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Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel averaged 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 blocks in 17 March games, making him the first player since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1994 to hit all four of those statistical marks in a calendar month while playing 10 or more games, per NBA.com.

As if his month wasn't already incredible enough, the 20-year-old rookie managed to do all of that, despite averaging a modest 33.1 minutes per game for the 76ers, one of the worst teams in the NBA with an 18-57 record.

While it was once assumed that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins would take home Rookie of the Year honors, Noel's late charge has given the former Kentucky Wildcat a very strong case of his own.

After sitting out the entire 2013-14 season to let his knee heal from a torn ACL, Noel leads all NBA rookies with 17 double-doubles, while Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton is second with just 10, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James enters Thursday's game against the Miami Heat needing just two more points to surpass Patrick Ewing for sole possession of 20th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Barring an injury in the opening minutes of Thursday's contest, James will achieve the milestone in front of his hometown fans, facing the team that he spent the previous four seasons with.

According to Basketball-Reference.com's Play Index, James has never gone scoreless in a regular-season game, managing at least three points in each of his 906 career appearances.

James has 24,814 points through those 906 games, giving him a career-long scoring average of 27.4 points per game.

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With 76 points through his first 72 games of the season, Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has a chance to be come the first player in franchise history to win the Art Ross Trophy, which is given annually to the NHL's leader in points, per CSN Philadelphia.

Oddly enough, Flyers legend Eric Lindros actually tied Jaromir Jagr atop the league leaderboard with 70 points in 1994-95, but Jagr took home the award on a tiebreaker for scoring more goals.

Jagr, of course, was playing for the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins at the time, making Lindros' narrow defeat all the more obnoxious to the Philadelphia faithful.

The Art Ross Trophy competition may again come down to the two Pennsylvania franchises this season, as Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby currently sits three points ahead of Voracek with a league-leading 79.

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Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr heads into Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins needing just two more points to tie Ron Francis for fourth place on the NHL's all-time points list, per Sportsnet Stats.

Following a two-goal performance in Sunday's big win over the Ottawa Senators, Jagr has 1,796 career points, leaving him just two shy of the 1,798 that Francis accumulated from 1981-82 to 2003-04.

It would be huge for the Panthers if Jagr can tie or pass Francis on Tuesday, as Florida is playing a second straight game against one of the teams it is chasing for a wild-card spot.

The Bruins currently hold the final spot, with 89 points through 76 games. The Panthers have 85 points and have also played 76 games, while the Senators sit at 86 points through just 75 games.

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin enters Tuesday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes needing just one more goal to reach 50 in a season for the sixth time in his 10-year career, per Sportsnet Stats.

With the Capitals still having another five games to play after Tuesday's contest, the 29-year-old Russian is an excellent bet to reach the milestone.

It helps that the Caps are still competing with the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders to earn home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, as Ovechkin is unlikely to be rested for more than one game.

Following a bit of a down period that saw him score just 32 goals over 79 games in 2010-11, followed by 38 goals over 78 games in 2011-12, Ovechkin has bounced back to his usual level of production in the past three seasons.

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San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is averaging an NBA-best 2.22 steals this season, putting him on track to be the first Spur since Alvin Robertson in 1986-87 to lead the league in steals per game, per NBA.com/stats.

Leonard is closely followed on the league leaderboard by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (2.15) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (2.10), who are both leading candidates to be named MVP.

While Westbrook and Curry have already surpassed the 58-game minimum to qualify for the league lead in a per-game average, Leonard still needs to make three more appearances over the Spurs' final nine games.

That shouldn't be an issue for the 23-year-old forward; the Spurs still have a bunch of potential outcomes for playoff seeding.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki recorded the 10,000th rebound of his career during the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 101-94 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

He entered the contest with 9,991 career rebounds, needing just nine more to become the seventh player in NBA history with 27,000-plus points and 10,000-plus boards.

Nowitzki ended up pulling in 13 rebounds, reaching his second-highest total of the season, despite having just six through three quarters.

He thus joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes in that exclusive group with 27,000 points and 10,000 boards, becoming the first international player to hit both milestones.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki needs nine rebounds in Tuesday's game against the San Antonio Spurs to become the seventh player in NBA history with 27,000 or more points and 10,000 or more rebounds, per Earl K. Sneed of the Mavericks' official website.

Nowitzki, whose wife gave birth to the couple's second child Monday night/Tuesday morning, enters the contest with 27,945 career points and 9,991 rebounds.

Whether Tuesday night or at a later date, the German forward will eventually join an exclusive group that is currently comprised of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, Shaquille O'Neal, Moses Malone and Elvin Hayes.

Nowitzki will be the first international player on the list, further cementing himself—alongside Hakeem Olajuwon—as one of the two greatest non-U.S.-born players in league history.

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Houston Rockets guard James Harden is the only player in the NBA to make 20 or more free throws in a game this season and has now accomplished the feat twice within a matter of just five days, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Harden led the Rockets to a 110-100 road victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday, making 21 of his 22 free-throw attempts as part of a 44-point performance.

He also made 10 of his 21 shots from the field, including three of his eight tries from beyond the arc. And, as if all that scoring wasn't enough, Harden added four rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals with only four turnovers in a whopping 43 minutes.

Just four days earlier, Harden made 22 of his 25 attempts from the charity stripe in a 118-108 win over the Denver Nuggets, finishing with a season-high 50 points over 40 minutes.

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Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews recorded the 500th point of his career during the third period of Monday's 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, per the Blackhawks' official Twitter account.

The milestone point came with just 40 seconds remaining in the game, when forward Andrew Shaw scored an empty-netter—his second goal of the game—with Joakim Nordstrom getting the primary assist and Toews picking up the secondary assist.

The helper was Toews' 37th of the season, to go along with 23 goals. He now has 60 points for the fifth time in his eight-year career, having reached the mark in every season in which he has played more than 64 games.

With 218 career goals and 282 assists, the 26-year-old Canadian has always done a nice job of finding a balance between being a playmaker and finisher. He has put up 20-plus goals and 20-plus assists in each of his eight NHL seasons, with 30-plus assists in every campaign except for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.