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Nets take down Knicks at MSG
From Elias: Joe Johnson scored 25 points, Kris Humphries pulled down 13 rebounds and Deron Williams added 12 assists in the Nets' win over the Knicks. You have to go back to March 30, 1985 -- 80 days before New York drafted Patrick Ewing -- for the last time the Nets defeated the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with one of their players scoring at least 25 points, another registering 10 or more rebounds, and a third reaching double-figures in assists. Albert King (28 points), Buck Williams (10 rebounds) and Micheal Ray Richardson (10 assists) combined to lead New Jersey to a 123-114 win against the Knicks in that game.
Vintage effort by Duncan
From Elias: Tim Duncan had 24 points, 17 rebounds and five assists at Philadelphia on Monday evening. It was the first time in more than five years that Duncan reached all three of those statistical levels in a win. He had last done so on December 30, 2007, with a 24-17-7 performance that helped the Spurs defeat the Grizzlies.
West leads balanced scoring
From Elias: David West had a club-high 14 points in the Pacers' 82-81 victory against the Grizzlies. Only two other NBA teams won a game this season without a player scoring at least 15 points: the 76ers, in a triumph versus the Hornets on November 7, and the Celtics, in a decision over the Suns earlier this month.
Harden perfect from line in 4th quarter
From Elias: James Harden scored 29 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, helping the Rockets defeat the Bobcats. Harden became the third NBA player this season to go 10-for-10 or better from the foul line in one quarter. The others were Kyrie Irving on November 13 and Marc Gasol on November 16.
Timberwolves squander 18-point lead
From Elias: The Timberwolves forged a 54-36 lead over the Hawks, but Atlanta rallied to win, 104-96. It's the fifth time over the last two seasons that Minnesota has lost a game it led by at least 18 points, the most such defeats for any team in the league over that span. Two of those losses were to the Hawks, who also overcame an 18-point deficit to beat Minnesota on January 14 of last year.
Anderson busy from the field, but not from the line
From Elias: Ryan Anderson paced the Hornets with 27 points in the team's victory over the Kings. He was 10-for-22 from the field, including seven baskets from three-point territory. It's the third time this season that Anderson has scored at least 25 points without converting a free-throw attempt, the most such games for any player in the league.
Jack stars off the bench
From Elias: Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 18 points and hand out 10 assists in the Warriors' win over the Clippers. It's the fourth time this season that he's had a 15/10 (points/assists) game as a reserve. All other NBA players have combined for only three such games in 2012-13.
Milestone game for Lecavalier
From Elias: Vincent Lecavalier, who was the #1 overall pick in the 1998 draft, played his 1000th regular-season game in the NHL when the Lightning faced the Islanders on Monday afternoon. Lecavalier, who's spent his entire NHL career with Tampa Bay, is the fifth player to be selected with the top pick in the draft and then play at least 1000 games for the team that chose him. The others are Gilbert Perreault (Sabres, 1191 games), Denis Potvin (Islanders, 1060), Mike Modano (Stars, 1459) and Chris Phillips (Senators, 1027).
Lucic a big hit in Boston
From Elias: Milan Lucic set a single-game career high when he was credited with 10 hits for the Bruins in their 2-1 shootout win against the Jets on Monday afternoon. Lucic, who's racked up nine hits in a game four times, was the first player to reach doubles-figures in hits in one game in the nascent NHL season. Last season, it took over a month until an NHL player accumulated 10 or more hits in one game (11 by Alex Ovechkin on Nov. 12, 2011), though there were 24 such performances by the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
Tarasenko making it look easy
From Elias: Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals when he made his NHL debut in the Blues' 6-0 win over the Red Wings on Saturday and he tallied one goal and two assists in his second NHL game: the Blues' 4-3 shootout win at Nashville on Monday. Tarasenko's five points equal the record for most points by a Blues player in his first two NHL games, a mark set by Wayne Babych in October 1978 (one goal, four assists). The only other active NHL players to register five points in their first two career games are Radim Vrbata (2001), Brent Seabrook (2005) and Anze Kopitar (2006).
Miller ends losing streak in Toronto
From Elias: Ryan Miller made 34 saves to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs and end his personal six-game losing streak in Toronto. Miller was 11-3-0 with a 2.19 goals-against average in his first 14 career games at Air Canada Centre, but before his victory on Monday night he had not won a game in Toronto since Dec. 21, 2009, which was the final game of Miller's eight-game winning streak at the ACC.
Hot start for Turris
From Elias: Kyle Turris scored the first two goals for the Senators in their 4-0 win over the Panthers, after scoring once in Ottawa's season-opening victory at Winnipeg on Saturday. This is only the second time in Turris' NHL career that he's recorded three goals over a two-game span. He did that for Phoenix on Oct. 23-25, 2010, with two goals versus Carolina and one against Montreal.
Datsyuk loves to face the Blue Jackets
From Elias: Pavel Datsyuk, who scored one goal and assisted on another in the Red Wings' shootout win at Columbus, is the all-time leader in both points (64) and assists (43) against the Blue Jackets. Datysuk's 21 goals versus Columbus tie him with Teemu Selanne for fourth-most all-time, behind co-leaders Jarome Iginla, Patrick Sharp and Keith Tkachuk (24 goals each).