Portland’s backcourt lights up the scoreboard in consecutive games
CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard each scored 34 points in the Blazers’ win over the Nets on Tuesday night. It marked the second consecutive game that McCollum and Lillard each scored 30 or more points. Prior to Portland’s dynamic duo, the last pair of starting backcourt teammates to each score at least 30 points in consecutive games were San Antonio’s George Gervin and James Silas over 36 years ago. Gervin scored 55 and Silas chipped in with 32 in a Spurs win over the Pacers on January 23, 1980 and in San Antonio’s next contest, which came two days later, Gervin (39) and Silas (32) turned the trick again in a victory over the then Seattle SuperSonics.
John Wall registered 16 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists leading the Wizards to a 109-89 win over the Pelicans on Tuesday. It marked the second time Wall recorded a triple-double this month, having previously done that with an 18 point, 13 rebound, 10 assist performance against the 76ers on February 5. Prior to Wall, the last Wizard to post multiple triple-double performances in a single calendar month was Chris Webber in April 1995.
Davis held to nine points after his 59-point performance
After exploding for 59 points on Sunday, Anthony Davis was held to just nine points by the Wizards on Tuesday night. The only other player in NBA history to fail to reach double-digits in points after scoring 55 or more points the previous game is Tony Parker. On November 7, 2008 Parker scored just four points in 10 minutes of action against the Heat after scoring 55 points against the Timberwolves in his previous game.
Former 76er Nikola Vucevic came back to haunt the team that drafted him, scoring 35 points in the Magic’s win over Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. Vucevic is the fourth player to score 35 or more points in a victory against the 76ers in Philadelphia after previously playing for the team. The others to do that are Connie Dierking (41 points at Convention Hall in 1968), Charles Barkley (35 points at The Spectrum in 1993) and Larry Hughes (37 points at Wachovia Center in 2005).
DeMarcus Cousins scored 39 points leading the Kings to a 114-110 win over the Nuggets on Tuesday night. It’s the 10th time that Cousins has scored 35 or more points in a game this season. He is the first Kings player with double-digit 35-point games in a single season in 41 years, since Nate “Tiny” Archibald had 10 such games for the then Kansas City-Omaha Kings during the 1974-75 season.
Jazz earn another OT win
The Jazz defeated the Rockets in overtime on Tuesday night. Utah has now won five overtime games this season, which ties the franchise record in that category. The Jazz also recorded five overtime victories in 2005-06 and 2010-11.
Staal brothers lead Hurricanes to victory
Jordan and Eric Staal each scored a goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in their 3-1 win over the Flyers. It’s the 10th time that the brothers have both scored in the same game during their four seasons as teammates with the Hurricanes and the second time they’ve done so this season. (Jordan and Eric each scored once in Carolina’s loss to Tampa Bay on November 1.) There were two NHL games in which they each scored a goal as opponents, when Jordan was playing for Pittsburgh and Eric for Carolina (March 11, 2010 and November 12, 2011).
Lee Stempniak‘s tiebreaking goal late in the second period was the game-winning goal for the Devils in their 5-2 victory over the Rangers in Newark. Stempniak scored three goals in New Jersey’s four games versus the Rangers this season and two of those goals were game-winners. Stempniak is the sixth player to score two game-winning goals for the Devils against the Rangers in one season. The others are John MacLean (1986-87), Stephane Richer (1992-93), Bobby Holik (1997-98),Brian Gionta (2005-06) and David Clarkson (2011-12).
Filip Forsberg scored the first three goals in the Nashville Predators‘ 3-2 win at Toronto. He’s the first player in Predators history to record the first three goals in a game and the first player on any NHL team to do that since Nicklas Backstromsingle-handedly staked the Capitals to a 3-0 lead against the Lightning on December 13, 2014. Before Forsberg, the last player to score the first three goals in a game against the Maple Leafs was the Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman on November 17, 1990 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Forsberg’s natural hat trick is only the second one at any juncture in an NHL game this season. Sidney Crosby scored three consecutive goals in the Penguins’ game against Ottawa on February 2, turning a 4-3 deficit into a 6-4 Pittsburgh lead.
Cedric Paquette scored a shorthanded goal on a penalty shot in the last minute of the second period and that goal was the game-winner for the Tampa Bay Lightning in its 2-1 victory against the Coyotes. He’s the first player in Lightning history to score a goal on a penalty shot while the team was shorthanded. The only other NHL players to score a shorthanded penalty-shot goal this season are Boston’s Brad Marchand (December 4 at Calgary) and Ottawa’s Zack Smith(January 18 at San Jose).
Frans Nielsen scored a pair of goals to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-1 road win against the Minnesota Wild. It was the team-leading fourth multiple-goal game this season for Nielsen, who had recorded only seven multi-goal games in his nine previous seasons in the NHL with no more than two such games in any single season.
John Klingberg notched his third three-point game this season by assisting on three goals for the Dallas Stars in their 5-3 victory at Winnipeg. He’s the first Stars defenseman to register three points or more in a game at least three times in one season since Sergei Zubov had four such games in 2007-08. Klingberg’s three points in Tuesday’s game give him a season total of 51, the highest by a Dallas defenseman since 2006-07, when Zubov tallied 54 points and Philippe Boucher notched 51.
Zack Smith scored one goal and assisted on another in the Ottawa Senators‘ 4-1 win at Edmonton. Smith registered only nine goals and two assists in 49 games this season through the end of January, but he’s set career highs for both goals (6) and points (10) in any calendar month in the 11 games he’s played in February. Smith’s previous high for a month were five goals (November and December 2011) and eight points (November 2011).