Date: December 29, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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60/60 game for Grizzlies bench

Memphis's bench scored 62 points and made 23 of 35 field-goal attempts (66%) in its 120-99 home win over the Nuggets. It's the third time in franchise history that Grizzlies substitutes combined to score 60+ points and shoot at least 60% from the floor. It also happened on January 17, 2007 against Philadelphia and on April 10, 2011 versus New Orleans.

Memphis Grizzlies


Bass saves Celtics with late block

Brandon Bass blocked Dion Waiters's potential game-tying shot with less than 10 seconds remaining in the Celtics' 103-100 home win over the Cavaliers. Waiters had scored 17 points before his final field-goal attempt. The last Boston player to reject the shot of a player with at least 15 points that could have tied the game or given his team the lead in the final 10 seconds of a game was Paul Pierce, who blocked the Spurs' Manu Ginobili's attempt in a victory over the Spurs on January 5, 2011.

Boston Celtics


Another 10/10 for Minnesota duo

Kevin Love registered 33 points and 15 rebounds while teammate Nikola Pekovic put up 19 points and 11 boards in the Timberwolves' 117-95 win at Milwaukee. It's the 14th time this season that Love and Pekovic each recorded at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in the same game. No other duo has combined for as many as 10 such games in 2013-14.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Mavs bench leads way to win

The Mavericks' bench, led by Vince Carter's 6-for-9 and Brandan Wright's 3-for-3, made 14 of 20 field-goal attempts (70%) in a 105-83 win at Chicago. That was the best shooting performance by Mavs' substitutes since November 25, 2009, when they made 76% of their shots from the floor in a 130-99 win at Houston. The bench stars for Dallas in that game were Jason Terry (10-for-11), Tim Thomas (9-for-13), and Kris Humphries (4-for-5).

Dallas Mavericks


Stephenson and the Dunking Dutchman

Lance Stephenson scored 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting (63.6%), while contributing nine rebounds and seven assists in the Pacers' 105-91 home win over the Nets. The last Indiana player to reach those levels of points, rebounds, assists, and field-goal percentage in one game was Rik Smits, who put up 27 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists while shooting 64.7% from the floor against the Mavericks on February 22, 1994.

Indiana Pacers


Antic's unlikely three

Pero Antic hit a game-tying three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and the Hawks went on to defeat the Bobcats, 118-106 in overtime. Antic had missed all six of his shots from the floor before his unlikely field goal. Only one other player in the last 10 years has hit a score-tying three-point shot in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or an overtime period after having gone 0-for-5 or worse from the field up to that point. The 76ers' Lou Williams (0-for-8) connected from downtown at the end of the fourth quarter of an eventual overtime loss to the Kings on March 27, 2011.

Atlanta Hawks


Lowry fills the scoresheet

Kyle Lowry scored 32 points, while adding 11 assists and eight rebounds in the Raptors' 115-100 home win over the Knicks. Lowry is the second starting guard this season to record at least 30 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds in a game. The Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard did that in a win at Cleveland on December 17. The only other Toronto player to put up numbers like that while starting in the backcourt is Damon Stoudamire, who did it in home wins over the 76ers (March 18, 1997 at Maple Leaf Gardens) and Kings (January 21, 1998 at Skydome).

Toronto Raptors

Wizards blow out Pistons

The Wizards never trailed in their 106-82 home win over the Pistons. It was Washington's largest margin of victory over Detroit since April 3, 1992, when the Bullets defeated the Pistons by the score of 119-85 at the Capital Centre. Washington's Ledell Eackles led all players that day with 29 points, in a game that featured Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Mark Aguirre, and Bill Laimbeer on the court for Detroit.

Washington Wizards


Griffin records a "Kobe"

Blake Griffin scored 40 points but turned the ball over eight times in the Clippers' 98-90 home win over the Jazz. The only other player in the last five seasons to be credited with at least 40 points and eight turnovers in a game is Kobe Bryant, who has done it three times over that span (December 15, 2009 at Chicago; November 27, 2012 vs. Indiana; March 8, 2013 vs. Toronto).

Los Angeles Clippers


What a difference a day makes for Suns trio

Miles Plumlee scored 22 points, while teammates Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe added 21 and 20, respectively, in the Suns' 115-101 home win over the 76ers Saturday night. On Friday night, Plumlee, Dragic, and Bledsoe all started and scored fewer than 10 points in Phoenix's 29-point loss at Golden State. The last three teammates to start together on two straight days, with each scoring single digits in the first game and 20+ in the second were the Hawks' Nazr Mohammed, Jason Terry, and Lorenzen Wright, in the last two games of the 2000-01 season against the Hornets (April 16) and Wizards (April 17

Phoenix Suns


Howard joins elite company

Dwight Howard scored 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting and pulled down 18 rebounds in the Rockets' 107-98 home win over the Pelicans. It's the 22nd time that Howard has shot at least 80% from the floor while also recording at least 15 rebounds. That ties Dikembe Mutombo and Wes Unseld for third-most such games in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (85) and Dennis Rodman (42).

Houston Rockets


Bosh's three wins it for Miami

Chris Bosh's three-pointer with less than a second remaining gave the Heat a 108-107 win at Portland. It's the fourth time that Bosh has hit a game-winning trey with 10 seconds or less on the clock. He did it on November 8, 2006 against the 76ers, on April 13, 2009 against the Wizards, and on March 31, 2013 against the Spurs.

Miami Heat

Heat-Blazers lives up to expectations

The Heat, who entered Saturday with a record of 22-6, defeated the 24-5 Trail Blazers 108-107. It was the second time in the last 18 seasons that a game between two teams with winning percentages over .750 (minimum 10 games) was decided by the minimum margin. The first was a 110-109 overtime win by the Lakers at Boston on February 5, 2009.

Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers



Tarasenko puts up three points

Vladimir Tarasenko scored three points in a game for the second time in his NHL career when he tallied one goal and two assists for the Blues in their shootout win over the Blackhawks. Tarasenko has registered 20 points in 37 games for St. Louis this season and 13 of them have come in his six multiple-point games (one three-point and five two-point games).

St. Louis Blues


Price extends Atlantic streak

Carey Price made 23 saves in regulation play and overtime and then stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout that earned him and the Canadiens a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Price was winless in his first three games against Atlantic Division teams this season (0-2-1), but he's won all five of his intradivision games since then while allowing only one or two goals in each game.

Montreal Canadiens


Zajac scores his goals late

Travis Zajac's goal with just under seven minutes remaining in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and proved decisive in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Islanders. Zajac has scored only seven goals this season but five of them have been recorded in the third period (4) or overtime (1). Zajac scored only seven goals for New Jersey last season but none were third-period or overtime tallies.

New Jersey Devils


Koivu breaks long drought

Saku Koivu's second goal of the game earned the Ducks a 3-2 overtime victory against the Coyotes, after Phoenix had tied the score at 2-2 in the final minute of the third period. The 10th overtime goal of Koivu's 18-year NHL career also gave him his first multiple-goal game since Jan. 10, 2012, when he notched a hat trick for Anaheim against Dallas. The 112 games that Koivu played between his last two multi-goal performances was the second-longest such drought of his career. He went 150 games between multi-goal games for the Canadiens from November 2002 to November 2005.

Anaheim Ducks


Fisher gives Nashville two late leads

The Predators and Kings were tied when Mike Fisher scored a power play goal with 3:18 remaining in the third period that gave Nashville a 2-1 lead. The Kings re-tied the game on a sixth-attacker goal by Jeff Carter with 36.7 seconds left to play, but Fisher answered that tying goal with a game-winning tally only ten seconds later. Fisher is the first NHL player to score a pair of go-ahead goals in the last five minutes of the third period in one game since Feb. 21, 1988, when Peter Stastny did that for the Quebec Nordiques in a game at Buffalo.

Nashville Predators


Third straight two-goal game for Simmonds

Wayne Simmonds scored two goals for the third consecutive game when he tallied twice for the Flyers in their shootout win at Edmonton on Saturday night. He's the third player in Flyers history to score at least two goals in each of three consecutive team games in one season. The others are Reggie Leach, who did it twice (January 1976 and October 1981), and Ross Lonsberry (February 1976). Simmonds is the first NHL player to record at least three straight multiple-goal games since San Jose's Patrick Marleau began the lockout-delayed 2012-13 season with a four-game streak.

Philadelphia Flyers