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Elias Says: Feb. 28, 2017

Curry misses from beyond the arc, but the Warriors win

Stephen Curry missed all 11 of his three-point field goal attempts in the Warriors’ 119-108 victory over the 76ers on Monday night. That is Curry’s longest streak of consecutive three-point attempts missed at any point in a game, regular-season or playoffs, in his NBA career. His previous high was 10 missed in a row on November 4, 2016 at Staples Center against the Lakers. In that game, he went 0-for-10 and scored just 13 points in a 117-97 loss.

Since the 1979-80 season (the first season in which the three-point line was introduced), only two others went 0-for-11 or worse from beyond the arc in a regular-season game. The Celtics’ Antoine Walker was 0-for-11 in a loss to the 76ers on December 17, 2001. And Trey Burke of the Jazz also went 0-for-11 as Utah fell to the Hawks on January 2, 2015. It happened once in the playoffs; John Starks infamously went 0-for-11 in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals between the Knicks and Rockets.

Towns dominates over his last four games

Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 17 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ 102-88 victory over the Kings on Monday. Towns has 116 points and 76 rebounds over his last four games. In the last 25 years, only two other players totaled at least 115 points and 75 rebounds over a four-game span: Shawn Marion in February/March 2006 (134 points, 75 rebounds) and Zach Randolph in December 2009 (115 points, 75 rebounds).

Harden averages 30 and 10 in February

James Harden had 25 points and 12 assists in the Rockets’ loss to the Pacers on Monday. Harden averaged 30.9 points and 10.4 assists in nine games this month. Over the last 40 years, only two other players averaged at least 30 points and 10 assists per game in a calendar month (minimum four games played): LeBron James in February 2010 and Russell Westbrook in February and March 2015. Westbrook is averaging 32.4 points and 10.0 assists per game this month with one game to play on the Thunder’s February schedule.

Irving and James lead Cavs in win

Kyrie Irving (25 points) and LeBron James (24 points) were the top two scorers in the Cavaliers’ 102-95 win over the Bucks. Irving finished the month of February averaging 25.4 points per game, while James scored 25.9 points a game this month. It is the second straight calendar month in which Cavs teammates each averaged at least 25 points per game. In January, Irving (25.5 PPG) and James (25.7) also did so. Prior to January 2017, no pair of teammates ever did this in Cavaliers history.

DeRozan sinks the game-winning shot

DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points, including the game-winning shot with just under two seconds remaining, to give the Raptors a 92-91 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. That marked the second instance of DeRozan hitting the game-winning field goal with five or fewer seconds remaining; he hit a buzzer-beater on January 24, 2013 at Orlando.

DeRozan has scored 113 points over his last three games, tying his most over a three-game span in his career. He also scored 113 from January 7 to 10 earlier this year.

Hawks with a big win, Thomas struggles for the Celtics

Dennis Schroder led all scorers with 21 points as the visiting Hawks defeated the Celtics, 114-98. That was only the sixth game in which the Hawks won by at least 15 points at Boston (out of 162 Celtics’ home games against them). Prior to Monday, the most recent was on March 9, 1997, a 114-90 victory at TD Garden.

Isaiah Thomas struggled from the floor on Monday, hitting just four of 21 field-goal attempts. It had been just over three years since the last time a Celtics player missed that many attempts in a game; Jeff Green missed 18 field-goal attempts (7-for-25) on February 22, 2014 against the Kings.

Mavs end home losing streak against Heat

Seth Curry scored 29 points and hit five three-point field goals as the Mavs downed the visiting Heat, 96-89. Entering Monday, Dallas had lost each of its last five home games against Miami, which was its longest active streak of this type versus one team. The team’s longest active streak is now at three games, against three different teams (Hawks, Pistons, and Spurs).

Kucherov scores three power play goals in one period

Nikita Kucherov recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career by scoring three consecutive goals, all on Lightning power plays, in the second period of Tampa Bay’s 5–1 win over the Senators. The only other player ever to score three power play goals in one game for the Lightning is Chris Kontos and he did so in the first game in franchise history, a 7–3 win versus the Blackhawks at Expo Hall in Tampa on Oct. 7, 1992. Kucherov is the first Lightning player ever to produce a natural hat trick with three straight power play goals, and he’s the first player on any NHL team to do that since Feb. 19, 2011, when Taylor Hall tallied three consecutive PPGs for the Oilers in the third period of a game against the Thrashers in Edmonton on Feb. 19, 2011.

Pacioretty hits 30-goal mark

Max Pacioretty reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth consecutive season and the fifth time in his NHL career when he scored the first of his two goals for the Canadiens in their overtime win against the Devils on Monday. Pacioretty, who has spent his entire NHL career with Montreal, is only the fifth player to register at least four consecutive seasons with 30 or more goals for the Canadiens. The others are all in the Hockey Hall of Fame: Steve Shutt (nine straight seasons), Guy Lafleur (six), Maurice Richard (four) and Yvan Cournoyer (four).

Pacioretty, a Connecticut native, is now the fourth active U.S.-born player to have produced four straight 30-goal seasons at some point during his NHL career. The others are Zach Parise (2006–2009), Phil Kessel (2008–2011) and Bobby Ryan (2008–2011). Parise (6), Kessel (5) and Pacioretty (5) are the three current U.S.-born NHL players with at least five total 30-goal seasons.

“La La Land” falls just short again as Kings lose to Wild 12 seconds into OT

Mikael Granlund’s goal 12 seconds into overtime earned the Minnesota Wild a 5–4 victory over the LA Kings. It was the quickest overtime goal in Wild franchise history, three seconds faster than the previous mark set by Mikko Koivu in a game versus Florida on March 29, 2012. Granlund also equaled the standard for the earliest overtime goal in an NHL game this season. Toronto’s Nazem Kadri scored 12 seconds after the puck was dropped to begin overtime in a game against the Oilers on November 1.

Antonio Brown signs new deal with Steelers

The Steelers signed Antonio Brown to a five-year contract on Monday. From 2013 to 2016, Antonio Brown totaled 481 receptions, the most over a four-season span for any player in NFL history. The previous high was 469 catches by Marvin Harrison from 1999 to 2002.