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Elias Says: March 2, 2017

Four triple-doubles for Jokic

Nikola Jokic produced 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists leading the Nuggets to a win over the Bucks on Wednesday night. It marked the fourth triple-double of the season for Denver’s starting center. Over the last 40 seasons, the only other starting centers to produce at least four triple-doubles in a season are Mark Eaton (four in 1984-85), Hakeem Olajuwon (four in 1989-90), David Robinson (five in 1993-94) and Joakim Noah (four in 2013-14).

Jokic’s four triple-doubles are the most in a season by a Nuggets player in 27 years, since Fat Lever had five in 1989-90.

Pistons set mark for lowest free-throw percentage in a game

The Pistons converted only three of their 17 free-throw attempts, good for 17.6 percent, in a 109-86 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday night. That’s the lowest free-throw percentage in a game by a team with at least 10 attempts in NBA history. The previous low in that category was .210 by the Cleveland Rebels against the Celtics on February 18, 1947, a mark that held up for over 70 years before Detroit futilely beat that mark on Wednesday.

Rockets continue their three-point onslaught

The Rockets made 20 three-pointers in their 122-103 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night. That marked the ninth time this season Houston made 20 or more three-point field goals in a game. Those are the most such games by any team in a single season since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80. In fact, prior to 2016-17, there had been only one season in which there were nine total instances of a team making 20 or more three pointers in a game, that was in 2015-16, when Golden State led the way with seven such games (the Clippers and Hornets did it once each).

The first NBA team to make 20 or more three-point field goals in a regular-season game was the Raptors on March 13, 2005 (the SuperSonics made 20 threes in a playoff game in 1996). That means no team made 20 three-point field goals in a regular-season game in the first 25 seasons the NBA played with the three-point line (1979-80 through 2003-04), a period in which 26,350 games were played.

Isaiah produces another 30-point game against the champs

Isaiah Thomas scored 31 points leading the Celtics to a 103-99 win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday. That marked the third time Thomas scored 30 or more points against Cleveland this season, producing 30 points on November 3 and 31 on December 29 against the Cavs. The only other player in Celtics franchise history with three 30-point games in a season against the defending NBA champions is Dave Cowens, who had three such games against the Lakers during the 1972-73 season.

Sixers futile streak continues

Miami trounced Philadelphia by a score of 125-98 on Wednesday night. The 76ers have now lost each of the last 30 games they have played that were decided by more than 25 points. That’s the longest streak of that kind since the Mavericks lost 36 straight games that were decided by at least 26 points from December 1990 to March 1996. The last time Philadelphia won a game by a margin of more than 25 points was nearly five years ago, on March 7, 2012, against Boston (32-point margin of victory).

T-Wolves win big on the road against a winning team

The Timberwolves beat the Jazz by a score of 107-80 in Utah on Wednesday. The 27-point margin of victory is Minnesota’s largest in franchise history on the road against a team that entered the game with a winning record. The Timberwolves’ previous largest such win was by a 26-point margin on November 23, 2008, at Detroit, a team that entered the contest with an 8-4 record.

Millsap's clutch basket leads Hawks to victory

Paul Millsap’s bucket with 30 seconds remaining gave the Hawks a 96-95 lead in a game they would hold on to win, 100-95, over the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Millsap is 4-for-8 on shot attempts with a chance to give his team the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime this season. Prior to the 2016-17 season, Millsap had missed 25 of his 26 shot attempts in that situation.

Bogdanovic scores 27 off the bench for Washington

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 27 points off the bench, leading the Wizards to a win over the Raptors on Wednesday night. Bogdanovic, who was acquired from the Nets before the trading deadline, scored 26 points off the bench for Brooklyn against Charlotte on December 26. Over the last 20 seasons, the only other players to score more than 25 points off the bench in a game for two different teams are Earl Boykins in 2006-07 (Nuggets and Bucks), Larry Hughes in 2007-08 (Cavaliers and Bulls), Isaiah Thomas in 2014-15 (Suns and Celtics) and Lou Williams this season (Lakers and Rockets).

Lee is perfect in Spurs’ one-point win over the Pacers

David Lee came off the bench and made all of his eight field-goal attempts in an 18-point effort, helping the Spurs eke out a 100-99 victory over the Pacers on Wednesday night. Prior to Lee, the last player to go 8-for-8 or better from the field in a one-point victory was Utah’s John Stockton, who converted on all of his eight field-goal attempts in a 97-96 win over Phoenix on April 11, 2002.

Hedman nets two…including the OT winner

Victor Hedman’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner for Tampa Bay in its 4–3 victory over the Hurricanes. Hedman is the third defenseman in Lightning history to record a multiple-goal game that included an overtime goal. The others are Doug Crossman, who completed a hat trick with his overtime goal against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 7, 1992, and Jason Garrison with two goals versus the Flyers in Tampa Bay’s 2015–16 season opener.

Kucherov has produced 12 points over his last four games

Nikita Kucherov tallied one goal and two assist for the Lightning in its overtime victory against the Hurricanes. Kucherov has racked up 12 points over Tampa Bay’s last four games (six goals, six assists), with at least one goal in each of those games. He has tied the Lightning franchise record for most points by one player over a four-game span, a mark set by Vincent Lecavalier in November 2007. Kucherov’s four-game goal-scoring streak is the longest by a Tampa Bay player this season and it matches his career high, done twice before (February 20015 and March 2016).

Kane’s hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Penguins

Patrick Kane notched his second hat trick in seven days when he scored three goals in the Blackhawks’ 4–1 win over the Penguins. Kane, who also scored three goals versus the Coyotes last Thursday, is the first Blackhawks player to produce a pair of hat tricks within a span of no more than seven days since 1991, when Brian Noonan recorded hat tricks in consecutive games. Noonan scored all three goals for the Blackhawks in a tie versus Winnipeg on December 27 and two days later he scored all four Chicago goals in a loss to the Red Wings.

Kane scored three goals on the first day of March, after he scored nine goals in 10 games in February. He’s the first Blackhawks player to score at least 12 goals over an 11-game span since 1995, when Bernie Nicholls tallied 12 times in 11 games from February 28 through March 21.