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EVERYONE GETS IN ON THE ACT IN ATLANTA
Nine players scored at least 11 points for the Hawks in their 146-115 victory over the Raptors. It was the ninth game in NBA history in which nine or more teammates each scored more than ten points and it was the first such game since Nov. 23, 1994, when ten players did it for the Suns in a 140-109 romp over Clippers. It was the second time in franchise history that nine Hawks each scored at least 11 points in a game. The other time it happened was in a 144-100 win over the Baltimore Bullets on Feb. 12, 1965, back in the day when the Hawks made their home in St. Louis. The Hawks with more than ten points in that game were Chico Vaughn, Bob Pettit, Richie Guerin, Cliff Hagan, Mike Farmer, Jeff Mullins, Bill Bridges, Zelmo Beaty and Lenny Wilkens.
RAPTORS NOT COMPETITIVE IN SECOND OF BACK-TO-BACK GAMES
Toronto dropped to 0-4 this season in the second of games played on consecutive days. The Raptors average margin of defeat in those games is 26.8 points, losing the last two by 35 points (at Charlotte last Wednesday) and 31 points, respectively.
MAVERICKS BLOW IT OPEN IN SECOND QUARTER
After playing to a first-period standoff, the Mavericks outscored the Nets 49-22 in the second quarter and coasted to a win in New Jersey. It was the first time in Mavericks history that they outscored an opponent by 27 or more points in any period of a game and it was the largest margin for any NBA team in one quarter in more than a year (since Utah outscored Sacramento by 27 points in the third quarter on Nov. 28, 2008).
NETS BREAK NBA RECORD, SET SIGHTS ON 88 ORIOLES
The Nets established an NBA record with their 18th straight loss to begin the season. It's the second-longest start-of-season losing streak for any club in any of the four major North American team sports. The Baltimore Orioles lost their first 21 games in 1988.
WESTBROOK LIGHT ON THE SWISH, HEAVY ON THE DISH
Russell Westbrook had 15 assists but he made only 1 of 11 shots from the floor in the Thunder's 117-106 win against the 76ers. Westbrook's .091 field-goal percentage was the lowest for any NBA player (minimum: 10 attempts) in a game in which he handed out at least 15 assists since New Jersey's Jason Kidd went 1-for-17 from the floor (.059) in a 15-assist game at Dallas on Jan 21, 2002.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas played his 724th game for the Cavaliers to become the club's all-time leader in that category, passing Danny Ferry (723 games for Cleveland). The only other active NBA player who is the career leader in games played for his current club is Charlotte's Gerald Wallace (347 games).
WILLIAMS' THREE-POINT STREAK SNAPPED AT EIGHT IN A ROW
Mo Williams shot 2-for-8 from three-point range for the Cavaliers in their win over the Suns, but he made his first shot from beyond the arc (before his first miss) to extend his streak of consecutive three-pointers to eight in a row (spanning two games). Williams matched Jared Williams and Peja Stojakovic for the longest streak of consecutive three-point attempts without a miss for any NBA player this season.
BUCKS TURN TO BENCH IN LOSS
The Bucks lost in Washington without Michael Redd and with only 17 points from Brandon Jennings. Luke Ridnour and Hakim Warrick took up the slack for Milwaukee, each scoring 20 points off the bench. Ridnour and Warrick are one of seven pairs of NBA teammates to each score at least 20 points in a game as non-starters this season, but they're the only teammates to do it twice (also Nov. 25 at New Orleans).
GORDON LOSES TO FORMER MATES
The Bulls overcame 18 points by Ben Gordon in his return to Chicago in their 92-85 win over the Pistons. Michael Jordan netted 29 points for the Wizards in his first game against his former mates (Jan. 4, 2002). Gordon was the fifth player since Jordan to score at least 18 points in his first game against the Bulls after playing for Chicago. The others were Brad Miller (2002), Jalen Rose (2004), Jannero Pargo (2006) and Tim Thomas (2007).2007
T-WOLVES HOME LOSING STREAK REACHES NINE
The Timberwolves loss to Memphis was their ninth consecutive defeat in Minnesota, after winning their season opener there against the Nets. The Timberwolves home losing streak is the second-longest for any NBA team immediately following a victory in its first home game of a season. The Raptors lost 11 in a row in Toronto after winning their home opener in 1997-98.
SULLIVAN'S FOUR POINTS NOT ENOUGH TO WIN
Steve Sullivan scored or assisted on all four of the Predators goals in their overtime loss at Minnesota. With one goal and three assists, Sullivan became only the second player in Nashville history to score four points in a game the Predators did not win. Andreas Johansson had one goal and three assists in Nashville's 6-5 OT loss at Los Angeles on Nov. 2, 2002.
LONG TIME BETWEEN HAT TRICKS
Stephen Weiss recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career in the Panthers shootout win over the Avalanche. His first three-goal game was against Washington on Jan. 13, 2007. Weiss played 213 games between his hat tricks and he scored more than one goal in only one of those games (March 3, 2007: two goals vs. Tampa Bay).
YOUTH IS SERVED
Matt Duchene scored two goals in the Avs shootout loss to the Panthers, after recording his first two-goal game in the NHL on Monday night in Tampa. Duchene is the first 18-year-old with consecutive multiple-goal games in the NHL since Florida's Radek Dvorak notched back-to-back two-goal games in November 1995.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
Mark Recchi assisted on three goals in the Bruins 4-1 win over the Lightning. Recchi, who was 41 years, 304 days old as of Thursday, became the oldest player in Bruins history to score three points or more in one game, breaking a mark set by Johnny Bucyk on Dec. 5, 1976 with two goals and one assist at age 41 years, 207 days in a 5-5 tie versus the Capitals.
CANUCKS HAVE BRODEUR'S NUMBER
The Canucks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 12:32 of their 5-2 win against Martin Brodeur and the Devils. They were the fastest three goals from the start of a game against Brodeur since March 11, 2006, when the Penguins scored three times in the first 10:53 en route to a 6-3 win. Vancouver is the only NHL team against which Brodeur has a losing record. He's 6-10-0 in 16 career games versus the Canucks, including a 2-9-0 mark against them since 1998.