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Some magic from Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson scored 26 points in the Lakers' 113-111 overtime victory at Philadelphia, including a game-winning field-goal in the final second of the game. Clarkson also handed out a career-high 11 assists to become the fifth rookie to record a 25-point/10-assist game for the Lakers (something Magic Johnson did not do as a rookie). The other Lakers rookies to do that are Elgin Baylor (November 1958), Jerry West (February 1961), Archie Clark (March 1967) and Norm Nixon (February 1978).
Home-court advantage holds
DeMar DeRozan, with his career-high 42 points, outscored James Harden (31 points) to lead the Raptors to a three-point win over the Rockets at Toronto. The home team has won the last 16 games between Houston and Toronto, dating back to the beginning of the 2007-08 season. That's the most consecutive victories by the home squad in any team-versus-team matchup in the NBA since the home team prevailed in 19 straight games between the Rockets and Clippers from March 1988 to November 1992.
Gobert goes out like a lion in March
Rudy Gobert scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Utah's victory at Minnesota. Gobert posted per-game averages of 10.9 points and 14.9 rebounds during March, the first month of his two-year NBA career in which he registered a double-digit average in either of those categories. Gobert's total of 239 rebounds during March is the second-highest for any Jazz player during one calendar month. Truck Robinson pulled down 248 rebounds for the New Orleans Jazz in November 1977.
Carroll is the game's leading scorer
DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Hawks to a 101-88 triumph over the Bucks. It was the third game of Carroll's six-year NBA career (and second in a four-day span) in which he was the outright leading scorer. Each of those games has come this season, and the Hawks have won all three.
Bradley scores 30 in Celtics' third straight road win
Avery Bradley scored 30 points (two shy of his career high) as the Celtics topped the Hornets in Charlotte. It was the sixth game of Bradley's five-year NBA career in which he scored 27 or more points, and every one of those games has been on the road (at Atlanta, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Dallas, Sacramento and Charlotte).
The Celtics have won three consecutive road games (at Brooklyn, New York and Charlotte) for the first time since February 25 through March 6, 2013. Boston hadn't gone that long between road winning streaks of three of more games since a gap of almost six years from December 1995 to November-December 2001.
Grizzlies top Kings at Memphis, as usual
The Grizzlies' 97-83 victory at Memphis on Monday was their tenth consecutive home victory against the Kings. That's the longest home winning streak against one opponent in franchise history, surpassing the Grizzlies' streaks of nine straight home wins against both the Warriors (2008 to 2013) and Wizards (a current nine-game streak which can be extended on Saturday).
Bishop helps his own cause
Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop posted a 5-3 win at Montreal on Monday in which he was credited with an assist on two of the Lightning's five goals. It's only the third time in the last seven seasons that an NHL goaltender registered two assists in one game. The other netminders to do that since 2008-09 are Cory Schneider, when he played for the Canucks (Dec. 11, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay), and Ryan Miller, in his last game with the Sabres (Feb. 25, 2014 vs. Carolina). Bishop is only the second NHL goaltender to record two assists in a road game over the last 21 seasons, joining Johan Hedberg, who did that in his 6-1 win for Dallas at St. Louis on Dec. 26, 2005.
Career night for Namestnikov
Tampa Bay's Vladislav Namestnikov recorded new highs for both goals (2) and points (3) in one game in his brief NHL career as he helped lead the Lightning to a win at Montreal. Namestnikov is only the second rookie since 1987-88 to register three points, with at least two goals, in a game against the Canadiens in Montreal. The only other such performance by a rookie in the last 27 seasons was when Toronto's Christian Hanson scored two goals and assisted on one in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 overtime win at Bell Centre on April 10, 2010.
Rookie goaltender beats the defending champs
The Blackhawks' Scott Darling stopped 31 shots in his 4-1 victory against the Kings on Monday. He's the fifth different rookie goaltender to beat the Stanley Cup holders this season, joining the Ducks' John Gibson (2), the Jets' Michael Hutchinson (2), the Blues' Jake Allen and the Flames' Joni Ortio. Darling is the first Blackhawks rookie to win a game against a defending Stanley Cup champion since Corey Crawford notched the first victory of his NHL career with a 3-0 shutout versus the Anaheim Ducks on March 5, 2008.
Vrbata makes the most of March
Radim Vrbata scored one goal and assisted on another in the Canucks' 4-1 win at St. Louis. It was Vrbata's seventh multiple-point game this month and fifth in his last six games. Vrbata has tallied 18 points in 15 games in March, which is five more than his previous high for points in a calendar month during his 13 seasons in the NHL. The nine goals and nine assists that Vrbata has recorded in March are both career-high-tying totals for one month, and he'll have a chance to break both marks when the Canucks close out March with a game at Nashville on Tuesday.
Hudler sorry to see March end
Jiri Hudler closed out the most productive month of his NHL career with a goal and an assist in the Flames' 5-3 win at Dallas. Hudler has tallied a league-leading total of 23 points in March (10 goals, 13 assists in 15 games), eight more than his previous high for points in one month (15 this past November) and the most for any NHL player in a calendar month this season. Over the last 20 years the only other player to record 23 or more points in one calendar month for the Flames is Jarome Iginla, who posted 26 points for Calgary in December 2006.
Newcomer makes good
Andrew Miller, who made his NHL debut less than two weeks ago, assisted on three goals for the Oilers in their 4-1 win over the Avalanche in Denver. Miller is only the fourth rookie in the last 30 years to register three assists in a road game for the Oilers; the others are Jason Arnott (January 1994), Dan McGillis (March 1997) and Mark Arcobello (October 2013).