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MIAMI SCORES 99 AND WINS BY 33
The Heat forged a 25-point halftime lead and cruised to a 99-66 win against the Rockets. It was the sixth NBA game since the introduction of the 24-second clock in 1954 in which a team scored fewer than 100 points and won by a margin of at least 33 points.
DURANT MAINTAINS HIS STREAK
Kevin Durant scored 33 points against Portland on Tuesday night and he has now scored 25 or more points in each of his last 25 games. The only other NBA players over the last 30 years to score at least 25 points in 25 straight games were Michael Jordan, who had two 40-game streaks of that type and Allen Iverson, who had a 27-game streak.
EVANS LEADS THE KINGS AT MSG
Tyreke Evans had 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in Sacramento's overtime win against the Knicks. There have been only three 25/10/5 (points/rebounds/assists) games by NBA rookies this season. Evans has two of them (he did it against Phoenix last month) and Stephen Curry has the other.
The last rookie with a 25/10/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game against the Knicks was Grant Hill in March 1995.
A BAD FIRST QUARTER COSTS THE BUCKS
Milwaukee trailed 20-9 after one quarter and went on to lose 93-81 to the Pistons. It's only the second time this season that any NBA team scored fewer than 10 points in the opening quarter and the Bucks have done it both times. They were behind 24-8 through the first 12 minutes against the Lakers at the STAPLES Center on January 10.
FELTON SCORES GAME-WINNING BASKET
Raymond Felton's basket with 1.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Bobcats a 94-92 win against Washington. It's the second time this season that Felton scored the game-winning point in the final 10 seconds of a game. He had done that only once in his NBA career prior to this season.
CHICAGO RALLIES FOR A ROAD WIN
Chicago overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and defeated Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse, 109-101. The Bulls' only other road victory after trailing by at least 10 points this season was on January 25, when they rallied from 12 points down to win at San Antonio.
A MISMATCH IN CLEVELAND
The Cavaliers (41-11, .788) hosted the Nets (4-46, .080) on Tuesday night. The last NBA game played at least 50 games into a season between two teams separated by at least 700 points in their winning percentages was between Phoenix (45-13, .776) and Dallas (4-54, .069) on March 12, 1993. The Suns won that game, 116-98.
LeBron James scored 32 points in Cleveland's win. That's the most points that James has scored in any of his last six games versus the Nets.
CRAWFORD CONNECTS FROM DOWNTOWN
Jamal Crawford made four three-point field goals in the fourth quarter, leading the Hawks to a 108-94 victory over the Grizzlies. That tied Crawford's career-high for field goals made from beyond the arc in one quarter.
ST. LOUIS SCORES SIXTH GAME-WINNING GOAL
Martin St. Louis snapped a 1-1 tie with a shorthanded goal early in the third period and he added an insurance goal later in the period to earn the Lightning a 3-1 victory over the Canucks. St. Louis has scored six game-winning goals this season and all six have come since the NHL's Christmas break. He's the league leader in that category since the holiday hiatus.
THREE DEFENSEMEN SCORE IN ISLANDERS WIN
The Islanders snapped their seven-game losing streak with a shootout win against Nashville on Tuesday night, and the Isles' three goals were scored by defensemen Freddy Meyer, Bruno Gervais and Mark Streit. It was only the second time in the last seven seasons that three different Islanders defensemen scored goals in the same game. Marc-Andre Bergeron, Chris Campoli and Andy Sutton each tallied once in the Islanders' 5-2 win over the Devils on Dec. 29, 2007.
BLUES PREVAIL IN A SHOOTOUT
It was a shooting gallery in more ways than one when the Red Wings played the Blues on Tuesday night. St. Louis beat Detroit in a shootout after the teams played to a 3-3 deadlock, with the Blues outshooting the Red Wings 45-42 through regulation time and overtime. It was only the third NHL game this season in which both teams had at least 40 shots on goals. The previous two such games also required a shootout to determine a winner: Florida over the Islanders on November 14 and New Jersey over the Rangers on January 12. There were five double-40 games in the NHL last season and four of those five games went to a shootout.
KANE LOVES TO FACE TURCO
Patrick Kane scored two goals against Marty Turco in the Blackhawks' game against the Stars. Kane has scored seven goals in eight career games versus Turco, including two goals each of the two times he's faced him this season. Kane's seven goals against Turco are the most he's scored off any goaltender during his three seasons in the NHL.
O'REILLY JOINS HIS BROTHER IN THE SCORING COLUMN
Nashville rookie Cal O'Reilly scored his first goal of the season in the Predators' shootout loss to the Islanders. Cal's younger brother Ryan, who is in his first year in the NHL, has scored seven goals this season for the Avalanche. Since 1998-99, the only other brother pairs to each score goals as rookies in the same NHL season are Daniel and Henrik Sedin (2000-01), and Milan and Zbynek Michalek (in both 2003-04 and 2005-06).
ELLIOTT CONTINUES HOT STREAK
Brian Elliott, who led the Senators to a 3-2 win against Calgary on Tuesday, is 10-1-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average in 11 games since January 18. Elliott's 10 wins since that date are the most for any NHL goaltender, and they equal the number of wins he recorded this season up to that point (10-11-3 record in 26 games through January 17).
CULLEN HELPS BEAT HIS OLD TEAM...
Former Panther Matt Cullen scored one goal and assisted on two in the Hurricanes' 4-1 win over Florida in Raleigh. Cullen scored seven points in Carolina's three home games against the Panthers this season (three goals, four assists), with at least one goal and one assist in each of those games.
...AND PAILLE DOES THE SAME
Former Sabre Daniel Paille scored both goals for the Bruins in their shootout win at Buffalo. It was the fifth two-goal game of Paille's NHL career and his first for Boston. Paille scored two goals in a game four times when he played for the Sabres and two of those games were against the Bruins.