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HORFORD RECORDS UNIQUE 20/20
From Elias: Al Horford scored 20 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in the Hawks' loss to the Mavericks. He also did not attempt a free throw or commit a turnover. Since the 1977-78 season, when the NBA began officially recording turnovers for individuals, no other player had a 20/20 game without a turnover or a foul shot.
JACKSON'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE SETS SUNS
From Elias: Stephen Jackson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bobcats' victory over the Suns. Jackson also recorded a triple-double against Phoenix while playing for Golden State in February 2009. Three other players registered a triple-double versus the Suns for two different franchises: Micheal Ray Richardson (New York and New Jersey), Clyde Drexler (Portland and Houston), and Jason Kidd (Dallas and New Jersey).
HOWARD LEADS MAGIC IN POINTS AND REBOUNDS
From Elias: Dwight Howard had 25 points and 12 rebounds in Orlando's victory at Indiana. It was the ninth game this season in which Howard led his team in both points and rebounds, the highest such total for any player in the league. In fact, no other player has done that more than six times this season.
JENNINGS OFF THE MARK IN ONE-POINT LOSS
From Elias: Brandon Jennings was only 8-for-24 (.333) from the field in Milwaukee's 82-81 loss to Oklahoma City. Only one other Bucks player in the past 30 years missed more than 15 field-goal attempts in a one-point defeat. That was Michael Redd, who misfired 17 times in a 101-100 loss to New Orleans in January 2004.
GAY'S BUZZER BEATER COOLS HEAT
From Elias: Rudy Gay's buzzer-beating basket beat the Heat, 97-95. Gay now has five career game-winning field goals in the final three seconds of the fourth quarter, one in each season of his NBA career.
SPURS WIN WITH BALANCED SCORING
From Elias: Tony Parker scored a team-high 19 points in San Antonio's 116-92 triumph over Cleveland. It was only the second game in the last three seasons in which the Spurs scored more than 115 points without an individual player contributing at least 20 points.
NENE SINKS 12 FREE THROWS
From Elias: Nene was 12-for-15 from the foul line in Denver's win against New Jersey. In the last 20 years only one starting center for the Nuggets made more free throws in a game than Nene converted on Saturday night. That was Dikembe Mutombo, who was 15-for-21 from the charity stripe in a loss to Minnesota in February 1992.
PRICE BLANKS LEAFS
From Elias: Carey Price recorded his third shutout in his last six games with a 2-0 victory over the Maple Leafs in Montreal. It was the Canadiens' first home shutout against Toronto since Nov. 12, 1977, when Ken Dryden beat Toronto 5-0 at the Montreal Forum. The Canadiens have blanked the Leafs three times in Toronto since then (once in the playoffs and twice in regular-season play).
SANTORELLI STAYS HOT
From Elias: Mike Santorelli scored a pair of goals in the Panthers' 4-1 win on Long Island. Santorelli was goalless through his first seven games this season but he's scored a team-high six goals in 11 games since then (Oct. 28 to date). In fact, when Santorelli's current hot stretch began he had only two goals in 39 career games in the NHL.
HALL SCORES GAME-WINNING GOAL
From Elias: Adam Hall scored midway through the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and the Lightning made that goal stand up for a 2-1 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo. It was Hall's first game-winning goal in his last 247 regular-season games, ending a personal drought which dated back to January 2006. Hall did score the winning goal in Game 3 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final for the Penguins.
QUICK STONES BRUINS IN SHOOTOUT
From Elias: Jonathan Quick stopped all six shootout attempts by the Bruins to pick up a 4-3 win in Boston, after the Kings had blown a 3-0 second-period lead. Quick was the second NHL goaltender this season to face six shots in one shootout without being scored upon. Colorado's Peter Budaj was a perfect 6-for-6 at Detroit on October 12.
GIRARDI TAMES THE WILD
From Elias: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi recorded two assists and a team-high six hits in New York's 5-2 win at Minnesota. The only other two-assist game this season for a Rangers defenseman was by Girardi in the team's opening-night win at Buffalo.
HEJDUK POWERS COLORADO
From Elias: Milan Hejduk scored a pair of goals, both on power plays, in Colorado's shootout win at Dallas on Saturday night. It was Hejduk's first multiple-PPG game since Dec. 9, 2007, when two of the three goals he scored against St. Louis came with the Avalanche holding a manpower advantage.