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RONDO DOES THE DIRTY WORK IN CELTICS' WIN
Rajon Rondo recorded 13 assists, 9 rebounds and 5 steals to help lead the Celtics to a victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Rondo is the only Celtics player to register those numbers in each of those categories in a single game since the NBA began tracking steals in 1973-74.
RAPTORS WIN DESPITE THREE-POINT SHOOTING WOES
The Raptors defeated the Timberwolves on Tuesday night despite making only 2 of 21 three-point attempts. That marked the first time since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979 that a team won a game while shooting less than 10 percent from three-point range on 20 or more attempts. Teams were 0-22 in that situation before the Raptors' win last night.
NETS END 18-GAME ROAD LOSING STREAK IN CHICAGO
The Nets defeated the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday night ending their 18-game road losing streak. That is by far the longest road losing streak any team has ever ended against the Bulls. The previous longest road losing streak snapped against the Bulls was 12 games by the Denver Nuggets on January 26, 1984 and the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 10, 1983 (both streaks ended in Chicago Stadium).
The Bulls had three players register at least 20 points and six rebounds in their defeat to the Nets (Luol Deng, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson). It is only the second time in the last 40 seasons that the Bulls have lost a regulation game at home while three players recorded at least 20 points and six rebounds. The Bulls lost to Indiana on March 3, 1992 at Chicago Stadium despite getting big nights from Horace Grant (23 points, 9 rebounds), Scottie Pippen (22 points, 6 rebounds) and Michael Jordan (27 points, 7 rebounds).
SONGAILA IS PERFECT FROM THE FIELD AGAIN
Darius Songaila shot five-for-five from the field to help lead the Hornets to a victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night. That marked the second time this season that Songaila was perfect from the field on five-or-more attempts in a game (5-for-5 on November 4th). No other player has done that more than once this season.
RANDOLPH LEADS GRIZZLIES TO OT WIN
Zach Randolph registered 32 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in the Grizzlies' overtime victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Randolph is the first player in the Grizzlies' franchise history to record at last 30 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a game.
STARTERS ARE PERFECT FROM THE LINE IN DALLAS
The 10 starting players combined to shoot a perfect 28-for-28 from the free-throw line in the Mavericks' victory over the Suns on Tuesday night. There were only five other games over the last 40 seasons in which the starting players converted all of their free throws on at least 28 attempts, the last of which occurred in a game between the Hornets and Rockets on March 23, 2006 (30-for-30).
ERAT REGISTERS A HAT TRICK
Martin Erat scored three goals, the last one into an empty net, in the Predators' 4-2 victory over the Canucks. It was the second hat trick of Erat's eight-year career with Nashville; the first one came in a game at Edmonton on March 4, 2008. The only other players with more than one hat trick for the Predators are Steve Sullivan(3), Jason Arnott(2), David Legwand(2) and Scott Walker(2).2)
FLYERS BEAT ISLANDERS IN ORDERLY FASHION
The Flyers beat the Islanders, 6-2, on Tuesday night in a game that featured some very orderly scoring. The first two goals were scored by the Flyers' Mike Richards and the next two by Philadelphia's Jeff Carter. After Islanders rookie John Tavares cut the Flyers' lead to 4-2 with a pair of goals, Philly's Claude Giroux finished the night's scoring with two more goals. This was the first game in NHL history in which exactly eight goals were scored and the goals came in four separate two-goal bursts by four different players. There were three other eight-goal games in which four players scored two goals, though not in so precise a pattern, the last of which was Minnesota's shootout win over Anaheim last Friday, which finished with the teams tied 4-4 at the end of overtime.
HALAK STOPS SENATORS
Jaroslav Halak stopped 45 of 46 shots on goal in his 4-1 win at Ottawa on Tuesday night. It was the third time in calendar year 2009 that Halak won a regular-season game in which he made at least 45 saves. He had 46-save wins against Colorado and San Jose in February last season. The only other NHL goaltender with more than one such win since January 1st is Dwayne Roloson, who had one for Edmonton last season and another for the Islanders last season.
YANKEES ON VERGE OF ACQUIRING CURTIS GRANDERSON
The Yankees are on the verge of acquiring Curtis Granderson from the Tigers in a three-team trade. Granderson hit 30 home runs for Detroit last season. If the trade goes through, the Yankees would be the first World Series champion in major-league history to acquire a player coming off a 30-home run season during the offseason.