Date: December 1, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Burke scores 20 in Jazz win

From Elias: Trey Burke led the Jazz with 20 points in Saturday night's win over the Suns. Burke is the first rookie from the University of Michigan to score at least 20 points in a November NBA game since Chris Webber had three 20-point games in his first month as a pro back in 1993.


Martin too much for Mavs

From Elias: Kevin Martin scored 27 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 112-106 win over the Mavericks, just 22 days after he dropped 32 on Dallas in another Minnesota victory. Martin is the first player since Monta Ellis in February 2010 to score more than 25 points in two different games against the Mavericks in the same calendar month. And he's the first since Kobe Bryant in November 2008 to do so in two wins vs. Dallas in the same month.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Texas woes over

From Elias: The Rockets' 112-106 victory at San Antonio ended Houston's streak of 14 consecutive losses in road games they played in the state of Texas (seven at Dallas and seven at San Antonio, dating back to March 2010).

Dwight Howard has scored 301 points to go along with 224 rebounds this season. He's the first Rockets player since Charles Barkley in 1996 with a 300/200 (points/rebounds) through the end of November.

Houston Rockets

Celtics again help opponent end long losing streak

From Elias: The Bucks snapped an 11-game losing streak with Saturday night's triumph over the Celtics. It's the third time in the calendar year 2013 that a team defeated Boston to end a run of 10 or more defeats. Charlotte snapped a 10-game losing streak with a decision over the Celtics on March 12, as did Cleveland on April 5. That tied the total number of single-season double-figure losing streaks ended with a win against the Celtics over the previous 20 years

Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics


Wall to wall dominance

From Elias: John Wall's 26 points, 12 assists, six rebounds and five steals highlighted the Wizards' 108-101 win over the Hawks. Wall is the first NBA player with a 25/10/5/5 (points/assists/rebounds/steals) game this season and the only man to do that last season was Monta Ellis, who had two games of that kind in 2012-13.


Bynum and Waiters share team-high scoring honors

From Elias: Andrew Bynum and Dion Waiters shared team-high scoring honors with 20 points apiece in the Cavaliers' win over the Bulls. It was the first time in the 13 Cleveland-Chicago games in the post LeBron James-era that the Cavs had two players with at least 20 points in a game against the Bulls. James and a Cleveland teammate each scored 20 or more points in 10 games versus Chicago.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Nets stifle Grizzlies in first two quarters

From Elias: The Nets outscored the Grizzlies 24-19 in the first quarter and 24-18 over the following 12 minutes, on their way to a 97-88 victory in Memphis. It had been more than a year since Brooklyn in a road game held an opponent below 20 points in each of the first two periods. The Nets previously did that on November 9, 2012 at Orlando, limiting the Magic to 17 and then 19 points over the first two quarters, in what ended as a 107-68 rout.

Brooklyn Nets



Ovechkin scores game-winner in OT

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin scored the 14th regular-season overtime goal of his NHL career to enable the Capitals to pull out a 3-2 win over the Islanders in a game that Washington was less than a minute away from losing in regulation time. Nicklas Backstrom's goal with 48.9 seconds remaining in the third period tied the score at 2-2, after Thomas Vanek had scored with 1:51 left in regulation time to put the Islanders ahead.

It was the first NHL game this season in which there was a go-ahead goal followed by a score-tying goal, both in the final two minutes of the third period. The only such game last season took place in Calgary on February 2, with Jay Bouwmeester's go-ahead goal at 19:25 of the third period giving the Flames a 2-1 lead over the Blackhawks, only to see Chicago's Marian Hossa level the score at the 19:57 mark. The Blackhawks prevailed in a shootout after a goalless overtime period.


Schneider blanks Sabres

Cory Schneider recorded his second shutout of the season with a 1-0 overtime win against the Sabres on Saturday. Schneider has two shutouts in 12 starts for the Devils this season, after posting five clean sheets in 30 starts for the Canucks last season. Schneider's average of one shutout every six starts over the last two seasons (seven shutouts in 42 starts) is the best rate for any NHL goaltender who's made at least 30 starts since the beginning of the lockout-delayed 2012-13 season. The Blues' Jaroslav Halak is second with an average of one shutout every 6.8 starts (five shutouts in 34 starts).


Lucic: 2 goals and a fight

From Elias: Milan Lucic scored two of the Bruins' three goals in their win over the Blue Jackets and he also took part in the game's only fight, squaring off with Dalton Prout in the second period. Lucic is the first NHL player to record two or more goals and a fighting major in the same game this season, and he's the first Bruin to pull off that feat since Gregory Campbell did so in a 7-0 Boston victory over Montreal on March 24, 2011.


Pacioretty scores power play and shorthanded goals

From Elias: Max Pacioretty scored two goals for the Canadiens in their 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Pacioretty's first goal was a power play marker that gave Montreal a 1-0 lead only 58 seconds after the opening faceoff, and his second goal was a shorthanded tally that put the Canadiens ahead 4-0 late in the second period. Pacioretty is the first Montreal player to register a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game since Robert Lang did that a 6-3 Canadiens win against the Rangers on Jan. 7, 2009.


November to remember for Malkin

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin tallied one goal and three assists as the Penguins closed out the month with a 5-1 win against the Panthers. Malkin played 15 games in November and recorded a total of 21 assists, with at least one assist in all but one game. Malkin's 21 assists in November this year were the most by an NHL player in one calendar month since Wayne Gretzky registered 21 assists for the Los Angeles Kings in January 1996. The month before that, December 1995, Malkin's current boss, Penguins Co-Owner/Chairman Mario Lemieux, recorded 22 assists for Pittsburgh.

Penalty-free game

From Elias: Colorado beat Minnesota in a shootout after the teams played to a 2-2 deadlock in a game in which not a single penalty was called. It was the first penalty-free NHL game since the Maple Leafs and Islanders produced a blank penalty sheet on February 28 last season. The Wild had never been part of a penalty-free game before Saturday, and the only other game with no penalties in Nordiques/Avalanche franchise history was Colorado's last day of the season contest against the Red Wings on April 9, 2000.

Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild


Rangers rookie registers hat trick

From Elias: Rookie Chris Kreider recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Canucks. It was the second hat trick by a rookie in an NHL game this season; San Jose's Tomas Hertl notched the first one when he scored four goals on October 8 against the Rangers. Kreider's hat trick was only the third in the last 20 years by a Rangers rookie. The others were by Jan Hlavac (Feb. 11, 2000 vs. Boston) and Derek Stepan (Oct. 9, 2000 at Buffalo in his first NHL game).


Mason wins in Music City

From Elias: Steve Mason made 34 saves in his 3-2 shootout win over the Predators in Nashville. It was Mason's first game in "Music City" since he was traded to the Flyers by the Blue Jackets in April. Mason spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with Columbus and played eight games for the Blue Jackets in Nashville without ever recording a win there (0-4-3 with one no-decision).


Keith's seventh straight game with an assist

From Elias: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith extended his assist streak to seven games when he recorded the first of his two assists in Chicago's 5-2 win at Phoenix. Over the last 17 years the only other time a Blackhawks defenseman notched assists in each of seven consecutive team games in one season was when Keith himself did it in December 2009. The only NHL defenseman other than Keith with a seven-game assist streak this season is the Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk (Oct. 25-Nov. 7).