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HEAT TIE NBA RECORD
Each of the Miami Heat's last four games has been decided by a margin of 24 points or more. Saturday's 115-84 win over the Kings followed a 113-83 victory against the Pacers, a 104-65 loss to the Bobcats and a 112-88 win over the Wizards. Miami is the eighth team in NBA history to play four consecutive games with a final margin of at least 24 points and the first since the Bulls in January 1996. None of the previous seven teams extended their streak to five games.
THUNDER PLAYING THEM CLOSE
While Miami has played four straight blowouts, Oklahoma City has played four consecutive tight games. Each of the last four games played by the Thunder has been decided by no more than three points, including Saturday night's 100-99 loss to the Cavs, matching the longest such streak in the NBA this season. Chicago, Washington, Milwaukee and Denver have also done it this season.
DURANT ROLLS ON
Kevin Durant scored 34 points in Oklahoma City's loss to Cleveland. Durant has scored at least 25 points in each of his last 18 games. Since 1991-92 only four other players had a streak like that within one season: Allen Iverson (27-game streak in 2000-01), Tracy McGrady (20, 2002-03), Kobe Bryant (19, 2005-06 and 2006-07) and LeBron James (21, 2007-08).
SAM REBOUNDING DESPITE DISTRACTION
Samuel Dalembert is not letting the tragedy in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti affect his play on the court. Dalembert grabbed 12 rebounds in the 76ers win over the Pacers Saturday night, giving him 133 boards over his last 10 games. That's the most rebounds over a 10-game span by a 76ers player since Kenny Thomas had 136 late in the 2002-03 season. The 76ers record for such a thing belongs to Wilt Chamberlain, who grabbed an amazing 287 rebounds over a 10-game span in 1965-66.
MAGIC WIN BIG IN OT
The Magic beat the Bobcats in overtime, 106-95, Saturday night. It¿s Orlando's largest margin of victory in an overtime game on the road.
HOWARD IS A REBOUNDING MACHINE
Dwight Howard grabbed 20 rebounds in Orlando's win over Charlotte. It was the 38th time that Howard had at least 20 rebounds in a game his career. Only one active player has more 20-rebound games than Howard: Ben Wallace (42).42
JENNINGS SWISHES AND DISHES
Brandon Jennings had 18 points and 13 assists in the Bucks' win over the Timberwolves. Jennings is only the third rookie in Milwaukee history to score that many points and hand out that many assists in one game. Ramon Sessions did it twice in 2007-08.
WEBSTER MIGHT NEED A REST
NETS 0-11 IN 2010
New Year, same Nets. New Jersey has lost all 11 games they have played in 2010. Since 2000 only two other teams started a calendar year with a losing streak of at least 11 games, both did it in 2008: Seattle (lost first 13 games) and Miami (11).
ANTERO PERFECT AGAINST THRASHERS
Antero Niittymaki made it 15 wins in 15 career games against the Thrashers with a shootout victory on Saturday. Niittymaki's 15 consecutive wins versus Atlanta give him the fourth-longest start of career winning streak by a goaltender against one team in NHL history. The three longer streaks are by Ken Dryden versus Washington (19 straight wins), Bob Froese against Pittsburgh (17) and Chris Osgood versus Tampa Bay (17, also a current streak).
SEMIN HAVING A CAREER MONTH
Alexander Semin (one goal, three assists) had a hand in every goal by the Capitals in their 4-2 win against the Coyotes. Semin has scored 17 points (seven goals, ten assists in 11 games) in January, matching his career high for any calendar month. He also had 17 points in January 2007 (12 goals, five assists in 12 games).
DANIEL HOT AT THE HUB
Daniel Alfredsson scored five goals in three games in Boston this season, including a natural hat trick in the Senators' 5-1 win there on Monday afternoon and one when Ottawa returned to the Hub and posted a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon. The five goals match Alfredsson's total in Boston from the time he entered the NHL in 1995 through the end of last season, covering 34 games in Beantown.
PRONGER SCORES GOAL #150
Chris Pronger registered a goal and an assist for the Flyers in their 4-2 win against the Hurricanes. Pronger's goal was the 150th of his NHL career, making him the fifth active defenseman to reach that plateau, after Rob Blake (237 goals), Nicklas Lidstrom (231), Sergei Gonchar (198) and Scott Niedermayer (167).167
SALVADOR MAKES GOALS COUNT
Defenseman Bryce Salvador's goal with 6:49 left in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and it held up as the game-winner in the Devils' 4-2 victory on Long Island. Salvador has scored only six goals since he was traded to New Jersey by St. Louis in February 2008 but four of them have been game-winning goals.
RYAN EXCELS LATE
The Ducks posted a 4-3 shootout win at St. Louis after overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the third period with one goal by Scott Niedermayer and two by Bobby Ryan. Ryan has scored 13 third-period goals this season, second-most in the NHL to Marian Gaborik's 14. Ryan scored 16 third-period goals as a rookie last season, tying him for fifth in the league in that category.
VOKOUN REGISTERS THIRD SHUTOUT THIS MONTH
Tomas Vokoun recorded his sixth shutout of the season and his third this month with a 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night (Vokoun blanked Ottawa on Jan. 9 and Atlanta last Monday). It's the third time that Vokoun has posted three shutouts in one calendar month in his NHL career. He did that for Nashville in February 2003 and Florida in February 2009.
HABS KNOCK OUT LUNDQVIST AND BLANK RANGERS
The Canadiens beat the Rangers, 6-0, on Saturday night in Montreal and they knocked Henrik Lundqvist out of the game by scoring four goals on 15 shots in the first 26:17. Lundqvist has allowed at least three goals in each of his last eight games at Bell Centre and he's given up four goals or more in five of his last seven games in that building.
The Canadiens' 6-0 win over the Rangers equaled their largest margin of victory ever in a shutout against the Rangers. The Canadiens blanked the Rangers by the same score three times before: March 1930, December 1958 and January 1963.