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Elias Says: March 4, 2017

Westbrook, Wilt and Baylor

Russell Westbrook scored 48 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and handed out nine assists in a losing effort on Friday night. It was only the fourth time in NBA history that a player scored that many points with that many rebounds and assists in an NBA game and two of the previous three were done in games that went overtime. Wilt Chamberlain had two games like that: 51 points, 29 rebounds, 11 assists for San Francisco in an overtime loss versus Detroit in 1963; and 53 points, 32 rebounds, 14 assists for Philadelphia in a win over Los Angeles in 1968. Elgin Baylor scored 52 points with 25 rebounds and ten assists for Los Angeles in an overtime win over St. Louis in 1961.

Westbrook has scored at least 40 points in each of his last four games, becoming the ninth player in NBA history scored 40 or more points in four consecutive games within one season. Seven of the previous eight are in the Hall of Fame and the other one will be: Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, Elgin Baylor, Bob McAdoo, Rick Barry and George Mikan. In case you were wondering, the NBA record for consecutive games within one season scoring 40 or more points is 14 done twice by Chamberlain in 1961-62.

Irving and James are a deadly duo

Kyrie Irving scored 43 points and handed out nine assists and LeBron James contributed 38 points and eight assists in the Cavaliers’ win over the Hawks. It’s the third time in NBA history that a pair of teammates each scored at least 35 points and handed out eight assists in a non-overtime game and both games occurred in the 1965-66 season. Wilt Chamberlain (39 points, 10 assists) and Hal Greer (38, 10) did it for Philadelphia in a game against Cincinnati; and Oscar Robertson (38, 12) and Jerry Lucas (35, 8) did it for Cincinnati against Detroit.

Seven Cavs contribute from beyond the arc

Seven different Cavaliers players made at least two baskets from three-point range as they broke the NBA record for three-pointers made in a game on Friday night. Cleveland was only the second team to have seven or more players sink at least two shots from beyond the arc in the same game since the NBA adopted the three-point shot in 1979. The other team to do this was the Rockets earlier this season against the Kings.

Leonard the first since “The Admiral”

Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in the Spurs’ overtime win over the Pelicans on Friday night. It was the 21st time this season that Leonard scored at least 30 points in a game, the most in one season for a Spurs player since David Robinson had 23 30-point games in 1995-96.

Noel makes most of his first start for Mavs

Nerlens Noel scored 15 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in his first start for the Mavericks after coming over in a trade from Philadelphia. Noel is the first player in Mavericks history to record a 15/15 game (points/rebounds) in his first start with the team.

DeRozan fills the stat sheet

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out five assists in the Raptors’ win over the Wizards. It was the second time this season that DeRozan had a 30/10/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game, he also did it at Brooklyn in January. The only other players in Raptors history to have two such games in one season were Vince Carter (two in 1999-2000, four in 2000-01, two in 2001-02) and Chris Bosh (two in both 2005-06 and 2008-09).

Gordon and Vucevic paint Magic win

Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic each scored 16 points in the paint in Orlando’s win over Miami on Friday night. The Magic outscored the Heat in the paint, 64-36, for the game. It was the most points in the paint scored by the Magic in a game since they scored 64 against New Orleans February 20, 2015. The last time the Magic had a +28 advantage in the paint in a game was December 18, 2015 versus Portland (+34, 52-18).

Monroe contributes off the bench

Greg Monroe scored 24 points off the bench for the Bucks in their win over the Clippers. It was the fourth time this season that Monroe scored 24 or more points in a game in which he did not start, the most in one season by a Bucks player since Mike Dunleavy had four in 2011-12.

Hill scores a lot, shoots little

George Hill scored 34 points despite taking only 12 shots from the field for the Jazz on Friday night. Only one other player over the last nine season scored 34 or more points in a game in which he took no more than 12 shots from the field. Shabazz Muhammad did it for the Timberwolves at Golden State on April 5, 2016 (35 points. 9-for-12 form the field). Only one other player in Jazz franchise history had such a game: Karl Malone scored 34 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field at Minnesota on December 17, 1989.

Malkin scores three points in game #700

Evgeni Malkin, playing in the 700th game of his NHL career, tallied two goals and one assist to lead the Penguins to a 5–2 win over the Lightning. Malkin has career totals of 323 goals, 502 assists and 825 points, which ranks him fourth in each category among active players in their first 700 NHL games. The top three in goals are Alex Ovechkin (433), Jaromir Jagr (377) and Sidney Crosby (333); in assists it’s Crosby (597), Jagr (555) and Nicklas Backstrom (511); and in points the players ahead of Malkin are Jagr (932), Crosby (930) and Ovechkin (834).

Streit barely on Pens long enough for a cup of coffee and a donut

Mark Streit, who was traded to the Penguins on Wednesday, made his debut for Pittsburgh on Friday and scored the game-winning goal in the Penguins’ 5–2 victory over the Lightning. The 39-year-old Streit is the second-oldest defenseman ever to score a goal for the Penguins. Tim Horton was 41 years old when scored two goals for Pittsburgh in 1971–72, his only season with the team, and he tallied both of those goals 56 seconds apart in the same game, a 2–1 Penguins win at Vancouver on Oct. 16, 1971.

Martinook is a road warrior

Jordan Martinook’s tiebreaking goal with just under 11 minutes left to play in the third period was the game-winning goal for the Arizona Coyotes in their 4–2 victory over the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Martinook has scored only one goal on home ice for the Coyotes this season but he leads the team with 10 goals in road games. (No other player has scored more than seven road goals for Arizona.) Martinook’s percentage of goals scored on the road this season (10 of 11, 90.9%) ties him with the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf (also 10 of 11) for the NHL high among players who’ve scored at least 10 goals.

Hellebuyck bounces back

Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, who gave up five goals in each of his last two games, recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a 3–0 win against the Blues on Friday. The only other NHL goaltender to record a shutout this season after allowing five goals or more in each of his previous two games is Ottawa’s Craig Anderson. He gave up five goals and seven goals in losses to the Sabres (Nov. 29) and Penguins (Dec. 5), but did not play again for Ottawa for the next two months due to his wife’s cancer treatments. Anderson returned to action on February 11 and made 33 saves in a 3–0 shutout victory against the Islanders.

Career goal #50 for Panarin

The Blackhawks beat the Islanders in a shootout after the teams played to a 1–1 deadlock. Artemi Panarin’s tying goal with 1:14 remaining in the third period put Chicago on level terms, after the Islanders had held a 1–0 lead since Brock Nelson scored in the middle of the second period. Panarin’s goal was the 50th of his NHL career and it came in his 144th game for the Blackhawks. Only five players who debuted in the expansion era (i.e., since 1967–68) and scored the first 50 goals of their NHL career for Chicago needed fewer games to reach the 50-goal mark than Panarin: Steve Larmer (94), Darryl Sutter (96), Denis Savard (122), Jonathan Toews (125) and Jeremy Roenick (133).

Tartar late goal is wasted

The Red Wings lost to the Flames in overtime, 3–2, but Detroit earned a point from this game thanks to Tomas Tatar, who tied the score at 2–2 with a goal at the 19:58 mark of the third period. The only other tying goal scored in the final two seconds of the third period in an NHL game this season was also scored by a Red Wings player. Anthony Mantha’s tying goal at 19:58 of the third period on January 1 at BMO Field in Toronto sent the NHL’s Centennial Classic to overtime, with the Maple Leafs winning on a goal by Auston Matthews.