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LAKERS, DOWN 15, HAD 'EM WHERE THEY WANTED 'EM
The Lakers rebounded from a 60-40 deficit to defeat the Kings on New Year's night; in their previous game, they overcame a 15-point Golden State lead before bouncing back to win. The Lakers are only the second NBA team this season to win two consecutive games after trailing by at least 15 points in each; the Hornets did that on December 16-18 vs. Detroit and Denver.
IF YOU'RE SCORING AT HOME: IT'S KOBE, 2; THE REST OF THE NBA, 0
Kobe Bryant's three-point field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter turned a two-point deficit into a Lakers victory, 109-108, over the Kings. It was the second time in less than 30 days that Bryant provided a buzzer-beating three-point miracle; on December 4, Kobe banked a three-pointer at the final buzzer to defeat the Heat, 108-107.
No other NBA player this season has hit a three-pointer as time expired to turn an impending defeat into a victory.
NATE, ON 30 DAYS' REST, SCORES 41 IN KNICKS' WIN
Nate Robinson returned from a 30-day exile at the end of the Knicks' bench to score 41 points (including 14 in the fourth quarter and 11 in overtime) in New York's 112-108 overtime victory in Atlanta. Robinson set an NBA record for the most points scored in a game after missing that team's previous 14 games either as a "DNP" or being injured. He broke a record held by another Robinson - Glenn Robinson scored 38 points for the Bucks on Jan. 26, 2002, in a double-overtime loss to the Knicks after he had missed the previous 14 games due to a thigh bruise.
Prior to Friday night's game, Robinson had played in only 12 of the Knicks' 32 games, and in only three of their 12 wins - contributing a grand total of two points in those three wins.
Robinson, who did not start, also was credited with eight assists in the win over the Hawks. He became the first NBA player to come off the bench to score more than 40 points with eight-or-more assists since Pete Maravich had 42 points and 10 assists in a rare game off the bench for the Hawks against the Buffalo Braves in 1973.
KNICKS WIN BY OVERCOMING 15-POINT, 4TH-QUARTER DEFICIT
The Knicks overcame Atlanta's 82-67 lead a minute into the fourth quarter in their overtime win in Atlanta on Friday. They became only the second NBA team this season to win a road game after trailing by as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter; the Kings overcame a 19-point fourth-quarter lead in winning at Chicago, 102-98, on December 21. (The Bulls had led that game by a 35-point margin in the third quarter.)
LEWIS HITS THREES, MAGIC BEATS WOLVES
Rashard Lewis started January where he left off in December, scoring 21 points and connecting on 5-of-10 three-point field goal attempts in the Magic's 106-94 win over the Timberwolves in Minneapolis. Lewis led the NBA with 42 threes during December, as he shot 47.7 percent from beyond the arc.
BRUINS' WALK-OFF WIN AT FENWAY
Danny Syvret's first NHL goal gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead early in the second period, and it looked for a while as if it would stand up as the game's only score. But how many times have you heard it: A one-goal lead is never safe at Fenway Park. Sure enough, Mark Recchi's power play goal late in the third period tied it, and the Bruins' leading goal-scorer, Marco Sturm, tipped in his 14th goal of the season to win the NHL's Winter Classic less than two minutes into overtime.
Sturm extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, matching his career high; he also scored goals in four consecutive games for the Bruins in November 2007. Sturm's four-game streak is the longest of the season by any Boston player.
FIRST TIME FOR THIS HEADLINE: BOSTON BEATS PHILLY, 2-1, IN FENWAY OT
Teams from Boston (Red Sox and Braves) have met teams from Philadelphia (Phillies and Athletics) in 490 regular-season Major League Baseball games at Fenway Park since 1912 - and none of those games was decided by a 2-1 score in overtime!
By the way, it hasn't happened in baseball's postseason, either. There have been only two Boston-vs.-Philadelphia postseason series played in major league history: in 1914, the Braves swept the Athletics in four games, and the next year, the Red Sox downed the Phillies in five games. The coolest thing about those two series is that the Braves played their home games at Fenway Park in the 1914 Series - Fenway was newer and more spacious than the Braves' home field at South End Grounds - and then the next year, the Red Sox played their home games in the 1915 Series at newly-completed Braves Field, which had a greater capacity than did Fenway!
PRONGER JOINS REMY IN FENWAY'S 6-HITS CLUB
Chris Pronger was credited with a game-high six hits in the Flyers' overtime loss at Fenway. The last major league player to get six hits in a game at Fenway was second baseman-turned-broadcaster Jerry Remy, who went 6-for-10 in a 20-inning loss to the Mariners in 1981.
SABRES, DOWN 3-0, HAD 'EM WHERE THEY WANTED 'EM
The Sabres defeated the Thrashers, 4-3, after Atlanta led, 3-0, with three minutes remaining in the second period. In their last game, on Tuesday night, the Sabres overcame a 3-0 Pittsburgh lead after 12 minutes of the second period, also winning that game by a 4-3 score.
You have to go back more than a quarter of a century to find the last NHL team to win two consecutive games in which it trailed by three-or-more goals at some point beyond the game's 30-minute mark. The last team to do it was the Minnesota North Stars on Nov. 26 and 29, 1983, against the Maple Leafs and the Penguins, in an era in which the NHL had an average of nearly eight goals per game.