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MEMORIES OF ALCINDOR
Brandon Jennings scored 32 points in the sixth game of his NBA career as the Bucks defeated the Nuggets. Jennings is the first rookie to score at least 30 points in a game for the Bucks since Ray Allen on March 25, 1997. The only player to score 30 points in a game for Milwaukee earlier in his NBA career than Jennings was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then known as Lew Alcindor, in his third game in the league (36 points against Elvin Hayes and the Rockets at San Diego on Oct. 22, 1969).
BOSH CONTINUES SCORING STREAK
Chris Bosh contributed 28 points to the Raptors' 99-89 win over the Bulls. It was Bosh's seventh straight game with at least 25 points, which is the second-longest streak of consecutive 25-point games in team history, one shy of Vince Carter's streak of eight in a row in 2000-01.
HOT FIRST HALF FOR WILLIAMS
Mo Williams made all nine of his shots from the floor during the first half of the Cavaliers' win at Orlando but he finished the game with totals of 12 field goals in 20 attempts. Williams was the first NBA player to miss at least eight field-goal attempts in a game after going 9-for-9 or better in the first half since Detroit's Grant Hill on Dec. 20, 1999 in an overtime loss at Philadelphia. Hill was 9-for-9 in the first half and 4-for-13 after that.
OFFSEASON ACQUISITIONS IMPRESSIVE FOR PISTONS
Charlie Villanueva scored 30 points in the Pistons' victory over the Bobcats, one week after Ben Gordon netted 30 in a loss at Toronto. Isiah Thomas and Kelly Tripucka each had 30-point games as rookies in 1981-82, but only four times since then have two players each had a 30-point game for the Pistons in their first season with the team. Jerry Stackhouse and Bison Dele did it in 1997-98, as did Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton in 2002-03 along with Allen Iverson and Will Bynum last season.
SPURS WIN DESPITE MISSING DUNCAN AND PARKER
Richard Jefferson scored 29 points as the Spurs beat Dallas, despite being without the services of either Tim Duncan or Tony Parker. Since Parker came into the NBA in 2001, the Spurs have been more than respectable (47-26) in games that only one of those stars missed (with either Parker or Duncan playing, but not the other), but they've predictably struggled in the absence of both, posting a 4-6 mark in games that neither played.
TRAIL BLAZERS DOMINATE TIMBERWOLVES
The Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Timberwolves to ten games with their victory at Target Center. Portland is one of three teams with a current winning streak of at least ten games against Minnesota. The others are the Mavericks (12) and Raptors (10). The Blazers hadn¿t won 10 straight games against any opponent since their streak of 11 victories against the Magic ended in 2004.
NETS STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST WIN
The Nets still had their sights set on a 40-win season before they dropped to 0-8 with a loss to the 76ers. New Jersey is the 24th team in NBA history to begin a season with eight straight losses. Two of the 23 other teams to do so won at least 40 games that season and four of them made the playoffs.
NO CLOSE GAMES FOR THE PACERS
The Pacers defeated the Warriors, 108-94, in a lopsided game that's become commonplace for Indiana. Not one of the Pacers' six games this season has been decided by a margin of fewer than 11 points. That's the longest streak of its kind to begin a season by an NBA team since 1994, when the Timberwolves lost each of their first six games by at least 11 points.
SUNS REACH CENTURY MARK AGAIN
The Suns improved their record to 8-1 by swatting the Hornets. Phoenix is the only NBA team to score at least 100 points in each of its games this season and the first team to reach triple digits in each of its first nine games of a season since the Jazz opened with a 12-game streak in 1994.
WINGS WIN ROUT AT COLUMBUS
The Red Wings' 9-1 win at Columbus was their largest margin of victory since they beat the Canadiens, 11-1, at the Montreal Forum on Dec. 2, 1995, in what turned out to be Patrick Roy's final game with Les Canadiens. The eight-goal margin matched the worst losses for the Blue Jackets in their nine seasons in the NHL. Columbus lost 8-0 at home to the Bruins on Feb. 4, 2002 and 10-2 at San Jose on March 30, 2002.
EVERYONE GETS IN ON THE ACT
Fourteen different Red Wings scored points at Columbus on Wednesday night and all 18 Detroit skaters finished the game with either a plus-1 or plus-2 rating. It was the first game in which every Red Wings forward and defenseman finished with a "plus" rating since their 9-0 win over the Oilers at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 13, 1995.
BRODEUR QUIETS DUCKS
Martin Brodeur made 31 saves in his 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday night. It was Brodeur's first win over the Ducks since Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, when he shut them out, 3-0. Brodeur had two losses and one tie in three regular-season games versus Anaheim in the interim, despite allowing no more than three goals in any of those games.
RARE GAME-WINNER FOR MONTADOR
Steve Montador's first goal of the season proved to be the game-winner for the Sabres in their 3-1 home victory against the Oilers. It was only the second regular-season game-winning goal for the eight-year veteran defenseman. Montador's other deciding goal came on March 16, 2004 in Detroit, when he played for the Calgary Flames.
CAPITALS WIN MARATHON
The Capitals and Islanders played to a 4-4 deadlock after 60 minutes of regulation time and five minutes of overtime, and it took 11 shootout attempts by each club until Washington emerged with the win. It was the longest shootout in an NHL game in just over 12 months, since Vancouver beat Anaheim in a 13-round tiebreaker on Halloween Night 2008.
ISLES RESPOND EARLY AND OFTEN
The Islanders allowed the earliest goal from the start of a game in their 37-year history when Washington's Alexander Semin scored at the eight-second mark on Wednesday, but they responded with three quick goals of their own. Matt Moulson, Mark Streit and Sean Bergenheim scored to give the Isles a 3-1 lead 6:54 into the first period. The Islanders had not scored three goals within the first seven minutes of a game since Oct. 20, 2005, when Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Mark Parrish scored in the first 2:47 against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders outscored the Capitals, 3-2, in the first period, after outscoring Atlanta, 3-1, in the opening period in their last game. It's the first time that the Islanders have scored at least three first-period goals in each of two consecutive games since Jan. 23-26, 1993, when they did that in home wins against the Flyers and Devils.
JONES SCORES GAME-WINNER IN DEBUT WITH KINGS
Randy Jones, playing in his first game for the Kings, scored a power play goal in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and L.A. went on to beat the sputtering Hurricanes, 5-2. Jones was the eighth player to score the game-winning goal in his Kings debut and he was the first to do it since Eddie Olczyk in October 1996. The only other defenseman to score the winning goal in his first game with the Kings was Dominic Lavoie in October 1993.
ANOTHER SHOOTOUT BETWEEN CHICAGO AND COLORADO
The Blackhawks and Avalanche have played three games against each other this season and all three have been decided by a shootout and won by the home team: Oct. 10 at Chicago, Nov. 6 at Colorado and Wednesday night at Chicago. The only other NHL matchup with more than one shootout this season is New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay. The Devils and Lightning have gone to the tiebreaker twice with Martin Brodeur and New Jersey winning both games.