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TROY WILLIAMSON HOPES TO CATCH ON IN JACKSONVILLE
The Jaguars reportedly acquired Troy Williamson from the Vikings on Tuesday. For Williamson to catch on in Jacksonville, he'll have to be more sure-handed than he was with Minnesota. In Williamson's three NFL seasons he's caught only 83% of on-target passes, the second-lowest percentage among players who have been thrown to at least 100 times over that span, ahead of only Devery Henderson (76%).
YAO MING OUT FOR REST OF SEASON
Yao Ming will be out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot. How important has Yao been to the Rockets this season? Coming into Tuesday, Houston's starting centers (which means Yao, for all but one game), were leading the NBA with an average of 21.9 points per game and they were allowing only 10.1 points per game to opposing starting centers, the fourth-lowest average against any NBA team this year. That difference of 11.8 points per game was also the largest in the NBA before Yao's injury.
Yao missed only two of his first 268 NBA games (through Dec. 17, 2005), but since then he's played in only 138 of a possible 198 games (which will be 138 of 224 by the end of this season).
The Rockets defeated the Wizards without Yao on Tuesday, 94-69. It's the third time that the Rockets have held an opponent to fewer than 70 points with Yao as a DNP. Houston had wins like that over the Hawks in 2006 and the Trail Blazers in 2007.
HEAT END LOSING STREAK WITH BIG WIN
The Heat ended its 11-game losing streak with a 21-point win over the Kings. In the last 10 years two other teams ended a losing streak that long with a win that big: last March the Pacers ended an 11-game losing streak with a 23-point win over the Hawks; and in 2002 the Cavaliers ended a 12-game losing streak with a 33-point win over the Timberwolves.
SUNS SCORE THE TRADITIONAL WAY
The Suns made 39 of their 59 two-point field goal attempts Tuesday against the Grizzlies (66.1%). The Suns have made 53.4% of their two-pointers this season, by far the highest percentage in the league (the Magic stands second, at 51.5%) and Phoenix has made at least 66% of its two-pointers in five different games this season (the 29 other NBA teams have had that high a percentage four times and no team has done it more than once).
TURKOGLU OWNS THE FOURTH QUARTER AGAIN
Hedo Turkoglu scored 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter in the Magic's win over the Nets on Tuesday. Turkoglu has scored 33 percent of his points in the fourth quarter, the highest percentage for any player with at least 1,000 points this season. And Turkoglu has scored at least 10 fourth-quarter points in 13 games this season, tying him with Jamal Crawford for the third-highest total in the NBA this season, behind LeBron James (20) and Kobe Bryant (16).16
REDD HITS THE GAME WINNER
Michael Redd's three-point field goal as time expired gave the Bucks a win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday. It was Redd's first career game-winning field goal in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.
LOCAL MAN MAKES GOOD
Jordan Farmar, who went to high school in Woodland Hills, CA, and college at UCLA, scored 21 points, tying a career high, in the Lakers' win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Farmar is the only UCLA player to have a 20-point game for the Lakers since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who was known as Lew Alcindor in his UCLA days)
SUPERSONICS DON¿T TAKE MANY THREE-POINTERS
The SuperSonics attempted only four three-point field goals in Tuesday's loss to the Warriors and didn't make any. That ties the fewest three-point attempts by a team in any game this season (done four other times) and it was the fewest tries by Seattle since Apr. 8, 2002.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Paul Stastny scored his first career overtime goal on Tuesday in the Avalanche's win over the Flames. Stastny's father, Peter, scored two overtime goals in his NHL career. They are the second father-son duo to each score an overtime goal in the NHL. The other pair to do that is the Malones, Ryan (who has three in his four-year career) and Greg (who had one in his 11 NHL seasons).
Long Island native Christopher Higgins scored 23 goals for Montreal in 2005-06, 22 goals last season, and he reached the 20-goal plateau this season when he scored the first of his two goals in the Canadiens' 5-1 win over the Thrashers on Tuesday night. Higgins is the only U.S.-born player in Canadiens history to have more than one 20-goal season for the club. Other American Canadiens who did that once were Leroy Goldsworthy (1934-35), Chris Nilan (1984-85), Chris Chelios (1987-88) and Mathieu Schneider (1993-94).
PENGUINS ACQUIRE ONE OF NHL'S BEST GOAL SCORERS
BRANDON ¿SUITCASE¿ BOCHENSKI ON THE MOVE AGAIN
Fans of the transactions wire should not have been surprised to see Brandon Bochenski's name appear on there today, having been traded from the Ducks to the Predators. If Bochenski gets into a game for Nashville it will be his fifth team in his first three NHL seasons; he previously played for Ottawa, Chicago and Boston, as well as Anaheim. Only one player in NHL history appeared for as many as five teams in his first three years in the league: a goaltender named Wilf Cude played for five teams in his first three seasons in the early 1930s.
AVALANCHE REACQUIRE ADAM FOOTE
Adam Foote returned to the Avalanche after a deadline trade and played his 800th game for the franchise Tuesday (which has its roots in Quebec, as the Nordiques). Only two players, both forwards, have played more games for the club: Joe Sakic (1,345) and Michel Goulet (813).
SENATORS SHUT OUT FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME
The Senators were shut out by the Bruins on Tuesday, 4-0, after being blanked by the Maple Leafs on Monday, 50. It was the first time that the Senators were shut out in consecutive games since November 2000, a span of 537 games which was the third-longest current streak in the NHL entering Tuesday's games.
ISLANDERS OUTSHOOT PENGUINS BY A LOT BUT STILL LOSE
The Islanders outshot the Penguins Tuesday, 52-21, but lost 4-2. It's only the second time in Islanders history that they lost a game with such a large advantage; the Isles' only other loss was to the Red Wings on Feb. 8, 1991, a game in which they had a 49-16 shot advantage.
Ty Conklin stopped 50 of 52 shots for Pittsburgh, the most saves for a Penguins goaltender since Tom Barrasso stopped 51 of 53 shots against the Red Wings on Jan 31, 1998.
SAMSONOV, CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS, CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
Sergei Samsonov scored both goals for the Hurricanes, including the game-winner in overtime, in Carolina's 2-1 victory over the Devils. Samsonov had played 23 games for the Blackhawks this season without scoring a single goal when he was claimed on waivers by Carolina on January 8. Samsonov made his Hurricanes debut that night and he leads the team with nine goals since then.
CAPITALS WIN WITHOUT CONTRIBUTION FROM OVECHKIN
The Capitals beat the Wild, 41, on Tuesday, despite Alex Ovechkin being held without a point in the game. The four goals are the most that Washington has scored in any game this season in which Ovechkin was pointless.