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IVERSON AND ANTHONY EACH SCORE 25+ POINTS FOR NUGGETS
Allen Iverson scored 29 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in Denver's victory over San Antonio on Friday night. That marks the 28th time that Iverson and Anthony have each scored 25-or-more points in the same game since Iverson played his first game with Denver on December 22, 2006. That is more than double the next highest total by any other combination (Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming have the next highest total with 10 such games).
THREE NBA GAMES DECIDED BY 34-OR-MORE POINTS
Three games were decided by a margin of 34-or-more points on Friday night: the Lakers defeated the Clippers by 37 points, Philadelphia topped Seattle by 34 points and Golden State beat Miami by 35 points. This marks the first time in NBA history that three games were decided by 34-or-more points on the same day.
SIXERS BEAT SUPERSONICS BY 34 POINTS
The 76ers defeated the SuperSonics by 34 points on Friday night, marking the fourth time that Philadelphia has won a game by 30-or-more points this season. That ties Philadelphia's franchise record for most 30-point victories in a single season (1980-81 and 1967-68).
The victory moved the Sixers to four games below .500 on the season (29-33). Only two teams in NBA history have won at least four games by 30-or-more points while finishing the season with a losing record: the 1986-87 SuperSonics (four wins by 30+ points, 39-43 record) and the 1978-79 Bucks (five wins by 30+ points, 38-44 record).
BARGNANI MAKES FIVE THREE-POINT SHOTS
Andrea Bargnani was credited with five three-point field goals in Toronto's overtime loss to the Wizards. That marked the fourth time that Bargnani has made five three-point field goals in a game since he entered the league. Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80, only two other players listed at seven-feet tall have made five or more shots from three-point range in a game: Dirk Nowitzki has done it 10 times and Manute Bol did it once.
SHAQ SCORES HIS 26,000TH POINT
Shaquille O'Neal scored 20 points in the Suns loss to Utah on Friday night. With his 12th point of the game, O'Neal became the 11th player in NBA history to reach the 26,000 point milestone. Shaq is playing for the fourth different team in his career. Of the 10 other members of the 26,000-point club, only two played for as many teams as O'Neal has: Moses Malone (seven) and Dominique Wilkins (five).
WARRIORS REACH THE CENTURY MARK IN POINTS FOR THE 25TH STRAIGHT GAME
The Warriors 134-99 victory over Miami marked the 25th consecutive game that Golden State has scored 100-or-more points. That is the longest streak of its kind by any team in 15 years. Two teams had streaks of 25+ straight games with 100+ points during the 1992-93 season: Golden State (32 straight) and Phoenix (43 straight).
RILEY'S HEAT LOSE BY 35 POINTS AT HOME
The Warriors beat the Heat by 35 points in Miami on Friday night handing Pat Riley his third worst regular season defeat in a home game in his head coaching career. Riley's Heat lost at home by 42 points to Chicago on October 31, 2006 and by 39 points to Utah on December 18, 2001.
Miami used only seven players in Friday's loss to Golden State. That marked the second time this season that the Heat has used as few as seven players in a game (December 10 at Phoenix). Only one other team has used seven-or-fewer players in a game this season: Phoenix vs. the Lakers on January 17th.
GORDON SCORES 20 OFF THE BENCH FOR THE BULLS
Ben Gordon scored 20 points off the bench in Chicago's loss to Boston on Friday night. Gordon has now come off the bench and scored 20 points in a game 71 times since he entered the NBA in 2004, by far the highest total for any player over that span. Only one other player has scored 20+ points off the bench in more than half the games that Gordon has done it in since the start of the 2004-05 season (Leandro Barbosa - 45 )
KEVIN MARTIN SCORES 48 FOR THE KINGS
Kevin Martin scored 48 points for the Kings in their loss to the Timberwolves on Friday night. That was the most points scored by a Kings player in a regulation game in over 25 years! The last time a Kings player scored as many points as Martin in a non-overtime game was on February 20, 1983 when the team was located in Kansas City. Mike Woodson had 48 points in a victory over the Rockets that night. (Chris Webber scored 51 points in an overtime game on January 5, 2001, the only other Kings player to score 48 in a game since Woodson).
CHRIS PAUL AND DERON WILLIAMS EACH RECORD 25 POINT/15 ASSIST GAMES
Chris Paul (22 years old) scored 25 points and dished out 16 assists for the Hornets and Deron Williams (23 years old) recorded 25 points and 15 assists for the Jazz on Friday night. This marks only the second time in NBA history that two players under the age of 24 have each recorded 25+ points and 15+ assists on the same day. The only other time that happened was on February 9, 1989 when 23 year old Kenny Smith had 25 points and 15 assists for the Kings and 22-year old Kevin Johnson recorded 34 points and 18 assists for the Suns.
KIPRUSOFF NO LONGER PERFECT WHEN FACING 36+ SHOTS IN A GAME
The Predators had 36 shots on goal in their 2-1 overtime win over Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames in Calgary. It was the first time this season that Kiprusoff failed to win a game in which he faced at least 36 shots. He had been 10-0-0 in such games before Friday's overtime loss to Nashville.
EVGENI NABOKOV WINS HIS NINTH STRAIGHT START AGAINST THE BLACKHAWKS
Evgeni Nabokov made 17 saves in recording the win for San Jose in Chicago on Friday. Nabokov has won his last nine starts against the Blackhawks (dating back to February 2004), posting a 1.65 goals-against average and .931 save percentage while not allowing more than three goals in any of those games.
ANOTHER MULTIPLE-ASSIST GAME FOR JOE THORNTON
Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks in their win over the Blackhawks. It was the league-high 19th multiple-assist game for Thornton this season (Martin St. Louis is second with 15). When Thornton gets two-or-more assists it almost always means a win for San Jose. The Sharks are 18-0-1 this season in games in which Thornton has recorded multiple assists. The only game they did not win was an overtime loss at Anaheim on January 13.
CHEECHOO CONTINUES HIS SECOND-HALF REVIVAL
Jonathan Cheechoo scored the first goal for the Sharks in their 3-2 win at Chicago on Friday night. Cheechoo scored only five goals in his first 37 games this season but he's scored 17 goals in 24 games since then, the second-most in the NHL over that span (Jan. 15 to date), behind Alex Ovechkin (21 goals).
ERIK CHRISTENSEN CONTINUES HIS MASTERY OF THE SHOOTOUT
Erik Christensen scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Thrashers a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Friday night. Christensen has been successful on 57.7 percent of his shootout attempts (15 of 26) in the three seasons the tiebreaking format has been used in the NHL. That's the second highest success rate for any player who's had at least 15 shootout attempts, behind Jussi Jokinen at 58.6 percent (17 of 29).
ELIAS SCORES OVERTIME WINNER FOR THE DEVILS
Patrik Elias' goal at 4:02 of overtime gave the Devils a 2-1 win over the Lightning. It was the 14th regular-season overtime goal of Elias' career. Since the NHL introduced the 5:00 overtime period in 1983-84, the only players who've scored as many OT goals as Elias are Jaromir Jagr (15), Mats Sundin (15) and Sergei Fedorov (14). All of Elias' overtime goals have been scored over the last eight seasons. That's two more overtime goals than any other NHL player has scored since the start of the 1999-2000 season. Mats Sundin is second with 12.
OILERS ROOKIE SCORES OVERTIME WINNER
The Oilers gave up a tying goal in the last second of the third period but they beat the Blue Jackets in overtime on a goal by rookie Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano was the first Edmonton rookie to score an overtime goal since March 7, 2004, when Jarret Stoll scored an extra-time winner in Chicago. Four rookies besides Cogliano have scored an overtime goal in the NHL this season: Nicklas Backstrom (Capitals), Curtis Glencross (Blue Jackets), Clarke MacArthur (Sabres) and the Blackhawks Jonathan Toews.
BLUE JACKETS SCORE TYING GOAL IN LAST SECOND OF THIRD PERIOD
The Blue Jackets trailed the Oilers, 1-0, until Dan Fritsche's goal at 19:59 of the third period tied the score and sent the game to overtime, where Edmonton ultimately prevailed. It was the first time this season that an NHL team got a score-tying goal in the last second of the third period and it was the first such goal by the Blue Jackets in their seven seasons in the league. There was only one last-second tying goal in 2006-07, by the Devils' John Madden against the Islanders on the final day of the season (April 8). Mathieu Garon, who was in net for the Oilers on Friday, became the first goaltender in NHL history to have a potential 1-0 shutout spoiled by a tying goal in the final second of the third period.
BLACKHAWKS HONOR BOBBY HULL AND STAN MIKITA
The Blackhawks honored Hall-of-Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in a ceremony before their home game against San Jose on Friday night. Hull scored 604 goals in his 15 seasons with Chicago (1957-58 through 1971-72). The only NHL players who've scored more goals for one franchise than Hull did for the Hawks are Gordie Howe (786 goals for Detroit), Steve Yzerman (692, Detroit), Mario Lemieux (690, Pittsburgh) and Joe Sakic (619, Quebec/Colorado). Mikita played his entire 22-season career with Chicago (1958-59 through 1979-80) and he's the Blackhawks all-time leader with 1,467 points. That's the fourth highest point total in NHL history by a player who spent his entire career with one team. The players ahead of Mikita on that list are Steve Yzerman (1,755 points for Detroit), Mario Lemieux (1,723, Pittsburgh) and Joe Sakic (1,614, Quebec/Colorado).