Date: December 5, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Korver Ties Barros' NBA Record

From Elias: After missing the Hawks' previous four games, Kyle Korver returned to action and made six three-pointers in Atlanta's win against the Clippers. In the process, Korver tied Dana Barros' NBA record of 89 consecutive games with one or more three-point field goals. No other player has done that in as many as 80 straight games. Korver has made 233 of his 497 three-point attempts during his streak (46.9%). Over the course of Barros' 89-game streak, which spanned his tenures with the 76ers and Celtics (Dec. 1994 to Jan. 1996), he made fewer three-pointers (217-for-491) and shot for a lower percentage from that range (44.2%) than Korver has over his last 89 games (since Nov. 4, 2012).

Atlanta Hawks


Millsap Leads Hawks In Points, Rebounds, Assists

From Elias: Paul Millsap scored a game-high 25 points for the Hawks as they downed the Clippers, and he matched team-high totals with nine rebounds and six assists. It was only the third game of Millsap's NBA career, and his first since March 21, 2011 for Utah, in which he posted team highs, either outright or tied, in points, rebounds and assists.

Atlanta Hawks


Drummond Continues To Rebound

From Elias: Andre Drummond gathered 19 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass, to help the Pistons come away with a victory at Milwaukee. It was Drummond's third consecutive game with at least 18 rebounds. It's the longest streak of its kind for any NBA player this season (Tyson Chandler and Anderson Varejao had three-game streaks last season) and the longest for a Pistons player since Ben Wallace pulled down 18 or more rebounds in nine straight games in March 2003.

Detroit Pistons


Aldridge Tops Durant

From Elias: The Trail Blazers prevailed in a back-and-forth battle with the Thunder as LaMarcus Aldridge (38 points, 13 rebounds) bested Kevin Durant (33 points, seven rebounds). It was the 25th game in which Aldridge and Durant played head to head during their NBA careers, but it was only the fourth of those games (and the first in their last eight meetings) in which Aldridge both outscored and outrebounded Durant.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers


Career Night For Thompson

From Elias: Tristan Thompson grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds to go along with his 17 points and three blocked shots as the Cavaliers snapped the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak with a 98-88 victory at Cleveland. The only other player in Cavaliers history with a game in which he equaled or exceeded Thompson's totals in each of those categories (since the NBA began tracking blocked shots in 1973-74) is Cliff Robinson, who had three such games for Cleveland (two in 1982-83 and one the following season).

Cleveland Cavaliers


Harden Off Target In Rockets Loss

From Elias: James Harden made only three of his 17 field-goal attempts, including 0-for-10 from beyond the arc, in the Rockets' loss to the Suns. Harden was the first player to have ten or more three-point field-goal attempts in an NBA game without making any of them since Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant went 0-for-10 from downtown against the Clippers in Los Angeles on November 3, 2010. Harden is the first player in Rockets franchise history to attempt ten or more three-pointers in a game and miss all of them.

Houston Rockets


Nowitzki Rejects The Pelicans

From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki blocked four shots to help the Mavericks top the Pelicans at New Orleans. Nowitzki has blocked four or more shots in a game 32 times during his NBA career, but Wednesday's game was his first with as many as four rejections over the last three seasons (since Feb. 5, 2011).

Dallas Mavericks

Another Easy Win For The Pacers

From Elias: The Pacers topped the Jazz at Utah, 95-86, to remain the only NBA team that hasn't played a game this season that was decided by a margin of three or fewer points. Indiana's 106-102 loss at Portland on Monday produced the narrowest final margin in any of its games this season. All 17 of the Pacers' victories have been by margins of five or more points (including one in overtime).

Indiana Pacers



Montreal Beats New Jersey In Unlikely Fashion

From Elias: The Canadiens beat the Devils, 4-3, in a shootout after an eventful end to regulation play. Montreal trailed, 2-1, when Lars Eller leveled the score with a goal at the 16:10 mark of the third period. New Jersey seemed destined to win when Patrik Elias scored to regain the lead for the Devils with 1:06 to play, but David Desharnais tied the score at 3-3 with the scoreboard showing 36.6 seconds remaining in the third period. This was the first NHL game in which one team recorded two score-tying goals in the final four minutes of the third period since March 24, 2011, when the Sharks did that in a game at Los Angeles with both goals by Patrick Marleau. San Jose had pulled off the same feat two weeks earlier in a game against the Canucks (goals by Torrey Mitchell and Ryane Clowe).

Montreal Canadiens

Flyers Erupt In 3rd Period

From Elias: The Flyers trailed, 3-2, at the end of the second period in their game at Detroit but they outscored the Red Wings, 4-0, in the third period and left Joe Louis Arena with a 6-3 victory. It was the first time that Philadelphia won a road game in regulation time after trailing entering third period since a 3-1 win at Boston on Dec. 14, 2009. Wednesday's game also continued a disturbing trend for the Red Wings, who've failed to win four of the last five home games in which they led going into the third period (Since October 26: one regulation loss, two overtime losses and one shootout loss). That's as many non-wins as the Red Wings suffered in the previous 54 home games in which they led entering the third period (50-1-3).

Philadelphia Flyers