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RONDO, BIRD AND MAGIC
From Elias: Rajon Rondo had 22 assists, 12 points, ten rebounds and six steals in the Celtics' two-point victory over the Spurs. Rondo was the first NBA player to hand out as many as 20 assists, grab ten or more rebounds and record at least six steals in one game since the NBA began keeping track of steals in 1973-74. Rondo joined Larry Bird (four times) as the only Celtics players to register a triple-double against San Antonio and he joined Magic Johnson (Oct. 26, 1980) as the only NBA player to post a triple-double with as many as six steals against the Spurs.
BACK-TO-BACK LOSSES FOR THE SPURS
From Elias: The Spurs lost games on consecutive nights at New York (Tuesday) and Boston (Wednesday). It's San Antonio's first two-game losing streak this season; they were the last NBA team to suffer that fate this season. Every other NBA team with the exception of the Jazz has had at least two losing streaks of two or more games this season.
ANOTHER 35/15 GAME FOR LOVE
From Elias: Kevin Love scored 35 points and collected 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves in their overtime loss to the Bobcats. Seven NBA players have had 35/15 (points and rebounds) games this season, but Love is the only player with two such games (also Dec. 18 at Denver). The others to do it are Luis Scola, Blake Griffin, Amar'e Stoudemire, Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph.
LOVE AND GRIFFIN FIRST SINCE WALTON AND KAREEM
From Elias: Blake Griffin (vs. Denver) and Kevin Love (vs. Charlotte) both posted their 22nd consecutive game with double-digit points and rebounds on Wednesday night. It marked the first time that two different NBA players had streaks of at least 22 straight games with double-doubles in the same season since 1976-77, when both Bill Walton (34 games) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) did it.
HUMPHRIES GOES 20/10 FOR THE FIRST TIME
From Elias: Kris Humphries posted team-high totals of 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Nets defeated the Bulls. It was the 392nd game of Humphries' NBA career but the first in which he had 20 or more points with double-digit rebounds. The only other active players who registered their first 20/10 game (points and rebounds) that far into their NBA careers were Steve Blake (who did it for the first time in his 499th game), Earl Watson (also in game #499) and Mike Bibby (452) .
WILLIAMS FINDS HIS RANGE
From Elias: Lou Williams scored 26 points by going 7-for-10 from the floor (2-for-2 from three-point range) and 10-for-11 from the line in the 76ers' win over the Wizards. Williams made only one of 11 field-goal attempts in his previous game (Monday at New Orleans), and he missed his last ten. That matched Williams' own team-high streak of ten consecutive missed shots from the floor this season (Nov. 16-17) .
THREE-POINT STREAK FOR BIBBY
From Elias: Mike Bibby has made at least one three-point field goal in each of his last 22 games, matching the longest streak of his NBA career (Bibby went 1-for-4 from downtown in the Hawks' victory at Utah). It's the longest such streak in the NBA this season. Manu Ginobili, Anthony Morrow and Wesley Matthews each had three-pointers in 21 straight games. Mathews' streak was snapped in Portland's win at Houston on Wednesday.
From Elias: Kevin Martin scored 45 points for the Rockets in a 103-100 loss to the Trail Blazers in Houston. Martin was the first player to score as many as 45 points in a game for the Rockets since Tracy McGrady netted 47 at Utah on Nov. 1, 2007. It was one of four 45-point games for McGrady while he was with Houston, each of which came on the road. Martin was the first Rocket to score 45 points in a home game since Hakeem Olajuwon (March 29, 1997 vs. Denver).
ELLIS STEALS THE SHOW
From Elias: Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 29 points and he added two steals in the Warriors' win at New Orleans. Ellis has stolen the ball at least once in each of his last 22 games. That's the longest streak of its kind for any NBA player this season and the longest in any season since 2008-09, when Rajon Rondo (27 games), Chris Paul (24) and Ronnie Brewer (23) all had longer streaks of consecutive games with steals than Ellis.
DUDLEY ENTERS HOT OFF THE BENCH
From Elias: Jared Dudley scored 19 first-half points off the bench (a career-high) but he finished with only 21 points for the Suns in their loss to the Lakers. Dudley is one of seven NBA players to score as many as 19 points during the first half of a game he didn't start this season. The highest first-half scoring total for a non-starter this season was 23 points by Dudley's teammate, Hakim Warrick, in a loss to the Bulls on Nov. 24.
From Elias: The Magic topped the Bucks, 97-87, to extend their winning streak to seven games, all by a margin of at least eight points. It's the longest such streak in franchise history and it matches the second-longest streak of its kind in the NBA this season. The Heat won nine straight games by eight or more points (Nov. 9-Dec. 13) and the Spurs won seven in a row by that margin (Nov. 10-17) .
CAVALIERS LEAD BY 15 AND LOSE BY 15
From Elias: The Raptors overcame a 15-point deficit to beat the Cavaliers, 120-105. Over the past seven seasons with LeBron James, the Cavaliers lost only one game by a margin of 15 or more points after leading by at least 15 points. That was a 108-91 loss at Washington on Nov. 18, 2009 in which Cleveland blew a 17-point lead.
ZUCCARELLO MAKES FIRST GOAL COUNT
From Elias: Mats Zuccarello scored the first goal of his NHL career to earn the Rangers a 2-1 overtime win against the Hurricanes on Wednesday night. Since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime period in 1983, the only other Rangers player whose first NHL goal came in OT was Sergei Nemchinov on Oct. 5, 1991 at Montreal. Rangers fans are more likely to remember that game as Mark Messier's debut for the team.
ONE SIZE FITS ALL
From Elias: Chris Kunitz scored three goals in Pittsburgh's 8-1 rout of the Lightning. It was the Penguins' 10th hat trick over the last two seasons but only the second by someone other than Sidney Crosby (who has five) or Evgeni Malkin (three). Mike Rupp had the other Pittsburgh non-superstar hat trick with three goals against the Rangers on Nov. 30, 2009.
PENGUINS SCORE EARLY AND OFTEN
From Elias: If ever an NHL game was over almost before it started, it was the Penguins' home-ice win over the Lightning. Evgeni Malkin scored to give the Pens a 1-0 lead only seven seconds after the opening faceoff (two seconds shy of the NHL record for the fastest goal from the start of a game) and by the time the buzzer sounded to end the first period Pittsburgh was ahead 5-0. It was only the third game in Penguins history in which they led by five goals or more at the end of the first period and it was their first such game since Feb. 21, 1976 against Chicago, when they led 6-0 after 20 minutes and won 10-1.
THIRD STRAIGHT 20-GOAL SEASON FOR KESLER
From Elias: Ryan Kesler reached the 20-goal mark this season when he scored to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead only 70 seconds into their game against the Flames on Wednesday. The Michigan native scored at least 20 goals for Vancouver in each of the past three seasons. Kesler is the first U.S.-born player to have four 20-goal seasons for the Canucks, breaking a tie with Gerry O'Flaherty, who had three such seasons for Vancouver (1973-74 through 1975-76).
LEHTONEN THRIVES UNDER PRESSURE
From Elias: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who made 35 saves in his 4-2 win at Chicago on Wednesday, has a 9-2-2 record this season in games in which he faced at least 30 shots on goal, including a 6-0-2 mark in his last eight such games.
PEVERLEY BREAKS THE ICE IN FLORIDA
From Elias: Rich Peverley scored two goals against Tomas Vokoun in the Thrashers' 3-2 win at Florida. Entering play on Wednesday, Peverley had no goals and one assist in 11 career games versus Vokoun.