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DWIGHT HOWARD'S EIGHTH 25/20 GAME IN LAST THREE SEASONS
Dwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds in Orlando's 100-98 win at Milwaukee. It was the eighth time in the last three seasons that Howard has had a game with at least 25 points and 20 rebounds. All other NBA players combined have only seven such games since the start of the 2007-08 season, and only Al Jefferson (3) has done it more than once.
MO WILLIAMS MAKES ALL SEVEN OF HIS "THREES"
Mo Williams was 7-for-7 from three-point range in the Cavaliers' win over Dallas. Williams' seven three-point field goals are the most ever in one game by a Cleveland player who had a perfect shooting percentage from behind the arc. Three Cavs were 6-for-6 on three-point attempts in one game: Mark Price (1988), Wesley Person (1999) and Trajan Langdon (2000).2000
BOBCATS WIN BIG ON THE ROAD
The Bobcats won 92-76 in Washington, though Charlotte's high scorer, Gerald Wallace, had only 14 points. The Bobcats' 16-point margin of victory was the largest by an NBA team in a road game in which it had no player score as many as 15 points since Dec. 10, 2002, when Portland won 98-79 in the same city, Washington, D.C. The Blazers' co-leaders in points in that game were Derek Anderson and Scottie Pippen (14 each).
SABRES BLANKED THROUGH TWO, SCORE FIVE IN THIRD
The Sabres trailed the Hurricanes, 1-0, entering the third period on Saturday night but they scored five unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes to beat Carolina, 5-1. The five goals equal the highest total ever by the Sabres in a game in which they were shut out in the first two periods. Buffalo did that twice before: a 5-2 win at Vancouver on March 26, 1998 and a 5-4 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs on Oct. 15, 2007.
CANES COLLAPSE IN THIRD PERIOD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT NIGHT
If Carolina's third-period collapse sounds familiar, it's because they were outscored by the same 5-0 margin over the final 20 minutes on Friday, after holding a 4-1 lead through two periods against the Thrashers. The Hurricanes are the second team in NHL history to be outscored 5-0 or worse in the third period in each of two consecutive games. The Canucks did that on Nov. 27-29, 1998 in games at Detroit (outscored 7-0 in the third period) and Philadelphia (5-0).
SABRES ROOKIE HAS THREE ASSISTS
Tyler Myers assisted on three of the Sabres' five third-period goals. Myers was the first Buffalo rookie to record three assists in one game since Viktor Gordiouk did that against Ottawa on Oct. 30, 1992, and he was only the third Sabres rookie to notch three assists in one period. The other Buffalo freshmen to do that were Phil Housley in 1982 and Christian Ruuttu in 1986.
CROSBY'S FIVE-POINT NIGHT
Sidney Crosby had three goals and two assists in the Penguins' 8-3 win over the Rangers. It was the second time in Crosby's 317-game NHL career that he scored at least five points in one game. He had six points (one goal, five assists) in a game against the Flyers in December 2006. At the same juncture of their careers (that is, through 317 games), Wayne Gretzky had scored five points or more in a game 31 times and Mario Lemieux had done it 18 times.
STARS ROOKIE SCORES IN OVERTIME
Tom Wandell scored in overtime to earn the Stars a 4-3 win over the Lightning on Saturday night. Wandell is the first rookie to score a regular-season overtime goal for the Stars since the team moved to Dallas in 1993 and he's only the third rookie in franchise history to do so. The Minnesota North Stars rookies with regular-season OT goals were Brian Lawton (Mar. 26, 1984) and Clark Donatelli (Nov. 15, 1989).
CANUCKS: SEVEN GOALS BY SEVEN DIFFERENT PLAYERS
The Canucks got goals from seven different players in their 7-3 win over the Oilers. It was the first time that Vancouver had as many as seven players score goals in one game since a 7-4 victory against Columbus on Feb. 6, 2006. The only one of the Canucks' seven goal-scorers in that game who's still with the team is Daniel Sedin, who scored his first goal this season in Saturday's game.
FLYERS' 14-GAME WIN STREAK VS. ATLANTA IS OVER
The Flyers' 14-game winning streak against the Thrashers came to an end when they lost 1-0 in Atlanta on Saturday night. Philadelphia's winning streak versus the Thrashers was the longest by one NHL team against another since Nashville won 14 in a row against St. Louis from 2005 to 2007. It also equaled the longest winning streak versus one opponent in Flyers history: 14 straight wins against the Kings from 1978 to 1982.
HEDBERG BEATS THE FLYERS FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME
Johan Hedberg, who shut out Philadelphia on Saturday, had lost his last seven decisions against the Flyers, dating back to 2003. Hedberg's only previous win against the Flyers came in his first game against them, in January 2002 when he played for the Penguins.
ELIAS AND ROLSTON EACH GET FOUR POINTS IN WIN OVER ISLES
Patrik Elias and Brian Rolston each had two goals and two assists in the Devils' 6-1 win over the Islanders. It was Elias' 12th career game with four or more points and his third versus the Isles. He had a four-point game against them in March 2000 and a five-point day in March 2003. Elias has not had more than one such game against any other NHL team. This was Rolston's fourth four-point game and his second versus the Islanders. He had one goal and three assists against them for Minnesota in a game in February 2003.
FEHR SCORES TWO, INCLUDING TYING GOAL IN LAST MINUTE
Eric Fehr had the first two-goal game of his NHL career in Washington's shootout win at Montreal on Saturday. Fehr's second goal tied the score at 4-4 with 11.4 seconds left in the third period. It was the first time this season that a Capitals player scored a game-tying goal in the last five minutes of the third period.
JOKINEN'S SECOND TWO-POINT GAME IN TWO NIGHTS
Olli Jokinen, who had a goal and an assist in the Flames' victory in Detroit on Friday, matched those totals in Calgary's shootout win at Columbus on Saturday. Jokinen has had eight multiple-points games since he was acquired by the Flames from Phoenix at the trading deadline last March and seven of them have come in road games, including all four this season.
ZETTERBERG ENDS POINT DROUGHT
Henrik Zetterberg ended his four-game point drought with a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' shootout win at St. Louis. Zetterberg's four-game stretch without a point was his longest dry spell since Oct. 13-Nov. 1, 2006, when he was held off the scoresheet in nine consecutive games.
RARE WIN FOR WILD GOALTENDER
Minnesota's backup goaltender Josh Harding posted a 3-2 shootout win in Denver on Saturday night. It was only the fifth win for Harding in his last 22 starts (5-15-2), dating back to mid-January 2008. All five wins were in road games, but that's not too surprising since only three of Harding's last 22 starts were at the Wild's home rink, Xcel Energy Center.
NCAA Men's Basketball
RUNNIN' REBELS BEAT LOUISVILLE
UNLV beat 16th-ranked Louisville for the second consecutive season, 76-71. Mountain West teams have played Big East teams 10 times dating back to the 2006-07 season and won six of the ten games, after losing 12 of the previous 15 games between the two conferences. UNLV has three of those six wins (vs. Louisville twice and South Florida), BYU two (vs. Louisville and Seton Hall) and Air Force one (vs. DePaul). Louisville is the only AP-ranked Big East school to lose to a team from the Mountain West Conference and they've done it three times: in 2008 and 2009 to UNLV, and in 2007 to BYU.