Carr’s two late TD passes give Raiders a comeback win
Derek Carr erased a 20–13 fourth-quarter deficit by throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Jamize Olawale and then a 35-yard scoring strike to Amari Cooper in the Raiders’ 27–20 win over the Texans in Mexico City. Carr is the fifth player in the last 10 seasons to throw two touchdown passes of at least 30 yards in the fourth quarter of a win in which his team trailed in the final period. The others are Donovan McNabb (2007 at Washington), Eli Manning (2012 vs. Tampa Bay), Peyton Manning (2013 vs. Washington), and Russell Wilson (2015 vs. Pittsburgh.) And Carr is the first player in Raiders history to throw two 30-yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of a win (comeback or no comeback).
Oakland wins despite getting dominated on the ground
The Raiders were out-rushed 124–30 by the Texans in their win Monday night. Oakland hadn’t won a game in which it allowed at least 90 more yards on the ground than it gained since Nov. 27, 2011, in a 25–20 home win over Chicago. The Bears out-rushed the Silver and Black 172–73 in that game.
Harden can fill up the boxscore like few others
James Harden scored 28 points and added 11 assists and eight rebounds in the Rockets’ 99–96 win at Detroit. Through 14 games, Harden’s season totals stand at 401 points, 173 assists, and 109 rebounds. The only other players ever to accumulate at least 400 points, 150 assists, and 100 rebounds through any 14-game span within one season are Oscar Robertson (every season from 1960–61 to 1966–67 and again in 1968–69), Michael Jordan (1988–89), and Russell Westbrook (2014–15).
Another freakish triple-double for Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points, and added 10 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals, and three blocks in the Bucks’ 93–89 home win over the Magic. It was Antetokounmpo’s third career game with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and three blocks; he also did that twice last season, against the Lakers (Feb. 22) and Thunder (March 6). Since the NBA started recording steals and blocks in 1973–74, the only player with as many such games (10 pts, 10 reb, 10 ast, 3 stl, 3 blk) is Chris Webber, who also had three – one each in 1995, 1996, and 1999.
Warriors extend assist streak
Draymond Green had seven of the Warriors’ 31 assists in Golden State’s 120–83 win at Indiana. It was the Dubs’ eighth straight game with at least 30 assists, tying the franchise record set earlier in 2016 (Jan. 18 to Feb. 3). Before 2016, no NBA team had 30+ assists in at least eight consecutive games since the Hornets in March-April 1989 (13 straight).
Embiid again scores 20 while playing less than half the game
Two days after scoring 26 points in 20 minutes, Joel Embiid put 22 more points on the board in 23 minutes on the court in the 76ers’ 101–94 home win over the Heat. Embiid is the first rookie to score at least 20 points while playing less than 24 minutes in two straight games since Portland’s Billy Ray Bates in March 1980.
Sixers finally win two in a row
The 76ers won their second straight game for the first time since March 2015, beating Miami, 101–94. Philadelphia’s streak of 108 consecutive games without winning two in a row was the longest in NBA history. The old record of 105 was set by the Bucks from March 2013 to November 2014.
Beal has scored 76 over his last two games
Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points in the Wizards’ 106–101 win over the visiting Suns. In his last game, on Saturday against Miami, Beal scored 34 points. The last Washington player to score at least 76 points over a two-game span was Gilbert Arenas in December 2009 (78 pts).
Thomas has scored 20+ in his first eight road games
Isaiah Thomas led all players with 29 points in the Celtics’ 99–93 win at Minnesota. Thomas has scored at least 20 points in all eight road games he’s played in 2016–17. The last Boston player to start a season with as long a streak was Paul Pierce in 2005–06 (20+ points in his first 13 road games).
Seth Curry outscores his brother
Seth Curry’s team-high 23 points weren’t quite enough for the Mavericks in their 96–91 loss at San Antonio. But Curry did manage to accomplish something he’d only done once before – outscore his brother. Stephen Curry scored 22 points in the Warriors’ win at Indiana. It was the 38th time that both Curry brothers played on the same day. The only other time Seth was the high scorer in the family was on April 9, 2016, when he outscored his more famous sibling, 20–17.
Clippers are +200 through 15 games
The Clippers improved to 13–2 with a 123–115 home win over the Raptors. Los Angeles has outscored its opponents by 200 points this season. The only other team in the last five seasons to score at least 200 more points than it allowed through its first 15 games was the 2015–16 Warriors (+216 in a 15–0 start.)
Grizzlies win first half by 24 points
Mike Conley scored 18 of his 31 points in the first half as Memphis built a 69–45 halftime lead and cruised to a 105–90 win at Charlotte. The Grizzlies’ 24-point advantage was the team’s third-largest halftime lead in a road game. Memphis led by 28 at Toronto on April 6, 2005, and by 25 at Orlando on March 3, 2013.
Guentzel scores two early goals in NHL debut
Jake Guentzel made an immediate impact in his NHL debut, scoring a goal 62 seconds after the opening faceoff to give the Penguins a 1–0 lead in their game against the Rangers. It was the fastest goal ever by a player making his NHL debut with the Penguins, breaking the mark of 2:19 set by Rick Kessell on March 21, 1970 against Chicago, and the quickest goal to begin any player’s NHL career since Oct. 16, 2015, when Carolina’s Brock McGinn scored 55 seconds into his first game. But Guentzel was not done scoring, as he added a second goal just over 12 minutes later to put Pittsburgh ahead 2–0. He’s the third player in the expansion era (i.e., since 1967–68) to score two goals in the first period of his first NHL game. Al Hill did that for the Flyers on Feb. 14, 1977 versus St. Louis, but no one matched that feat until opening night this season (October 12) when the Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews scored twice against Ottawa in the first period of his NHL debut. Of course, Matthews also scored two goals in the second period of his debut game!
Raanta wins his fifth straight decision to start season
Antti Raanta and the Rangers trailed the Penguins, 2–0, at the end of the first period but Raanta blanked the Pens the rest of the way and the Rangers scored five unanswered goals and beat Pittsburgh, 5–2. Raanta’s victory improved his record to 5–0–0 in six games this season, tying the record for the longest start of season winning streak by a Rangers goaltender. The Rangers have been in existence since 1926, and they’ve have had many notable netminders (Gump Worsley, Ed Giacomin, John Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Richter and Henrik Lundqvist, to name a few), but the only Blueshirts goaltender before Raanta to win his first five decisions of a season was Steve Weeks in 1983–84!
Mikko Koivu joins his brother in 400-assist club
Mikko Koivu recorded the 400th assist of his NHL career when he helped set up the Minnesota Wild’s first goal in their game at Dallas. Mikko’s brother, Saku, produced 577 assists during the 18 seasons he played in the NHL (1995–96 through 2013–14.) The Koivus are the fifth pair of brothers in NHL history to each register 400 or more assists. The other brother duos to do that are Maurice and Henri Richard, Frank and Pete Mahovlich, Russ and Geoff Courtnall, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Buffalo power play strikes three times in less than two minutes
Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson and Matt Moulson scored power play goals for the Sabres within a span of 1:41 during the second period to turn a 1–0 deficit into a 3–1 lead for Buffalo in its 4–3 win over the Flames. They were the fastest three power play goals in one game for the Sabres since Oct. 12, 1988, when Dave Andreychuk sandwiched a pair of PPGs around one by Christian Ruuttu in a 1:39 stretch of a game against the Penguins. Before the Sabres did it on Monday, the Blue Jackets were the last NHL team to score three power play goals in no more than 101 seconds during one game. Columbus scored three power play goals in 1:39 in its game at Nashville on Dec. 22, 2011 (two by Jeff Carter around one by Ryan Johansen).
Subban scored two goals for first time in a Predators uniform
P.K. Subban produced the fourth multiple-goal game of his NHL career (and first for Nashville) when he scored twice in the Predators’ 3–1 win against the Lightning on Monday. It was the first multi-goal game by a Nashville defenseman this season, and the first multiple-goal performance by a Predators d-man other than Shea Weber (who was traded to Montreal for Subban last summer) or Roman Josi since Oct. 22, 2009, when Ryan Suter tallied two goals in a game at Ottawa. Weber also scored two goals in that game, and he had nine multi-goal games for Nashville after that, while Josi has recorded five multi-goal games since he made his NHL debut with the Predators in the 2011–12 season.
Avs win another in OT
Matt Duchene scored the fifth overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Colorado Avalanche a 3–2 win at Columbus, after the Blue Jackets tied the score at 2–2 on a goal by Cam Atkinson with 6.5 seconds remaining in the third period. The Avs have gone to overtime three times this season and they won each of those games with an OT goal. (Gabriel Landeskog and Rene Bourque scored the other OT winners for Colorado). This is the second time that the Avs have scored an overtime goal in each of their first three extra-time games of a season. They also did that in 2013–14, with OT goals by Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn.