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Durant Fills Up Box Score For 2nd Game In A Row
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and handed out five assists in the Thunder's win over the Hawks, two days after scoring 36 points with 10 rebounds and five assists against the Pacers. Only two other players in the history of the Oklahoma City franchise had 30/10/5 in back-to-back games, and they both did it while the team played in Seattle: Spencer Haywood (March 1973) and Gary Payton (April 2000).
Henson Leads All Players In Points, Rebounds, And Blocks
From Elias: John Henson led all players, outright, with 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the Bucks' win over the Bulls. Henson is the first NBA player this season to lead a game, outright, in points, rebounds and blocked shots. The only other Milwaukee player to accomplish this over the last 20 years was Andrew Bogut, who did it twice in 2010-11 and three times in 2009-10
Pacers Stymie The Big 3
From Elias: The Pacers improved on their league-leading average of 89.5 points allowed per game, posting a 90-84 victory over the Heat in which no Miami player scored more than 17 points. LeBron James (17 points), Dwyane Wade (17), and Chris Bosh (12) were all held in check. This was the 196th regular-season game that Miami's Big Three have played together, but it was the first loss in which none of them scored at least 20 points.
Popovich Rests His Stars
From Elias: Despite trailing by 12 points at the end of the first quarter, the Spurs cruised to a 116-103 win at Toronto in which Gregg Popovich was able to keep Tim Duncan and Tony Parker on the bench for the entire fourth quarter. In fact, no San Antonio player was on the court for even 30 minutes in the game, and that's a Popovich signature. It was the 107th game of his career in which none of his players accumulated 30 minutes of playing time, by far the highest total in NBA history. No other coach has even half as many such games as Popovich over the last 50 seasons.
Love Earns An Early Shower
From Elias: Kevin Love doesn't play for Gregg Popovich, but he earned a full rest in the fourth quarter nonetheless by scoring 26 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the first three periods of the Timberwolves' 121-94 rout of the Pistons. It was the second time that Love recorded a 25/15 game (points and rebounds) in which he didn't play in the fourth quarter, having previously done so against the Cavaliers three years ago. The only other active player with two such games is Dwight Howard.
Irving Plays Role Of LBJ vs Knicks
From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 37 points in the Cavaliers' 109-94 win over the Knicks. Irving has averaged 32.8 points in his last four games against New York. That's the highest average versus the Knicks over the past two seasons (minimum: 3 games). The only other Cavaliers player ever to average 30 or more points over four games against the Knicks was LeBron James, who did it several times with a maximum of 38.3 points over a four-game span versus New York (2007-08).
Pierce Sees Green
From Elias: Paul Pierce made his first appearance against Boston in the Nets' 104-96 win over the Celtics. It wasn't pretty; Pierce shot 0-for-3 from the field, scoring just four points in 22 minutes. Then again, this was a game he did not want to miss despite suffering a broken bone in his right hand just 11 days earlier. Pierce played 1,238 games for Boston before joining Brooklyn this season. Only four other NBA players faced their former team after playing at least 1000 games for that club: Patrick Ewing (vs. Knicks), Hakeem Olajuwon (vs. Rockets), Karl Malone (vs. Jazz) and Robert Parish (vs. Celtics).
Ovechkin Scores 4 For Caps
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored four of the Capitals' five goals in their shootout win against the Lightning. It was the third four-goal game of Ovechkin's nine-year NHL career; the others came a little over a month apart in the 2007-08 season (Dec. 29 at Ottawa, Jan. 31 vs. Montreal). The only other active players who have scored four or more goals in a regular-season NHL game more than once are Marian Gaborik (2) and Teemu Selanne (2).
Kings Rookie Posts Another Shutout
From Elias: Martin Jones, who posted his first NHL shutout with a 3-0 win against the Islanders on Saturday, recorded his second straight clean sheet in the Kings' 6-0 victory at Montreal on Tuesday. Jones is the second rookie goaltender in Kings history to register consecutive shutouts, but he's the first Kings rookie with back-to-back shutout wins. Gerry Desjardins posted two shutouts in a row as a rookie for the Kings in 1969 but they were both 0-0 ties. Before Jones, the last NHL rookie to record consecutive shutouts was the Blackhawks' Corey Crawford in January 2011.
Girgensons Does It All For Sabres
From Elias: Rookie Zemgus Girgensons scored the only goal for the Sabres in regulation time and then tallied the deciding goal in a 10-round shootout that earned Buffalo a 2-1 win over the Senators. Girgensons is the second NHL rookie this season to register the deciding goal in a shootout after scoring in regulation time. The Blackhawks' Brandon Pirri did that against Phoenix on November 14.
CBJ Teammates Have Big Night At Brodeur's Expense
From Elias: Cam Atkinson (two goals, two assists) and Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, three assists) each scored four points in a game for the first time in their NHL careers as they led the Blue Jackets to a 5-4 win against Martin Brodeur and the Devils. It's only the second time in the last 11 seasons that more than one player recorded at least four points off Brodeur in the same game. The only other instance since the 2002-03 season was in San Jose's 5-2 home-ice victory against New Jersey on Oct. 27, 2010. Joe Thornton tallied three goals and two assists against Brodeur that night, and Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley each registered one goal and three assists.
Panthers Overcome 2-Goal 3rd-Period Deficit
From Elias: The Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit at the end of the second period to register a 3-2 shootout victory over the Red Wings. It was only the third time in the last five seasons that Florida won a game in which it trailed by two goals or more entering the third period. The Panthers' other such wins since 2009-10 were also 3-2 shootout victories: at Minnesota on March 9, 2010 and at Carolina on Feb. 25, 2012.
Four Preds End Point Drought
From Elias: Four players scored at least two points for the Predators in their 4-1 win over the Rangers: Paul Gaustad (one goal, two assists), Richard Clune (one goal, one assist), Matt Hendricks (one goal, one assist) and David Legwand (two assists). Each of Nashville's four multiple-point men entered play on Tuesday with a lengthy point drought: Clune (no points at all in 17 games this season), Gaustad (15 games, a career high), Hendricks (13 games) and Legwand (five games, a season high).
Winnipeg Fans Are Familiar With The Name Steen
From Elias: Alexander Steen scored the first goal for the Blues in their 2-1 victory against the Jets in Winnipeg. Steen, who scored two goals when St. Louis played in Manitoba earlier this season (October 18), is the son of Thomas Steen, who spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the original Winnipeg Jets franchise. The elder Steen is the all-time leader in regular-season NHL games played in Winnipeg (479), and Thomas Steen's total of 135 goals in the Manitoba capital ranks him second to Dale Hawerchuk (204).
'Hawks Roll Back-To-Back 6s
From Elias: The Blackhawks posted a 6-2 win at Dallas on Tuesday after beating the Panthers by the same score in Chicago on Sunday. Chicago is the first NHL team to score at least six goals in each of two consecutive games this season. Three NHL teams had two-game streaks of that kind last season: the Flyers (Feb. 18-20), Rangers (April 18-19) and Oilers (April 26-27). This is the first time that the Blackhawks have scored at least six goals in each of two consecutive games since Nov. 3-9, 2008.
Vermette Extends Road Point Streak
From Elias: Antoine Vermette scored two goals in the Coyotes' 3-1 win at Colorado, extending his road point streak to six games. It's the second-longest road point streak of Vermette's NHL career (he had a seven-game skein for Columbus in January/February 2011) and the longest by a Phoenix player in one season since Ray Whitney tallied at least one point in each of the Coyotes' final 12 road games in 2011-12.
Campbell Joins His Father In 600-Game Club
From Elias: Gregory Campbell played in the 600th game of his NHL career in the Bruins' win over the Flames. His father, Colin, played 636 games in the NHL from 1974 to 1985. The Campbells are the sixth father/son pair in NHL history in which both men played at least 600 games. The others are Gordie and Mark Howe, Bobby and Brett Hull, Dave and Adam Creighton, Pat and Mike Stapleton, and Greg and Ryan Malone.