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Melo takes over
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points in the Knicks' win over the Bobcats. It was the 61st time in NBA history that a player scored 60 or more points in a regular-season game: Wilt Chamberlain did it 32 times, all other players combined for 29 such games.
Anthony scored exactly 50 points in a game three times prior to Friday night, twice for the Nuggets and once for the Knicks. Anthony is only the fourth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game at least twice for two different teams. Wilt Chamberlain did it of course, as did Pete Maravich (Jazz and Hawks) and Bernard King (Bullets and Knicks). Thirty-seven of Anthony's points came in the first half, the most for any player in the first half of a game since Kobe Bryant scored 42 first-half points against Washington on March 28, 2003.
Anthony also hauled in 13 rebounds to go along with his 62 points becoming only the fifth different player in NBA history with that many points and rebounds in a game. The others to do that were Wilt Chamberlain (22 times), Elgin Baylor (three), David Robinson and Michael Jordan.
Jordan's streak is the longest since Abdul-Jabbar
From Elias: DeAndre Jordan has hauled in at least 10 rebounds and blocked a shot in each of his last 22 games. That's the longest streak of its kind for an NBA player in 37 years. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the last player with a streak like that when he hauled in double-digit rebounds and blocked at least one shot in 24 consecutive games in 1976-77.
Thornton and Thomas are a dynamic duo in a losing effort
From Elias: The Kings starting backcourt of Marcus Thornton (42 points) and Isaiah Thomas (38) both scored at least 38 points in their loss to the Pacers. It's the first time that a starting backcourt duo each scored at least 38 points in an NBA game since December 13, 1983 when Detroit's starting backcourt of Isiah Thomas (47) and John Long (41) did it in a triple-overtime win in Denver. The last time this happened in Kings franchise history was March 5, 1972 when Nate Archibald and Tom Van Arsdale both scored 39 points in a Cincinnati Royals' win over the Celtics at the Boston Garden.
Lowry and DeRozan lead Raptors
From Elias: Kyle Lowry recorded a triple/double and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points in the Raptors' win over the 76ers. It was the second time in franchise history that the Raptors had one player record a triple/double and another player score at least 30 points in the same game. The other instance was on March 18, 1997, also in a win against the 76ers, when Damon Stoudamire (triple/double) and Marcus Camby (36 points) turned the trick.
DeRozan has scored 74 points over his last two games. Two other players in Raptors history scored 74 or more points over a two-game span. Vince Carter did it many times, with a high of 85 over two games in November 2000, and Chris Bosh (78 in January 2008).
Drummond cleans both windows
From Elias: Andre Drummond scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds from both the offensive and defensive glass in the Pistons' loss to the Pelicans. Drummond is only the third Pistons player since 1973-74, the first season the NBA differentiated between offensive and defensive rebounds, to score at least 20 points and grab at least 10 rebounds from both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Bob Lanier did it twice, both times in December 1973 and Antonio McDyess did it on March 11, 2009.
Kidd showing confidence in Teletovic
From Elias: Mirza Teletovic came off the Nets bench to score 34 points in their win over the Mavericks. It's the most points scored in an NBA game this season by any non-starter and the most for a Nets sub since Derrick Coleman scored 35 points in a 130-120 Nets win at the Boston Garden on January 15, 1992.
Love and Pekovic
From Elias: Kevin Love scored 26 points and hauled in 14 rebounds while his teammate, Nikola Pekovic, scored 22 points with 14 rebounds. It was the third time this season that a pair of teammates each had at least 20 points and 14 rebounds in the same game, the second time the duo of Love and Pekovic did it. (They also did it in an overtime loss to the Clippers on December 22.) The other pair of teammates to do it was Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on January 3.
Curry can't carry Warriors
From Elias: The Warriors lost to the Timberwolves despite Stephen Curry scoring 33 points and handing out 15 assists. Curry was the first NBA player with that many points and assists in a game his team lost in regulation since Dwyane Wade put up 33 points and 15 assists in a Miami loss to Orlando on November 24, 2006.
Harris has big game
From Elias: Tobias Harris scored 28 points and hauled in 20 rebounds as the Magic held off the Lakers on Friday night. The last player with at least 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game against the Lakers also did it while playing for the Magic. Dwight Howard scored 25 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Magic against the Lakers on January 16, 2009.
Harris, at age 21 years, 193 days old, is the youngest player to produce a 25/20 game since DeJuan Blair had 27 points and 23 rebounds for the Spurs against the Mavericks on April 14, 2010. Blair was eight days shy of his 21st birthday.
The Grizzlies win another low-scoring game
The Grizzlies beat the Rockets, 88-87, on Friday night. It was the fourth time this season that the Grizzlies won a game despite scoring less than 90 points, tying them with Utah for the NBA lead in that category.
The Wizards win when they spread it around
From Elias: Five Washington players scored at least 14 points in its win over the Suns. It was the fourth time this season that the Wizards had at least five players score 14 or more points in a game. The Wizards are 4-0 in those games.
Nystrom nets four
From Elias: Eric Nystrom, who entered play on Friday having scored only three goals in his last 35 games, recorded his first NHL hat trick when he scored all four goals for the Predators in their 5-4 shootout loss to his original NHL team, the Calgary Flames. Eric's father, Bob, notched three hat tricks in a 14-season NHL career spent entirely with the New York Islanders (though he never scored four goals in one game like his son). There are five other active players who've scored three or more goals in at least one NHL game whose fathers also registered a hat trick in the NHL: Sam Gagner (father: Dave), Ryan Malone (Greg), Zach Parise (J.P.), Paul Stastny (Peter) and Alexander Steen (Thomas).
Nystrom was the second player in the last week to score four goals in an NHL game. Martin St. Louis did that for Tampa Bay last Saturday but the Lightning lost to San Jose, 5-4. Before St. Louis and Nystrom, the last 47 four-or-more-goal performances in regular-season games by NHL players (and 81 of the last 82) were by players on the winning team.
Jagr keeps on helping
From Elias: Jaromir Jagr recorded his team-high seventh multiple-assist game of the season when he set up both of the Devils' goals in their 2-1 win over the Capitals. All seven of Jagr's multi-assist games this season have come in New Jersey regulation or overtime wins against Eastern Conference opponents. Jagr's second assist in Friday's game was the 1033rd of his NHL career, which ties him with his former Pittsburgh teammate, Mario Lemieux, for 10th place on the NHL's all-time assist leaders list.
Roy is terrific through 50 games
From Elias: The Avalanche took a 3-0 lead in the middle of the second period in their game against the Panthers and then held on for a 3-2 victory, which gives Colorado a 32-13-5 record through 50 games under its rookie head coach, Patrick Roy. Among NHL head coaches who've made their debut since 2005-06 (when the shootout was introduced to determine a winner in games tied at the end of overtime), only Todd McLellan (36), Dan Bylsma (35) and Lou Lamoriello (32) registered as many wins in their first 50 career games as Roy.
Nyquist extends streak
From Elias: Detroit's Gustav Nyquist extended his goal-scoring streak to a career-best three games when he tallied the final goal in the Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Canadiens. Nyquist's three-game goal-scoring streak matches the 2013-14 season high by a Red Wings player, previously achieved by Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Johan Franzen and Tomas Tatar.