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NBA - Davis sets record
From Elias: Anthony Davis went off, scoring 32 points, collecting 12 rebounds and blocking six shots as the Pelicans spoiled the Lakers' visit to New Orleans with a 96-85 victory. Davis, who won't turn 21 until March, became the youngest player ever to have 30 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in an NBA game. He broke the record that had been shared by Shaquille O'Neal, who was 20 years, 309 days of age when he went 30/20/8 for the Magic against the Pacers in 1993, and Chris Webber, who was the same age when, while with the Warriors, he threw a 36/13/6 game at the Kings in 1994.
Putting the blocked shots aside for a moment (the NBA didn't start recording them until 1973, by the way) Davis is only the third player under the age of 21 ever to have a 30/10 game (points/rebounds) in a victory over the Lakers. John Drew had 40 points and 25 rebounds as a 20-year-old rookie to lead the Hawks to a win over the pre-Kareem Lakers in 1974, and Shaq had 31 points and 14 rebounds, also as a 20-year-old rookie, to help the Magic defeat his future team in 1993.
NBA - Pacers evoking memories of 1960s Celtics
From Elias: The Pacers surrendered a 30-point quarter for the first time this season when the Raptors jumped out to a 32-22 lead after 12 minutes, but Indiana climbed back to earn its sixth straight victory to start the season, 91-84. Frank Vogel's squad saw Toronto hit seven straight field-goal attempts in the first quarter, but by game's end, the Raptors had hit only 39.5 percent of their shots.
So Indiana became only the third team in the NBA's shot-clock era (which started in 1954) to win its first six games of a season while holding each of those defeated teams to 40-percent or poorer shooting. The other teams to do it both went on to win the NBA championship: Red Auerbach's Celtics in the 1959-60 season, and Bill Russell's Celtics in the 1967-68 season.
NBA - Love is all around
From Elias: Kevin Love continues to make up for the time he lost when injured last season: his 32 points and 15 rebounds led the way as the Timberwolves beat the Mavericks, 116-108. In his first six games this season, Love has produced 163 points and 88 rebounds, becoming the first player in this century to reach 160 points and 80 rebounds in his first six games of a season. The last such player was Kevin Garnett, also with Minnesota, who had 168 points and 86 rebounds in his first six games to start the 1999-2000 season.
And if you include the 30 assists with which Love has been credited this season, he's the first player in NBA history with 160 points, 80 rebounds and 30 assists over his first six games of a season.
NBA - 30 for 30
From Elias: The Warriors came close - and without the injured Stephen Curry, to boot - but the Spurs held on for a 76-74 victory on Friday night, which extended to 30 games Golden State's regular-season losing streak in San Antonio. That streak, which started in Tim Duncan's first game against the Warriors, is the second-longest of its kind in NBA history (meaning a road losing streak against a particular team). The Kings dropped 43 straight to the Lakers in Los Angeles from 1975 to 1992.
NBA - Durant sets new personal standard
From Elias: Kevin Durant contributed 37 points and seven assists to the Thunder's road victory over the Pistons, two nights after he had 23 points and 10 assists in a victory over the Mavericks. It marks the first time in Durant's seven-year pro career that he has accumulated 60 points and 17 assists over a span of two games.
NBA - Nene says "Follow me"
Nene led the Wizards to an impressive 112-108 comeback triumph over the visiting Nets, scoring 12 points in the fourth quarter - all in the last 5 minutes of the fourth quarter, in fact - and finding Trevor Ariza for the 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime that put Washington ahead to stay. It was the third time in Nene's 630-game NBA career that he has scored 12 or more points in a fourth quarter, but the first of those games in which he scored that many points in the last 5 minutes of the fourth.
The Wizards' victory may have been more surprising than was Nene's late-game scoring surge. It was only Washington's second win over the last 15 seasons after trailing by a double-digit margin anytime in the last 5 minutes of the fourth quarter or at any point of an overtime period. Back on Nov. 23, 2010, the Wizards pulled out a 116-114 overtime victory over the 76ers after having trailed, 98-87, with 5 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. John Wall made three free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in that period to send the game to overtime, and Nick Young's 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds to play won it in the extra period.
NBA - Melo and Bargnani working together
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 28 points and Andrea Bargnani put it 25 as the Knicks reversed the result of Tuesday's game in New York by beating the Bobcats in Charlotte, 101-91. Most significantly, perhaps, is that Anthony made 11 of his 19 field-goal attempts with Bargnani on the floor - a performance that might slow some of the angst in the Big Apple regarding whether Anthony could play effectively with Bargnani on the court. (That worry was apparently based on Anthony's 10-for-35 shooting when the two players were on the court together over New York's first four games.)
NBA - Blazers' historic 1-2 punch
From Elias: Damian Lillard (22 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (20) again provided the one-two punch for the Trail Blazers, who took a 104-91 decision from the Kings. That two-point advantage for Lillard gave him the team scoring lead through five games, 23.8 per game to 23.6, over Aldridge. This is the first time in Portland franchise history - and the team began in 1970 - that two players are averaging 23 points per game over the team's first five games of the season.
NBA - Bulls finally do unto others ...
From Elias: The Bulls had an easy time with the Jazz, running off to a 97-73 victory in which the Bulls made 52.8 percent of their shots while Utah made 29.4 percent. It was the first game in the Bulls' 48-season history in which they shot better than 50 percent from the floor while holding their opponents below 30 percent from the floor. Chicago has been on the wrong side of that equation five times, most recently at the hands of the Rockets in 2003.
NBA - Bradley gives old-school lesson ... twice
From Elias: Avery Bradley made an old-school 3-point play (field goal and free throw) to break a 75-75 tie with just over 7 minutes left in the fourth quarter at Orlando on Friday night. Less than 2 minutes later, he did it again, upping the Celtics' lead to 81-77 in a game that Boston would go on to win, 91-89. It was the first time in Bradley's career that he had produced a pair of traditional 3-point plays in the same game, let alone the same quarter, let alone in a close game in the fourth quarter.
NBA - Two Morrises too much for Nuggets
From Elias: The Morris twins combined for 15 of the Suns' first 21 points in the fourth quarter - Markieff scored nine points and Marcus six - to lead Phoenix to a back-and-forth 114-103 win over the Nuggets. That was already the fifth quarter this season in which the Morrises have combined for 10 or more points; the high was 17 points in the second quarter of Wednesday's game at San Antonio.
76ers find new way to win
The 76ers came out flat and finished the opening quarter trailing the Cavaliers, 28-14, but they dominated the next two quarters, outscoring the visitors, 63-33 en route to a 94-79 victory. When all was said and done, it was a game unlike any of the 5,063 previous regular-season contests that the 76ers franchise has played since it entered the NBA as the Syracuse Nationals in 1949: it was the first of those games in which the Nationals or 76ers scored no more than half what their opponent scored in the first quarter, but then outscored their foes over the next two periods by 30-or-more points.
Getzlaf scores 3 in the first
From Elias: Ryan Getzlaf scored three first-period goals for the Ducks in their 6-2 win over the Sabres on Friday night, producing the first hat trick within a single period in an NHL game this season and only the second first-period hat trick in Ducks franchise history. Teemu Selanne had the other one, in a 6-4 loss to San Jose on Nov. 10, 1997.
Pavelec blanks Predators
From Elias: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec delivered his first shutout in more than 20 months by making 41 saves in a 5-0 win against the Predators. Pavelec entered Friday's game with the longest current streak of consecutive starts without a shutout (70) among active NHL goaltenders - an unwanted distinction now belongs to Buffalo's Ryan Miller (59 and counting, including his loss at Anaheim on Friday night). Pavelec's 41 saves were the second-most ever in a shutout by a Thrashers or Jets goaltender; Atlanta's Chris Mason faced 43 shots in his 1-0 win at Philadelphia on March 31, 2011.
Leafs out-shot yet again? No problem
From Elias: The Maple Leafs beat the Devils in a shootout after playing to a 1-1 deadlock in which New Jersey outshot Toronto, 35-28. The Maple Leafs have been outshot in each of their last 13 games and by a total of 167 shots on goal over that span (482-315), yet they're three games over .500 during that stretch (8-5-0). This is the Leafs' longest streak of consecutive games with a shot disadvantage since the 2002-03 season, when they were also outshot in 13 straight games (Dec. 27-Jan. 21). Toronto is the first NHL team to be outshot in 13 consecutive games in one season since Washington had a streak of that length in January/February 2012.
Cammalleri 2, teammates 0, Flames lose in Denver
Mike Cammalleri scored both goals for the Flames in their 4-2 loss to the Avalanche in Denver. It was the 30th multiple-goal game of Cammalleri's NHL career but only his sixth multi-goal game on the road. Of Cammalleri's 13 other multiple-goal games in his two stints with Calgary, the only one that came on the road was his first multi-goal game for the Flames: a hat trick at Vancouver in November 2008.