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DAVIS JOINS JOHNSON AND LEVER
Baron Davis had 27 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and five steals in the Clippers' 104-102 loss at Memphis on Tuesday night. Since 1973, when the NBA began recording steals, only two other players reached all four of those statistical levels in one game: Magic Johnson, in an overtime game against Denver in March 1981 and Fat Lever versus Chicago in January 1988. Davis, Johnson (Lakers) and Lever (Nuggets) each played for the losing team in those games.
ONE GOOD HALF NOT ENOUGH FOR THE ROCKETS
Houston held a 60-50 lead at the end of two quarters, but was outscored 52-34 over the rest of the game in Tuesday night's 102-94 loss at Charlotte. It was the first time in the Rockets' 43-season history that they scored at least 60 points in the first half of a game and fewer than 35 points in the second half.
JACKSON SCORES 43 POINTS VS. HOUSTON
Stephen Jackson scored 43 points in Charlotte's victory against Houston on Tuesday night. It was the most points scored by one player in a win against the Rockets since December 15, 2006, when Kobe Bryant had 53 points in a double-overtime game.
HOWARD LEADS THE MAGIC
Dwight Howard had 30 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in Orlando's win at Sacramento on Tuesday night. The only other NBA player with a 30/15/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game this season is LeBron James, who also did it in a victory at Sacramento, although that game went to overtime.
PISTONS END LOSING STREAK
The Pistons, who had lost 13 straight games, defeated the Wizards on Tuesday night. That tied the second-longest losing streak ever ended with a win against Washington. In March 1994, the 76ers snapped a run of 15 consecutive defeats with a victory at Washington.
SPURS SQUASH LAKERS
San Antonio defeated the Lakers 105-85 on Tuesday night, only the second time in the last 10 seasons that a Spurs-Lakers game was decided by at least 20 points. Over that same span, those two teams have played five postseason games against each other with a final margin of 20 or more points.
BRODEUR EARNS FIRST REGULAR-SEASON SHUTOUT AT MSG
Martin Brodeur had played in 40 regular-season games at Madison Square Garden but never posted a regular-season shutout there until his shootout win on Tuesday night, after the Devils and Rangers played to a goalless deadlock for 65 minutes. Brodeur's only previous MSG shutout came in Game 3 of the Devils' first-round sweep in the 2006 playoffs. With the Garden finally on Brodeur's regular-season shutout list, the only building, past or present, in which he's made at least ten starts but never had a regular-season shutout is Miami Arena, the former home of the Florida Panthers (11 starts).
BRODEUR FACES CAREER-HIGH 51 SHOTS
The Rangers outshot the Devils, 51-45, through 65 goalless minutes on Tuesday night. New York's 51 shots on goal were the most ever against Martin Brodeur in one game, regular-season or playoffs. His previous highs were 48 shots in a regular-season game (twice) and 50 in the postseason (twice, both multiple-overtime games). Brodeur had only two previous shutouts in which he faced even 40 shots on goal: one in the regular season (40 at Boston in January 1999) and one in the playoffs (44 vs. Carolina in April 2009).
The 96 shots on goal smashed the old mark for combined shots in a goalless game since the NHL began compiling shots on goal as an official statistic more than 50 years ago. The previous high was 75, in a Boston-Montreal game in December 1968 and a Florida-Montreal game in November 2006.
MARLEAU IS FIRST TO 30
Patrick Marleau became the first NHL player to reach the 30-goal mark this season when he opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the Sharks' 3-1 win at Phoenix. (Marleau's 31st goal made the score 2-0.) It's the first time that a San Jose player has been the "first to 30" in a season. Marleau reached the 30-goal plateau in the Sharks' 47th game of the season. He's the first player in San Jose franchise history to get to the 30-goal mark before the team's 50th game of a season. Jonathan Cheechoo held the old team record, scoring his 30th goal in 2005-06 in the Sharks' 50th game.
ROLOSON IS OLDEST ISLANDERS GOALTENDER TO RECORD SHUTOUT
The Islanders' 6-0 win over Detroit was their largest margin of victory in a game against the Red Wings since an 8-2 win at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 11, 1986. It was also the first shutout of the season for Dwayne Roloson, who signed with the Islanders as a free agent in July. The 40-year-old Roloson is the oldest goaltender ever to post a shutout for the Isles, shattering the mark set by Billy Smith (age 37 years, 99 days) with his final NHL clean sheet, a 6-0 victory in Winnipeg on March 20, 1988.
FLYERS ROLL ANOTHER SIX
The Flyers posted their eighth win in their last ten games with a 6-3 victory against the Stars. It was the eighth time this season that the Flyers scored six goals or more in a game (the highest total for any NHL team) and the fourth time in their last seven games. Philadelphia has scored the first goal in each of its last ten games. It's the Flyers' longest such streak since January/February 1999, when they scored first in 13 consecutive games.
HURRICANES ON SEASON-LONG WINNING STREAK
The Hurricanes extended their winning streak to a season-high three games with their 4-2 victory at Toronto on Tuesday. There are still three NHL teams without a winning streak of more than two games this season: Dallas, Tampa Bay and Toronto.
KOVALCHUK OWNS OTTAWA
Ilya Kovalchuk, who had one goal and two assists in the Thrashers' 6-1 win over the Senators, has scored 22 goals in 29 career games against Ottawa. That's Kovalchuk's highest goal total against any team outside the Southeast Division.
EARLY EXITS FOR BOTH NETMINDERS
Mike Smith and Michal Neuvirth were the starting goaltenders in the Tampa Bay-Washington game, but neither man made it more than halfway through the Lightning's 7-4 win over the Capitals. Smith was shaken up in a goalmouth collision in the first period and left the game in the middle of the second period, while Neuvirth was pulled after allowing four goals in the first period.
Antero Niittymaki replaced Smith in goal for Tampa Bay and he made 22 saves to pick up the win, while Jose Theodore took the loss for Washington after giving up three goals. It was only the second NHL game this season in which neither starting netminder was one of the goaltenders of record. The other such game was Ottawa's 7-4 win against Philadelphia on January 3. Pascal Leclaire started for the Senators but Brian Elliott recorded the win, and Michael Leighton began the game in goal for the Flyers but Brian Boucher was tagged with the loss.