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MARTIN SETS RECORD IN SACRAMENTO'S OVERTIME LOSS
Golden State beat Sacramento 143-141 in overtime on Wednesday night, tying the most points by two teams (284) in any NBA game this season. Kevin Martin scored 50 points, shooting 11-for-22 from the field and 23-for-26 from the line. His 11 field goals were the fewest in NBA history by a player that scored at least 50 points in a game. The previous low was 12, by Adrian Dantley (50 points) in October 1980 and Willie Burton (53 points) in December 1994.
BRYANT'S STREAK IS LONGEST SINCE 2002
Kobe Bryant made each of his first seven field-goal attempts leading to his game-high 30 points in the Lakers' win against Milwaukee on Wednesday night. That was Bryant's longest streak of successful shots from the field to begin a game since December 28, 2002, when he started 9-for-9 at Denver.
SESSIONS' TRIPLE-DOUBLE INCLUDES 16 ASSISTS
Ramon Sessions had 16 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds in Milwaukee's loss to the Lakers. He tied the Bucks' record for most assists by a player with a triple-double, done previously by Oscar Robertson in March 1971 and Sam Cassell in January 2003.
CELTICS OVERCOME THREE LATE DEFICITS
The Celtics beat the Bobcats in double-overtime on Wednesday night, and they did it the hard way overcoming deficits within the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter, the first overtime and the second overtime. It was the first time in five years that an NBA team won a game in which it trailed with less than a half-minute remaining in regulation time and each of the first two OT periods. Memphis did that in a double-overtime victory at Atlanta on March 29, 2004.
PAUL DOES IT ALL
Chris Paul had 30 points, 14 assists and six steals in the Hornets' win against the Clippers on Wednesday night. Since the 1973-74 season, when the NBA first began recording steals for individuals, only three other players reached all three of those statistical levels in a non-overtime game: Ray Williams (in January 1983), Michael Jordan (March 1989) and Gary Payton (March 2000).
HOWARD'S POOR FOUL SHOOTING COSTS MAGIC
Dwight Howard scored 30 points in the Magic's 99-95 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night, but his poor free-throw shooting may have cost Orlando a victory. Howard was only 10-for-21 from the foul line. It's the only time in the last three seasons that an NBA player attempted at least 20 foul shots in a game and converted less than half of them. Prior to Howard, the last player to do that was Ben Wallace, who was 7-for-22 on December 11, 2005.
NOWITZKI IS PERFECT FROM THE LINE
Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 30 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line, in Dallas' 98-96 win over Miami on Wednesday night. It's the seventh time this season that he has attempted at least 10 free throws in a game and made them all. The only NBA player to do that more often this season is Danny Granger, who has been 10-for-10 or better eight times.
SHAQ OUTSCORES YAO IN PHOENIX VICTORY
Shaquille O'Neal outscored Yao Ming, 22-20, in Phoenix's win against Houston on Wednesday night. Shaq has scored more points than Yao in all four of their head-to-head matchups over the last two seasons. No other center has outscored Yao more than twice over that span.
NASH LEADS SUNS IN POINTS AND ASSISTS
Steve Nash led the Suns in points (25) and assists (17) in the team's win against Houston. That tied Nash's career-high for assists in a game in which he led his team in scoring.
HILL'S STREAK HITS 75
Grant Hill, who scored 23 points in Phoenix's win against Houston on Wednesday night, has now played in all 75 Suns games this season. That equals his career high for consecutive games played within one season. Hill played 75 straight games for the Pistons in 1996-97, his third year in the NBA, but he has never played every game in a full 82-game season.
DOOLING LEADS NETS PAST PISTONS
Keyon Dooling scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, in the Nets' 111-98 win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. It's only the second time in Dooling's 536-game NBA career that he has scored 15-or-more points in one half. (He had 20 points in a half on Nov. 15, 2006, while playing for Orlando.)
MONTOYA SHUTS OUT AVALANCHE IN NHL DEBUT
Al Montoya, making his NHL debut, posted a 3-0 victory for the Coyotes against the Avalanche on Wednesday night. Montoya is only the sixth goaltender in the last 23 years to record a shutout in his first NHL game. The others were Mike Fountain, Jussi Markkanen, Michael Leighton, Yann Danis, and Mike Smith, who was the last to do it (for Dallas at Phoenix on Oct. 21, 2006).
GREEN IS EIGHTH DEFENSEMAN TO SCORE 30 GOALS
Mike Green scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season in the third period of the Capitals' win over the Islanders on Wednesday night. Green is the eighth defenseman in NHL history to score 30-or-more goals in one season and he's the first to do so since another Capitals player, Kevin Hatcher, scored 34 goals in 1992-93. The other 30-goal backliners are Bobby Orr (five times), Paul Coffey (four), Denis Potvin (three), Doug Wilson, Phil Housley and Ray Bourque.
Green's two goals in Wednesday's game were scored 83 seconds apart, both on power plays. It was the second time this season that Green scored a pair of goals less than two minutes apart; he had two goals in a 52-second span against the Thrashers on October 10. Before this season, the last Capitals defenseman to score goals less than two minutes apart was Kevin Hatcher against the Rangers on Jan. 13, 1993 (two goals in 65 seconds).
KHABIBULIN MISSES SHUTOUT BY LESS THAN TWO SECONDS
Nikolai Khabibulin's bid for his 40th career shutout was spoiled when the Blues' Jeff Woywitka scored a power play goal with 1.5 seconds left in the third period on Wednesday night. It was the second time this season that a goaltender had a potential shutout broken up in the last two seconds of the third period. Ottawa's Alex Auld was the unlucky netminder on October 5 against the Penguins in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski scoring the spoiler at 19:58 of the third period.
BRODEUR'S SLUMP CONTINUES
Martin Brodeur was 9-1-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and three shutouts in the first ten games that he played after missing nearly four months with an elbow injury. But Brodeur is 0-5-1 with a 3.65 GAA in six games since then, including his 6-1 loss in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. That matches the longest previous winless streaks of Brodeur's NHL career. He also had six-game droughts in October/November 1995 (0-5-1), February 2001 (0-3-3) and November 2001 (0-4-2).
CUJO GETS A RARE WIN AGAINST THE FLYERS
Curtis Joseph's 3-2 win over the Flyers on Wednesday night was a rare victory against Philadelphia for the 19-year NHL veteran: it was only his sixth win in 22 regular-season games versus the Flyers. The only other teams that Cujo has beaten as infrequently as Philadelphia are Nashville and Columbus he has six wins vs. each club and both of those franchises entered the NHL at least eight years after Joseph did. Joseph's .300 career winning percentage against the Flyers (6-14-0) remains his lowest mark against any team.
KOVALCHUK BEATS BUFFALO WITH OT GOAL
Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 29.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Thrashers a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Wednesday night. It was Kovalchuk's 20th goal (in 21 games) since February 8, the highest total over that span by any NHL player. He's now tied with Jeff Carter for third in the NHL in goals (41), behind Alex Ovechkin (54) and Zach Parise (42), but when his current hot streak began Kovalchuk was tied for 21st in the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy, with only 21 goals in his first 53 games.
VANEK'S ROAD SHOW CONTINUES...BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH
Thomas Vanek scored both goals for the Sabres in their 3-2 overtime loss in Atlanta. It was Vanek's sixth multiple-goal game on the road this season, tying him with Alex Ovechkin for the league high. (He's had three in Buffalo.) Vanek had 17 multiple-goal games over his previous three NHL seasons but only three were road games.