1. NBA Bounce House
Westbrook keeps 20-and-10 streak alive in triple-double
Russell Westbrook’s first triple-double of the season included 22 points and 11 assists, the fifth consecutive game in which he has produced at least 20 points and 10 assists. It’s the third time in Westbrook’s career that he has put together at least five straight games of 20 points and 10 assists (he previously did it in January 2011 and he enjoyed a seven-game streak last winter). No other NBA player has strung together five consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games since Chris Paul had a seven-game streak very early in the 2008-09 season.
LeBron takes command in 4th quarter
LeBron James may have heard calls that he lesson his rate of shots late in games in order to rely on his teammates in the late stages of close games. But with an exciting game against the Jazz on the line on Tuesday night, LeBron took over. Trailing, 91-83, with just over nine minutes to play, James scored 17 of the Cavaliers’ next 28 points and propelled his team to a 118-114 victory. It marked the first time since the King returned to Cleveland that he has scored that many points and helped to turn such a large fourth-quarter deficit into a Cavs victory.
Bosh’s first 30/10 game in nearly a year
Chris Bosh poured in 30 points and secured 11 rebounds to lead the Heat to victory, 101-88, over the Kobe-less Lakers in Miami. It was his first 30/10 (points/rebounds) game of this season and his first in nearly a year (the last one came last November 22) and his seventh in his six seasons playing in Miami. Over his seven seasons with the Raptors, Bosh had 40 games of 30 points and 10 rebounds.
What did Ryan Anderson do, for the first time in franchise history?
Ryan Anderson scored 25 points and collected 11 rebounds coming off the bench to help the Pelicans to their first victory of the season, 120-105 over the visiting Mavericks. The team now known as the Pelicans has played 1057 games since coming to New Orleans in 2002, and in all of those games, Anderson became the first player to generate at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a game that he did not start.
Galloway’s threes paying dividends
Langston Galloway’s three-point field goal gave the Knicks the lead early in the fourth quarter and New York never relinquished its advantage in a 111-109 victory in Toronto. Galloway made two of his three field-goal attempts from beyond the arc against the Raptors, lifting his season accuracy on three-pointers to 62.1 percent (18 made in 29 attempts). That’s the second-highest three-point shooting percentage in the NBA, trailing only, of all people, Metta World Peace. The soon-to-be-36-years-old Lakers forward (who made all four of his shots from behind the arc at Miami on Tuesday) has connected on seven of his nine long-range shots this season, a rate of 77.8 percent that stands in contrast to his 34.1-percent rate entering this season.
Thomas leads Celtics to win (or did he?)
So, Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 20 points in the Celtics’ 99-83 victory in Milwaukee, but he shot a miserable 1-for-10 from three-point range. Thomas became the first player in Celtics history to take at least 10 three-point field-goal shots and make no more than one, yet still emerge from the game as his team’s leading scorer.
Hornets get badly out-rebounded, but win
The Hornets scored 63 points in the first half and held on to upend the Timberwolves, 104-95, in Minneapolis. Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb – there’s an Elias note in there somewhere – led the Hornets with 19 and 18 points, respectively, and their team was able to overcome a significant rebounding deficit (48 to 34). It’s the seventh time since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004 that it has won a game in which it had a deficit as large of 14 rebounds; oddly, six of those games have come on the road.
2. Ice-Ice Baby
Jagr, at 43, scores game-winning goal
Jaromir Jagr’s tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Panthers in their 4-3 victory over Flames. It was the first game-winner of the season for Jagr, who at 43 years, 268 days is the second-oldest player to score the winning goal in an NHL game. Jagr will have to wait more than two years before he can break the record set by Chris Chelios, who was 46 years, 24 days old when he scored the deciding goal for the Red Wings at Colorado on Feb. 18, 2008.
Athanasiou scores, and no one else does
Andreas Athanasiou, who made his NHL debut on Sunday, scored his first NHL goal against the Capitals on Tuesday and the Red Wings made it stand up in a 1-0 victory. Athanasiou is the first player to score the first goal of his NHL career in a 1-0 Red Wings victory in just over 66 years, since Steve Black did so on Oct. 29, 1949 at Montreal. Before Athanasiou, the last player to score his first NHL goal in a 1-0 game was Andy Andreoff of the Kings on March 16 last season against the Coyotes.
King Henrik has spoken: MSG impervious to Hurricanes
Henrik Lundqvist blanked the Hurricanes, 3-0, for his first shutout in nearly 11 months. Before Tuesday’s game, Lundqvist’s last shutout had been a 2-0 win at Edmonton on Dec. 14, 2014. Lundqvist made 35 regular-season starts between those two clean sheets, his longest shutout drought since a career-high 51-start dry spell from March 2012 to April 2013. Lundqvist’s victory over the Hurricanes was his eighth in a row against them at Madison Square Garden, a home-ice winning streak that dates back to January 2011. In each of the first seven wins during that streak, he held Carolina to exactly one goal!
Allen blanks second straight opponent
Jake Allen earned his second straight shutout with a 24-save, 2-0 win over the Devils in Newark, after blanking the Predators, 4-0, in Nashville on Saturday, a game in which he stopped 45 shots. It’s the second set of back-to-back shutouts for Allen in his young NHL career, having done it just over a year ago (Oct. 30 and Nov. 4, 2014) when his second straight whitewashing was also a road game against the Devils (the first of two shutouts was in St. Louis against the Ducks). Allen is the fourth goaltender in Blues history to produce two separate single-season streaks with consecutive shutouts. The others are Hall of Famer Glenn Hall, Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.
Gardiner scores a rare, late game-winner for Leafs
Jake Gardiner’s goal with 3:28 left to play in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory in Dallas. Gardiner is the first Toronto player to score a go-ahead goal in the last five minutes of regulation time since James van Riemsdyk did so in a game against the Lightning on Jan. 28, 2014, and he’s the first Maple Leafs defenseman to score such a goal since Ian White beat the Penguins with a tiebreaking goal at the 18:38 mark of the third period back on Dec. 27, 2009.
Another 2-goal game for Duchene
Matt Duchene scored two goals and assisted on another in Colorado’s 4-0 win at Philadelphia. It was Duchene’s second two-goal game this season and it came exactly one week after he scored twice in the Avalanche’s 6-3 home-ice victory over the Flames. Duchene has recorded 20 multiple-goal games since he made his NHL debut at age 18 in October 2009, only a few months after the Avs made him the third overall pick in the Entry Draft. The only 2009 draftee with more multi-goal games in the NHL than Duchene is the top pick that year, the Islanders’ John Tavares, with 27.
Hansen and D.Sedin: 1 goal, 3 assists each
Jannik Hansen and Daniel Sedin each produced a goal and three assists in the Canucks’ 5-3 win at Columbus. It was only the second time since 1997 that two Vancouver players each scored at least four points in the same road game. The other instance came in the Canucks’ 5-2 win at Edmonton on Feb. 6, 2007, when Daniel Sedin finished with three goals and two assists and his brother, Henrik, earned four assists. Henrik almost made it a trio of four-point players for Vancouver in Tuesday’s game, but he managed “only” three points (two goals, one assist).
Young Eichel’s 2nd straight 2-point game
Jack Eichel, whose first multiple-point game in the NHL (two assists) came in the Sabres’ win against the Canucks on Saturday, made it two straight multiple-point games when he scored one goal and assisted on another in Buffalo’s 4-1 victory in Tampa. Eichel, who turned 19 years old on October 28, is the first teenager to score at least two points for the Sabres in each of two consecutive team games since Pierre Turgeon had four straight multi-point games at age 19 in 1989 (Feb. 17-24).
Preds’ backliners go on offense
Seven different players scored a goal for the Predators in their 7-5 win against the Senators and four of those seven players are defensemen: Shea Weber, Roman Jose, Matthias Ekholm andBarret Jackman. It was the first game in franchise history in which four Predators defensemen scored goals, and the first such game for any NHL team since Oct. 26, 2013, when a quartet of Coyotes d-men each scored once against the Oilers: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, David Schlemko,Michael Stone and Keith Yandle.
Little ties for NHL lead with 7th multi-point game this season
Bryan Little had a hand in all three of the Jets’ goals in their loss to the Wild, scoring two himself and assisting on a goal by Blake Wheeler. Little is averaging exactly one point per game this season (16 points in 16 games) but he has produced seven multiple-point games, tying the Stars’ Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguinfor the NHL lead.
SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau