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JACKSON HOLDS FRANCHISE MARKS FOR LAKERS AND BULLS
Phil Jackson posted career win #534 as head coach of the Lakers on Wednesday, passing Pat Riley for the most coaching victories in franchise history. Jackson, who is also the career record-holder in that category for the Bulls (545 wins), joined Don Nelson (Bucks and Mavericks) and Lenny Wilkens (Cavaliers and Sonics/Thunder) as the only coaches to currently lead two different franchises in career wins. Riley, who leads the Heat in career coaching victories, was a member of that club until he was eclipsed by Jackson.
SEVEN BY SEVEN FOR JAZZ
The Jazz defeated the Trail Blazers, 118-105, to extend their winning streak to seven games, all by a margin of at least seven points. That matches the longest winning streak of its kind for any NBA team this season (Lakers, Nov. 17-Dec. 1) and the longest by the Jazz since March 1998 (eight straight wins by at least seven points).
Mehmet Okur (11-for-13), Andrei Kirilenko (8-for-9) and Wesley Matthews (6-for-6 off the bench) each made more than 80 percent of their field-goal attempts for the Jazz. They were the first trio of teammates to do that in an NBA game (minimum: six field goals each) since February 1, 1986, when Kiki Vandeweghe (14-for-17), Mychal Thompson (14-for-17) and Jerome Kersey (7-for-8 off the bench) did it for Portland in a 156-121 win over the Clippers.
ELLIS SCORES 46 IN LOSS
Monta Ellis scored 46 points for the Warriors in their 110-101 loss at Dallas. Ellis was the first player to score that many points for the Warriors in a game in which the team scored so few points since Nov. 11, 1984, when Purvis Short had 48 points in a 109-97 loss at Portland. The last to do it before Short was San Francisco's Wilt Chamberlain, who netted 50 in a 99-97 loss to the Pistons on Nov. 22, 1964.
Ellis' 46-point game came one night after he scored 34 points in a loss at Houston. His total of 80 points is the second-highest for any NBA player over a span of two games played on consecutive days this season. Kobe Bryant had 81 points at Chicago (42) and Milwaukee (39), December 15-16.
ALLEN AND RONDO STEP IT UP
The Celtics, without Paul Pierce for the sixth time this season, depended on their backcourt to beat the Heat, as Ray Allen scored 23 points and Rajon Rondo added 22 in Boston's 107-102 win. Allen's scoring average in the games that Pierce has missed this season (19.3 PPG) is four points higher than his average in games that Pierce has played (15.3). Rondo's scoring average without Pierce (20.4 PPG) is almost seven points higher than in other games (13.6).
Marcus Camby had a double-double of sorts in the Clippers' loss in Atlanta. Camby grabbed 20 rebounds, including ten off the offensive glass. It was the second game this season in which Camby had double-digit rebounds on both ends of the court; he did it in a loss at New Orleans on January 13. Three other players have done that in an NBA game this season, once each, and all for the winning team: Tim Duncan, Antawn Jamison and DeJuan Blair (in overtime).
30 POINTS FOR DURANT
Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Thunder to a 103-99 win at New Orleans. It was Durant's fourth straight game with at least 30 points and his NBA-high 29th such game this season. The last player in franchise history with as many 30-point games in one season as Durant was Dale Ellis (31 games for Seattle in 1988-89).
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
The 76ers posted a 106-103 overtime win over the Bulls to improve their record to 8-9 this season in games decided by four or fewer points. Philadelphia's 17 games decided by such a slim margin are a league high this season, one more than Milwaukee's 16.
LONGEST STREAK FOR SIXERS IN THE POST-BARKLEY ERA
Samuel Dalembert pulled down 13 rebounds in the Sixers' overtime win. It was Dalembert's 12th consecutive game with at least ten rebounds, one shy of the longest streak in the league this season (13 for Kevin Love). Dalembert's streak matches the longest of its kind for a Philadelphia player in the last 21 seasons (since 1989-90). Kenny Thomas had a 12-game streak in 2003-04.
RAPTORS REACH TRIPLE DIGITS AGAIN
The Raptors' 108-99 von over the Nets was Toronto's 15th straight game with at least 100 points. It's the longest such streak in franchise history and the second-longest in the NBA this season. The Suns reached the century mark in each of their first 17 games (Oct. 28-Nov. 29).
A LARRY HUGHES SIGHTING IN NEW YORK
Larry Hughes reappeared off the Knicks' bench, contributing 11 points in 18 minutes and making five of ten field-goal attempts in a 107-85 win over the Wizards. Hughes, who had played in only two of New York's previous 15 games during the calendar year (a total of 15 minutes), had made only two of 23 shots from the floor over his previous six games (since Dec. 25).
SPURS WIN THE CLOSE ONES
The Spurs held on for a 115-113 victory at Sacramento. San Antonio is 3-0 this season in games decided by two or fewer points. The only other NBA teams that haven't lost a game by a margin of either one or two points this season are the Hawks (2-0 in such games) and Pistons (1-0).
LATE GOAL IS THE ONLY GOAL
The Oilers beat the Flyers, 1-0, when former Flyer Ryan Potulny scored at 19:43 of the third period. It was only the eighth 1-0 game in NHL history in which the goal came in the final minute of the third period. The last such game was Tampa Bay's victory over Carolina on March 8, 2001, with Martin St. Louis tallying for the Lightning at 19:01 of the final period.
AT HOME IN ALBERTA
Curtis Glencross recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career in the Flames' 4-1 win over the Hurricanes in Calgary. It was Glencross' fifth career multiple-goal game, all of which have come in his home province of Alberta. His first multi-goal game was for Columbus in a road game in Calgary in 2007, the next two were in home games in 2008 when he played for Edmonton, and the last two have come in 2010 for the Flames in Calgary.
STREAKING SENATORS KEEP PACE
The Capitals, riding an 11-game winning streak, were idle on Wednesday while the Senators extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 4-2 victory at Buffalo. It's only the second time in NHL history that two teams had concurrent double-digit winning streaks. The previous instance was in February 1981, when the Canadiens had an 11-game winning streak at the same time that the Islanders had posted the first 12 wins of an eventual 15-game winning streak.
MASON'S KIND OF TOWN
Chris Mason made 32 saves to lead the Blues to a 3-2 win in Chicago. It was Mason's seventh career win over the Blackhawks at United Center, all of which have come in the last five seasons. No other visiting goaltender has more than five regular-season wins in Chicago since the beginning of the 2005-06 season.