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Elias Says: Feb. 11, 2017

Another triple-double, but this one is one of a kind

Draymond Green registered 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals leading the Warriors to a win over the Grizzlies on Friday night. There have been over 2000 triple-doubles recorded in NBA history, and they are being produced at a record pace this season, but Green did something no other player has ever done on Friday. He became the first player in NBA history to register a triple-double without producing double-digits in points.

Green also became the first player with 10 or more steals and at least five blocked shots in a game since the NBA began tracking those categories in 1973-74. Twenty-one players had 10 or more steals in a game prior to Green, but none of those players had more than two blocked shots in those contests.

Jokic enjoys his visit to MSG

Nikola Jokic made 17 of his 23 field-goal attempts in a 40-point performance leading the Nuggets to a victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Only four other visiting players scored 40 or more points while making at least 70 percent of their field-goal attempts at the current Madison Square Garden: New Jersey’s Bernard King on February 24, 1979 (40 points, 14-for-20 from the field), Dallas’s Jay Vincent on February 16, 1982 (40 points, 17-for-22), Boston’s Kevin McHale on March 5, 1985 (42 points, 15-for-21) and the Lakers’ Sedale Threatt on March 10, 1992 (42 points, 16-for-22).

Spurs will finish with a .500+ record for 20th consecutive season

The Spurs beat the Pistons for their 41st win of the season on Friday assuring San Antonio of at least a .500 record for the 20th consecutive season. That’s the second longest streak of consecutive seasons without a losing record for any team in NBA history, behind the 21 straight seasons with a .500 or better record produced by the Jazz from 1983-84 to 2003-04.

Davis and Holiday light up the T-Wolves

Anthony Davis scored 42 points and hauled down 13 rebounds and made 16 of his 22 field-goal attempts and teammate Jrue Holiday registered 25 points and 12 assists and shot 10-for-14 from the field in the Pelicans win over the Timberwolves on Friday night. Davis and Holiday are the first pair of teammates to each produce a double-double with 25 or more points and a .700 or better field-goal percentage in the same game in over three years, since Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka did it for the Thunder against the 76ers on January 25, 2014.

Heat and Nets going in opposite directions

The Heat beat the Nets by a score of 108-99 on Friday extending Miami’s winning streak to 13 games and Brooklyn’s losing streak to 12 games. It was the fourth game in NBA history that contained a team on a winning streak of more than 10 games playing a team on a losing streak of more than 10 games. The only other games of that kind occurred on January 22, 1965 between Boston (15-game winning streak) and San Francisco (14-game losing streak), on January 13, 1988 between the Lakers (15-game winning streak) and Clippers (11-game losing streak) and on March 24, 2014 between San Antonio (13-game winning streak) and Philadelphia (24-game losing streak).

Lakers ride big first quarter to victory

The Lakers outscored the Bucks by a score of 47-30 in the first quarter and held on for a 122-114 victory in Milwaukee on Friday night. Those 47 points tied the second-most the Lakers have ever scored in the first quarter of a game in the shot-clock era. Los Angeles scored 48 points in the first quarter on November 26, 1966 against St. Louis and had 47 points at the end of the initial quarter on March 15, 1966 against Detroit and on January 2, 1987 against Phoenix.

Three straight games with three 20-point scorers for the Wizards

John Wall and Markieff Morris led the Wizards with 26 points each and Bradley Beal chipped in with 20 in Washington’s win over Indiana on Friday night. That marked the third consecutive game that Washington had three players each score 20 or more points. It’s the first time the Wizards have done that in at least straight games in over 10 years, since three players notched at least 20 points in three consecutive contests from January 19 to January 23, 2007.

Bledsoe and Booker are teaming up in 2017

Devin Booker scored a game-high 27 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in with 23 leading the Suns to a win over the Bulls in Phoenix on Friday. It’s the 11th time Bledsoe and Booker each scored 20 or more points in the same game since January 1, the most such games for any starting backcourt teammates in the league in 2017.

Kings come back from 22 down to stun Hawks

The Kings overcame a 22-point third-quarter deficit to defeat the Hawks on Friday. That marked the second time Sacramento won a game it trailed by 20 or more points in the second half this season, having also done that on December 21 against Utah. The only other team with multiple wins of that kind this season is Atlanta (two).

Hossa nets his 20th goal of the season

Marian Hossa reached the 20-goal mark for the 15th time in his 19 seasons in the NHL when he scored an empty-net goal for the Blackhawks in their 5–2 victory at Winnipeg. Hossa ranks third in 20-goal seasons among active NHL players, behind Jaromir Jagr (19) and Jarome Iginla (17). This is Hossa’s sixth 20-goal season since he signed with Chicago as a free agent in the summer of 2009. Only four other players who did not begin their NHL careers with the Blackhawks produced at least six 20-goal seasons for Chicago: Jim Pappin (7), Pit Martin (7), Tony Amonte (7) and Patrick Sharp (7).

Dubnyk is first goaltender to win 30 games this season

Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk became the first NHL goaltender to win 30 games this season when he recorded a 2–1 shootout victory against the Lightning on Friday. He’s the first Wild netminder with the distinction of being “first to 30” in the NHL. Dubnyk reached the 30-win mark in his 42nd game this season, which is at least 13 fewer games than any other Wild goaltender required to do so. Niklas Backstrom hit the 30-win plateau in his 55th game for Minnesota in both 2007–08 and 2008–09.