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BEN WALLACE JOINS THE CAVALIERS
Ben Wallace, who was traded to the Cavaliers on Thursday, may bring his biggest value to Cleveland during the playoffs. In 103 career postseason games he has averaged 12.9 rebounds per game, the second-highest average among active players (min: 25 games), behind Kevin Garnett's 13.4. The only players in NBA history to play in at least 100 postseason games and average more rebounds per game in the playoffs than Wallace are Bill Russell (24.9 rebounds per game), Wilt Chamberlain (24.5) and Wes Unseld (14.9).
YAO MAKES 10 OF 11 SHOTS FROM THE FIELD
Yao Ming was 10-for-11 (.909) from the field on Thursday night in Houston's victory over Miami. That was the highest field-goal percentage for Yao in any game of his NBA career (min: 10 FGA). His previous best was 9-for-10 (.900) on February 9, 2005 vs. Chicago.
ROCKETS AND HEAT HEADED IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
The Rockets hosted the Heat on Thursday night in a matchup of one team seeking to extend a winning streak to 10 games and an opponent trying to avoid a 10th straight loss. There was only one previous matchup of that type in the entire history of the NBA, and the Knicks snapped their nine-game losing streak with a win over the Cavaliers (96-94 at Madison Square Garden on April 5, 2006).
PARKER RETURNS TO THE SPURS LINEUP
Tony Parker, who missed the Spurs' last nine games with an inflamed left ankle, played 18 minutes and scored eight points vs. Minnesota. Parker, Ginobili and Tim Duncan have played in the same game only 32 times this season. San Antonio has a 23-9 record when all three played and a 13-8 mark when at least one of them was sidelined.
GINOBILI MAKES SIX THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS IN ONE QUARTER
Ginobili made six three-point field goals in the second quarter on Thursday night, the most by any NBA player in any quarter in the last three seasons. The last player prior to Ginobili to convert at least six shots from downtown in one period was the Lakers' Jumaine Jones on December 12, 2004 vs. Orlando.
GINOBILI SCORES 44 POINTS IN A ONE-POINT WIN
Manu Ginobili scored 44 points on Thursday night and the Spurs needed every one of them in their 100-99 victory over Minnesota. That matched the most points scored by any NBA player in a one-point victory in the last seven seasons. LeBron James (in March 2005) also scored 44 points in a game won by his team by one point during that period.
RYAN HOWARD: 105 HOME RUNS OVER THE LAST TWO SEASONS
Ryan Howard, who prevailed in his salary arbitration case on Thursday, hit 105 home runs over the last two seasons. That's the most home runs ever hit by a major-league player over his sophomore and third seasons. The previous record was held by Ralph Kiner, who hit 91 home runs for the Pirates spanning his second and third seasons (1947-48).