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VICK JOINS YOUNG, McNOWN and STEWART
From Elias: Michael Vick had 263 passing yards, 63 rushing yards, a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in the Eagles' loss to the Vikings. It was his second game this season with at least 250 passing yards and 50 rushing yards, while also passing and rushing for a TD. The only other players in NFL history with two games of that type in one season are Steve Young (1991 49ers), Cade McNown (2000 Bears) and Kordell Stewart (2001 Steelers).
WADE: 40 POINTS AND NO TURNOVERS
From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 40 points and did not commit a turnover in the Heat's victory over the Knicks. It marked the first time in franchise history that a Miami player scored 40 points without turning the ball over in a regular-season game. Wade accounted for the only playoff performance of that kind in Heat history; he had 41 points and no giveaways in a Game Six win against the Hawks in the first round of the 2009 playoffs.
GIBSON BLOCKS FIVE SHOTS IN 15 MINUTES
From Elias: Taj Gibson blocked five shots in only 15 minutes in the Bulls win against the Bucks. No other NBA player recorded five (or more) blocks while playing fewer than 20 minutes in a game this season. And Gibson was the first Chicago player in more than 25 years to reject five shots and log fewer than 20 minutes in a game. That had last been done for the Bulls by Jawann Oldham in January 1985 .
DUNCAN SCORES TWO POINTS
From Elias: Tim Duncan scored only two points in the Spurs' victory over the Lakers. Duncan, who played 29 minutes, tied his career-low for points scored in an NBA game. But in each of the previous two professional games in which he scored two points he played fewer than 12 minutes.
SPURS HOLD BRYANT BELOW 25 AGAIN
From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 21 points for the Lakers and has now scored fewer than 25 points in each of his last six games against San Antonio. That's Bryant's longest current streak of that type versus any particular team. Prior to his streak against the Spurs, the last team to hold Bryant to six straight sub-25 point outings was the Bulls, who did so from December 2005 to November 2008 .
ARENAS LEADS MAGIC OFF BENCH
From Elias: Gilbert Arenas came off the bench to score 22 points and distribute 11 assists in Orlando's win at Cleveland. He became the first NBA player this season and the third in franchise history with a 20/10 (points/assists) game as a non-starter. The other Magic reserves with at least 20 points and 10 or more assists in a game were Morlon Wiley (April 18, 1990) and Jerry Reynolds (November 2, 1991).
PIERCE PACES CELTICS
From Elias: Paul Pierce's 21 points and seven assists were game highs for both teams in the Celtics' win against the Pacers. It was only the second game in the last five seasons in which Pierce recorded more points and more assists than any other player on either team.
RAPTORS WIN WITH STRONG FIRST-QUARTER DEFENSE
From Elias: The Raptors outscored the Mavericks, 23-13, in the first quarter and went on to defeat Dallas, 84-76. It was the fewest points permitted by Toronto in the opening period since February 22, 2008, when the Raptors held the Knicks to 12 points through 12 minutes at Madison Square Garden, but still lost to New York, 103-99.
MILLER RECORDS MILESTONE WIN
From Elias: Ryan Miller, who notched his 200th NHL win with a 4-2 victory at Edmonton, has played his entire NHL career with the Sabres under head coach Lindy Ruff. Miller is the third goaltender in NHL history whose first 200 wins were all registered for one coach. The others were Bill Durnan for Dick Irvin (208 wins) and Grant Fuhr for Glen Sather (211).
BRUINS SCORE EARLY AND LATE
From Elias: The Bruins edged the Lightning 4-3 in Tampa, with Michael Ryder giving Boston a 1-0 lead just 28 seconds into the game and Mark Recchi scoring the tiebreaking game-winner with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. It was the Bruins' first victory in which they opened the scoring in the first minute of the game and got a tiebreaking goal in the last minute of the third period since Feb. 5, 1987, in a 6-5 win against the Penguins at Boston Garden. In that game Nevin Markwart scored in the first minute and Keith Crowder in the last minute.
DWYER BREAKS TIE IN THIRD PERIOD
From Elias: Patrick Dwyer's goal with 5:11 remaining in the third period snapped a 3-3 tie and earned the Hurricanes a 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was the 14th goal of Dwyer's three-year NHL career but only his second third-period goal. His other third-period tally was also a game-winner against the Maple Leafs in Toronto (Jan. 12, 2010).
CROSBY TIES SEASON HIGH WITH FOUR POINTS
From Elias: Sidney Crosby matched his season high for points in one game when he registered two goals and two assists in the Penguins' 6-3 win over the Thrashers on Tuesday. He had four points against the Hurricanes on Nov. 19. Crosby has scored goals in each of his last eight games versus Southeast Division clubs and points in all ten games he's played against that division this season (11 goals, 13 assists).
BOYES GIVES BLACKHAWKS THE BLUES
From Elias: Brad Boyes scored the game-winning goal for the Blues in their 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks. Boyes had 20 game-winners during his first two full seasons with St. Louis (nine in 2007-08 and 11 in 2008-09), second-most in the NHL over that span behind Alex Ovechkin's 21, but he's scored only four game-winning goals in two seasons since then (three in 2009-10, one in 2010-11).
RAYCROFT STAYS HOT IN DECEMBER
From Elias: Andrew Raycroft set career highs for saves (44) and shots faced (46) in one game when he led the Stars to a 4-2 win at Nashville on Tuesday night. Raycroft is 5-2-0 with a 2.55 goals-against average in seven games in December. The five wins represent Raycroft's highest total in any calendar month since March 2007, when he posted an 8-3-2 record for the Maple Leafs.
DUCKS START STRONG
From Elias: The Ducks outscored the Coyotes 3-0 in the first period of their game at Phoenix and then cruised to a 3-1 victory. It was only the second time in the last five seasons that Anaheim scored more than two goals in the first period of a road game. The other instance was in the Ducks' 7-2 win at Colorado on March 25, 2009. Anaheim held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period in that game.