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NOWITZKI'S 29 IN THE FOURTH
Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mavericks to a 96-85 comeback triumph over the Jazz. It's the most points by any NBA player in any quarter since Carmelo Anthony had a 33-point third quarter vs. Minnesota last December 10 - a performance that tied George Gervin's NBA single-quarter scoring record, set back in 1978.
DURANT: 28 POINTS, 0-FOR-8 ON THREE-POINTERS
But Durant's boxscore line is an odd one: he scored 28 points despite missing all eight of his attempts from beyond the three-point line. There have been only four other times in NBA history that a player has scored as many as 28 points while taking at least eight three-point shots and missing all of them. Bryant himself did it three times (scoring 41 points in one of those games), and Tracy McGrady did it once.
HAWKS CAP A NIGHT OF COMEBACK WINS IN THE NBA
The Hawks completed a night of comeback victories in the NBA by overcoming a 12-point Trail Blazers lead to win in Portland, 97-91. (Portland possessed a 33-21 lead in the second quarter.)
Atlanta's victory was the fifth of the night by an NBA team that overcame a deficit of at least a dozen points. Earlier, Cleveland came from 18 points down to defeat Washington; Chicago overcame a 13-point deficit to beat Milwaukee; Phoenix came from 12 points back to win in Miami; and Dallas rebounded from 16 points behind to outlast Utah.
It's the first day on which at least five winning teams overcame deficits of 12-or-more points since last November 14, when five teams also did it.
CELTICS WHIP 76ERS, WITH 3-POINTERS THE KEY
The Celtics' 31-point victory at Philadelphia was traceable to three-point shooting: Boston made 14 of 20 shots from beyond the arc, while the 76ers made only one of 16 attempts. You may be thinking, "I can't ever remember seeing a disparity like that." And we're here to tell you that even if you have seen every regular-season game in NBA history, you haven't!
It was the first game in NBA history (the three-point rule is now in its 31st season) in which each team took more than 10 three-point attempts, with one team making at least 70 percent of those shots and the other making fewer than 10 percent.
Boston's 105-74 victory fell one point shy of the largest margin of victory that the Celtics have ever produced over the 76ers in Philadelphia. The Celtics won a pair of games by 32-point margins at the Spectrum - 131-99 in 1974 and 107-75 in 1995.
MAGIC HITS 10 THREE-POINTERS, PISTONS NONE... WHO WON?
The Pistons downed the Magic, 85-80, in a game in which Detroit did not make a single three-point field goal (in six attempts) while Orlando made 10 (in 35 attempts).
It's the first NBA game since March 11, 2003, in which the winning team did not make a three-pointer and the losing team made at least 10 of them. (In that 2003 game, the Wizards defeated the Magic, 106-105, in a game in which Orlando made 11 three-pointers and Washington none.) Since that game, there had been 14 NBA games in which one team made at least 10 three-pointers and its opponents made none- and the team making the three-pointers went 14-0 in those games.
4-0 NUGGETS CONTINUE TO RACK UP FREE THROWS
The Nuggets won their fourth straight game to start the season in convincing style, downing the winless Pacers, 111-93, in Indianapolis. Denver made 33 of its 41 free-throw attempts on Tuesday night, and now has scored 124 points from the foul line over the first four games of the season - the highest total for any NBA team since the Seattle SuperSonics made 130 free throws in their first four games in the fall of 1994.
CAVS WIN AFTER VISITING WIZ TAKE 18-POINT LEAD
The Cavaliers, playing at home, overcame an 18-point second-quarter deficit to defeat the Wizards, 102-90. While the win was not unexpected, the early deficit - Washington led, 37-19, just over two minutes into the second quarter - must have positively stunned the Quicken Loans Arena crowd. It marked the first time that the Cavaliers had trailed by more than 15 points at any point in any of Cleveland's last 60 regular-season home games; that had been the longest current streak of that sort in the NBA.
DEJA VU: BULLS COME FROM 18 POINTS DOWN TO BEAT BUCKS
The Bucks led the Bulls, 56-38, a little over midway through the third quarter, but Chicago rode a late rally to victory, 83-81. It has been a while since the Bucks lost a game, or since the Bulls won a game, after an 18-point second-half lead proved not to be enough. In each case, the last time that it happened was on March 4, 2007, when the Bulls won an overtime game in Milwaukee, 126-121, after the Bucks had held an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter.
GLOBAL WARMING BRAGGING RIGHTS GO TO SUNS
The Suns and the Heat brought some spice to the Global Warming Rivalry, as each entered the game with a 3-0 record - and Phoenix overcame a 12-point third-quarter Miami lead to take a 104-96 decision in South Florida; Miami had led, 68-56, with seven minutes left in the third period.
It's the first time that the Heat has lost a home game in which it had a second-half lead that large in nearly 32 months - since March 24, 2007, when the visiting 76ers earned a 93-85 win after the Heat had led, 51-35, early in the third period.
SPELL OSGOOD WITH 50 O'S
Chris Osgood recorded the 50th regular-season shutout of his NHL career when the Red Wings blanked the Bruins, 2-0, in Detroit. Osgood is the 23rd goaltender in NHL history to reach the half-century mark and he ranks second in shutouts among active goaltenders, though he doesn't even have half as many as the active leader, Martin Brodeur (102). Eighteen of Osgood's first 21 shutouts were notched on home ice but Tuesday's game at Joe Louis Arena marked only the seventh home shutout among his last 29 whitewashes. This was only the third of his last 18 regular-season shutouts for the Red Wings that came in Detroit.
MALONE'S 4TH GAME-WINNING GOAL THIS SEASON
Ryan Malone scored 2:21 into overtime to give the Lightning a 2-1 victory in Toronto. Tampa Bay has five wins this season and Malone scored the winning goal in four of those five games (Steven Stamkos has the Lightning's other GWG). Malone is the eighth player in NHL history to score the game-winning goal in at least four of a team's first five wins in one season, and he's the first since 1982-83, when Brian Propp scored the deciding goal in four of the Flyers' first five victories.
CANUCKS DRUB RANGERS AGAIN
The Canucks defeated the visiting Rangers, 4-1, continuing the dominance that Vancouver has demonstrated over New York in the wake of the teams' most famous square-off: the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals, won by the Rangers in seven games.
Since the conclusion of that series, the Canucks have won 12 of 17 meetings between the teams, including six of eight games played in Vancouver.