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Elias Says: November 9, 2017

Kiwi leads Celtics to 10-game winning streak

Aron Baynes scored a game-high and career-high matching 21 points in the Celtics’ win over the Lakers on Wednesday night. It was the 307th regular-season game played by Baynes in his six-season NBA career, the first in which he was the game’s leader in points, outright or tied.

With the win, the Celtics increased their winning streak to ten games. It’s the first time the Celtics have had a winning streak of at least ten games before Thanksgiving since 1972, when they won ten straight games from October 11 through November 3. The Celtics starting five players during that streak were John Havlicek, Jo Jo White, Dave Cowens, Don Chaney and Don Nelson.

Drummond cleans the glass

Andre Drummond, who grabbed 21 rebounds in the Pistons’ win over the Pacers on Wednesday night, has had at least 12 rebounds in each of his eleven games this season. Drummond is the third NBA player over the last 40 seasons to collect 12 or more rebounds in each of his first eleven games of a season. The other two over that span were Moses Malone of the Rockets in 1978-79 (first 16 games) and Kevin Love of the Timberwolves in 2011-12 (first 12 games).

20/20 vision for splash brothers

Klay Thompson (28 points) and Stephen Curry (22) led the Warriors in their win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. It was the 144th time that Curry and Thompson each scored at least 20 points in the same game since the first time they did it in the 2012-13 season. That’s the most such games for any pair of teammates over that span, one more than current Warrior Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook compiled while they were teammates with the Thunder. The Warriors are 121-23 (.840) in those 144 games.

Magic spread the offense

Aaron Gordon (21 points, 8-for-11 from the field), Evan Fournier (23, 9-for-16) and Nikola Vucevic (24, 9-for-16) all scored at least 20 points and made at least half of their shots from the field in Orlando’s win over New York. It was the second time this season that the Magic had three players do that in a game. They also accomplished that on October 30 at New Orleans (Fournier, Vucevic and Jonathon Simmons). The only other NBA team to have two games this season in which they had three players with at least 20 points and a field-goal percentage of at least 50 percent was the Warriors, who also did it twice, both with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Dragic off to good start

Goran Dragic scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Miami’s win over Phoenix on Wednesday night. Dragic is off to the best start of his NBA career, his field-goal percentage (.480), points per game average (20.2), and rebounds per game average (4.4) are all his highest through his first eleven games of a season since he joined the league in 2008-09.

34 goals in 39 games for Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov’s goal 44 seconds into the second period gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead in their 5-1 victory over the Sharks, his 15th goal in 16 games this season. Only one player over the last dozen seasons scored that many goals in his team’s first 16 games of a season. Kucherov’s current teammate, Steven Stamkos, scored 15 goals in Tampa Bay’s first 16 games of the 2010-11 season.

Kucherov has scored 34 goals over his last 39 regular-season games dating back to February 21 of last season, nine more than any other player since that date. Jeff Skinner is next with 25 goals scored since February 21.

Vesey scores two quickly

Jimmy Vesey scored goals 29 seconds apart for the Rangers in their 4-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night. That’s the second-fastest two goals scored by any player this season. Avalanche rookie Alexander Kerfoot scored two goals in 21 seconds in a 6-4 loss to the Islanders on November 5. Only two other Rangers players scored two goals that quickly over the last 25 seasons. Jaromir Jagr scored two goals in 15 seconds in a game in 2005-06 and in 26 seconds in 2006-07. Eric Lindros scored two goals in 19 seconds in 2001-02 and in 26 seconds in 2002-03.

Marleau lights up Dubnyk again

Patrick Marleau’s goal early in the second period gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead, a lead they would never relinquish in their 4-2 win over the Wild. Marleau has scored 11 goals in 19 games he has played against Devan Dubnyk, including six goals in his last five games against him. That matches Alex Ovechkin for the most goals scored by any player against Dubnyk in his NHL career.