Turner and Teague set the pace
Myles Turner scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds while Jeff Teague scored 21 points and handed out 15 assists in the Pacers’ win over the Nets. It’s only the third time in the Pacers’ NBA history in which they had one player with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds and another player with at least 20 points and 15 assists in the same game. Vern Fleming and Chuck Person did it in 1987 and Jalen Rose and Jermaine O’Neal in 2001,
Turner added five blocked shots to his 25 points and 15 rebounds becoming only the second player in Pacers’ NBA history with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the same game. Jermaine O’Neal had two such games, one in 2001 and 2004.
Harris and Marjanovic contribute off the bench
Tobias Harris (25 points) and Boban Marjanovic (19 rebounds) came off the bench to help the Pistons to a one-point win over the Hornets. It’s the first time since February 17, 1993 that the Pistons had one player score at least 25 points in a game he did not start and another player grab at least 15 rebounds as a sub in the same game. Mark Aguirre (29 points) and Dennis Rodman (17 rebounds) did it in that game.
Marjanovic added 15 points to his 19 rebounds becoming only the first Pistons player to score at least 15 points and grab at least 19 rebounds in a game in which he did not start since Leon Douglas did it at New Jersey on March 12, 1978 (25 points, 19 rebounds in 37 minutes).
Another 30-point game against the Jazz for Lowry
Kyle Lowry scored 33 points and handed out five assists in the Raptors’ win over the Jazz, his third consecutive game with at least 30 points and five assists against Utah (32, 36, 33). The only other active players with three straight 30/5 games against the Jazz are LeBron James (two such streaks) and Kevin Durant.
Lowry has scored 30 or more points in a game 25 times in his NBA career, five of those games have come against the Jazz.
Nene’s clutch free throws win game
Nene stepped to the free-throw line and sank two shots in a tie game with 0.7 seconds left in the Rockets’ win over the Thunder. Nene is the third player this season to win a game by making a free throw with less than one second left in the fourth quarter or overtime. James Harden did it against the Mavericks with one-tenth of a second left on October 30 and Toney Douglas did it against the Trail Blazers with 0.5 seconds left on December 8.
Westbrook scores 49 points in a loss
Russell Westbrook scored 49 points in Oklahoma City’s loss to Houston. It’s the third time this season that the Thunder lost a game in which Westbrook scored 40 or more points. He scored 41 points in a loss to the Magic and 46 points in a loss to the Hawks. The only other players who scored 40 or more points in a loss more than once this season are Anthony Davis (twice), Damian Lillard (twice) and Karl-Anthony Towns (twice).
Aldridge has been efficient
LaMarcus Aldridge made 11 of 18 shots from the field and scored 28 points in the Spurs’ win over the Nuggets. Aldridge has been very efficient lately making 61 of his 86 shots from the field over his last six games (.709). The last player to have a six-game stretch in which he took at least 80 shots from the field and made at least 70 percent of them was LeBron James in February 2013 (66-for-92, .717).
Caps end Blue Jackets’ streak
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals brought the Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak to a crashing halt with a 5–0 victory over Columbus on Thursday. The five-goal margin of victory matched the largest in NHL history in a game which ended a winning streak of 10 games or more. The only other double-digit winning streak to end with a five-goal loss was Ottawa’s 11-game skein in 2009–10, which ceased to be after a 5–0 loss in Toronto on Feb. 6, 2010, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere notching the shutout for the Maple Leafs.
Besides Holtby and Giguere, the only other NHL goaltender to post a shutout which stopped a winning streak of at least 10 games was Ed Giacomin, who blanked the Canadiens 3–0 on Feb. 4, 1968 at the old Madison Square Garden to end a string of 12 straight wins by Montreal.
Maroon tricks Bruins
Patrick Maroon recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career by scoring three goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4–3 win at Boston on Thursday. It was the second hat trick this season by an Oilers player, with Connor McDavid having scored three goals in Edmonton’s 5–2 victory at Dallas on November 19. This is only the second time since 2000–01 that the Oilers have had more than one road hat trick within one season. That also happened in 2008–09, with three-goal games by Erik Cole (at Washington) and Sam Gagner (at Colorado).
Kane scores in OT
Buffalo-born Patrick Kane scored at the 56-second mark of overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4–3 victory over the Sabres in Chicago. Kane has scored five overtime goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which ties him with Glenn Anderson for third-most in NHL history, behind Joe Sakic (8) and Maurice Richard (6), but his game-winner on Thursday was only the third regular-season OT goal of his ten-season NHL career. There are nearly 90 active NHL players who have scored more regular-season overtime goals than Kane.
Sissons scores thrice
Colton Sissons produced his first NHL hat trick by scoring three goals in the Predators’ 6–1 win over the Lightning in Tampa. Sissons entered play on Thursday with only seven goals in 78 regular-season games on his NHL resume, and he had never scored more than one goal in any game. He’s the first player to register a hat trick for Nashville having scored no more than seven previous goals in the NHL since Blake Geoffrion scored three goals in a 4–3 Predators overtime win at Buffalo on March 20, 2011. Geoffrion, the grandson of the legendary Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion (and the son of an NHL player, Danny Geoffrion), was a rookie with three goals in 10 prior NHL games at the time.
Two-goal game for Ryan
Derek Ryan scored the first and last goals for the Hurricanes in their 4–2 win over the Blues. It was the second two-goal game in the NHL for the 30-year-old Ryan, who scored twice in Carolina’s win at Los Angeles on December 8. The only other Hurricanes player with two multiple-goal games this season is Jeff Skinner, who produced the game-winning goal in Thursday’s game in St. Louis.