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HORNETS TIE NBA RECORD
From Elias: The Hornets beat the Bucks 87-81 to improve their record to 6-0, though their largest margin of victory this season has been by nine points. New Orleans is only the second team in NBA history to open a season with six straight wins, with none of the wins by a double-digit margin. The 1948-49 Washington Capitols, coached by Red Auerbach, was the only other team to open the season with such a streak.
GAY SETS GRIZZLIES RECORD
From Elias: Rudy Gay scored 32 points in the Grizzlies' 100-91 win over the Kings. Gay has scored at least 25 points in a Grizzlies franchise record five consecutive games. Four Grizzlies players scored 25-or-more points in four consecutive games: Shareef Abdur-Rahim in April 1998, Michael Dickerson in February 2000, Mike Miller in January/February 2007 and Zach Randolph in December 2009.
MO SCORED 10 POINTS IN FINAL FOUR MINUTES
From Elias: Mo Williams scored 10 of his 28 points in the final four minutes of the game. Williams is the first Cavalier to score 10-or-more points in the final four minutes of a win since January 21, 2009 when Williams himself did it at Portland.
WALL AND THE "BIG O"
From Elias: John Wall, who had 10 assists in Washington's loss to Cleveland Saturday night, has handed out at least seven assists in each of the five games he has played in the NBA. Oscar Robertson is the only other player in NBA history to record at least seven assists in each of his first five career NBA games. The "Big O" did it in each of his first 10 games in the NBA in 1960-61.
SPURS AND ROCKETS PUT THE BALL IN THE HOOP
From Elias: The Spurs beat the Rockets 124-121 in overtime Saturday night. It was the first time since November 17, 1984 that both the Rockets and Spurs scored at least 120 points in a game against each other, a span of 118 games. The Rockets won that game, 141-133, in regulation. Ralph Sampson scored 43 points for the Rockets; George Gervin scored 28 for the Spurs.
`MELO PERFECT FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony went 4-for-4 from three-point range in the Nuggets' win in Dallas. Only one Denver player went 4-for-4 or better from beyond the arc over the previous five seasons: Chauncey Billups (4-for-4) at Minnesota on November 25, 2009.
JAZZ OWN CLIPPERS IN UTAH
From Elias: Utah has won 15 consecutive home games against the Clippers, matching the third-longest current home winning streak for one NBA team against another. The only longer such streaks belong to San Antonio over Golden State (24) and Phoenix over Milwaukee (22). San Antonio has also won 15 straight home games against the Clippers. The last Clippers win in Utah came on January 22, 2003. Elton Brand scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clips in their 96-89 victory.
CAMBY IS A REBOUNDING MACHINE
From Elias: Marcus Camby grabbed 16 rebounds for Portland Saturday night giving him 81 in seven games this season. That's the most rebounds for a Portland player in the team's first seven games of a season since 1997-98 when Brian Grant hauled in 83.
"BOB" WINS AGAIN
From Elias: Rookie Sergei Bobrovsky has been in goal for every minute of the Flyers' current six-game winning streak, including Saturday's 2-1 win on Long Island. "Bob" is the first Philadelphia goaltender to win six consecutive decisions since Robert Esche in October/November 2005 and he's the first Flyers rookie with a six-game or longer winning streak since 1985-86, when Darren Jensen won seven straight decisions.
STAAL CLIMBING THE LIST
From Elias: Eric Staal scored two goals to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday night. The goals were the 198th and 199th of Staal's seven-year career with Carolina and they moved him past Jeff O'Neill (198 goals) into fourth place on the all-time Whalers/Hurricanes goal-scoring list, behind Ron Francis (382), Kevin Dineen (250) and Blaine Stoughton (219).
MR. BURNS NETS TWO FROM BLUE LINE
From Elias: Defenseman Brent Burns scored a pair of power play goals for the Wild in their 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. Burns was the second defenseman to score two power play goals in an NHL game this season; Chris Pronger did that for the Flyers against the Islanders on October 30.
KOVALEV SCORES TWICE AGAINST FORMER TEAM
From Elias: Former Canadien Alex Kovalev scored two goals for the Senators in their 3-2 victory at Montreal. It was the 64th multiple-goal game of Kovalev's NHL career but only his second in 58 regular-season games against the Canadiens. Kovalev scored two goals for the Penguins in Montreal on Oct. 22, 2002.
HALAK NOT FEELING BLUE
From Elias: Jaroslav Halak improved his record to 8-1-1 in ten starts this season with a shootout victory for the Blues in Boston. Halak is the second goaltender in Blues history to win at least eight of his first ten starts in one season. Brent Johnson was 9-1-0 through ten starts for St. Louis in 2000-01.
HECHT SAVES SABRES
From Elias: The Sabres were seconds away from a loss in Toronto on Saturday but Jochen Hecht tied the score at 2-2 with a goal at 19:46 of the third period and Buffalo prevailed in the shootout to record a 3-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Hecht was only the third NHL player to record a score-tying goal in the last minute of the third period in a game this season. The first two were Atlanta's Evander Kane (Oct. 23 at Washington) and Hecht's teammate, Derek Roy (Oct. 29 at Atlanta). Roy scored the first Buffalo goal in Saturday's game.
TOEWS AND KANE CARRY BLACKHAWKS
From Elias: The Blackhawks posted a shootout win in Atlanta, after playing to a 4-4 deadlock in which Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored all of the goals for Chicago (two each). It was the first time that Toews and Kane each scored more than one goal in the same regular-season game. They've done that once in the playoffs, in Game 6 of the Blackhawks' 2009 second-round series against the Canucks, with Kane scoring three goals and Toews two.
SID THE KID CONQUERING THE WEST
From Elias: Sidney Crosby scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season in the Penguins' shootout victory in Phoenix. Crosby had only 12 goals in his first 51 career games against Western Conference teams but he's scored 14 goals in 14 games versus Western clubs since then (Dec. 3, 2009 to date).
BUDAJ DOMINATES DALLAS LATELY
From Elias: Peter Budaj stopped all 31 Dallas shots in Colorado's 5-0 win Saturday night. Budaj is 4-0-2 with a 1.82 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout in his last 10 games (seven starts) against Dallas. Budaj has not allowed more than two goals in any of his last five starts against the Stars.
SEDIN FIRST SINCE MOGILNY
From Elias: Daniel Sedin has nine goals in Vancouver's 13 games this season. That's the most goals scored by a Vancouver player in the team's first 13 games of a season since Alexander Mogilny scored 10 in 1995-96.