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THE OLD MAN CAN STILL REBOUND
Tim Duncan turned back the clock, grabbing a career-high 27 rebounds in the Spurs' win over the Hawks. (Duncan's previous single-game high was 25 rebounds.) The 33-year-old Duncan became the second-oldest player ever to record more than 25 rebounds in a game for the first time in his NBA career. The Clippers' Marcus Camby was 34 years old when he first surpassed the 25-rebound mark on Dec. 17, 2008 (27 rebounds at Chicago).
JENNINGS HITS LATE GAME-WINNER
Brandon Jennings' two-point field goal with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter snapped an 88-88 tie and proved to be the game-winner for the Bucks as they defeated the 76ers, 91-88. Jennings is the third rookie to make a game-winning field goal in the final 30 seconds of a game this season. The others were Tyreke Evans (for the Kings on Dec. 19) and Sundiata Gaines (for the Jazz on Jan. 14).
BYNUM WANTS TO STAY
Andrew Bynum, perhaps responding to recent trade rumors, scored 27 points, including 22 in the first half of the Lakers' 118-96 win at Indiana. It was the second time in Bynum's career that he scored as many as 22 points in either half of an NBA game. Bynum netted 25 first-half points and scored a career-high game total of 42 against the Clippers just over a year ago (Jan 21, 2009).
LAKERS RULE THE GLASS
Lamar Odom (14 rebounds), Pau Gasol (13) and Andrew Bynum (12) collected 39 of the Lakers' 62 rebounds against the Pacers. It was the first time this season that a trio of NBA teammates each gathered at least a dozen rebounds in a regulation (non-overtime) game. Odom, Gasol and Bynum were the first threesome to do it for the Lakers (overtime or not) since Nov. 1, 2003, when Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone and Devean George had 12 apiece.
EARLY DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR BOSH
Chris Bosh had 11 points and 10 rebounds at halftime and finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Raptors' come-from-behind victory over the Heat. It was the 33rd double-double of the season for Bosh (tying him with Dwight Howard for the NBA high) but it was only the second one of those games in which Bosh collected double-digit points and rebounds by the end of the first half; he also did it on November 7 at Dallas.
BARGNANI BURNS JERMAINE
Andrea Bargnani scored 27 points for the Raptors, going head-to-head against Jermaine O'Neal. Bargnani was the first starting center to score at least 25 points in a game against the Heat this season and he was only the fourth player ever to post a 25-point game while starting against O'Neal in the pivot. Amar'e Stoudemire (42 points in 2007), Dwight Howard (32 in 2009) and Pau Gasol (31 in 2009) were the other centers to do so against O'Neal.
CAREER HIGH FOR HICKSON
J.J. Hickson scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavaliers disposed of the Timberwolves. It was the first time in Hickson's two NBA seasons that he led his own team in points in a game, no less both teams. Hickson is the fourth player other than LeBron James to post a game-high in points for the Cavs this season. He joins Mo Williams (five times, three outright), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (once, outright) and Delonte West (once, outright).
NUGGETS WIN WITHOUT ANTHONY
The Nuggets defeated the Rockets in Houston despite Carmelo Anthony sitting out the game. Denver is 5-2 in the games that Anthony has missed this season. The only other NBA teams that have a winning record in games without their leading point scorer are the Spurs (3-0 without Tim Duncan) and Mavericks (1-0 without Dirk Nowitzki).
ANOTHER LOSING MONTH FOR THE PISTONS
The Pistons are 4-8 during January after losing to Memphis, clinching a losing record for an eighth straight calendar month, a streak that began last January. That's the longest current streak of consecutive losing months for any NBA team and the longest for Detroit since a span of 20 straight "basketball months" with a sub-.500 record from April 1977 through March 1980.
NETS WIN AFTER BLOWING BIG LEAD
The Nets regained their composure and defeated the Clippers, 103-87, after letting a 16-point lead evaporate. The Nets, who blew a 19-point lead in their season-opening loss to the Timberwolves, are the only NBA team that has not led a game by as many as 20 points at any time this season.
BIG GUNS STRIKE FOR LIGHTNING
Tampa Bay beat Montreal, 3-0, on Wednesday night with goals from Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos. It was only the second time this season that the Lightning's three marquee forwards each scored goals in the same game. They also did that in Tampa Bay's 7-4 win over the Capitals on January 12.
IGINLA FINDS THE NET
Jarome Iginla snapped his 11-game goal-scoring drought with a first-period score in the Flames' shootout loss at Dallas. It was Iginla's longest streak of consecutive games without a goal during any season since his first 11 games in 1999-2000.
DATSYUK TIES THE SCORE
The Wild and Red Wings alternated five first-period goals with Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk scoring a pair to tie the game at 1-1 and 2-2. Datsyuk was the first NHL player this season to score two first-period goals, both of which tied a game. Datsyuk was the first to do it since the Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky (April 12, 2009) and the first to do so for Detroit since Steve Chiasson against the Panthers on Feb. 16, 1994.
Eric Staal scored two goals, including one on a power play, in the Hurricanes' 5-1 win over the Rangers. Staal has scored a power play goal in each of Carolina's last four games, matching the season high for any NHL player set by the Kings' Ryan Smyth (Dec. 31-Jan. 7). Staal is the fourth player in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise with a PPG streak of four games or more. The others were Cory Stillman (five games) and Rod Brind'Amour (four) in 2005-06, and Hartford's Greg Malone in 1984-85 (four).
SEMIN NEARS HIS MONTHLY HIGH
Alexander Semin scored two goals, his 10th and 11th of the month, in the Capitals' 5-1 win over the Ducks. It's the second time that Semin has reached double-figures in goals for a calendar month in his NHL career. He scored 12 goals in January 2007.
MILLER EARNS OVERTIME WIN
Ryan Miller beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils in a shootout after he stopped all but one of New Jersey's 40 shots on goal in regulation time and overtime. There were only two previous instances of a Sabres goaltender winning a regular-season game in which he faced 40-plus shots and opposed Martin Brodeur, and they came less than a month apart in 1995: November 18 (Dominik Hasek) and December 16 (Andrei Trefilov).