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MAVERICKS TIE NBA RECORD IN ONE-POINT WIN
The Mavericks edged the Bucks 108-107 on Tuesday night and etched their name in the NBA record books. Dallas has now won each of its last 10 games decided by one point, tying the league record set by the St. Louis Hawks, spanning 1959 to 1960.
BOGUT'S ONE MISS IS THE DIFFERENCE
Andrew Bogut was 13-for-14 (.929) from the field in Tuesday night's 108-107 loss at Dallas. That's the highest field-goal percentage for any NBA player in a game this season (minimum: 10 FGA).
KNICKS COAST AFTER DOMINANT FIRST QUARTER
New York was ahead 40-16 at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 132-105 win against Minnesota on Tuesday night. It was the Knicks' largest lead at the end of the first period since November 3, 1996, when they had a 26-point advantage through the first 12 minutes in their home-opener against Charlotte.
A RARE STATISTICAL LINE FOR DUHON...
Chris Duhon had 13 assists and no turnovers, but he did not score any points in the Knicks' win against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Since the 1977-78 season, when the NBA began recording turnovers by individuals, only one other player had at least 13 assists in a game in which he did not commit a turnover and did not score a point: Denver's Fat Lever, against the Clippers on December 11, 1985.
...AND AN EVEN RARER ONE FOR MAGGETTE
Corey Maggette was 3-for-22 (.136) from the field, but 13-for-16 (.813) from the foul line in Tuesday night's loss at Sacramento. Only one other NBA player in the last 50 years attempted at least 15 field goals and 15 or more free throws in one game and converted less than 15 percent of the former and more than 80 percent of the latter. Charles Barkley did that on December 20, 1995, playing for Phoenix; he was 2-for-16 (.125) from the field and 22-for-27 (.815) from the foul line in an overtime win at Washington.
BRYANT ENDS A STREAK IN WIN AT WASHINGTON
Kobe Bryant made eight of 15 field-goal attempts and scored 26 points in the Lakers' victory against the Wizards on Tuesday night. Bryant had converted 50 percent or less of his shots from the field in each of the previous 11 games in which he had at least 15 field-goal attempts, which was the second-longest single-season streak of that kind in his NBA career.
JACKSON LEADS BOBCATS TO OVERTIME VICTORY
Stephen Jackson had 30 points, nine rebounds and five assists in Charlotte's overtime win at Phoenix on Tuesday night. The only other player in the Bobcats' six-season history to reach all three of those statistical levels in one game is Gerald Wallace, who has done it four times.
COYOTES WIN WITH LATE COMEBACK
The Coyotes beat the Red Wings, 5-4, in overtime in Detroit despite having trailed by two goals until 90 seconds remained in the third period. It was only the second time in Jets/Coyotes franchise history that they won a game in which they were down by two goals in the final two minutes of the third period. Winnipeg pulled out a 5-4 overtime victory at Pittsburgh on Jan. 18, 1984, after trailing 4-2 with 1:19 to go in the third period. The Red Wings' franchise history dates back to 1926, but this was the first such win ever by a Detroit opponent.
CAPS SCORE SEVEN WITH NARY A POINT FROM OVECHKIN
The Capitals scored seven goals in their win over the Islanders, which isn't so surprising considering that Washington entered the game as the highest-scoring team in the NHL. What is unusual is that Alex Ovechkin, who had a game-high 10 shots on goal, did not record a single point. In fact, Ovechkin was on ice for only one of the Caps' seven goals (Mike Knuble's first-period power play goal). It was only the second time that Washington scored more than five goals in a game (regular-season or playoffs) in which Ovechkin played but did not register a point. The other instance was the Capitals' 7-1 win against the Lightning on March 18, 2007, when Ovechkin had three shots on goal but no points in just under 16 minutes of ice time.
KANE SCORES 200TH POINT
Patrick Kane reached the 200-point mark for his three-year NHL career when he assisted on Jonathan Toews' first-period goal that opened the scoring in the Blackhawks' game in Edmonton. Kane, who was 21 years, 68 days old as of Tuesday, is the youngest player ever to score 200 points for Chicago. The only active NHL players to reach the 200-point plateau at a younger age than Kane did are Sidney Crosby (age 19) and Ilya Kovalchuk (age 20).
A HIGH FIVE FROM ELLIOTT
Brian Elliott extended his winning streak to five games with a 3-0 shutout against the Devils in Ottawa. Elliott has allowed only five goals over his last five games. He's the first Senators goaltender to win five consecutive games while giving up no more than five goals over that span since Martin Prusek did that in 2003-04 (Dec. 30-Jan. 17, five GA).
MATTHIAS SCORES TWICE IN COMEBACK WIN
Shawn Matthias scored two third-period goals, the first of which came on a penalty shot, to give the Panthers a come from behind 2-1 win over the Canadiens. Matthias was the first rookie to take a penalty shot in an NHL game this season. There were five penalty shots by rookies last season and two penalty-shot goals by freshmen (by Florida's Michal Frolik and Philadelphia's Darroll Powe).
HEDBERG STAYS UNDEFEATED WHEN FACING 35 SHOTS
Johan Hedberg allowed only one goal for the third consecutive game but on Tuesday, unlike the previous two games, he picked up a win when the Thrashers edged the Ducks, 2-1. Hedberg, whose last two games were a 1-0 loss at Florida and a 2-1 shootout loss in Tampa, stopped 34 of 35 shots on goal in his win over Anaheim. That improved his record to 5-0-1 this season in games in which he faced at least 35 shots on goal.
DOUGHTY SCORES 10TH GOAL
Drew Doughty's 10th goal of the season opened the scoring in the Kings' 5-3 win at Toronto. Doughty, who scored six goals as a rookie last season, is the first Kings defenseman to reach double-figures in goals in a season since 2006-07, when Lubomir Visnovsky (18) and Rob Blake (14) both did so.