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NUGGETS EXTEND STREAKS
The Nuggets handed the Timberwolves their 14th straight loss one night after they defeated the Nets to drop New Jersey's record to 0-14 (at the time). It was the first time in NBA history that a team played consecutive games against opponents on losing streaks of 13-or-more games. It was Denver's tenth straight win against Minnesota, the second double-digit winning streak against any opponent in the Nuggets' NBA history. The other was a 12-game streak versus, you guessed it, the T-wolves (1994 to 1996).
THE LOSING CONTINUES
The Nets are 0-15 this season after losing in Portland. Coupled with the Timberwolves' loss to Denver, it was the first time since March 29, 1996 (Grizzlies and Bucks) that two NBA teams each extended a losing streak of 13-or more games on the same day.
A DIFFERENT TRIPLE-DOUBLE
Gerald Wallace shot 10-for-20 from the floor, 11-for-12 from the line and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to victory over the Raptors. Wallace was the third NBA player this season to register a "triple-double" with field goals, free throws made and rebounds. Both Chris Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki have done it twice.
BOBCATS SET FRANCHISE RECORD
The Bobcats blocked 16 shots against Toronto on Wednesday night, setting a franchise record for one game and the single-game high in the NBA this season. Entering the game, Raptors opponents had an NBA-low average of 3.7 blocks per game this season.
HORNETS' OT WINS AT HOME
The Hornets defeated the Bucks in overtime in New Orleans, marking their 11th straight win in home games that went to overtime, dating back to April 5, 2006 at Ford Center (in Oklahoma City). It's the longest winning streak of that type for any team since the Knicks won 14 straight overtime games at home from 1988 to 1992, an NBA record.
BEASLEY LIFTS HEAT
Michael Beasley's rebound and dunk in the final seconds gave the Heat a one-point win at Orlando. It was the only second time in Beasley's career that he had a potential game-winning field-goal attempt in the last 10 seconds of a game. He was rejected by Andris Biedrins in his previous such attempt (Dec. 1, 2008).
ONE-TWO PUNCH OFF THE BENCH
Jason Terry and Tim Thomas came of the bench to score 27 points and 23 points, respectively, in the Mavericks' 130-99 win at Houston. Terry and Thomas were the first pair of teammates to each score at least 23 points in the same game as substitutes this season and they're the first to do so in Mavericks history.
SPURS ARE RUDE HOSTS TO WARRIORS
The Spurs defeated the Warriors at San Antonio. What else is new? The Spurs have won their last 23 home games against Golden State, which is the longest home winning streak for any NBA team against a particular opponent since the Lakers won 26 straight games against the Mavericks in Los Angeles from 1991 to 2003. San Antonio had won 20 straight home games against Utah before the Jazz snapped that streak with a 90-83 win at AT&T Center less than a week ago.
SIXERS LOSE ANOTHER ONE-POSSESSION GAME
The 76ers dropped a 113-110 decision in Boston, one night after a 108-107 defeat at Washington. It was the first time that Philadelphia lost games on consecutive days, each by a margin of no more than three points, since Jan. 27-28, 1995.
GABORIK OR BUST
Marian Gaborik, who scored the only goal for the Rangers in their shootout win at Florida, has scored or assisted on 15 of the Blueshirts' 23 goals in their ten games this month (nine goals, six assists). The only other Ranger with more than five points in November is Vinny Prospal (seven: two goals, five assists).
ELIAS ENDS DROUGHT WITH A GAME-WINNER
Patrik Elias' first goal of the season was the game-winner in the Devils' 3-1 victory against the Senators. Elias, who missed the first month of the season due to a groin injury, had been goalless in seven games before he scored against Ottawa on Wednesday night. It was Elias' longest goal drought ever to begin a season. His previous high was five games in 1999-2000.
FIRST REGULAR-SEASON SHUTOUT FOR VARLAMOV
The Capitals rode goals by Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr, and 25 saves by Semyon Varlamov, to a 2-0 win over the Sabres on Wednesday night. It was the first regular-season shutout for Varlamov, who had two in the 2009 playoffs (both against the Rangers). Varlamov is the 13th goaltender in NHL history whose first regular-season clean sheet came after his first postseason shutout. The other active goaltenders to do that are Johan Hedberg and Cam Ward.
CROSBY WELCOMES HABS
Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist in the Penguins' 3-1 win over the Canadiens in Pittsburgh. Crosby has nine goals and nine assists in ten career games against the Canadiens at Mellon Arena, with at least one point in each game. The good news for the Canadiens is that Wednesday marked their last game at the Igloo, which is scheduled to close next summer.
WINGS BLANKED AT HOME
Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec stopped 40 shots on goal in his 2-0 shutout win in Detroit. It was only the third time in the last five seasons that the Red Wings were blanked on home ice. The other visiting goaltenders with regular-season shutouts at Joe Louis Arena since the end of the lockout were both former Red Wings: the Blues' Manny Legace (Dec. 31, 2007) and the Islanders' Joey MacDonald (Mar. 27, 2009).
THREE ASSISTS FOR ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN
Carl Gunnarson, playing in only his sixth NHL game, had three assists to help the Maple Leafs pick up a 4-3 win in Tampa on Wednesday. Gunnarson was the first rookie defenseman to have a three-assist game for Toronto since Nov. 12, 1998, when Tomas Kaberle had three assists in a 10-3 Leafs win at Chicago.
FLYERS BEAT FORMER MATE
The Flyers extended their winning streak against the Islanders to 11 games with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Nassau Coliseum. It was Philadelphia's fifth comeback win during the streak, which began in March 2008. The goaltender they beat on Wednesday night, Martin Biron, was the winning goaltender for the Flyers in nine of the previous ten games in their current run of victories against the Islanders. Biron signed with the Isles as a free agent last summer.
Daymond Langkow scored the first goal and assisted on the game-winner in the Flames' 2-1 win over the Coyotes. Langkow, who played three seasons with Phoenix (2001-02 through 2003-04), has 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists) in 17 games against his former team since he was traded to Calgary by the Coyotes in August 2004.
BLUES WIN SHOOTOUT
Ty Conklin and the Blues beat the Stars in a shootout, after Dallas tied the game with a goal in the final minute of the third period. Entering play on Wednesday, St. Louis (at 0-2) was the only NHL team without a shootout win this season. The Stars are 1-5 in shootouts this season, tying them with the Lightning (also 1-5) for the league high in tiebreaker losses.