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PISTONS BUILD INSURMOUNTABLE LEAD, THEN CRUISE PAST SUNS
The Pistons opened an 86-52 lead in the third quarter at Phoenix and coasted to a 116-86 victory over the Suns. The last time the Suns trailed by as many as 34 points in a home game was more than seven years ago and Shaquille O'Neal was part of that game as well, as Phoenix fell to the Lakers, 115-78, on December 28, 2000.
STOUDEMIRE SCORES 30 IN BIG LOSS
Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points in the Suns' loss, becoming the second player this month to reach the 30 mark in a loss by 30 or more points. LeBron James scored 30 in the Cavs' 113-83 loss to the Nuggets on February 10. There had been only two such games in the previous 10 NBA seasons.
GOOD PITCHING STOPS GOOD HITTING, EVEN IN THE NBA
The Suns scored 85 and 86 points in consecutive games against the first- and second-ranked defensive teams in the NBA, the Celtics and Pistons. It was the first time since January 17-19, 2005 that Phoenix failed to reach the 90 mark in two straight games.
GASOL SCORES 22 IN VICTORY OVER SONICS
Pau Gasol maintained his 22-PPG scoring average in the Lakers' 111-91 win at Seattle, his 10th game with the Lakers. Only five other players averaged at least 22.0 points over their first 10 games with the Lakers: Elgin Baylor (24.1) and four legendary centers-George Mikan (29.0), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28.8), Shaquille O'Neal (24.8), and Wilt Chamberlain (24.5).
WALLACE SNAPS OUT OF SLUMP IN CAVS DEBUT
Ben Wallace scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his Cavaliers debut, a 109-89 win over the Grizzlies. It snapped Wallace's streak of 21 games without a double-double, his longest in seven years (since Jan. 10-Mar. 2, 2001).
KIDD DOES IT AGAIN, 11 YEARS LATER
Jason Kidd recorded 17 assists in the Mavericks' 99-83 win at Minnesota after posting 15 assists against the Grizzlies on Friday night. It was only the second time in franchise history that a Mavs player had at least 15 assists in consecutive games. Kidd previously did it in 1996 (Nov. 29-Dec. 2), less than a month before he was traded to the Suns.
ELIAS' FUN WITH NUMBERS, NBA-STYLE
Dallas's 16-point win was by far the largest margin of victory in the NBA's shot-clock era in a game that was tied at the end of the first, second, and third quarters. The previous high was set in a 123-113 win by the Nuggets over the Sonics on March 26, 1987.
CELTICS DOWN EARLY, BUT RALLY FOR WIN AT PORTLAND
The Celtics trailed, 32-16, after one period but rallied for a 112-102 victory at Portland. It was the first road game in which Boston trailed by at least 15 points at the end of the first quarter since December 9, 2006, and the Celtics won that game as well (92-90 at New Jersey). The Celtics had only three such wins in their history prior to that.