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GINOBILI HAS 34 POINTS AND 15 REBOUNDS
Manu Ginobili had 34 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in the Spurs' 93-88 win at Toronto. Ginobili is the fifth different Spurs player with a 30-point, 15-rebound game in the past 20 seasons. David Robinson had 49, Tim Duncan 39, Terry Cummings 3 and Nazr Mohammed one.
Ginobili was 6-for-12 from three-point range. He became the first player in NBA history to have 30 points, 15 rebounds and 6 3-point field goals in a non-overtime game. Rasheed Wallace, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter each had one 30-15-6 performance in an overtime game.
HUGHES HAS A BIG THIRD QUARTER
Larry Hughes had 23 points, shooting 6-for-7 (86%) from the field in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 118-111 win at Orlando. The last player to have that many points and that high a field goal percentage in a quarter was Yao Ming, who had 23 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the fourth quarter on December 9, 2006 at Washington.
SECOND STRAIGHT BAD LOSS FOR MILWAUKEE
The Bucks lost at home to the 16-32 Clippers, 96-89. In their previous game, Milwaukee lost at home to New York, which entered the game 14-36. The Bucks are the first team to lose consecutive games, both at home and both to teams which had previously won one-third or fewer of their games (minimum 10 games played) since the Hornets lost in New Orleans to the Jazz and Trail Blazers on April 8 and 10, 2005. It's the first time the Bucks have ever had such a two-game losing streak.
GASOL REMAINS HOT WITH THE LAKERS
Pau Gasol was 9-for-11 (82%) from the field in the Lakers' 106-97 win at Charlotte. It was the second time Gasol shot at least 80% in five games with the Lakers (he was 12/15, 80% at Orlando on Friday). In 476 career games for the Grizzlies, Gasol shot at least 80% (minimum 10 FGA) 11 times.
MAVS' BAD SECOND HALF
The Mavericks had 53 points at halftime but scored a franchise record low (for either half) 23 points in the second half, losing 84-76 at Philadelphia. Since the NBA instituted the shot clock in 1954, only one other team has ever scored as few as 76 points in a game it had at least 53 in the first half. On December 11, 1999, the Timberwolves led the Warriors 55-52 at halftime but scored just 21 second-half points and lost 104-76.
TWO 20/10's NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING FOR WIZARDS
Washington's Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 10 rebounds while teammate Brendan Haywood had 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Wizards lost 120-117 at Golden State. It was the seventh time in the last three seasons that Washington has had two players with 20/10 points/rebounds, but they are now just 2-5 in those games.
WIZARDS HAVE ANOTHER BIG FIRST HALF AT GOLDEN STATE
The Wizards scored 72 first-half points in their 120-117 loss to the Warriors. The last time Washington played in Oakland they scored 73 points in the first half of a 135-128 loss last March 23. This is the first time in franchise history that the team now known as the Wizards has scored at least 70 first-half points in consecutive road games against an opponent. There has only been one other instance in the last 17 seasons (since 1991-92) of a team scoring 70 or more by halftime in consecutive road contests versus another team. The Suns have done it in their last two visits to Memphis (both last season).
WIZARDS BLOW BIG LEAD
The Wizards lost despite leading 37-22 at the end of the first quarter. The last time Washington lost a game which it led by 15 after one quarter was November 29, 1997, at home to Michael Jordan's Bulls. The Wizards led that game 33-18 after a period but lost 88-83.
FORMER LONGHORN ALDRIDGE THRIVES IN TEXAS
Former Texas Longhorn LaMarcus Aldridge scored 22 points in the Trail Blazers' 95-83 loss at Houston. It was the fourth time Aldridge scored at least 20 points in five games in the state of Texas this season (1/2 in San Antonio, 2/2 in Houston, 1/1 in Dallas). Before this season, the last player from the University of Texas to score 20 points in an NBA game in the Lone Star State was the Kings' Travis Mays, who scored 23 on December 1, 1990 at Houston.
ONLY POWER HITTING SHORTSTOP IN PADRES HISTORY GETS AN EXTENSION
Khalil Greene signed a two-year contract with the Padres. Greene hit exactly 15 home runs each year from 2004 to 2006 then hit 27 homers in 2007. Before Greene, no Padres shortstop had ever reached double-digits in home runs in any season.
SWEENEY LEAVES ROYALS
Mike Sweeney agreed to a minor league contract (with a spring training invitation) with the Athletics. Sweeney had played the last 13 seasons in Kansas City. Sweeney was the ninth Royals player to play at least 13 seasons with the team: George Brett 21, Frank White 18, Paul Splittorff 15, Hal McRae 15, Willie Wilson 15, Amos Otis 14, Mark Gubicza 13, Kevin Appier 13, Sweeney 13. Since the Royals entered the American League in 1969, no other team has had so many players spend at least 13 seasons with the club. The Orioles are second with eight players with 13+ seasons since 1969.
ATKINS AVOIDS ARBITRATION
Garrett Atkins and the Rockies avoided arbitration, agreeing on a one-year contract. Atkins had a disappointing first two months in 2007, batting .223 with 3 home runs and 20 RBIs through the end of May. But from June 1 through the end of the season, Atkins hit .338 with 22 home runs. His 138 hits were sixth most and his 91 RBIs were fourth most in the National League over that span.