lakers starting center to reach those levels in those three categories in a game since Shaquille O'Neal had 22 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists against Philadelphia on February 20, 2000.
IMPROBABLE WIN FOR MEMPHIS
From Elias: The Grizzlies overcame an eight-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Mavericks by one point in Dallas on Friday night. It is only the second time that the Grizzlies have come back from a fourth quarter deficit of five-or-more points to beat the Mavericks in their franchise history. Entering tonight's game, the Grizzlies were only 1-28 against Dallas in that situation since moving to Memphis.
AULD DONS ANOTHER SWEATER
From Elias: When Alex Auld made his debut for the Canadiens as the starting goaltender in their game on Long Island on Friday, he tied the NHL record for most teams played for by a netminder: eight. Auld broke into the NHL with the Canucks and then played for the Panthers, Coyotes, Bruins, Senators, Stars and Rangers, before signing with Montreal last summer. He shares the league record as the most widely employed goaltender with Ron Tugnutt and Sean Burke. But what sets Auld apart from his record co-holders is that he's played for eight teams in the last six seasons!
YOUNGSTER LEADS HURRICANES TO VICTORY
From Elias: Jeff Skinner, the youngest player in the NHL, scored two goals for the Hurricanes in their win over the Rangers on Friday night. Only five other active NHL players had a multiple-goal game at a younger age than Skinner, who was 18 years, 166 days old on Friday: Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash, Sidney Crosby (five times), Jordan Staal (twice) and Evander Kane.
PENGUINS CAN'T CONTAIN GIROUX
From Elias: Claude Giroux scored two goals, the first shorthanded and the second on a power play, to lead the Flyers to a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh on Friday night. Giroux is the second NHL player with both shorthanded and power play goals in the same game this season. Calgary's Brendan Morrison did that in the Flames' win over the Oilers on Tuesday.
BYFUGLIEN NETS ANOTHER GAME-WINNER
From Elias: Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored with 29 seconds remaining in overtime to earn the Thrashers a 4-3 victory against the Sabres on Friday night. Byfuglien has scored four goals this season and three of them have been game-winners. Atlanta still has one game left to play in October, but Byfuglien has already tied the Thrashers record for game-winning goals in one season by a defenseman, a mark set by Andy Sutton in 2005-06.
EDMONTON ROOKIES SHINE AGAINST THE DEFENDING CHAMPS
From Elias: Rookies Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle each scored a goal to help the Oilers end their six-game winless streak with a 7-4 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago. It was the first time that the Oilers had two rookies score goals in the same game against a defending Stanley Cup champion since March 3, 1981, when Glenn Anderson and Jari Kurri tallied for Edmonton in an 8-8 tie against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.