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BULLS SET FRANCHISE RECORD FOR 4TH-QUARTER DOMINANCE
From Elias: The Bulls outscored the Pistons 34-9 in the fourth quarter, rallying to win the game, 101-91. That 25-point advantage in the final 12 minutes was the largest for the Bulls in any fourth quarter in franchise history.
JENNINGS CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY
From Elias: Brandon Jennings celebrated the one-year anniversary of his professional debut by recording his first career triple-double in the Bucks' win over the Bobcats. Jennings, who scored 55 points in one game against the Warriors last November, joins Elgin Baylor as the only players in league history with both a triple-double and a 50-point game through the one-year mark of their first NBA game.
SECOND 0-3 START FOR COLLINS
From Elias: The Pacers defeated the 76ers, 99-86, keeping Philadelphia winless in three games this season. It's only the second time in Doug Collins' NBA career (as a player or head coach) that his team began a season with an 0-3 record. The 1995-96 Pistons started 0-3 under Collins, but then won their next three games.
CAVS SQUANDER 16-POINT LEAD
From Elias: The Kings rallied from a 60-44 deficit and won at Cleveland, 107-104. The Cavaliers lost only one home game over the final two seasons of the LeBron era in which they held a lead of more than 15 points. That defeat occurred in a 98-92 loss to the Magic on April 11, 2010 (a game in which James did not play).
HORFORD STARS IN HOME OPENER
From Elias: Al Horford scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Hawks' home-opener against the Wizards. Last year, Horford had 24 points and 16 rebounds in Atlanta's first home game -- a 120-109 triumph over the Pacers. Horford is the first Hawks player with a 20/10 game in back-to-back home openers since Dan Roundfield did that in four straight seasons in the early 1980s.
HORNETS SHUT DOWN DUNCAN
From Elias: The Hornets held Tim Duncan to seven points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes of action in their 99-90 win at San Antonio. It was the first ever home loss for the Spurs in which Duncan played at least 25 minutes, but produced seven or fewer points and no more than seven rebounds.
STOUDEMIRE COMMITS SIX TURNOVERS
From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire committed six turnovers in a loss to Portland at Madison Square Garden, becoming the first player in 31 years to turn the ball over at least six times in his first home game for the Knicks. The last player to do that was Larry Demic, who had six giveaways in an overtime loss to Washington on October 13, 1979. Long-time Knicks fans may remember that Demic was one of New York's three first-round draft picks that year, along with Bill Cartwright and Sly Williams.
CONLEY SHOWS OFF VERSATILITY
From Elias: Mike Conley had 11 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals in the Grizzlies' 109-89 win over the Timberwolves. Over the last two seasons, only one other NBA player reached all three of those statistical levels in the same game: Stephen Curry, also against Minnesota, on April 7, 2010.
THOMAS TIES SAWCHUK WITH THREE OCTOBER SHUTOUTS
From Elias: Boston's Tim Thomas recorded his second consecutive shutout and third in six games this season by blanking the Senators 4-0 in Ottawa on Saturday night. Thomas is the second goaltender in Bruins history to post three October shutouts in one year. Terry Sawchuk did that in October 1955.
McCLEMENT SCORES ON ALL THREE SHOTS
From Elias: Jay McClement recorded the first three-goal game of his NHL career when he scored all of the Blues' goals in their game against the Thrashers on Saturday, and he did so despite having only three shots on goal. McClement is the first St. Louis player to notch a hat trick while scoring on every one of his shots on goal in that game since Feb. 25, 2000, when Stephane Richer scored three goals against Colorado.
RAYCROFT RECORDS SHUTOUT IN FIRST START FOR STARS
From Elias: Andrew Raycroft's first start for the Stars could not have gone better as he made 34 saves to record a 4-0 win against Buffalo and the eighth shutout of his NHL career. Raycroft is the third goaltender in Stars franchise history (Minnesota and Dallas) to post a shutout in his first start for the team. The others were Markus Mattsson with the North Stars in January 1983 and Mike Smith for Dallas in October 2006.
JOHNSON ENDS SHUTOUT DROUGHT
From Elias: Brent Johnson's 3-0 win against the Hurricanes in Raleigh was the 14th shutout of his NHL career but his first since April 1, 2006, when he posted a 1-0 victory for the Capitals in Ottawa. Entering the game, Johnson had the longest current shutout drought (88 starts) of any active NHL goaltender.
FLYERS DEFENSEMEN SCORE THREE GOALS
From Elias: Chris Pronger scored two goals and fellow defenseman Kimmo Timonen scored one to lead the Flyers to a 6-1 rout of the Islanders. Entering play on Saturday, Philadelphia was the only NHL team without a goal from a defenseman this season.
LUNDQVIST BLANKS LEAFS
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-0 win in Toronto on Saturday night to notch his first shutout of the season and the 25th of his six-year NHL career with the Rangers. As a result, Lundqvist took sole possession of fourth place on the all-time Rangers shutout list, behind Ed Giacomin (49), Dave Kerr (40) and John Ross Roach (30).
VOKOUN SHINES VS. FORMER TEAM
From Elias: Former Canadiens goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves in backstopping the Panthers to a 3-1 win at Montreal on Saturday. Since Vokoun joined Florida in 2007 he's played six games against the Canadiens at Bell Centre and allowed only one or two goals in each game, with three wins and three losses.
DATSYUK PREYS ON PREDATORS
From Elias: Pavel Datsyuk tallied two goals and one assist in the Red Wings' 5-2 win over the Predators. That gives Datsyuk a career total of 52 points in 50 regular-season games against Nashville, moving him past Jarome Iginla into second place on the list of points' leaders versus the Predators. The #1 slot is held by Datysuk's teammate, Nicklas Lidstrom, whose two assists in Saturday's game give him a total of 57 points against Nashville.
KEITH SCORES GAME-WINNER VS. MINNESOTA
From Elias: Duncan Keith assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner in the Blackhawks' 3-1 victory at Minnesota. He finished October with 10 points in 13 games (one goal and nine assists). Since January 2009, Keith, who won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL last season, has reached double-figures in points in seven of the nine calendar months in which he's played at least seven games.
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RANGERS ROOKIE IGNITES GAME THREE WIN
From Elias: Mitch Moreland's three-run home run in the second inning off Jonathan Sanchez gave the Rangers a 3-0 lead and that was all the offense Texas needed in a 4-2 win over the Giants. Moreland became the first left-handed batter in major-league history to hit a home run in the World Series off a left-handed pitcher after never previously homering off a lefty in a regular-season or postseason game.
SANCHEZ THROWS TWO GOPHER BALLS
From Elias: Sanchez also allowed a home run to Josh Hamilton, becoming the first National League left-hander in 58 years to give up a home run to two lefty batters in one World Series game. In Game Three of the 1952 World Series, Dodgers southpaw Preacher Roe was taken deep by Yogi Berra and Johnny Mize, but he still threw a complete game and defeated the Yankees in the Bronx, 5-3.
FELIZ SUPPLANTS BOSS
From Elias: Neftali Feliz (age 22 years, 181 days) is two months younger than Nolan Ryan was when Ryan notched a save for the Mets in Game Three of the 1969 World Series. So now Feliz, and not Ryan, is the second-youngest pitcher ever to earn a save in a World Series game. Bob Welch was 21 years old when he struck out the Yankees' Reggie Jackson to save Game Two of the 1978 World Series for the Dodgers.