What You Need To Know About The New Dumb – #NBA Tuesday

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It was last year, February 7th, that we lost Dean Smith.  So, I thought I would share again our thoughts on a great man.  A man that we seem to really be missing right now in life and basketball – from the New Dumb in politics, to the New Dumb in Sacramento and the New Dumb of rewarding horrible free-throw shooters.  Maybe we can steel ourselves to collectively improve our standing and follow Dean’s example.

A Lion Never Roars After a Kill…

The American Dream is a national ethos, it is a set of ideals that include the pursuit of happiness, life and liberty.  It is said that life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone with the opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

If life is a dream, as some suggest, intertwined with beauty and desperation, then could the passing of Dean Smith be a curtain call on the deeply held beliefs of what the American Dream means to some of us?  In no way am I saying that it is dead or dying, but you would have to concede that it is not the same as it was 50 years ago – hell not even 10 or 15 years ago, and maybe 9/11 changed all of that.  But the passing of Dean Smith might represent more than just an Old Lion – he may just symbolize what we might have lost.  Or maybe he reminds us, of all that is good within and to pursue what makes us happiest……

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver has come around on the so-called “hack-a-Shaq” strategy of intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters away from the ball, and plans to make rule changes to eliminate this as a strategic tactic once the current season is finished.

Read: Kobe joins LeBron, says ‘hack-a-Shaq’ rules should remain unchanged | FOX Sports

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Ex-NBA bad boy hits up his former coach Phil Jackson on Twitter after New York fires Derek Fisher

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is a man of many interests. He’s dabbled in acting, flirted with professional wrestling and dipped his toe in the waters of freelance international diplomacy, famously becoming BFFs with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Is a return to his basketball roots next?

Read: Dennis Rodman to Phil Jackson, New York Knicks after Derek Fisher fired: “I can coach” – CBS News

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The messy marriage between George Karl and the Sacramento Kings looks to be coming to an end.

Fifth on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list, Karl was hired midway through last season with the stated purpose of giving the long-awful Kings some stability, or at least some watchability. But Karl almost immediately began squabbling with Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive over DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings’ lone standout. Karl wanted to trade him, Ranadive said no, and it got to the point where Cousins was cursing out Karl in the locker room after games, leading to team meetings and hand-wringing and other signs of a team in disarray. Oh, and there’s a 21-31 record after four straight losses, with the Kings giving up at least 120 points in their last three (they gave up 128 points on Friday to the Nets, owners of one of the league’s worst offenses).

And now this: Point guard Rajon Rondo said Monday that only “three or four guys” show up to the team’s optional shootarounds.

Read: The Kings are a mess, and reportedly will fire George Karl soon – The Washington Post

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James’s first triple-double of the season is an odd one

LeBron James scored 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Cavaliers’ win over the Kings on Monday. But despite his triple-double, James did not lead Cleveland on Monday in points, rebounds or assists. Kyrie Irving led the team with 32 points and 12 assists and Iman Shumpert grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. It’s the first triple-double in which a player did not lead his team in any of the categories in which he reached double digits since Penny Hardaway had one of those for Phoenix in 2001.

It’s the 36th time that James has scored 20 points in a regular-season triple-double, by far the highest total among active players. In fact, LeBron has done that as often as the active players with the two next-highest totals combined (Russell Westbrook 19, Kobe Bryant 17).

nullAnother 15-assist game for Rondo

Rajon Rondo has had at least 15 assists in each of his last three games, including 16 in the Kings’ loss to the Cavaliers on Monday. Rondo has tied his longest streak of 15-assist games as a professional, which he’s done four other times since the start of the 2010-11 season. The only other NBA player with even one such streak over the last six seasons is Steve Nash, who had a three-game stretch like that for Phoenix in December 2010.

nullJohnson nails long three-pointer to defeat Nuggets

Joe Johnson‘s 27-foot three-pointer turned a deficit into a win as time expired in Brooklyn’s win over Denver on Monday. That’s the longest behind-to-ahead buzzer-beater in the NBA either this season or last season. The last one as long as Johnson’s was a 29-foot shot by Denver’s Randy Foye against the Clippers in February 2014.

nullKobe turns it on

Kobe Bryant made three three-pointers in a span of 72 seconds in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ loss in Indianapolis on Monday. It’s the first time in just over 10 years that Bryant hit three three-pointers in such a short span in the fourth quarter or later; he made three in 72 seconds as part of a 50-point game against the Clippers on January 7, 2006.

nullDurant overcomes slow start

Kevin Durant scored 25 points in the second half of Oklahoma City’s win in Phoenix on Monday, for his second-highest total in a half this season. Durant scored 27 points in the second half against Utah on December 13.

nullCrawford has found fountain of youth

Jamal Crawford scored 23 points, tying J.J. Redick for the team high in the Clippers’ overtime win in Philadelphia on Monday. Crawford, who turns 36 years old in March, is the oldest NBA player to score 20 or more points in five straight games since Kobe Bryant did so in the fall of 2014. The only other Clippers player to have such a streak after his 35th birthday was Sam Cassell, with a six-game streak in January 2006.

Head coach Fisher sacked by Knicks

Derek Fisher was dismissed as head coach of the Knicks on Monday after a season-and-a half on the job. Fisher’s 40-96 record gave him the second-lowest winning percentage of any head coach in team history (.294). The only other coach of the Knicks with a win percentage below .300 was Larry Brown, who had a 23-59 record in 2005-06, his only season with the team (.280).

One factor in Fisher’s downfall was Carmelo Anthony‘s inability to stay healthy. Anthony missed 49 games during Fisher’s tenure and the Knicks won only seven of those contests, averaging 91.0 points per game.

Raptors a team-best 14-1 in last 15 games

The Raptors won in Detroit on Monday for their 14th win in their last 15 games. It’s the first time that Toronto has won 14 times in a 15-game span which leaves the Wizards, Magic, Timberwolves and Pelicans as the only current NBA teams that have never had a 14-1 or 15-0 stretch within one season.

nullVucevic takes over in OT

Nikola Vucevic led all players with 28 points, seven of which came in overtime, in Orlando’s win in Atlanta on Monday. That’s the most points that Vucevic has scored in any overtime period he’s played in the NBA.

Pelicans protect the ball

The Pelicans committed only four turnovers in their win in Minnesota on Monday, tying the lowest total in a regular-season game in team history, done previously in 2007. In the playoffs, New Orleans committed only three turnovers in a first round win over the Lakers in 2011.

Road teams go 3-0 in overtime

There were three overtime games in the NBA on Monday and all three were won by the road team-the Clippers in Philadelphia, Magic in Atlanta and Trail Blazers in Memphis. That ties the most overtime road wins on one day in NBA history, done five previous times, most recently on February 26, 2010.

Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics – Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

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Warriors finally lose when Curry scores 30-plus

The Warriors received 38 points from Stephen Curry but lost to the Nuggets in Denver on Wednesday night. Golden State had won 24 consecutive games when Curry scored 30 or more points prior to Wednesday’s action. That was the longest streak of consecutive games won by a player when scoring 30 or more points since Jamaal Wilkes’ teams were victorious in an NBA record 28 consecutive contests when he registered at least 30 points from 1976 to 1982. Wilkes played for both the Warriors and Lakers and appeared in 516 games during his streak before it ended on January 5, 1983 when he scored 36 points in an overtime loss to the 76ers.

nullHarden reaches 10,000 points

James Harden recorded his 10,000th career point in the Rockets’ win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Harden became the 330th player in NBA history to reach the 10,000 point milestone, but he is only one of six players with more free throws made (3,111) than field goals made (2,951) through the game in which their 10,000th point was recorded. The others are Neil Johnston, Ed Macauley, Corey Maggette, Cedric Maxwell and Dolph Schayes.

nullDurant, Ibaka team up to beat Mavericks

Kevin Durant recorded 29 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Thunder’s win over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. It marked the sixth time that Durant and Ibaka each recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in the same game as teammates (Oklahoma City is 5-1 in those games). The only other current pair of teammates to do that at least six times are the Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol (eight times) and the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris (six times).

Celtics beat Pacers with strong finish

The Celtics trailed the Pacers by a score of 94-91 with just 2:14 remaining in the fourth quarter but rallied to score the final 12 points of the game and came away with a 103-94 victory on Wednesday night. It’s the first time the Celtics scored the final 12 or more points of a game turning a deficit into a win since March 13, 2004, when they shocked the Wizards by scoring the game’s final 14 points in a 111-102 victory.

nullMiles is the latest to misfire from beyond the arc

C.J. Miles misfired on all nine of his three-point attempts in Indiana’s loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night. Although we are less than half way through the NBA season, it is already the fourth time that a player has gone 0-for-9 or worse from beyond the arc in a game this season, with Miles joining James Harden (0-for-10 on November 1), Paul George (0-for-9 on December 3) and Kyle Korver (0-for-10 on December 29) on the list. That ties the most such performances in a single season since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. During the 2003-04 season,Charlie Ward (New York), Baron Davis (New Orleans), Tracy McGrady (Orlando) and Jamal Crawford (Chicago) each went 0-for-9 or worse from three-point range in a game.

Brown’s first win ends Nets’ home losing streak

The Nets ended a 10-game home losing streak with a victory over the Knicks in Brooklyn and in the process handed interim head coach Tony Brown his first career victory. Brown is only the third head coach in NBA history whose first career win ended a single-season home losing streak of 10 or more games. The only other head coaches to do that are Kevin Loughery whose first career win came when the 76ers topped the Bucks ending a 10-game home losing streak on February 14, 1973; and Melvin Hunt, who led the Nuggets to a win over the Bucks snapping Denver’s 10-game home skid on March 3, 2015 for his initial NBA win.

nullMillsap the lone double-digit scorer for Hawks

Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 20 points but was the only member of Atlanta to reach double digits in scoring in the team’s loss to Charlotte on Wednesday night. It marked the second time this season that Atlanta had only one player score 10 or more points with the other instance coming on December 12 against San Antonio. No other team has had even one such game this season. Prior to this season, the Hawks had only three games in which they had one double-figure scorer in the shot-clock era (1963, 2002 and 2013).

nullBucks three 20-point scorers not enough to win

The Wizards defeated the Bucks by a score of 106-101 on Wednesday. Khris Middleton (25), Jabari Parker (22) and Greg Monroe (21) each topped the 20-point mark for Milwaukee while John Wall led the winners with just 19 points. This season, the only other team to win a game without a 20-point scorer against an opponent with at least three players with 20 or more points was the Mavericks against the Pelicans on November 7. Deron Williams led Dallas with 19 points, while Anthony Davis (25), Eric Gordon (21) and Ryan Anderson (21) each scored at least 20 for New Orleans.

nullLillard continues his strong play

Damian Lillard had 21 points, 10 assists and two steals in Portland’s victory over Utah on Wednesday night. Lillard has now recorded at least 20 points, nine assists and two steals in each of his last four games, equaling the longest such streak in the last eight seasons. Since 2008-09, Chris Paul has done it three times (twice in 2008-09 and once in 2013-14) and Devin Harris (2008-09) and Stephen Curry(2012-13) have done it once each.

Pelicans coast to road win

The Pelicans entered the fourth quarter with a 90-65 lead and held on to beat the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday night. It’s only the fourth time in the 547 road games the team has played in its franchise history that New Orleans has led by 25 or more points entering the final quarter. The only other such occurrences were on November 21, 2008 (26-point lead at Oklahoma City), November 9, 2009 (31-point lead at LA Clippers) and January 21, 2011 (25-point lead at Atlanta).

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Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics – Stats from the Elias Sports Bureau

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Falcons rebound from huge loss to hand Panthers their first loss

The Falcons ended Carolina’s bid for a perfect season with a 20-13 win over the Panthers. Atlanta’s victory came just two weeks after Carolina routed the Falcons, 38-0. But there have been many precedents for such a reversal of form. Since 1970, 12 other teams won a game against an opponent that beat them by at least 38 points earlier that season. And like Atlanta, which had a 7-7 record heading into Sunday’s game, none of those 12 teams had a winning record at the time of its turnaround victory.

Carolina had won 18 consecutive regular-season games (and 10 in a row during December), tying the third-longest winning streak in NFL history. The only other teams to win 18 straight games were Indianapolis (23, 2008-09) and New England twice (18 in 2003-04 and 21 in 2006-08).

nullFitzpatrick, Marshall, and Decker are too much for the Patriots

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall and an overtime game-winner to Eric Decker in the Jets’ 26-20 win over the Patriots. It was the eighth game this season in which both Marshall and Decker caught TD passes, an NFL record for games in which a pair of teammates both had touchdown receptions. The previous mark was set by Cris Carter and Randy Moss with the Vikings in 1998.

With his first catch of the day, Marshall broke the single-season team record that Al Toon set in 1988. Only two other franchises have a single-season record for receptions that has stood that long: the Titans’ record was set by Charlie Hennigan with the Houston Oilers in 1964 (101); and the Browns’ mark was set by Ozzie Newsome in 1983 (89).

The Patriots lost only one other game on a touchdown pass in overtime and it took a pair of future Hall of Famers to do it. In 1981, Lynn Swann scored from 24 yards out on a pass by Terry Bradshaw to give the Steelers an OT victory over New England.

An amazing streak comes to an end in Seattle’s loss

The Rams took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and were never caught, holding on for a 23-17 victory at Seattle. That ended the Seahawks’ extraordinary streak of 62 games in which they led at some point, corresponding exactly to Russell Wilson’s tenure with the team. Check this out: Not only was that the longest such streak in NFL history; but half of the 32 current NFL teams have never had such a streak even half as long as Seattle’s, including three clubs that date back to the 1930s: the Bears, Packers, and Redskins.

nullWeeden finds success in Houston

Brandon Weeden passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans’ 34-6 victory over the Titans. It was Weeden’s first win as a starting quarterback since 2012 with Cleveland. He was the first QB in the NFL’s expansion era to start for a first-place team in the month of December having lost his last 10 starts.

Weeden led Houston on touchdown drives of 65, 80, and 34 yards on Sunday. Coming into the game, he had produced a TD on only two of his last 27 drives. He hadn’t thrown two or more TD passes in the same game since Dec. 1, 2013, in the Browns’ 32-28 loss at Jacksonville.

nullSaints’ combo is tough to beat

Drew Brees passed for 412 yards in the Saints’ 38-27 win over the Jaguars. It was the 13th time that Brees topped the 400-yard mark, but this was the first of those games in which a teammate gained at least 100 yards rushing. Tim Hightower gained 122 yards on 27 carries. Over the last five seasons, the only other player to supplement a teammate’s 400-yard passing performance with 120 or more rushing yards was James Starks of the Packers in 2013. Starks rushed for 132 yards and Aaron Rodgers passed for 480 in a 38-20 win over the Redskins.­

Incidentally, that’s a combination that has never been beaten in the NFL. Teams with a 400-yard passer and a teammate with at least 120 rushing yards have a 7-0-1 record.

nullSmith and Chiefs win ninth consecutive game

The Chiefs extended their winning streak to nine games with a 17-13 victory over the Browns. That matches the longest winning streak of Alex Smith’s NFL career; he previously won nine consecutive starts with Kansas City in 2013 and eight straight with the 49ers in 2011. Only four other quarterbacks won eight consecutive starts in one season for each of two different teams: Jack Kemp, Earl Morrall, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning.

nullGillislee caps unexpected December with big game vs. Cowboys

Mike Gillislee, who spent the first three months of the season on the practice squads of the Cardinals and Bills, gained 93 yards on nine carries and scored a late insurance touchdown in Buffalo’s 16-6 win over Dallas. Gillislee finished the month with 239 yards on 23 carries. His average of 10.4 yards per carry was the fourth-highest in one calendar month by a running back with at least 20 rushing attempts. The only RBs with higher marks were Lenny Moore (12.7 yards per carry in Oct. 1956), Hugh McElhenny (11.6 in Oct. 1952), and Bruce Harper (10.6 in Oct. 1983).

nullFreeney and the Cardinals sack the Pack

Arizona sacked Packers passers nine times, including three by Dwight Freeney, in a 38-8 rout of Green Bay. It was the Cardinals’ highest single-game total since 1986, and the most sacks in one game against the Packers since 1982.

Freeney, who turned 35 in February, had five games with three or more sacks over his first five seasons in the league. But this was his first such game since 2006. Over the last 10 seasons, the only players as old as Freeney with three or more sacks in one game were Michael Strahan (at age 35 in 2007) and 37-year-old James Harrison three weeks ago.

nullPackers suffer their worst loss with Rodgers at QB

Green Bay’s 38-8 loss was its largest margin of defeat in a game started by Aaron Rodgers. While it’s impressive that Rodgers started 117 games before his first 30-point loss, Packers fans can take pride in the fact that Brett Favre started an NFL-record total of 200 regular-season games before losing one by 30 points, and Bart Starr didn’t lose by 30 points or more until start #143 in 1970, with a pair of Super Bowl victories to his credit.

nullCarey scores two short TD for Bears

Second-year running back Ka’Deem Carey scored on a 1-yard run and a 1-yard catch in the Bears’ 26-21 victory at Tampa. Carey was the second Chicago player to score on rushing and passing plays in the same road game this season, following rookie Jeremy Langford who did it at St. Louis last month. The only other Bears player to do that on the road in the last two decades was Matt Forte (at Detroit in 2008).

Since 2000, three other players scored 1-yard TDs by rushing and receiving in the same game: Marshall Faulk (2001), Pierre Thomas (2013), and Eddie Lacy (2014).

nullMallett wins debut with the Ravens

Ryan Mallett, making his first start for the Ravens, passed for a career-high 274 yards and a touchdown in a 20-17 victory over the Steelers. Mallett was the fourth different quarterback to start for Baltimore in its last six games, following Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, and Jimmy Clausen. Over the last five seasons, the only other team to start four different QBs in a span of six games was Green Bay in 2013 (Aaron Rodgers, Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Flynn).

Like the Panthers, who also lost on Sunday, Pittsburgh had won its last 10 games in the month of December.

nullStafford maintains sharp form in win over 49ers

Matthew Stafford threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Lions’ 32-17 win over the 49ers. Stafford, who set a team record for completion percentage in one game last week, has now thrown 14 TD passes over his last five games. He has been picked off only once in his last 225 throws dating to November 15.

Source: Elias Says: Sports Statistics

Getting Smart With The Tuesday Morning Quarterback

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JayCutler1. San Diego Unplugged:

I do not remember a team that has suffered more injuries, each week, than the Chargers.  It’s a miracle they haven’t had to forfeit, and yet they maintain being competitive – that means Philip Rivers should be somewhere in the MVP discussion and spare me San Diego’s record business.  You put Rivers on the Panthers and Cam on the Bolts – no difference, except for the way Rivers’ Panthers’ would be demolishing people.  But, the Bears won and we saw the spaghetti western that is Jay Cutler, (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) conduct a drive to actually close out a game.  Jay and Alshon also broke some team records that are really laughable as too how long they have stood – it’s more a testament of how inept Chicago’s passing game has been for over 50yrs, when Jay Cutler is your best QB of all time by touchdowns.

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Jay Cutler tossed two touchdown passes in the Bears’ 22-19 win over the Chargers. With his first TD pass of the game on Monday, Cutler passed Sid Luckman for the Bears all-time lead in touchdown passes. Entering Monday, Luckman had held at least a share of the Bears’ career touchdown pass record since 1943 (when he passed Bernie Masterson). Prior to Cutler surpassing Luckman, only Washington’s all-time passing touchdown leader, Sammy Baugh, had currently held his franchise’s record for a longer time than Luckman. Baugh has held that mark for the Redskins since 1937.

Cutler’s second TD pass on Monday was of the game-winning variety. Since he joined the Bears in 2009, Cutler has thrown 12 game-winning touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, the most in the NFL over that span (Matthew Stafford is next on the list with 10). It’s the second such pass for Cutler this season, also tossing one to Matt Forte to beat the Chiefs.

Jeffery ties Bears record

Alshon Jeffery had 151 receiving yards on Monday night, his third straight game with 100 or more yards on receptions. That ties the Bears record for consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards, previously done by Harlon Hill (in 1956) and Jeff Graham (1995).

Chargers find another way to get to the end zone

Jason Verrett picked off a Jay Cutler pass and ran it back 68 yards for the touchdown, giving the Chargers a 13-0 second quarter lead on Monday. Verrett’s interception return ended San Diego’s streak of 18 consecutive touchdowns scored on passing plays, which tied the second-longest such streak in NFL history. Only the 1993 Falcons, who scored 20 straight touchdowns, all on pass plays, had a longer streak of that kind.

The Bears have allowed a league-high six return touchdowns this season (two on interceptions, two on kickoffs, one on a punt, and one on a fumble).


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Sunday night’s win was a first for the Eagles

First, let’s take care of some old business. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys, 33-27, on Sunday night. It was the first victory in team history in which Philadelphia surrendered four leads before ultimately winning the game.

Sam Bradford threw a 41-yard pass to Jordan Matthews in OT to secure the win. Bradford, who turned 28 years old on Sunday, was the first quarterback to start and win a regular-season NFL overtime game on his birthday (after six QBs had started on their birthday in an overtime loss). Note also that Jake Delhomme started and won a playoff game in two overtimes on his birthday in 2004.

SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau


3. Today in History

Sesame Street debuts

On this day in 1969, “Sesame Street,” a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. “Sesame Street,” with its memorable theme song (“Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street”), went on to become the most widely viewed children’s program in the world. It has aired in more than 120 countries.The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, a former documentary producer for public television. Cooney’s goal was……(continue reading)

Six years later this happened

The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay on Lake Superior, taking all 29 crew members with her.At the time of its launch in 1958, the 729-foot-long freighter was the largest and fastest ship on the Great Lakes. The Edmund Fitzgerald began its last journey on November 9, 1975, carrying 26,116 tons of iron-ore pellets. The next day, the ship and her crew met a storm with 60 mph winds and waves in excess of 15 feet. Captain Ernest McSorley steered the ship north, heading for the safety of Whitefish Bay, but the ship’s radar failed, and the storm took out the power to Whitefish Point’s radio beacon, leaving the Fitzgerald traveling blind. In the heavy seas, the vessel was also taking on a dangerous amount of water. Another ship, the Anderson, kept up radio contact with the Fitzgerald and tried to lead it to safety but to no avail.

SOURCE: This Day In History – History Channel


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Getting Smart With #NBA + #NHL NEWS o’Day (11-5-15)

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1. NBA Bounce House

You wondered how long it was going to take before some #NBA player became fed-up with those sleeved-uniforms and for LeBron, he wasn’t having it anymore.  It’s like when Costanza made the Yankees wear all-cotton uniforms – #WorstIdeaEver.  Hopefully soon, Mr. Silver will realize these too were a turr-able idea and give the shooters their free-range back in their shoulders.

Curry continues to roll in the early going

Stephen Curry scored 31 points and made seven three-pointers in the Warriors’ 112-108 win over the Clippers on Wednesday. Curry has scored 179 points in his five games played this season. Over the last 40 seasons, the only other players to score as many points as Curry through their first five games of a season are Adrian Dantley (1980-81) and Michael Jordan, who did it three times (1986-87, 1989-90 and 1991-92).

Curry’s 28 three-pointers made are by far the most any player has made through five games of a season since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. The previous high was 21 by Ryan Anderson (2011-12), O.J. Mayo (2012-13) and Trevor Ariza (2014-15).


Howard is perfect from the field

Dwight Howard went 10-for-10 from the field and hauled down 14 rebounds in the Rockets’ overtime win over the Magic on Wednesday night. It marked the second time that Howard has shot 10-for-10 or better from the field in a game, having also done that on February 24, 2010 (11-for-11), ironically while he was with the Magic against the Rockets. The only other players to attempt 10 or more shots from the field and make all of them multiple times in the shot-clock era are Wilt Chamberlain (8 times), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (twice), Bernard King (twice) and Karl Malone (twice).


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Damian Lillard scored 35 points and starting backcourt mate C.J. McCollum chipped in with 27 in the Blazers’ win in Utah on Wednesday night. It’s the first time in nearly 20 years that Portland’s starting backcourt each produced at last 25 points in a road game, since Rod Strickland (32) and Clyde Drexler (30) did it against the SuperSonics in a losing effort in Seattle on January 15, 1995.


Suns win with a team effort

Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 19 points and was the team’s leader in assists with eight in a 118-97 win over Sacramento on Wednesday night. It marked the most points the Suns have scored in a game in which they did not have a single player score 20 points or hand out 10 assists since December 8, 1994, when they defeated the Nets by a final of 133-106 with Wayman Tisdale and Dan Majerle producing a team high 19 points and Elliot Perry leading the way with nine assists.


Beal’s three-pointer beats Spurs

Bradley Beal‘s three-pointer with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Wizards a 102-99 victory over the Spurs on Wednesday night. Beal is the first player to win a game with a three-pointer with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter or overtime against San Antonio since the Mavericks’ Steve Nash made a shot from beyond the arc with 0.6 seconds left in overtime in a 126-123 Dallas win on December 26, 2001.


Pacers frontcourt controls the boards in win over Celtics

The Pacers starting frontcourt, Lavoy Allen (11 rebounds), Paul George (10) and Jordan Hill (10) each recorded double-digits in rebounds in the Pacers’ 100-98 win over the Celtics on Wednesday. Indiana received 10 or more rebounds from each of their frontcourt starters in only one game in the previous six seasons combined (2009-10 to 2014-15), on January 8, 2013 (George, David West and Roy Hibbert).AltX.Logo.white


Nets fall to 0-5

The Nets lost their fifth consecutive game to open the 2015-16 season, dropping a 101-87 decision to the Hawks. Brooklyn has lost by margins of 15, 17, 10, 7 and 14 points in their five defeats. The only other teams in NBA history to lose each of their first five games of a season, all by more than six points, after appearing in the playoffs the previous season, are the 1966-67 Baltimore Bullets (first five games) and 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers (first six games).


Cavs win by 10 after trailing by 15

The Cavaliers overcame a 15-point deficit and defeated the Knicks by a score of 96-86 on Wednesday night. It marked the first time Cleveland won a game by a double-digit margin after trailing by at least 15 points since November 3, 2009, when the Cavs overcame a 18-point deficit and beat Washington by a score of 102-90.


Raptors produce road wins over Western foes on consecutive nights

One night after beating the Mavericks in Dallas, the Raptors (5-0) beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to improve upon the best start in franchise history. It’s the third time since the start of the 2014-15 season that Toronto has won road games against Western Conference opponents on consecutive days, having won games in Sacramento and Utah last December 2nd and 3rd; and against the Clippers in Los Angeles and Nuggets in Denver on December 27th and 28th. No other Eastern Conference team has more than two sets of back to back road wins on consecutive days against teams from the West over that span, and the only other East teams that have done that more than once are Atlanta and Detroit.


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Burmistrov’s late goal wins it for the Jets

Winnipeg’s Alexander Burmistrov scored a tiebreaking goal with 2:05 left to play in the third period and his goal was the game-winner for the Jets in their 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. It was the second time this season that a Jets player scored a go-ahead goal in the final three minutes of the third period; Dustin Byfuglien snapped a tie with 88 seconds remaining in regulation time in Winnipeg’s home game against the Flames on October 16. The Jets are the only NHL team to have scored more than one such goal this season. Before this season, the Jets had tallied only three tiebreaking goals in the last three minutes of the third period since the team relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011.


Blues win after allowing five goals in the first

Vladimir Tarasenko’s goal with 1:06 remaining in overtime earned the Blues a 6-5 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago, a game in which St. Louis trailed, 5-2, at the end of the first period. It was the 11th time in NHL history that a team won a game in which it allowed five first-period goals, and it was the first such win in Blues history. Before Wednesday’s victory by St. Louis, the last time an NHL team won a game in that manner was when the Lightning beat the Flyers, 8-7, in Philadelphia on November 18, 2010, after Tampa Bay trailed, 5-4, at the first intermission.


Fehr nets another short-handed goal

Eric Fehr’s short-handed goal midway through the third period gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead in a game they would go on to win 3-2 in Vancouver. Fehr also tallied a short-handed goal in his Penguins debut on October 31 against the Maple Leafs. He is the first player in NHL history to score a short-handed goal in each of his first two games with a team.

SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau

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Getting Smart With #NBA + #NHL, NEWS – 11-4-15

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1. NBA Bounce House

Monster game for Drummond

Andre Drummond scored 25 points and grabbed 29 rebounds in the Pistons loss to the Pacers. Drummond scored 20 points and hauled in 20 rebounds in his previous game against the Bulls. Andre is the fourth player in Pistons franchise history to record back-to-back 20/20 games. The other to do it are Bailey Howell (twice), Walt Bellamy (1969) and Bob Lanier (six times).

The only other active player to have a game with at least 25 points and 29 rebounds is Kevin Love. Love scored 31 points and grabbed 31 rebounds for the Timberwolves against the Knicks on November 12, 2010. This is the second time in his career that Drummond has scored at least 25 points and had at least 25 rebounds in a game and the Pistons have lost both games. Drummond had 26 points and 26 rebounds in a 106-98 loss to the Bulls on April 11, 2014. There have been 11 other 25/25 games since 2002-03 and teams with that player won 10 of those 11 games.


Faried dominates the Lakers

Kenneth Faried scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Nuggets win over the Lakers. Faried scored 29 points with 11 rebounds in his last game against the Lakers, last April. The only other Nuggets player to score at least 28 points and haul in at least 11 rebounds in consecutive games against the Lakers is Hall of Famer Alex English, who had two such streaks, one in 1980 and one in 1985. The last player from any NBA team to have a streak like that against the Lakers was Dirk Nowitzki in March 2008.


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Jeff Teague led all players with 26 points and nine assists in the Hawks win over the Heat. It was the twelfth time in his career that Teague led all players, outright, in both points and assists. The Hawks won 10 of those 12 games.


Ho-hum, another 20/10 game for Randolph

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies in their win over the Kings on Tuesday night. It was the 262nd time in his NBA career that Randolph had a 20/10 game in the regular season (points/rebounds). The only active players with more 20/10 games than Randolph are Tim Duncan (498), Kevin Garnett (445), Dirk Nowitzki (314) and Dwight Howard (290). Randolph’s teams are a combined 157-105 (.599) in those 262 games.


Hornets score 30+ in each quarter

The Hornets buried the Bulls, 130-105, on Tuesday night by scoring at least 30 points in each of the four quarters of the game. It was only the fourth time in franchise history that Charlotte had a game in which it scored at least 30 points in each quarter. It happened twice in the 1991-92 season and once in 1995-96.

It was the first time since December 27, 2008 against the Hawks that the Bulls allowed at least 30 points in each of the four quarters of a game.


Fournier: 71 points over last three games

Evan Fournier scored 30 points in Orlando’s win over New Orleans. Fournier has scored 71 points over his last three games: 22 against the Thunder, 19 against the Bulls and 30 against the Pelicans. That matches the most points Fournier has ever scored over a three-game span in his NBA career. He also scored 71 points over three games in November 2014.


2. Ice-Ice Baby

Seguin tricks his old team

Tyler Seguin, who played the first 203 games of his NHL career with the Bruins, scored three goals in the Stars’ win over Boston. Seguin is the sixth ex-Bruin to record a hat trick against the Bruins in the expansion era, the first since Mariusz Czerkawski in 1996. The others to do it over that span are Eddie Shack (1971), Reggie Leach (1974), Phil Esposito (1979) and Geoff Courtnall (1989).

Seguin’s first goal was the 300th point of his NHL career. Seguin is the first player from the 2010 NHL draft to score 300 points; only two others from that draft have even recorded 200 points: Taylor Hall (279) and Jeff Skinner (219).


Rangers winning comfortably at home

The Rangers have won their last five home games by at least a two-goal margin after their 5-2 victory over the Capitals at Madison Square Garden. That’s the Blueshirts’ longest such streak within one season since October of 1990 when they won their first eight home games by a margin of at least two goals.


Oscar is no grouch

Oscar Lindberg opened the scoring for the Rangers in their win over the Capitals, his sixth goal of the season in12 games. Lindberg is the first Rangers rookie to score at least six goals in the team’s first twelve games of a season since Darren Turcotte in 1989-90. Turcotte scored nine goals in the first dozen Rangers games of that season.


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Rookie Dylan Larkin’s third period goal gave the Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Larkin, who has played 12 games for the Red Wings, was also credited the game-winner in Detroit’s win over the Senators on Saturday night. Larkin is the first Red Wings rookie to record two game-winning goals in his first 12 career NHL games since Paul Woods in 1977.


Turris is off to a good start

Kyle Turris’s overtime goal gave the Senators a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on Tuesday night. Turris has scored eight goals in 12 games this season. That is, by far, the most goals Turris has ever scored in his first 12 games of a season, his previous high being four in 2010-11 and 2012-13.


Iginla scores two against Flames

Jarome Iginla scored two goals in Colorado’s 6-3 win over the Flames, his former team. It was the 106th career multi-goal game in Iginla’s career, second-most among active players, behind Jaromir Jagr (124). Ninety-four of Iginla’s multiple-goal games came while he was playing for the Flames; this was his first against the Flames.

SOURCE: Elias Sports Bureau

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