Early-Season Delights: 5 Inspiring Performances from Early in the NBA Season

Joshua SextonSenior Analyst IINovember 13, 2010

Early-Season Delights: 5 Inspiring Performances from Early in the NBA Season

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    Although only a couple of weeks old, the 2010-11 season has already proven to be quite exciting, as both players and teams have turned in inspiring performances that are sure to be in fans' memories for quite awhile.

    Although there are many great performances to choose from, only five can make the cut. So, which five are worthy of being dubbed an early-season delight?

Indiana Setting the Pace

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    On Nov. 10, the Pacers hit their first 20 shots in the third quarter against the Denver Nuggets. Josh McRoberts missed a shot with two seconds remaining in the quarter to end the streak. The Pacers scored 54 points in the third quarter as they beat the Nuggets, 144-113. The 54 points scored in the third quarter set a franchise record and was the fourth-most points in a quarter in NBA history.

Millsap's 46 Points Cools the Heat

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    On Nov. 9, Paul Millsap scored a career-high 46 points against the Miami Heat. Millsap's 46 points helped the Jazz rally from a 19-point halftime deficit to beat the Heat in double-overtime.

John Wall Notches First Career Triple-Double

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    On Nov. 10, the Wizards rookie completed his first career triple-double, as the Wizards beat the Rockets. Wall finished with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds. Wall became the third-youngest player to record a triple-double in NBA history. Only LeBron James and Lamar Odom accomplished the feat at a younger age.

Rondo Chasing Cousy

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    On Oct. 29, Rajon Rondo handed out 24 assists in a victory over the Knicks. In addition, Rondo had 10 points and 10 rebounds to complete a triple-double. Rondo's 24 assists were the second-most in franchise history.

    In 1959, Bob Cousy finished a game with 28 helpers.

31 and 31: Lots of Love

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    On Friday night, Kevin Love scored 31 points and grabbed 31 rebounds in a win against the Knicks. Love had 15 rebounds in the third quarter alone. It was the first time in 28 years a player had 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game.

    Moses Malone accomplished the feat in 1982.