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POSITIVE REVIEWS FOR KAEPERNICK'S DEBUT
From Elias: Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, a 32-7 49ers home win over the Bears on Monday Night Football. Kaepernick tied the record for most passing yards by a San Francisco player in his first NFL start. Jeff Garcia had 243 yards passing in a 24-22 win over the Titans on Oct. 3, 1999.
ALDON SMITH: SACK MACHINE
From Elias: Aldon Smith recorded 5 1/2 sacks of Jason Campbell in the 49ers' blowout win over the Bears. Smith now has produced 29 sacks in 26 career games. That's the highest total by any player in his first 26 games since the NFL started recording sacks for individual defensive players in 1982.
CLIPPERS WIN DESPITE POOR LONG-RANGE, FREE-THROW SHOOTING
From Elias: The Clippers shot 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) from three-point range and 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the free-throw line in their 92-87 win at San Antonio. Los Angeles was the first team to shoot worse than 10 percent on 3-pointers and under 60 percent on foul shots since the Raptors at Philadelphia on January 7, 2012. And the Clips were the first team to win despite such shooting percentages since the Hornets won at Boston in the 2006-07 season opener.
WIZARDS: BEST 0-9 TEAM EVER?
From Elias: The Wizards fell to 0-9, losing 96-89 at home to the Pacers. Washington is the 21st team in NBA history to lose its first nine games in a season. But the Wizards have been outscored by "only" 7.7 points per game this season. All of the other 20 0-9 teams allowed at least nine points per game more than their opponents.
HIBBERT SHOOTS, REBOUNDS PACERS TO VICTORY
From Elias: Roy Hibbert scored 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting, and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Pacers' 96-89 win at Washington. Only one other Indiana player in the last decade has shot 80 percent in a game (minimum 10 FGA) while grabbing at least a dozen rebounds. Jeff Foster shot 8-for-10 and pulled down 16 boards at Toronto on March 12, 2006.
FARIED DOMINATES OFFENSIVE BOARDS
From Elias: Kenneth Faried pulled down 13 rebounds, seven on the offensive end, in the Nuggets' 97-92 win at Memphis. It was the fifth time this season that Faried recorded at least seven offensive rebounds. No other player has more than three such games in 2012-13.
A DOUBLE-DOZEN-DOZEN FOR WARRIORS FORWARDS
From Elias: Harrison Barnes scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while teammate David Lee recorded 17 points and 19 rebounds in the Warriors' 105-101 overtime win at Dallas. The last time both of Golden State's starting forwards posted at least 12 points and 12 rebounds in a game was Feb. 13, 2005. In an overtime home loss to the Suns, Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jason Richardson recorded 18 points and 12 boards.
TINSLEY DISHES LIKE STOCKTON
From Elias: Jamaal Tinsley handed out 11 assists in just over 21 minutes on the floor of the Jazz' 102-91 home win over the Rockets. The last Utah player to record more than 10 assists while playing less than 25 minutes was John Stockton (12 in 22 minutes) on March 22, 2003.
BIG BABY SCORES 11, LEADS MAGIC
From Elias: Glen Davis led all Magic scorers with 11 points in Orlando's 81-72 loss at Atlanta. That was the second-lowest total by the high scorer in team history. Gerald Wilkins led the Magic with 10 points in an 84-57 loss to Cleveland on Dec. 4, 1996.
HORFORD'S 15 LEAD WAY IN HAWKS WIN
From Elias: Al Horford led the Hawks with 15 points in their 81-72 home win over the Magic. The last time no Atlanta player scored more than 15 points in a win was on March 21, 2000, when Jim Jackson and Alan Henderson led the way with 15 apiece in an 82-77 win over Miami.
RARE COMEBACK BY BOBCATS
From Elias: The Bobcats rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Bucks, 102-98. Charlotte had lost its last 57 games in which it trailed by double digits in the final quarter, the second-longest current streak in the NBA behind the Raptors (64). The Bobcats' last such win was at Boston on March 25, 2011.