Houston Rockets superstar James Harden had an interesting couple of games during the week prior to Christmas. Harden on Dec. 20 against the L.A. Lakers and Dec. 22 against the L.A. Clippers scored 51 points in both games. Pretty impressive, huh? Problem is, Harden’s Rockets lost both games.
Harden became the 15th player in NBA history to have two games or more games with 50 or more points scored where his team lost that game. It appears that having it happen twice in a span of three days is likely the shortest time in between such games in league history. Wilt Chamberlain had it happen to him twice in the span of four days in 1964; in fact, Wilt had three games where he scored 50 or more points and his team lost each game in a span of two weeks in that ’64 campaign.
Here are the players who have the most regular season games with 50+ points in a loss (Stats, cultivated from basketball-reference.com, go back to the 1963-64 season.)
8: Michael Jordan
7: Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain
5: Allen Iverson
4: Bernard King
3: Bob McAdoo, Dominique Wilkins
2: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tiny Archibald, Adrian Dantley, James Harden, LeBron James, Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Redd, Russell Westbrook
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New Orleans Saints’ rookie running back Alvin Kamara has become the fourth rookie in NFL history and the first in 52 years to have five or more rushing and five or more pass receiving TDs in his first year in the league. Kamara currently has seven rushing TDs and five pass receiving TDs with two weeks remaining in the season.
The last rookie to have five TD runs and five TD pass catches in their first season in the NFL was Chicago Bears’ great Gale Sayres. He had 14 TD runs and six TD pass receptions in 1965, his rookie campaign with the Bears. Others to accomplish this feat were Charley Taylor in 1965 and Doak Walker in 1950. (Note: If Kamara can get two more receiving TDs in his last two games this season, he will become the first rookie ever to get seven TD runs and seven TD pass receptions in a season in NFL history.)
Kamara is also looking to become only the sixth player in NFL history to have seven TD runs and seven TD pass receptions in the same season. It has been done six times by five different players; Marshall Faulk did it twice in his career.
Here are the players who have scored seven or more TD via run and pass in a season.
Dan Reeves, Dallas, 1966: 8 TD runs, 8 TD receptions
O.J. Simpson, Buffalo, 1975: 16/7
Chuck Foreman, Minnesota, 1975: 13/9
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, 2000: 18/8
Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, 2001: 12/9
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City, 2013: 12/7
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Donovan Mitchell, the 13th selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, currently tops the list for most points scored by a rookie this season in the NBA. Mitchell has tallied 548 points for the Utah Jazz, averaging 17.7 points per game.
Mitchell is followed by rookie Ben Simmons, the #1 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft who did not play last season, with 500 points. The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (486 points) and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics (468 points) are the other rookies who have scored 400 or more points thus far in the 2017-18 campaign.
There are 29 rookies who have scored 100 or more points through games of December 20. Eight teams have two or more first-year players on this list; the Sacramento Kings have four rookies that have scored 100 points or more so far this season.
Here’s a look at the number of rookies each team has that has scored 100 or more points to this point this season.
2: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Dallas, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Phoenix
1: Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, Miami, N.Y. Knicks, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah
None: Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indiana, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Portland, Washington
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Last Sunday the Seattle Seahawks, in a home game in Seattle, lost 42-7 to the Los Angeles Rams. This stunning 35-point defeat at home was the first time they lost a home game by 30 or more points since 2010.
Two teams, New England and Pittsburgh, are the only teams to have not lost a home game by 30 or more points this century. The Pats last lost by 30+ points at home in 1998 while the Steelers last 30-point loss at home was in 1997.
Here is a look at each NFL team and the last season they lost a regular season home game by 30 or more points.
1998: New England
2006: Green Bay
2008: Cincinnati, Detroit
2011: Denver, Kansas City
2012: Miami, Tennessee
2013: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Jacksonville
2014: Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Washington
2015: Arizona, Cleveland, Minnesota, L.A. Chargers
2016: L.A. Rams, N.Y. Jets
2017: Buffalo, N.Y Giants, San Francisco, Seattle
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With their loss to Detroit on Saturday, December 16, the Bears saw their record this season drop to 4-10. It gave them their fourth straight season with double-digit losses, the longest current streak in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jags had lost 10 or more games for six straight years, but at 10-4 this season, they have qualified for the playoffs and no longer hold the current streak for the most consecutive seasons with 10+ losses.
Here is the number of 10-loss seasons for each NFL team since 2000. As you might expect, the Cleveland Browns top this list with 14 10-loss seasons this century. Four teams, Denver, New England, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are at the other end, each with only one double-digit loss season this century.
10: Detroit, Jacksonville, Oakland
8: Arizona, Buffalo, San Francisco, Washington
7: Chicago, Houston, L.A. Rams, Tampa Bay
6: Dallas, Minnesota, New York Jets, Tennessee
5: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, L.A. Chargers, Miami, New York Giants
3: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle
2: Green Bay, Philadelphia
1: Denver, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh
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