Harden produces a triple-double in San Antonio
James Harden produced 24 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists leading the Rockets to a 101-99 win over the Spurs at the AT&T Center on Wednesday night. Harden is just the third player to register a triple-double against the Spurs in San Antonio during Gregg Popovich’s regime as head coach, joining Jason Kidd, who hid it twice in 1999 and Grant Hill in 1997. The triple-doubles produced by Kidd and Hill came at the Alamodome, the Spurs’ former home.
T-Wolves’ youngsters put on a show
Zach LaVine scored 37 points, Andrew Wiggins had 29 points and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 20 points in Minnesota’s victory over Orlando on Wednesday night. That marked the fifth time this calendar year that Minnesota’s three young stars each scored 20 or more points in the same game, tied for the highest total for any trio of teammates over that span. The other combos to do that five times since January 1 are Russell Westbrook, Enes Kantner and Kevin Durant; J.R. Smith, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving; and Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. (Durant is no longer teammates with Westbrook and Kantner and Anderson is no longer teammates with Holiday and Davis.)
LaVine, Wiggins and Towns are all under the age of 22. There had been only one other instance in NBA history in which three teammates, all under the age of 22, each scored 20 or more points in the same game prior to the five times Minnesota’s trio did that, and that occurred on November 20, 2009, when the Thunder trio of Kevin Durant (35 points), Russell Westbrook (26) and James Harden (25) turned the trick.
Wizards dominate Celtics in the first quarter
The Wizards led the Celtics by a score of 34-8 after the first quarter and cruised to a 118-93 victory in Washington on Wednesday night. That’s the largest deficit Boston has faced at the end of the first quarter in the 4971 games the team has played in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55). The previous largest was a 25-point deficit (38-13) at the end of the first quarter on April 3, 2005 against Philadelphia.
Three teams outscore opponents by 20 or more points in the first quarter
The Wizards, Timberwolves and Clippers each held a lead of 20 or more points at the end of the first quarter in their games on Wednesday night. It marked the first time in the shot-clock era (since 1954) that three teams had a lead of at least 20 points when the horn sounded at the end of the first quarter on the same day.
Four Warriors knock down four threes
Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each made four three pointers carrying Golden State to a 116-95 win over Dallas on Wednesday. That marked the first time since the NBA instituted the three-point line in 1979 that four players from the same team each made at least four shots from beyond the arc in the same game.
Another overtime loss for Philadelphia
The 76ers dropped a 122-115 decision to the Pacers in overtime on Wednesday. Philadelphia has now lost each of its last nine games that have gone into overtime dating back to December 2014. That’s the longest overtime losing streak for any NBA team since the Mavericks lost 10 consecutive contests that were tied at the end of regulation from April 2012 to January 2013. The 76ers have lost nine consecutive overtime games twice in their franchise history, previously doing that from January 1960 to January 1962. The only other NBA franchise that owns multiple losing streaks of nine or more consecutive overtime games is the Hawks (9 straight from 1953 to 1955 and 10 straight from 2003 to 2004).
Clippers hold Blazers’ starters at bay in runaway victory
Portland’s five starters each registered single digit point totals in the team’s 111-80 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. It marked only the third time in the Trail Blazers’ franchise history that none of their five starters produced 10 or more points in a game. That also happened on January 14, 2007 and April 15, 2009.
This is the first time the Clippers beat the Trail Blazers by 30 or more points in the 216 games that have been played between the two teams. Prior to Wednesday, Los Angeles had never beaten Portland by more than 20 points, while the Blazers won five games by 30 or more points against the Clippers.
Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors to win in OKC
The Raptors beat the Thunder, 112-102, at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Toronto had a season-high 25 assists on the night, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who had 13 and six assists, respectively. It is the first time this season that Lowry and DeRozan both had at least five assists in the same game. The duo did that 25 times as starting guards last season, the highest total for any tandem in the NBA in 2015-16.
Knicks overcome 14-point deficit to win by 14
The Knicks overcame a 14-point deficit and defeated the Nets by a score of 110-96 on Wednesday night. The 14-point margin of victory is the largest by the Knicks in a game in which they trailed by 14 or more points since February 29, 2012, when New York topped Cleveland by 17 points after trailing by 17 points at Madison Square Garden.
Brandon Jennings came off the bench and handed out 11 assists in New York’s win. Those are the most assists in a game by a bench player this season and the most by a Knicks bench player since Toney Douglas handed out 11 assists in a non-starting role on March 18, 2011.
Big night from Butler and Wade can’t save Bulls
Jimmy Butler had 39 points and six steals and Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and was credited with five steals but it wasn’t enough as Chicago fell to Atlanta on Wednesday night. Butler and Wade are the seventh pair of teammates to each register at least 25 points and five steals in the same game, but only the second to do so in a losing effort. On November 7, 1990, Golden State’s Chris Mullin had 30 points and five steals and Tim Hardaway contributed 27 points and five steals in a loss to the Suns.
Bledsoe shines in the fourth quarter
After scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter in the Suns’ win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. The only other NBA player to score more than 10 points in the fourth quarter on consecutive days this season is the Lakers’ Lou Williams (November 1-2). Prior to Bledsoe, the last Suns player to do that was Steve Nash on March 31 and April 1 in 2008.
Werenski lifts Columbus in OT
Rookie defenseman Zach Werenski’s first overtime goal in the NHL gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Ducks. The 19-year-old Werenski is only the second teenager to score an overtime goal for the Blue Jackets, joining Rick Nash, who did that three times: once at age 18 in March 2003 and twice at age 19 in January 2004. Werenski is the first teenage defenseman to score a regular-season overtime goal for any NHL team since Nikita Zadorov did so for the Sabres at age 19 in a game against the Panthers on Dec. 13, 2014.
Condon off to a good start with the Senators
Mike Condon made it two wins in his two games for the Ottawa Senators with a 2-1 shootout victory in Buffalo on Wednesday. Condon, who posted a 1-0 shutout victory against the Canucks when he made his debut for the Senators last week, is the fourth goaltender in Ottawa franchise history to win the first two games he played for the team and allow only one goal in the process. The others were Patrick Lalime, Mike Brodeur and Craig Anderson.
Panarin registers a “Gordie Howe hat trick” in Blackhawks’ OT win
Artemi Panarin scored 25 seconds into overtime to earn the Blackhawks a 2-1 win against the Blues in St. Louis. Panarin also assisted on the second-period goal by Marian Hossa which gave Chicago a 1-0 lead, and in the third period he picked up the first fighting major of his NHL career for a battle with the Blues’ Scottie Upshall. Panarin is the first NHL player to register a so-called “Gordie Howe hat trick” (i.e., goal, assist and fight) which includes an overtime goal in regular-season play since Ryan Callahan did so for the Rangers at Pittsburgh on Nov. 15, 2010. The only player before Panarin to do that for the Blackhawks since the NHL began using the five-minute OT format in 1983 is Brent Seabrook, in a victory over the Devils in Chicago in March 27, 2009.