Panthers offense has a big night – on the ground and in the air
The Panthers ran for 294 yards and had 254 yards passing in their 45-21 rout of the Dolphins on Monday night. Carolina is the third team to produce at least 250 rushing yards and 250 passing yards in a Monday Night Football game, joining the Cowboys in 1978 (278 rushing, 305 passing) and Eagles in 2010 (260 rushing, 332 passing).
Newton dominates Dolphins with his arm and with his legs
Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and had 95 yards rushing in Carolina’s win over Miami on Monday night. Newton’s 95 rushing yards are the third most by a player who had four or more TD passes in a game, behind Randall Cunningham’s 124 yards on the ground in a four-TD game in 1990 and Newton’s 100 rush yards while throwing five TD passes in 2015.
Newton made his sixth career appearance on Monday Night Football and has thrown multiple TD passes in each game. No other quarterback has thrown for at least two TDs in each of his first six games on Monday Night Football, and Dan Marino is the only other one to do it in each of his first five.
Kuechly’s interception leads to Panthers TD
Luke Kuechly’s interception with less than one minute remaining in the first half set up a Panthers touchdown drive that gave Carolina a 17–7 lead over Miami. It was Kuechly’s 20th career takeaway––15 interceptions and five defensive fumble recoveries––tying the most for any defensive lineman or linebacker in the NFL since 2012. Lavonte David, who like Kuechly was drafted in 2012, has 20 takeaways in his six-year career—10 defensive recoveries (including one yesterday against the Jets) and 10 INTs.
Giannis is first Buck since Kareem to reach 400 points in 13 games
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a team high 27 points in the Bucks’ win over the Grizzlies on Monday. With his performance, Antetokounmpo surpassed the 400-point mark on the season in just his 13th game. Those are the fewest games needed to reach 400 points in a season by a Bucks player since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reached that total in his 13th contest in 1971-72.
Korver’s fourth-quarter three-point barrage leads Cavs comeback
Kyle Korver made five three-point field-goals in a 19-point fourth quarter leading the Cavaliers to a comeback win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. That marked the second time Korver made five shots from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter of a game in this young season, having also done that on November 5. Only one other player has done that even once this season: Sacramento’s Garrett Temple on October 23.
Over the last 20 seasons, the only other players with multiple games with five or more fourth-quarter threes in a single season are Dee Brown (1998-99), Lindsey Hunter (2000-01), J.R. Smith (2007-08) and Damian Lillard (2015-16). No player has had more than two such games in a season over that span.
Knicks blow big second-half lead at MSG
The Knicks relinquished a 23-point third-quarter lead in their 104-101 loss to the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. It’s the first time New York lost a game in which it led by 20 or more points in the second half at the Garden in over 15 years, since losing in the fashion to Philadelphia on March 12, 2002. The Knicks had won 103 consecutive home games when leading by 20 or more points in the second half prior to Monday night.
T-Wolves trio tops Utah
Karl-Anthony Towns produced 24 points and 13 rebounds, Jimmy Butler registered 21 points and 10 assists and Taj Gibson chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds in Minnesota’s victory over Utah on Monday. It’s the first time in nearly 10 years that the Timberwolves had three players each produce a double-double with 15 or more points in a winning effort. The last time that happened was on January 21, 2008, when Ryan Gomes (35 points, 11 rebounds), Al Jefferson (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Marko Jaric (16 points, 10 assists) did it in a 109-108 Minnesota win over Golden State.
Wall is on the mark in Washington’s win
John Wall made eight of his nine field-goal attempts en-route to a 21-point performance in the Wizards’ win over the Kings on Monday night. That marks the highest field-goal percentage (.889) Wall has produced in his 512-game career.
Wall’s shooting performance was the best by a Wizards’ starting guard in a game with at least five attempts since Trevor Ariza went 8-for-9 from the field against the Magic on December 2, 2013.
Moore continues his hot shooting
E’Twaun Moore made 11 of his 18 field-goal attempts and scored 24 points lifting the Pelicans to a 106-105 win over the Hawks on Monday night. It marked the sixth time this season that Moore made at least 60 percent of his field-goal attempts on five or more attempts, including each of his last three games. Those are the most such games for any starting guard this season. Moore has made 24 of 36 field-goal attempts (66.7%) over his last three games after entering that stretch with a .460 field-goal percentage this season.
Warriors win without Curry
The Warriors, playing without Stephen Curry, beat the Magic by a score of 110-100 on Monday night. Golden State has posted a 5-2 record (.714) over the last three seasons in games in which Curry has not played. In Curry’s first six seasons in the league (2009-10 to 2014-15), the Warriors were just 17-43 (.283) in games in which he did not make an appearance.
Nuggets drop another one at the Moda Center
The Nuggets were held to just 33 second-half points and lost to the Trail Blazers by a score of 99-82 in Portland on Monday night. Denver has posted a 1-15 record at the Moda Center since Christmas Day in 2009. That’s the lowest winning percentage any team has on the road against a particular opponent since that date (minimum: 10 games).
Teravainen produces a natural hat trick in Carolina’s win
Teuvo Teravainen produced the first hat trick of his NHL career by scoring three consecutive goals in the third period to break open a game that was tied 1–1 and send the Carolina Hurricanes on their way to a 5–1 win over the Dallas Stars. It was the first natural hat trick by a Hurricanes player since Eric Staal scored three straight goals in Carolina’s 4–2 victory against Anaheim on Dec. 18, 2010. Teravainen’s natural hat trick is only the second in Hartford/Carolina franchise history in which all of the goals were scored in the third period. Bates Battaglia scored three consecutive third-period goals in the Hurricanes’ 4–1 win versus the Blackhawks on March 8, 2000.
Yankees and Dodgers each produce another Rookie of the Year
The Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger were named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues on Monday. Bellinger is the 18th Dodger to win the award, the highest total for any major league team, and Judge is the ninth Yankee to capture the top rookie honors, the highest total for any American League team. But this is only the third time the Yankees and Dodgers each had the Rookie of the Year in the same season. That also happened in 1981 (Dave Righetti and Fernando Valenzuela) and in 1996 (Derek Jeter and Todd Hollandsworth).
Judge and Bellinger combined to hit 91 home runs this season, by far the most longballs hit by the Rookie of the Year winners, besting the previous high of 67 by Mark McGwire (49) and Benito Santiago (18) in 1987.