Mitchell scores 41, breaking Jazz rookie record for points in a game
Rookie Donovan Mitchell played more like a veteran, putting up 41 points in the Jazz’s win over the Pelicans. Mitchell was the star when it counted most, scoring 17 fourth-quarter points, with Utah trailing by four entering the final period. Mitchell was the first rookie with a 40-point game in nearly seven years; Blake Griffin scored 47 point for the Clippers on January 17, 2011, against the Pacers.
Mitchell broke the record for points in a game by a Jazz rookie. Darrell Griffith previously owned the highest mark, scoring 38 points on February 13, 1981, versus the Celtics.
Mitchell scored 29 of his 41 points in the second half. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, the only other rookie with that many points in a half was Jabari Brown of the Lakers on April 15, 2015, against the Kings, with 29 second-half points.
When Adams takes a shot, he makes a shot
Steven Adams scored 27 points and went 11-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the Thunder’s victory over the Timberwolves. Adams is the fifth player in the last 60 years to make all of his field goal attempts (minimum 10 FGA) and free throw attempts (minimum 5 FTA) in a game. He joins Kevin McHale (March 1986 vs. Detroit; 10-for-10 and 5-for-5), Charles Barkley (March 1989 vs. Spurs; 10-for-10 and 9-for-9), Chris Mullin (December 1990 at Miami; 11-for-11 and 5-for-5), and Pau Gasol (November 2010 vs. Warriors; 10-for-10 and 8-for-8).
Oladipo is 0-6 when scoring 35+ points
Victor Oladipo scored 36 points and made 14 of his 22 field goal attempts, but that was not quite enough as the Pacers fell to the Raptors, 120-115. It was the sixth game of Oladipo’s career in which he scored at least 35 points, and his team has lost all six of those games (four games with the Magic and two with the Pacers). The last player who suffered six consecutive losses in games in which he scored 35-or-more points was Kobe Bryant, who had a nine-game streak in the 2012-13 season.
Only two other players lost each of their first six games in which they scored at least 35 points in the NBA: the Knicks’ Willis Reed (six in a row from November 1964 to November 1965) and the Clippers’ Danny Manning (first seven from January 1990 to February 1994).
In the third quarter, Oladipo scored 11 straight points for the Pacers, tying his longest such streak in a game in his five seasons in the NBA. He scored 11 points in a row for the Magic on March 6, 2015, against the Kings.
Warriors cannot be fooled by Magic; Curry passes Kidd on three-point list
The Warriors, led by Klay Thompson’s 27 points, handily defeated the Magic in Orlando on Friday, 133-112. Golden State has won each of its last five games in Orlando by more than 10 points. Only one other team has a current road streak of this variety of at least five games; the Blazers have won their last six games against the Lakers at Staples Center in this fashion. The Warriors had never before had such a road streak of this length against a particular team.
Stephen Curry’s second three-pointer made on Friday night, which he hit in the first quarter, was the 1,989th made in his NBA career, passing Jason Kidd for the eighth-most three-pointers made all-time (since 1979-80 season, when the three-point line was first introduced).
Big game from Randolph
Zach Randolph, who turned 36 years old this past July, scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Kings’ 107-106 victory over the Bulls. It was his first 25-point/10-rebound game at 36 years old. The only other player with such a game at 36 years or older since the start of the 2016-17 season was Dirk Nowitzki on March 7, 2017, versus the Lakers at 38 years old (25 points, 11 rebounds). One other player did so at this age for the Kings franchise: Johnny Green, who had 15 such games from 1969 to 1971, when the team was known as the Cincinnati Royals (seven such games at 36 years old and eight such games at 37).
Miami heats up after first-quarter struggles
Josh Richardson scored a career-high 27 points and made 11 of his 14 field goal attempts (78.6%) in the Heat’s comeback win at home over the Hornets. Miami faced a 15-point deficit in the first quarter, but the team was able to climb back to victory; the Heat entered Friday night’s game with an 0-6 record in games they trailed by at least 15 points this season.
The Hornets led, 30-22, after one quarter. Dating back to last season, Charlotte has lost each of its last eight road games in which the team led at the end of the first quarter. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, only one other team had such a streak of this length. The Magic had an eight-game streak from January 2014 to November 2014.
Spurs strong on defense in victory over Memphis
The Spurs held the Grizzlies to 79 points in their win on Friday night. That is the second game this season in which San Antonio’s opponent scored 80-or-fewer points, and that is the 15th such game against the Spurs over the last three seasons (since 2015-16). Only two other teams have held their opponents to 80-or-fewer points in at least 10 games over that span: Jazz (13) and Mavericks (10).
Wizards come out strong to open second half
After trailing by six points at the half, the Wizards stormed out of the gate in the third quarter, outscoring the Pistons by 20 points in that period on their way to a 109-91 victory. That marks the first time Washington outscored its opponent by at least 20 points in a quarter this season. The Wizards did so twice last season, on November 9, 2016, in the first quarter against the Celtics (34-8) and on March 28, 2017, at Los Angeles versus the Lakers in the fourth quarter (37-13).
Pavelski nets #300
Joe Pavelski finally scored the 300th goal of his NHL career in the Sharks’ 2–1 win against the Panthers in Florida. Pavelski scored his 299th goal on November 1 against Nashville, but he was goalless in his next 11 games before reaching the 300-goal mark on Friday. In NHL history, only two players suffered a longer drought between goals No. 299 and No. 300 than Pavelski: Scott Hartnell (16 games) and Geoff Courtnall (12). Pavelski, a Wisconsin native, is the 18th U.S.-born player in NHL history to score 300 or more goals. The other active U.S.-born players with 300-plus goals are Zach Parise (318) and Phil Kessel (307).
Lundqvist is King when facing Hurricanes at MSG
Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves, including one on a third-period penalty shot by Jeff Skinner, in his 5–1 victory over the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist has won his last 12 home games versus Carolina (dating back to January 2011), allowing only 15 goals in those dozen games. It’s the longest current home winning streak against one team by an active NHL goaltender, and the longest winning streak on home ice versus one club by any NHL netminder since Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom won 17 straight home decisions against the Oilers from 2007 to 2013.
Don’t mess with the Devils
Rookie Jesper Bratt scored the first goal and then assisted on the game-winning goal by Brian Boyle in the Devils’ 2–1 victory at Colorado. It was Bratt’s fourth multiple-point game this season, tying fellow rookies Nico Hischier and Will Butcher for second most on the team, behind Taylor Hall with seven multi-point games. The Devils are the only NHL team with three different rookies who have produced at least four multiple-point games this season. Tampa Bay (Yanni Gourde and Mikhail Sergachev) is the only other NHL team with more than one such rookie this season.
Trio with three points in the third
Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine (one goal, two assists), Mark Scheifele (one goal, two assists) and Blake Wheeler (three assists) each recorded three points in the third period of the Jets’ 7–4 victory over the Golden Knights. This was the first game in Thrashers/Jets franchise history in which the club had three different players each register at least three third-period points. In fact, before Friday, since the team moved to Winnipeg in 2011 there had been only four instances of a three-point third period by a Jets player and just one in the last five seasons. That was by Nikolaj Ehlers in Winnipeg’s 5–3 victory at Detroit on Nov. 4, 2016.
Rookie stops them all for Penguins
Rookie Tristan Jarry posted the first shutout of his NHL career with a 34-save 4–0 win for the Penguins in Buffalo on Friday. Jarry’s 34 saves were the most by a Penguins rookie goaltender in a shutout since Sebastien Caron stopped all 34 shots he faced in a 0–0 tie at Buffalo on Jan. 21, 2003. The last Pittsburgh rookie before Jarry to make 34 or more saves in a shutout victory was Jean-Sebastien Aubin with 37 stops in a 3–0 win against the Canucks on Feb. 14, 2000.
Rookie d-man gets three points in Sens’ win
Thomas Chabot scored one goal and assisted on two for the Ottawa Senators in their 6–5 win against the Islanders in Brooklyn. Chabot is the first rookie defenseman to score three points in one game for the Senators since Patrick Wiercioch did so with three assists in Ottawa’s 5–3 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 19, 2013. The only rookie defenseman in the NHL besides Chabot to record three points in one game this season is the Devils’ Will Butcher, who tallied three assists in New Jersey’s 4–1 win versus Colorado on October 7.
Toffoli nets two in win
Tyler Toffoli scored the first goal and the last goal in the Kings’ 4–1 win against the Blues in St. Louis. It was Toffoli’s third multiple-goal game this season, tying Anze Kopitar for the team high, and his 11th multi-goal game over the last three seasons, which ranks him second on the Kings to Jeff Carter with 12.
Anderson on a roll as calendar turns to December
Josh Anderson tied his career high for points in one game when he tallied a goal and two assists as the Blue Jackets began December with a 4–2 win against the Ducks. Anderson, whose goal snapped a 2–2 tie with just under five minutes remaining to play in the third period, led Columbus with six goals (in 13 games) in November. Those six goals were a new monthly high for Anderson, whose previous best for goals in one month was five in November 2016.