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DWIGHT HOWARD - PERFECT FROM THE FIELD...AGAIN
Dwight Howard was 8-for-8 from the field in Orlando's loss to the Lakers. It was the third time in his career that Howard went 8-for-8 (or better) from the field. Only two players in NBA history - and maybe two of the best ever - had more such games than Howard: Wilt Chamberlain (11) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (five). Let's not forget, Howard is only 22 years old!
SUNS 32-FOR-32 FROM CHARITY STRIPE
Phoenix made all 32 of its foul shots in its win over Seattle Friday night. It's the fifth-best free-throw shooting performance for a team in a game in NBA history, behind Utah's 39-for-39 at Portland on Dec. 7, 1982; Boston's 35-for-35 vs. Miami on April 12, 1990; Boston's 33-for 33 vs. New Jersey on March 18, 1990 and Golden State's 33-for-33 vs. Houston on April 11, 1991.
ANTHONY MAKES 19 OF 25 SHOTS
Carmelo Anthony made 19 of 25 field goal attempts (.760) in his 49-point effort in the Nuggets' win over Washington. Only one player in the last 13 NBA seasons had a field goal percentage that high in a game in which he took 25-or-more shots: Kobe Bryant went 20-for-26 (.769) on Dec. 21, 2000 at Houston.
KNICKS TIE FRANCHISE RECORD
The Knicks loss lowered their season record to 14-36, matching the worst record after 50 games in any season in the 62-year history of the franchise. The Knicks set that mark by losing 36 of their first 50 games two years ago.
BOSTON 15-0 AGAINST WESTERN CONFERENCE TEAMS
The Celtics beat the Timberwolves Friday night and are now 15-0 against teams from the Western Conference. Since 1970-71, the first season in which the NBA broke up the league into the Eastern and Western Conference, only one other team won its first 15 (or more) games against teams from the other conference: the Lakers in 1971-72 won their first 19 games against Eastern Conference teams.
GARNETT MISSES SIXTH STRAIGHT GAME
Kevin Garnett missed his sixth straight game as the Celtics visited his former home, matching the longest streak of missed games in his NBA career. Garnett missed the final six games of the 2005-06 season.
KOBE AND PAU, THE NEW ONE-TWO PUNCH FOR THE LAKERS
Kobe Bryant scored 36 points and Pau Gasol scored 30 in the Lakers 117-113 win at Orlando Friday night. It was the fist time two Lakers scored 30-or-more points in the same game since April 8, 2005 at Seattle when Kobe (42) and Caron Butler (31) did it.
For the record, Kobe and Shaq each scored 30-or-more points in the same non-overtime game 36 times while they were teammates with the Lakers.
JASON KIDD EXCELS IN FIRST QUARTER ON WAY TO ANOTHER TRIPLE/DOUBLE
Jason Kidd had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists in the Nets win in Charlotte Friday night, the 99th triple/double of his career and the 12th this season. Kidd had a triple/double before the third quarter was completed. It's the second time this season that Kidd had completed his triple/double before three quarters were complete (he also did it on Nov. 16 vs. Orlando). Two other players completed a triple/double in three quarters this season: LeBron James on Nov. 7 and Baron Davis on Nov. 23
Kidd had 12 points, 9 rebounds and three assists in the first quarter against Charlotte. Kidd is the first player to reach those levels in all three categories in the first quarter in over five years. Kobe Bryant was the last to do it, on Nov. 1, 2002 vs. the Clippers (12 points, nine rebounds and five assists).
ROY DOES NOT PLAY FOR THE BLAZERS
The Trailblazers played their game in Detroit Friday night without Brandon Roy due to a death in his family. The Blazers are 51-54 (.486) in the 105 games Roy has played in since he joined the team last season; they're 9-17 (.346) in games he has missed over that span, all this season.
RAPTORS PLAY 1000TH GAME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AND LOSE
The Raptors lost Friday night in the 1000th game in team history. The last four NBA teams to reach the 1000-game plateau all lost that game: Orlando (Feb. 3, 2002), Minnesota (Feb. 4, 2002), Memphis/Vancouver (Feb. 5, 2008) and Toronto.
BEDARD FINALLY MOVES TO SEATTLE
The Erik Bedard trade to Seattle was finally consummated Friday. Bedard's earned run average dropped each season since 2004: 2004 (4.59), 2005 (4.00), 2006 (3.76), 2007 (3.16). Only three other major league pitcher's have seen their ERA decrease each season since 2004 (minimum: 100 IP each season), and two of them won a Cy Young Award: Aaron Harang, C.C. Sabathia (2007 A.L. Cy Young winner) and Brandon Webb (2006 N.L. Cy Young winner).