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A FIRST FOR DWIGHT HOWARD
Dwight Howard had 21 points, 23 rebounds and five assists in Orlando's 88-82 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. It was the 23rd time in his NBA career that Howard had a 20/20 (points/rebounds) game. (He's done that three additional times in the playoffs.) But it was the first time in the regular season or the playoffs that Howard produced a 20/20 with at least five assists. The only other player in the league to have a 20/20/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game this season is Troy Murphy (20 points, 20 rebounds and six assists in a loss at Toronto on December 10).
MILLER'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS PHILADELPHIA OVER DETROIT
Andre Miller, who turned 33 last month, had 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Philadelphia's win over Detroit on Saturday. The only other player in 76ers' history to record a triple-double in a game after his 33rd birthday was Dikembe Mutombo. The Big Guy did that for Philly in December 2001 at age 35 (16 points, 19 rebounds and ten blocks in a win at Chicago).
GORDON STARTS 0-FOR-10, BUT STILL LEADS BULLS IN SCORING
Ben Gordon, who missed his first 10 shots from the field, scored a team-high 18 points in Chicago's 103-94 win against New Jersey on Saturday. It's only the second time in the last four seasons that an NBA player who started a game 0-for-10 (or worse) still led his team in scoring. The other instance came just 20 days ago. Ron Artest, who misfired on his first 11 attempts, led Houston with 18 points in a win against New Orleans on March 16.
WADE MAKES SEVEN FIELD GOALS...AND SCORES 33 POINTS
Dwyane Wade's 33 points led Miami in a 118-104 win against Washington on Saturday night. Wade made only seven field goals (including four three-pointers), but he was 15-for-17 from the foul line. His point total was the highest in Heat history by a player who made seven-or-fewer field goals in a game.
CANADIENS VS. MAPLE LEAFS: NOTHING CLOSE
The Canadiens salvaged a split of their six-game season series against the Maple Leafs with a 6-2 win in Toronto on Saturday night. If you like close, competitive games, then Montreal vs. Toronto this season was not the matchup for you. Every Canadiens-Maple Leafs game this season was decided by a margin of at least three goals, with Montreal winning by scores of 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2, and Toronto prevailing by 6-3, 5-2 and 5-2 scores. This was the only the third season series of at least six games in NHL history in which every game had at least a three-goal difference between the teams. The previous instances were Boston vs. Toronto in 1943-44 (10 games, seven won by the Maple Leafs) and Montreal vs. Washington in 1974-75 (six games, all won by the Canadiens).
BOSTON WINS ITS FOURTH 1-0 GAME THIS SEASON
The Bruins' 1-0 victory over the Rangers was their league-high fourth win by that scoreline this season. Tim Thomas has recorded three of those 1-0 wins, the first two on consecutive days (Oct. 27 at Edmonton in OT, Oct. 28 at Vancouver), then Saturday's game against the Rangers in Boston, and Tuukka Rask had the other one (Jan. 31, also vs. the Rangers at TD Banknorth Garden). This is the first time that the Bruins have had more than two 1-0 wins in one season since 1937-38 when they also had four, all by Tiny Thompson. Before Saturday, Boston had not posted two 1-0 victories over one team in the same season since 1953-54, when Sugar Jim Henry twice beat the Rangers at Boston Garden by the lowest of winning scores.
BRODEUR JUST CAN'T BLANK BUFFALO
Martin Brodeur, who beat the Sabres, 3-2, on Saturday night, had his bid for his 102nd career shutout spoiled when Buffalo's Jochen Hecht and Clarke MacArthur scored in the third period, after New Jersey built a 3-0 lead. Brodeur has only one shutout in his 50 regular-season games against the Sabres and it wasn't even a win. He battled Dominik Hasek to a goalless tie on Dec. 23, 1996 at the Meadowlands. Brodeur has fewer shutouts against Buffalo than any other Eastern Conference opponent. The only other Eastern teams that he's shut out fewer than five times are Toronto (3) and Boston (4 ).
SEVEN POINTS OVER TWO GAMES FOR KOVALEV
Alexei Kovalev had one goal and three assists in the Canadiens' 6-2 win at Toronto on Saturday, after getting three assists in Montreal's 5-1 win over the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Kovalev is the first Montreal player to score at least three points in each of two consecutive team games since Joe Juneau did that in March 2002.
DALEY IS FIRST STARS DEFENSEMAN WITH TWO OT GOALS IN A SEASON
Trevor Daley scored 16 seconds into overtime to earn a 5-4 victory for the Stars over the Blues. It was Daley's second OT goal this season; he scored in extra time against the Red Wings on January 12. Daley is the first defenseman in Stars franchise history Minnesota or Dallas to score two overtime goals in one season.
PHILADELPHIA ROOKIE SCORES ON PENALTY SHOT
Rookie Darroll Powe scored a penalty-shot goal for the Flyers in Ottawa on Saturday night. The only other rookie to score on a penalty shot this season is Florida's Michael Frolik (Jan. 10 vs. Atlanta). Powe is the third Flyers rookie to score a penalty-shot goal, joining Ilkka Sinisalo (1981-82) and Eric Lindros (1992-93).
WARD SETS FRANCHISE RECORD WITH EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN
Cam Ward set a Carolina franchise record with his eighth consecutive win, a 3-2 overtime victory against Pittsburgh on Saturday night. The longest previous winning streak by a Whalers or Hurricanes goaltender was seven games by Carolina's Martin Gerber in October/November 2005. During the team's 18 seasons in Hartford, no Whalers goaltender won more than five consecutive decisions.
NCAA Men's Basketball
LAWSON JOINS THE BEST OF THE BEST
Ty Lawson had 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in North Carolina's victory over Villanova on Saturday night. Prior to Lawson, the last three players to produce a 20/7/7 (points/assists/rebounds) game in the Final Four or the Championship Game were Carmelo Anthony (20/7/10) in the 2003 Championship Game against Kansas, Magic Johnson (29/10/10) in the 1979 Final Four vs. Penn and Larry Bird (35/9/16) against DePaul in the 1979 Final Four.
TAR HEELS TIE RECORD WITH FIFTH WIN BY AT LEAST 12 POINTS
North Carolina beat Villanova 83-69, and has now won each of its five games in the 2009 NCAA tournament by at least 12 points. That ties the record for one tournament. Indiana (1981), Michigan State (2000) and Florida (2006) also won five games by at least a dozen points.
PRICE SHOOTS 5-FOR-20
A.J. Price was 5-for-20 (.250) from the field in Connecticut's loss to Michigan State on Saturday. In the past 40 years, only two other players attempted at least 20 field goals in a Final Four or Championship Game and made no more than 25 percent of those shots: Rick Fox (North Carolina) was 5-for-22 (.227) in a Final Four loss to Kansas in 1991 and Damon Stoudamire (Arizona) was 5-for-24 (.208) in a Final Four loss to Arkansas in 1994.