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Elias Says: Dec. 8

Another triple-double for Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo produced his second triple-double of the season and the seventh of his NBA career, all over the last two seasons, scoring 15 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and handing out 11 assists as the Bucks topped the Trail Blazers, 115–107. Since he racked up the first triple-double of his NBA career on February 22 of this year, the only other player with as many triple-doubles as Antetokounmpo is Russell Westbrook (21).

Irving, James and Love each score more than 20 points

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, LeBron James scored 25 and Kevin Love added 21 as the Cavaliers topped the Knicks, 126–94. Cleveland, whose “Big Three” scored 24, 34 and 28 points, respectively, in their victory at Toronto on Monday, is 10–1 in games in which each of those players scored more than 20 points during their three seasons as teammates. But this marked the first time during their tenure as teammates that Irving, James and Love each scored more than 20 points in two consecutive regular-season games.

Horford is “The Distributor”

The Celtics topped the Magic at Boston, and for the second consecutive game Al Horford led all players in assists (nine on Monday and eight on Wednesday). Before this week Horford played only five games during his ten seasons in the NBA in which he was the outright leader in assists.

Green is back on track

Draymond Green scored 22 points and made eight of his ten field-goal attempts as the Warriors clobbered the Clippers in their first meeting of the season. Over Green’s previous two games he made only 3 of his 12 field-goal attempts (25 percent) while averaging 5.5 points per game.

Seven steals for Curry

Stephen Curry missed all eight of his three-point attempts in Golden State’s victory on Wednesday, but he scored 19 points and matched his career high with seven steals. Curry is the first Warriors player with minimums of ten points and seven steals in a game since Monta Ellis did that in November 2010.

Howard and Millsap lead the Hawks over the Heat

Dwight Howard scored 23 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while Paul Millsap contributed 21 points and nine rebounds in the Hawks’ 103–95 win over the Heat. It was Howard’s fifth 20-point game this season and Millsap’s seventh, but it was only the second game in which they both scored at least 20 points. Millsap scored 23 points and Howard added 20 in Atlanta’s 112–97 win against the Rockets on November 5.

Gordon leads the hot-shooting Rockets

Eric Gordon scored a game-high 26 points on the strength of his 9-for-13 shooting from the field, including 8-for-12 from beyond the arc, as the Rockets defeated the Lakers handily, 134–95. The Rockets, who generated their second-highest field-goal percentage of the season (.543), are 13–1 in games in which they produced a higher field-goal percentage than their opponent, compared to their 2–6 mark in other games.

Teague scores and assists

Jeff Teague scored 19 points and distributed a season-high 11 assists in the Pacers’ victory at Phoenix. Teague has reached both of those minimums in 18 games during his NBA career, but Wednesday was his first game of that kind since December 30, 2014 (23 points and 11 assists for the Hawks in a victory versus the Cavaliers).

Walker leads the Hornets over Drummond and the Pistons

Kemba Walker scored 25 points to lead the Hornets to an 87–77 win over the Pistons, while Andre Drummond produced game-high totals of 26 points and 20 rebounds for Detroit. It was the fourth time in Drummond’s NBA career that he generated outright game highs of at least 25 points and 20 rebounds, but the Pistons have lost all four of those games (one such game in each of the last four seasons).

Kings shoot the lights out in Dallas

DeMarcus Cousins made 10 of his 16 field-goal attempts and scored 24 points to lead the Kings to an easy 120–89 triumph at Dallas. It was the first game this season in which Sacramento outscored its opponent in every quarter, and the Kings’ .560 field-goal percentage (47-for-84) was their second-highest over the last six seasons (2011-12 to date) in a game in which they took as many as 84 shots from the field.

Two streaks carry the Nets

The Nets defeated the Nuggets, 116–111, thanks to two long streaks of unanswered points. Brooklyn scored the first 11 points of the game and then scored 13 consecutive points spanning the second and third quarters. It was only the second game in the last three seasons in which the Nets had two streaks of 11 or more unanswered points. Brooklyn’s other such game during that time (2014–15 to date) was a 117–80 thumping of the Wizards on April 10, 2015, when they generated runs of 11–0 and 16–0.

Staal finds his scoring touch versus Toronto

Eric Staal snapped his 12-game goal drought when he scored what proved to be the deciding goal in the Minnesota Wild’s 3–2 win at Toronto. Earlier this season (October 20) he scored two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3–2 victory on home ice for the Wild over the Maple Leafs. Staal has scored 23 goals (in 43 games) versus the Maple Leafs during his 13 seasons in the NHL. That ties him with Sidney Crosby and Thomas Vanek for the third-most goals against Toronto by an active NHL player, behind Jaromir Jagr (33) and Alex Ovechkin (32).

Multiple-goal game for Williams

Justin Williams scored the first two goals for the Capitals in the 4–3 overtime win against the Bruins, a victory they salvaged after blowing a 3–0 lead. It was the first multiple-goal game this season for Williams, who entered play with only two goals in 24 games during the 2016–17 campaign. Williams is the eighth player to record a multiple-goal game for Washington this season, tying Nashville for the NHL high. The other players with multi-goal games for the Capitals this season are Marcus Johansson (3), T.J. Oshie (3), Alex Ovechkin (2), Nicklas Backstrom, Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky and Daniel Winnik.