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LEBRON IS LIGHTS OUT IN MARCH
LeBron James, with 38 points vs. Indiana on Saturday, boosted his total to 164 points over his last four games the highest four-game points total for any NBA player this season and just one point shy of his own team record of 165 points over a four-game span, set in the spring of 2006.
You have to go back 26 years to find the last NBA player who scored as many points in his first four games during the month of March. In 1982, George Gervin registered 174 points in his first four March games. (What's the all-time record? Well, remember that the date of Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game was March 2, 1962; Wilt scored a whopping 232 points in his first four games that month!)
ROCKETS CONTINUE TO WIN
The Rockets' 18th consecutive victory, a 106-96 verdict over the Hornets, was also their ninth straight by a margin of 10-or-more points. Houston would need 15 more victories to tie the Lakers' NBA record of 33 consecutive victories, set in 1971-72; but it only needs to beat its next opponent by 10-or-more points (that would be the Nets, 8-20 in their last 28 games, in Houston on Monday night) to equal the league record for consecutive wins by double-digit margins.
The Washington Capitols, coached by Red Auerbach, won 10 straight games by such margins in December of 1946 in the maiden season of what was then known as the Basketball Association of America; and the Nets enjoyed 10 straight double-digit wins early in 2004. (The first game of the Nets' streak was Byron Scott's final game as their head coach; the next nine came under rookie head coach Lawrence Frank.)
GARNETT JOINS SELECT GROUP
Kevin Garnett became the 32nd player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point; he did it during the Celtics' 119-89 victory at Memphis (the Grizzlies' largest margin of defeat at home since moving to Memphis from Vancouver in 2001). But only four other players have, like Garnett, accumulated 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists in addition to those 20,000 points:
|Wilt Chamberlain (1959-73)||31,419||23,924||4,643|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-89)||38,387||17,440||5,660|
|Charles Barkley (1984-2000)||23,757||12,546||4,215|
|Karl Malone (1985-2004)||36,928||14,968||5,248|
|Kevin Garnett (1995- )||20,010||11,047||4,332|
DIRK BECOMES MAVS' ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER
Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points to lead the Mavericks to a 20-point win over the Nets, and his final points of the evening, on a signature turnaround jumper, allowed him to pass Rolando Blackman and become the leading scorer in Mavericks history, with 16,644 points.
Among the 30 all-time scoring leaders for the NBA's 30 current franchises, only two others are still playing with that team Alonzo Mourning for the Heat and Gerald Wallace for the Bobcats.
WARRIORS RALLY FROM DOUBLE-DIGIT DEFICIT AGAIN
The Warriors did it again, overcoming an early 34-22 deficit to defeat the Magic, 104-95, in Orlando. That marked the 15th time this season that Golden State had won a game in which it had trailed by a double-digit margin, the most such victories by any team in the league.
All last season, the Warriors won only seven games after trailing by 10-or-more points.
ROBINSON'S BIG NIGHT
Portland's 120-114 overtime victory at Madison Square Garden sent the Knicks to their sixth straight loss and negated an outstanding show by Nate Robinson, who scored 45 points including a pair of driving layups that sent the game into the extra period.
Robinson, listed at 5'9", became only the third player listed at 5'9" or shorter to score 40 points in an NBA game. Calvin Murphy, listed at 5'9", had seven games of 40-or-more points with a high of 57 points playing for the Rockets against the Nets in 1978; and Dino Martin, listed at the same height, scored 40 points for the Providence Steamrollers against the Cleveland Rebels back in 1947, in the first year of what was then known as the Basketball Association of America.
And in terms of Knicks history, Robinson broke the record of the listed-at-6'2" Stephon Marbury as the shortest player ever to produce a 40-point game.
BRUINS WIN HAS SPECIAL PLACE IN HISTORY
The Bruins scored both of their goals in the third period with a five-skaters-to-three advantage in their 2-1 win over the Capitals. Unusual? We'll say!
You have to go back more than three-quarters of a century to find the last NHL team to score a third-period, game-tying goal, and a subsequent game-winning goal, both with a 5-on-3 skating advantage. On March 15, 1932, the Montreal Maroons scored three 5-on-3 goals in the final minute of the third period to turn a 3-1 Rangers lead into a 4-3 Maroons win, with Babe Siebert getting the game-winner with 24 seconds to play. (How long ago was that? Put it this way: that Rangers-Maroons game, like Saturday's Bruins-Caps game, was also played on the day of a presidential primary election; in 1932, as the Maroons were shocking the Rangers, the North Dakota primary was being won... by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on his way to his first presidential nomination!)
FORSBERG CONTINUES TO PILE ON ASSISTS
Peter Forsberg had two assists for the Avalanche in its 3-1 win over Dallas on Saturday. It was only the third game for Forsberg since he came out of semi-retirement, but it was a milestone for him as well: his 700th regular-season game.
The two assists gave Forsberg 873 points in his NHL career. Jaromir Jagr is only other active player who had as many points in his first 700 NHL games as Forsberg (Jagr had 932 points through his first 700 games). Forsberg's teammate Joe Sakic (869) had the third-highest point total at the 700-game mark among active players.
The multiple-assist game is a Forsberg trademark. He now has 161 multiple-assist games in his NHL career, which represents 23 percent of his total number of NHL games. That's by far the highest percentage of multiple-assist games among active players who have appeared in at least 500 games, well ahead of the second-place Jagr (18.3 percent).
POWER PLAYS LEAD TO ANOTHER FLYER VICTORY
The Flyers beat the Islanders, 4-1, earning all four of their goals on the power play. It was a league-high third time this season that Philadelphia has scored four power play goals in a game. The Flyers' previous four-PPG games this season were both home games against the Penguins (Nov. 10 and Dec. 11). Saturday's game also was the first game in Flyers history in which they scored at least four goals and every goal came with a manpower advantage.
FISHER ENDS SCORING DRY SPELL
Mike Fisher scored two goals, his 20th and 21st of the season, to lead the Senators to a 4-2 road win over the Coyotes. The first of those goals ended two career-high droughts: Fisher hadn't scored a goal in 18 consecutive games (matching the career-long dry spell he had in 1999) and he hadn't registered a point in his last 14 games, four games longer than his longest previous personal dry spell (10 games in 1999).
PANTHERS GET ANOTHER WIN AFTER TRAILING EARLY
The Panthers overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Thrashers, 3-2, in overtime - only the second time this season that Florida won a game in which it trailed by two-or-more goals. The Panthers beat the Hurricanes, 5-4, on December 20, after trailing 3-1 at the end of the first period. Florida has trailed by at least two goals in 22 other games this season without earning a point in any of them.
BRODEUR PLAYS WELL WHEN FACING 40 SHOTS
The Devils played in Toronto for the second time in five days, and for the second time in five days Martin Brodeur led New Jersey to victory by making over 40 saves while allowing only one goal. The Devils beat the Maple Leafs, 4-1, on Tuesday, despite being outshot, 42-25, and they posted a 2-1 win in Toronto on Saturday even though the Leafs had a 43-31 edge in shots.
Those are the only two games in which Brodeur has faced 40 or more shots this season, and Saturday's game was just the 23rd regular-season game in Brodeur's career in which he faced 40-plus shots. Brodeur has an 11-5-7 record in 40-shot games, including a 6-0-3 mark in his last nine such games.