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NETS AND 'WOLVES CONTINUE TO LOSE
New Jersey (0-16) and Minnesota (1-15) both lost Friday night. This is only the second time in NBA history that two teams have started 1-15 or worse in the same season; it also happened when both Denver and Toronto started 1-15 to start the 1997-98 season.
For those who don't recall, the Timberwolves hosted the Nets in the season opener for both teams on October 28, with Minnesota taking the 95-93 decision.
SUNS RACKING UP THE POINTS
The Suns beat the Timberwolves, 120-95, on Friday night and have now scored 1,791 points in 16 games this season (an average of nearly 112 per game). That's the most points scored by any NBA team in its first 16 games of a season since the Shaquille O'Neal-led Magic scored 1,836 points to start the 1994-95 season.
BIG MAN FRYE CAN MAKE A TREY
Channing Frye has made a three-point field in each of his last 18 games (all 16 games this season and the last two games of last season). Only two other players listed at 6'11" or taller have made a triple in 18-or-more consecutive games: Dirk Nowitzki (a 30-game streak in 2003 and a 19-game streak in 2004) and Troy Murphy (29-game streak last season).
'MELO SCORES 50
Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points in Denver's win over the Knicks. It was the third time this season that Anthony scored 40-or-more points in a game. Anthony is the first player in Nuggets' NBA history to score 40-or-more points three times in the team's first 16 games of a season.
NEW YORK GIVES UP 50
Carmelo Anthony's 50-point game Friday was the tenth game of 50-or-more points in calendar year 2009. Four of those 10 games have come against the Knicks, including Kobe Bryant on February 2 (61), LeBron James on February 4 (52) and Dwyane Wade on April 12 (55). Golden State (two) is the only other NBA team that has allowed more than one 50-point game in 2009.
WALLACE BACK-TO-BACK BIG GAMES
Gerald Wallace had 31 points and 14 rebounds in the Bobcats' win over the Cavaliers, after he had 31 points and 13 rebounds in Charlotte's win over Toronto Wednesday night. Wallace is the first player in the NBA this season and the first player in Bobcats history with at least 30 points and 13 rebounds in back-to-back games.
CELTICS STARTERS EFFICIENT
The five starters for the Celtics all made at least half their shots while attempting at least six shots Friday night. It was the second time this season that Celtics starters had such an efficient game. The 29 other NBA teams have combined for only three such games this season.
A BEANTOWN TRADITION
The Celtics have hosted a game on Thanksgiving Friday 41 times in the last 42 years. The only exception was in 1998, when the NBA season didn't start until the following February due to a lockout.
CLIPPERS END PISTONS DOMINANCE
The Clippers beat the Pistons Friday night, 104-96. The victory ended the Pistons' 13-game winning streak against the Clippers, which had matched the longest current team-vs.-team winning streaks in the NBA. The longest current team-vs.-team winning streaks are now the Spurs over the Nets (13) and the Mavericks over the Timberwolves (13).
THUNDER WAY AHEAD OF LAST SEASON'S PACE
Oklahoma City beat Milwaukee to improve its record to 9-7. The Thunder did not win its ninth game last season until its 43rd game, which did not come until January 21.
CRAWFORD IS A WEAPON OFF THE BENCH
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points off the bench for the Hawks in their win over the 76ers. Crawford has 268 points this season, all off the bench. Only two NBA players have scored more points off the bench than Crawford this season: Al Harrington (293) and Jason Terry (289).
Crawford's total of 268 points off the bench is the highest by a Hawks player in the team's first 16 games of a season since John Drew in 1975-76 (337 points off the bench).
ST. LOUIS HAS 23 ASSISTS IN 23 GAMES
Martin St. Louis had three assists in the Lightning's 5-1 win over the Rangers, giving him a total of 23 assists in Tampa Bay's 23 games this season. He's the first player in the Lightning's 17-year history to be averaging at least one assist per team game this late in a season. The latest previous point at which a Tampa Bay player was averaging an assist per game was at the 20-game mark, by Vincent Lecavalier in the 2007-08 season.
BRODEUR PASSES ROY
In the Devils' game in Boston on Friday, Martin Brodeur broke Patrick Roy's NHL record for most career minutes played by a goaltender. Roy had set the mark in November 2002, in his final NHL season, when he passed former record holder, Terry Sawchuk. Sawchuk had been the career leader in minutes played by a goaltender since February 1964, when he passed Harry Lumley.
NO O AT THE JOE
The Red Wings, who lost 2-0 to the Thrashers in Detroit on Wednesday, were blanked 3-0 at home by Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff on Friday night. It's the first time that the Red Wings have been shut out in two consecutive games since December 2001, and it's the first time that they have ever been held goalless in two straight games at Joe Louis Arena, which opened in December 1979. The last time that the Red Wings were shut out in consecutive home games was when they suffered back-to-back 6-0 losses to Boston and Montreal at Olympia Stadium in March 1977.
THRASHERS STUNNING COMEBACK
The Thrashers trailed the Hurricanes, 4-1, entering the third period in Raleigh but they outscored Carolina, 5-0, over the final 20 minutes to pull out a stunning 6-4 comeback win. It was the second time in the Thrashers' ten seasons in the NHL that they won a game in which they trailed by three goals in the third period. They beat the Devils, 6-5, in overtime on March 23, 2006 in Atlanta, after trailing, 4-1, with just over 14 minutes left in the third period.
COMEBACK WIN FOR THE ISLANDERS
The Islanders came from behind in the third period to beat the Penguins, 3-2, on goals by Sean Bergenheim and John Tavares. Excluding shootouts, it was the first time that the Islanders won a game in which they trailed in the third period since Feb. 18, 2008, when they overturned a 2-0 deficit against San Jose with goals in the final 20 minutes by Andy Hilbert, Mike Comrie and Freddy Meyer.
SELANNE TIES HULL
The Ducks beat the Blackhawks, 3-0, and all three of their goals were scored on power plays: two by Teemu Selanne and one by Nick Boynton. It was the 25th time in Selanne's career that he has scored two or more power play goals in one game. That ties him with Brett Hull for the third-most multiple-PPG games in NHL history, behind Mario Lemieux (28) and Dave Andreychuk (26).26
A WILD HAT TRICK
Chuck Kobasew completed his second career hat trick by scoring the empty-net goal that clinched Minnesota's 5-3 win over Colorado. Kobasew's first three-goal game was also against the Avalanche, on Jan. 24, 2006 in Denver, when he played for Calgary. Kobasew was the first Minnesota player to record a hat trick since Dec. 20, 2007, when Marian Gaborik scored five goals against the Rangers. The Wild's 153-game stretch without a hat trick had been the second-longest current drought for any NHL team entering play on Friday. The longest active hat trick drought belongs to the team that Minnesota defeated. The Avs have now played 161 games since the last three-goal game by one of their players: Milan Hejduk against St. Louis on Dec. 9, 2007.
FOUR POINTS FOR CONNOLLY
Tim Connolly equaled his career high for points in one game with two goals and two assists in the Sabres' 4-2 win at Philadelphia. Over the last four seasons, the only other instance of a Buffalo player recording four points in a road game also came in Philadelphia: Jason Pominville had one goal and three assists for the Sabres in their shootout win at Wachovia Center on Dec. 22, 2007.
KIPRUSOFF MAKES 40 SAVES IN A SHUTOUT
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 40 shots in his 3-0 win in Detroit. It was the highest save total ever in a shutout for Kiprusoff - this was his 32nd in regular-season play and he has six in the playoffs - and it was the most saves in a shutout by a Flames goaltender since Reggie Lemelin faced 40 shots on goal in a 6-0 win against the Capitals on Jan. 8, 1981.
CONSECUTIVE TWO-GOAL GAMES FOR HAGMAN
Niklas Hagman, who had two goals in the Maple Leafs' win over the Lightning on Wednesday, scored a pair of goals in Toronto's victory over the Panthers in Sunrise on Friday. It's only the second time since 2001 that a Maple Leafs player has scored a pair of goals in each of two consecutive team games. Mikhail Grabovski had back-to-back two-goal games in a home-and-home series with the Hurricanes last season (Nov. 2-4, 2008).
KARIYA ENDS GOAL DROUGHT
Paul Kariya scored the final goal in the Blues' 3-1 victory in Nashville on Friday night, ending his 15-game goal drought. It was the second-longest goal drought of Kariya's NHL career; he was blanked in 21 consecutive games for St. Louis late in the 2007-08 season.