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Elias Says: Jan. 11, 2017

Harden ties NBA record

James Harden had another spectacular game: 40 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists. Harden also had a 40-point triple-double in his previous game – 40 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists against the Raptors. Harden is the fourth player in NBA history with consecutive 40-point triple-doubles. Pete Maravich did it in January 1975, Michael Jordan in April 1989 and Russell Westbrook in February/March 2015.

Harden and Russell Westbrook have both had three 40-point triple-doubles this season. The last time there were six or more 40-point triple-doubles in the same season was 1963-64 when there were seven. Oscar Robertson had five that season and Wilt Chamberlain had two.

Raptors hold onto first place

DeMar DeRozan scored 41 points and Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 23 rebounds in the Raptors’ comeback victory over the Celtics. It’s the first time in Raptors’ history that they had one player score at least 40 points and another player grab at least 20 rebounds in the same game. The last time any NBA team had a game like this was when the Pistons did it against the Trail Blazers on November 8, 2015 with Reggie Jackson (40 points) and Andre Drummond (27 rebounds).

Wall to wall win for the Wizards

John Wall hit the game-winning basket with just under six seconds left in the Wizards’ 101-99 win over the Bulls. It was the first time in his NBA career that Wall scored the game-winning field goal in the final ten seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Prior to Tuesday night, Wall had been 3-for-32 lifetime in potential score-tying/go-ahead field goals in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Wall also handed out 14 assists in the game, the 41st time in his NBA career that he handed out that many assists in a game. The only other active players with more games of 14+ assists than Wall since 2010-11, Wall’s rookie season, are Rajon Rondo (85) and Chris Paul (67).

Hawks sweep four-game road trip

Dennis Schroder scored 19 points and handed out 10 assists in the Hawks’ thrashing of the Nets. With the win, the Hawks finished off a sweep of their road trip through Orlando, New Orleans, Dallas and Brooklyn. It’s only the third time in franchise history that the Hawks won every game of a road trip of at least four games. They won all five games of a road trip through Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles (Lakers) and Chicago in December 1968 and went 4-0 on a trip through Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto and Chicago in January 2015.

Beasley replaces Giannis

Michael Beasley came off the Bucks bench for an ill Giannis Antetokounmpo and scored 28 points in their win over the Spurs. Beasley is only the second Milwaukee player over the last three seasons to score 28 or more points in a game in which he did not start. Greg Monroe scored 29 points off the bench for the Bucks against the Celtics on February 9. 2016.

Another 25-point game for McCollum

C.J. McCollum scored 25 points in the Trail Blazers’ win over the Lakers, the sixth consecutive game in which he scored at least 25 points. McCollum is the seventh player in Trail Blazers’ history to score 25 or more points in at least six consecutive games. The other Portland players to do this at least once were Geoff Petrie, Sidney Wicks, Kiki Vandeweghe, Clyde Drexler, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.

Whiteside dominates in a loss

Hassan Whiteside scored 28 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and made 13 of 17 shots from the field in Miami’s loss to the Warriors. The last player with that many points and rebounds and made at least 75 percent of his shots from the field was Dwight Howard for the Lakers against the Nuggets on November 30, 2012. The last player to do this in a loss was Andris Biedrins for the Warriors against the Grizzlies on November 26, 2010.

Jazz and Cavs exchange runs

The Jazz beat the Cavaliers, 100-92, on Tuesday night in a game in which the Cavaliers had a 17-0 run in the third quarter which was followed by a 16-0 by the Jazz. It was the first NBA game in which both teams had a run of 16-0 or better since January 6, 2014 when the Clippers (18-0 run in the first quarter) and Magic (16-0 run in the fourth quarter) exchanged runs.

Jarnkrok scores overtime shorty

Calle Jarnkrok’s shorthanded goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime earned the Predators a 2–1 win against the Canucks. It was the first regular-season shorthanded goal in overtime ever scored by a Nashville player and only the second shorthanded goal scored in overtime during regular-season play in the NHL over the last ten seasons. That was also in a game involving the Predators, though Nashville was the victim of the OT “shorty” by the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews on Oct. 18, 2014.

Jarnkrok’s goal at the 4:58 mark of overtime isn’t the latest shorthanded goal in a regular-season game since the NHL instituted the five-minute extra period in 1983. That distinction still belongs to the goal scored by Carolina’s Kevyn Adams at the 4:59 mark of OT against the Thrashers in Atlanta on March 5, 2004.

Two assists for O’Reilly

Ryan O’Reilly assisted on two of the Sabres’ goals in their 4–1 win over the Flyers. O’Reilly missed Buffalo’s first four games following the Christmas break after undergoing an appendectomy but he has produced two points in each of the Sabres’ three games since then. It’s the fourth time that O’Reilly has registered three consecutive multiple-point games in one season during his NHL career, with the three previous instances coming when he played for Colorado. This is only the second time in the last four seasons that a Sabres player has recorded a three-game multiple-point streak. Evander Kane had three consecutive two-point games for Buffalo last season.

Marchand is a road warrior

Brad Marchand scored two goals and assisted on one for the Bruins in their 5–3 victory at St. Louis. Marchand has scored two goals in a game three times this season and all of those games were on the road, and four of his five multiple-goal games last season were in Bruins road games. Marchand’s seven multi-goal games on the road over the last two season tie him with the Kings’ Jeff Carter for the NHL high.

Skinner leads ‘Canes in both goals and assists

Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask each tallied one goal and two assists for the Hurricanes in their 5–3 win against the Blue Jackets. Skinner has played in 40 games this season and he’s the Carolina team leader in both goals (15) and points (32). The only one of Skinner’s six previous seasons in the NHL in which he produced more goals or more points through his first 40 games was 2013–14, when he had 22 goals and 36 points at that juncture.

Everybody gets a shot on goal

The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings, 4–3 in overtime, in a game in which Chicago outshot Detroit, 43–36, and all 36 skaters each produced at least one shot on goal. This was the first regular-season NHL game in which that many players recorded a shot on goal since March 15, 1997, when the Canucks beat the Lightning, 5–2, and all 18 skaters on each side had at least one shot on target.

Boedker goes 3-for-3

Mikkel Boedker notched his first hat trick for the Sharks by scoring on each of his three shots on goal in San Jose’s 5–3 win at Edmonton. It was the first hat trick by a Sharks player this season and the first hat trick by a San Jose player in a game in which he scored on every one of his shots on goal since Feb. 27, 2014, when Joe Pavelski shot three-for-three in a 7–3 San Jose win at Philadelphia.