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Cavaliers show early speed before fading
The Raptors allowed the first 12 points of the game and then erased an 18-point deficit in their 110-93 victory at Cleveland. The Cavaliers matched the most unanswered points scored by an NBA team to begin a game this season, and the only other team to do so was Golden State in its win against the Jazz on Friday night. No NBA team had lost a game in which it scored the first dozen or more points since Phoenix did so in February (in a 103-97 loss to the Heat), but the Cavs were the first team to lose by at least 17 points in a game in which they scored the first 12 or more points since March 18, 2000, when the Clippers relinquished a 13-0 lead in a 104-83 loss to the Kings.
A career high for Williams
Lou Williams led Toronto to its victory at Cleveland with a career-high 36 points in his first season with the Raptors. Williams scored 30 or more points in three other games during his NBA career (his previous high was 31), all for the 76ers in losses.
Davis joins McAdoo and Barkley
Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points to go along with his 14 rebounds in the Pelicans' victory at Utah. The only other players who have ever posted such high totals of points and rebounds in a road game against the Jazz are Buffalo's Bob McAdoo at New Orleans on January 19, 1975 and Philadelphia's Charles Barkley at Utah on November 30, 1987, both of whom, like Davis, recorded exactly 43 points and 14 rebounds.
Cousins dominates for the Kings
DeMarcus Cousins scored 31 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Kings' 113-101 victory at Minnesota. Cousins has recorded seven 30-point/15-rebound games over the last two seasons (including two this season), the second-most in the NBA during that time, behind Kevin Love's total of nine such games (all for the Timberwolves last season).
A glimpse into the future of Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins scored 29 points and registered four steals for the Timberwolves in their loss to the Kings. Over the last four seasons (2011-12 to date), the only other rookie to reach those minimums of points and steals in an NBA game is Philadelphia's Michael Carter-Williams (29 points and seven steals in loss at Indiana on November 23, 2013).
Pierce calls it a night after 25 points and 10 rebounds
Paul Pierce scored 25 points and gathered 10 rebounds during his 28 minutes on the court before he fouled out of the Wizards' 111-100 win at Milwaukee. Pierce has recorded 76 25-point/10-rebound games in the regular season during his NBA career, but Saturday's game was his first of that kind since February 10, 2013 when he played for Boston, and it was the first 25/10 game of Pierce's career in which he played fewer than 30 minutes.
Duncan makes us ask a question
Tim Duncan scored only seven points in the Spurs' victory over the Nets, but The Big Fundamental displayed some of his other talents with 10 rebounds, seven assists, four blocked shots and three steals. The NBA has tracked blocked shots and steals since 1973-74, and during that time, who do you suppose has registered the most seven-assist/four-block/three-steal games in their career? Give yourself a gold star if you knew that the answer to that question is Andrei Kirilenko, who had eight such games for the Jazz from 2003 to 2007, compared to only two for Duncan.
Green is the game's top scorer
Gerald Green scored a game-high 23 points off the bench to help the Suns defeat the Pacers in Indiana. During Green's two seasons with Phoenix, the Suns are 10-0 in games in which he was the outright leading scorer.
Chalmers steps up as Wade sits
Mario Chalmers scored 24 points and handed out eight assists as the Heat, without Dwyane Wade, topped the Magic in Orlando. Wade is averaging 19.8 points and 6.4 assists per game in the eight games that he's played this season, but Chalmers has been a competent alternative, posting per-game averages of 20.0 points and 6.4 assists in the five games that Wade has missed.
Beverley scores from beyond the arc
Patrick Beverley scored 20 points on the strength of his 6-for-11 shooting from three-point range as the Rockets snapped the Mavericks' six-game winning streak with a 95-92 victory at Houston. Beverley, who made only one of his five field-goal attempts from two-point range and didn't get to the foul line, joined Atlanta's Kyle Korver (20 points at Toronto on October 29) as the only NBA players who made six three-point field goals in a game this season without scoring more than 20 points.
76ers show some fight as their losing streak continues
The Knicks handed the 76ers their 13th consecutive defeat to begin the season with a 91-83 win at Madison Square Garden, but Philadelphia showed some late life by outscoring New York in the fourth quarter, 29-20. Robert Covington, in the 11th game of his NBA career, scored 14 points for the 76ers, all in the fourth quarter, more than doubling his highest previous point total during one period of a game (six fourth-quarter points for the Rockets at Memphis on January 25, 2014).
Steen scored when it counts
Alexander Steen scored the game-winning goal for the Blues in their 3-2 victory over the Senators. Steen has scored only four goals while playing in all 20 games for St. Louis this season but three of his goals have been game-winners. At the 20-game mark for the Blues last season Steen had scored 17 goals, which tied him for the NHL lead with Alex Ovechkin, though Steen had recorded only one more game-winning goal (four) than he has this season.
Tavares bests Crosby
The Islanders won both ends of their "home and home" series against the Penguins and they held Sidney Crosby without a point in each game. John Tavares did not record a point in the Islanders' 5-4 shootout victory on Friday in Pittsburgh, but he tallied one goal and one assist in the Isles' 4-1 win at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday. It was only the second time in their 22 regular-season head-to-head matchups that Tavares scored more points than Crosby. The only other time it happened was in a 3-2 Islanders home-ice win on Nov. 27, 2009, when Tavares, then a rookie, scored one goal and Crosby was held pointless. Tavares did outpoint Crosby in one of the five games they played against each other in the 2013 playoffs.
Bruins have seen this before, but not in the regular season
Carey Price posted his second shutout of the season with a 2-0 win in Boston on Saturday night. It was Price's first regular-season shutout against the Bruins, though he's whitewashed Boston four times in the playoffs (twice in 2008, once each in 2011 and 2014). That ties Price with Hall of Famers George Hainsworth, Turk Broda and Jacques Plante for the second-most playoff shutouts against the Bruins, behind a future Hall member, Martin Brodeur, who kept six clean sheets in postseason play versus Boston.
Bozak and Holland do it alone
Tyler Bozak and Peter Holland each scored an unassisted goal for the Maple Leafs in their 4-1 win against the Red Wings. It was only the second time in the last three seasons that Toronto players scored two unassisted goals in one game. The only other game in which that happened since 2013 was the Maple Leafs' 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes on Dec. 29, 2013, when Nikolay Kulemin and Dion Phaneuf each registered a solo tally.
Flyers tandem can't be stopped at home
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek each registered two assists for the Flyers in their 4-2 home-ice win over the Blue Jackets. Giroux and Voracek have each recorded at least one point in every one of the Flyers' 11 home games this season. They're the first NHL players to begin a season with 11-game (or longer) home point streaks since 2007-08, when Toronto's Mats Sundin (16 games), Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom (12) and Henrik Zetterberg (11), and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (11) all did so.
Career high for Redmond
Zach Redmond scored two goals in a game for the first time in his NHL career in Colorado's 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. His second goal snapped a 3-3 tie with 1:35 left to play in regulation time and completed the Avs' comeback from a 3-1 deficit. Redmond is the first defenseman to score a tie-breaking goal in the last two minutes of the third period in an NHL game this season. It was the second go-ahead goal of that kind for Colorado this season; Daniel Briere scored the first one at the 19:59 mark of the third period in Boston on October 13.
The Sabres extended their winning streak to three games with a 2-1 victory in Washington on Saturday. Before their streak began with a victory in Toronto a week earlier (Nov. 15), the Sabres had registered only three wins this season, trailed for 48 percent of the playing time in their 18 games, and held a lead only nine percent of the time (102:34 total lead time). The Sabres have never been behind during their current three-game winning streak, in which they've led for 100:51 of the 180 minutes (56% of the playing time).
Panthers salvage a point
The Panthers suffered a 3-2 shootout loss in Nashville on Saturday night, but they'll gladly take the point they earned since Florida trailed, 2-0, with less than one minute remaining to play in the third period. Rocco Grimaldi (at 19:17) and Nick Bjugstad (at 19:29) scored sixth-attacker goals 12 seconds apart for the Panthers to tie the score at 2-2. It was only the fourth time since 2006 that an NHL team avoided a regulation loss in a game in which it trailed by two goals in the final minute of the third period.
Stralman ends his assist drought
Anton Stralman assisted on both goals by the Lightning in its 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Stralman recorded eight assists (in 11 games) in October, which tied him for second-most last month among NHL defensemen (Brent Burns led with nine), but he entered play on Saturday with no assists in 10 games in November.
Benn is King of Kings
Jamie Benn tallied two goals and one assist for the Stars in their 5-4 win over the Kings. Benn has recorded a league-high total of 15 points against the Kings over the last three seasons (4 goals, 11 assists in 11 games). The only other players with more than 10 points against L.A. over the same span are Keith Yandle (12) and Brent Burns (11).