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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant needs 31 points in Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs to surpass Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Coming off a 32-point showing in Tuesday's 98-95 win over the Sacramento Kings, Bryant sits at 32,262 career points, just 30 shy of Jordan's 32,292.

The 36-year-old shooting guard has scored 31 or more points in six of his first 22 games this season, and he's averaging 25.5 per game, which puts him atop the NBA leaderboard at the start of Wednesday's action.

While he won't have the benefit of an easy matchup Friday night, Bryant should enter the game well-rested, with the Lakers not in action on either Wednesday or Thursday.

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Heading into Thursday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has 20 or more points, five or more assists and five or more rebounds in each of his last five games for the first time in his career, per ESPN Stats & Info.

It's a bit surprising that the superstar guard had previously never put together such a streak, as he's long been one of the NBA's top stat sheet-stuffers, not to mention one of the better rebounding point guards.

Westbrook's ongoing 20-5-5 streak began Nov. 28 against the New York Knicks, when he returned from a fractured hand to record 32 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in just 24 minutes—despite playing for the first time in four weeks.

The 26-year-old UCLA product then posted point-rebound-assist lines of 21-6-7, 27-5-7, 22-11-7 and 28-5-7 over his last four games, giving him averages of 26 points, 6.8 rebounds and 7.2 assists since he returned from the injury.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 327 yards in Monday's 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons to set the all-time NFL record for most passing yards in the first 100 starts of a player's career, per the Packers' official Twitter account.

Rodgers entered Monday's game with 27,193 passing yards in his first 99 starts, needing 293 more to surpass Tony Romo's record of 27,485.

The 31-year-old quarterback earned the record in spectacular fashion, moving past Romo on a perfectly thrown 60-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jordy Nelson in the fourth quarter.

Rodgers finished the game with 24 completions for 327 yards and three touchdowns on 36 pass attempts, good for a 123.3 passer rating.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught his ninth and 10th touchdown passes of the season in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions, becoming just the fourth rookie in the past 30 years to record double-digit touchdown receptions, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Evans joins Randy Moss (17 in 1998), Rob Gronkowski (10 in 2008) and Mike Williams (10 in 2010), the last of whom also accomplished the feat in a Buccaneers uniform. Moss, meanwhile, holds the all-time rookie record for touchdown catches, sitting four ahead of the second-place 13 produced by Billy Howton (1952) and John Jefferson (1978), per NFL.com.

Going back to 1920, there have been 15 occurrences of a rookie catching 10 or more touchdown passes. Alyn Beals of the AAFC's 1946 San Francisco 49ers was the first to ever accomplish the feat, per Pro-Football-Reference.com's play index.

Of course, with the 2014 season being notable for its unusually fantastic crop of rookie wide receivers, the group may soon have a few more members.

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt recorded three sacks in Sunday's win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to become just the fifth player in NFL history with 50 or more sacks through the first four seasons of his career, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Watt now has 51 career sacks, tying him with Dwight Freeney for the fourth-most ever through a player's first four seasons. Reggie White's 70 easily set the standard, followed by Derrick Thomas' 58 and DeMarcus Ware's 53.5.

While Thomas and (definitely) White are out of reach, Watt can pass Ware for sole possession of third place, if the former Wisconsin Badger notches three sacks over the final three games of the season.

A runway favorite to win the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, Watt has 14.5 sacks through 13 games this year, after posting 5.5 (2011), 20.5 (2012) and 10.5 (2013) in his first three seasons.

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 43-37 loss to the Green Bay Packers, setting a career-high mark in receiving yards for a second straight week, per Around The NFL on Twitter.

After roasting the Arizona Cardinals for 10 catches, 189 receiving yards and a touchdown in a Week 14 victory, Jones somehow outdid himself on a cold night at Lambeau Field.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide star was one of the few bright spots for Atlanta in the first half, catching five passes for 100 yards, even as his team found itself in a 31-7 hole at the break.

Jones did his best to erase that deficit after halftime, starting with a 79-yard reception that fell just one yard shy of the end zone on the first play of the second half.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 294 yards in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns to surpass Peyton Manning's record for most passing yards through a player's first three seasons, per a tweet from STATS.

With three games remaining in his third NFL season, Luck has 12,501 career passing yards, which is already 214 more than the 12,287 Manning piled up for the Colts from 1998 to 2000.

It's only natural to compare the two No. 1-overall draft picks, given that Luck replaced Manning as the Colts' franchise quarterback.

While Luck will finish this season with better statistics through three years than Manning, it's not exactly a secret that the NFL has become far more friendly to quarterbacks and the passing game in recent years.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. topped 90 receiving yards for a sixth consecutive game in Sunday's 36-7 win over the Tennessee Titans, giving him the longest such streak by a rookie in American professional football history, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

Rookie or not, Beckham is one of just 14 players to hit 90 receiving yards in six or more consecutive games, though the feat has been accomplished 16 times thanks to Calvin Johnson on three separate occasions.

The record for consecutive 90-yard receiving performances is nine, set by Michael Irvin for the Dallas Cowboys over the first nine games of the 1995 season.

Despite missing the Giants' first four games with a hamstring injury, Beckham has made his rookie campaign one of the most memorable in recent NFL history.

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Houston Texans running back Arian Foster went over 1,000 rushing yards in a season for the fourth time in his career during Sunday's 27-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Foster entered the contest with 901 rushing yards, needing 99 to become the fifth player this season to reach 1,000. If there was any doubt that he'd get there, it was erased when Foster broke off a season-long, 51-yard run in the first quarter.

The 28-year-old former Tennessee Volunteer eventually finished with 127 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, giving him 1,026 rushing yards for the season.

He hit the 1,000-yard mark in the third quarter, just a few hours before Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch became the season's sixth 1,000-yard rusher.

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Following a 52-0 Week 13 demolition of the Oakland Raiders, the St. Louis Rams recorded another shutout Sunday against the Washington Redskins, giving the franchise back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1945, per ESPN Stats & Info.

While the 24-0 victory wasn't quite as dominant as last week's blowout, the Rams held the Redskins out of the red zone all game and had a 329-to-206 advantage in total yards.

St. Louis also won the turnover battle 2-0, thanks to a pair of interceptions from Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy, who left the game at the two-minute warning of the second half with a neck injury.

Special teams was a mixed bag for the Rams, as kicker Greg Zuerlein missed an extra point and two short field goals in the first half, while wide receiver Tavon Austin took a punt return for a 78-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.