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EAGLES RELEASE WESTBROOK
The Eagles released Brian Westbrook Tuesday. Westbrook had 37 rushing touchdowns and 29 receiving touchdowns since the 2003 season. No other NFL player had that many rushing and receiving touchdowns over that span.
BRYANT IS YOUNGEST TO 1000 CAREER NBA GAMES
Kobe Bryant played in his 1000th career NBA game Tuesday night at the ripe old age of 31 years, 184 days. Bryant is the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 1000-game plateau, almost a full year younger than the previous record holder, Kevin Garnett, who was 32 years, 165 days old at the time of his 1000th NBA game.
Bryant's career scoring average of 25.3 points per game is the eighth-highest in NBA history for any player through his first 1000 NBA games.
Bryant scored the Lakers' final nine points in their 99-98 win over the Grizzlies. Only one other player scored his team's final nine (or more) points in a win this season: Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored Cleveland's last nine points in a 117-104 overtime win at Sacramento two days before Christmas.
COLLISON JOINS THE BIG-0 AND STOUDAMIRE
Darren Collison had 22 points and 10 assists for the Hornets Tuesday night. Collison has had at least 18 points and nine assists in each of his last six games. Only two other rookies in NBA history had 18/9 in six consecutive games: Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson did it twice in 1960-61 (eight- and seven-game streak) and Toronto's Damon Stoudamire had a six-game streak in 1995-96.
THORNTON SCORES BIG OFF THE BENCH
Marcus Thornton scored 37 points off the bench for the Hornets Tuesday night. Thornton is only the second rookie since the 1981-82 season to score that many points in a game as a non-starter. Sacramento's Walt Williams scored 40 points off the bench on Jan. 2, 1993 in a 154-98 win over the 76ers.
RONDO BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF "THE GENERAL"
Rajon Rondo scored 15 points and handed out 16 assists in the Celtics' win over the Knicks Tuesday night. It was the second time this season that Rondo recorded at least 15 points and 15 assists in a game (he had 30 points and 15 assists at Golden State three days after Christmas). The last Boston player to have two such games in one season was "the General" Sherman Douglas in 1994-95.
CELTICS' SIXTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN AGAINST THE KNICKS
The Celtics have won six consecutive home games against the Knicks dating back to February of 2007. It's Boston's longest home winning streak against New York since they won 24 straight home games against them from 1984 to 1992.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Kevin Love came off the bench to lead Minnesota in points (17) and rebounds (12) in its win over the Heat. It's the fourth time this season that Love has led his team in points and rebounds in a game he did not start, the most such games for any player in the league this season.
LEE AND HARRIS NOT ENOUGH FOR THE NETS
Courtney Lee and Devin Harris each scored 28 points in New Jersey's 102-93 loss to Portland. The Nets are only the second team this season to have two players score at least 28 points in a game despite the team not reaching the 100-point mark. The only other team to accomplish this was Charlotte at New Jersey on Dec. 4. Stephen Jackson and Raymond Felton each scored 28 points in a 97-91 loss to the Nets.
THUNDER PLAY ANOTHER TIGHT GAME
Phoenix defeated Oklahoma City, 104-102, Tuesday night. It was the 14th time this season, and the third game in a row, that the Thunder had a game decided by three or fewer points. That matches Milwaukee for the most such games in the NBA this season. Oklahoma City is 6-8 in those 14 games.
HAMILTON HAS MADE 51 CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS
Richard Hamilton went 5 for 5 from the line in Detroit's win Tuesday night. "Rip" has now made 51 consecutive free throws, the longest such streak in the NBA this season.