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DURANT AND JORDAN
Kevin Durant was held to 21 points in the Thunder's loss to the Spurs, snapping his streak of 29 consecutive games with at least 25 points, the second-longest streak of its kind for an NBA player in any of the last 35 seasons (since 1975-76). Durant averaged 32.4 points per game during the streak during which the Thunder posted a 20-9 record (.690 winning percentage). Michael Jordan scored at least 25 points in 40 straight games during the 1986-87 season, averaging 37.3 points per game during the streak while the Bulls went 22-18 (.550).
NOWITZKI OUTSCORES BRYANT AGAIN
Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points and the Mavericks held Kobe Bryant to 20 points to beat the Lakers, 101-96. Dallas earned a split in its series against the Lakers this season with Nowitzki (26.0 PPG) outscoring Bryant (16.3 PPG) in all four games. Bryant's scoring average versus the Mavericks is his lowest against any team in a season series of at least four games since he averaged 13.5 points in four games against the Clippers in 1998-99, his first season as a fulltime starter.
GASOL ALMOST PERFECT FROM THE FLOOR
Marc Gasol made 10 of 11 field-goal attempts, missing only his final shot of the game, while pacing the Grizzlies to a 99-94 win at Washington. Gasol was the first NBA player to make his first 10 field-goal attempts of a game since Hakim Warrick did it for Memphis last season (April 13). Gasol's performance was eclipsed by Dwight Howard, who went 11-for-11 from the floor later on Wednesday night. Read on.
HOWARD CAN'T MISS
Dwight Howard recorded his 19th straight double-double and made all 11 of his field-goal attempts as the Magic defeated the Rockets in Houston. Howard's streak of double-doubles is a career high and the longest for any NBA player since the Knicks' David Lee posted double-digit points and rebounds in 24 straight games last season. Howard was the first player to go 11-for-11 or better from the floor in an NBA game since Nene did it for the Nuggets more than a year ago (12-for-12, Jan. 25, 2009) and he's the first player ever to do it for the Magic.
CRAWFORD 0-FOR-7 BUT HAWKS WIN
The Hawks defeated the Timberwolves despite Jamal Crawford being ice-cold from the floor. Crawford missed all seven of his field-goal attempts on Wednesday night, matching the worst shooting for a Hawks player in any game this season (Mike Bibby, Jan. 27). Crawford was one miss shy of the worst shooting performance of his NBA career (0-for-8 from the floor on Feb. 15, 2003 for the Bulls and again on Dec. 4, 2006 for the Knicks).
LOVE CLEANS UP OFF THE BENCH
Kevin Love scored 19 points and gathered 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves on Wednesday, his third straight game with 17 or more points and at least a dozen rebounds off the bench. Love's streak is the longest of its kind for any NBA player since the Pacers' Detlef Schrempf had 20+ points and 12+ rebounds in three straight games, all as a non-starter, way back in 1992 (April 3-8).
Darren Collison continues to take advantage of his increased playing time during Chris Paul's absence. Collison scored 22 points in 42 minutes in the Hornets' loss at Milwaukee, the ninth straight game in which he logged at least 40 minutes. The only other current NBA players who had streaks of at least nine straight 40-minute games during their rookie season are Grant Hill (1994-95), Michael Finley (1995-96), Allen Iverson (1996-97) and Shane Battier (2001-02).
GILMORE, JORDAN AND DENG
The Bulls outscored the Pacers, 120-110, thanks to Luol Deng, who was a presence on both ends of the court. Deng shot 10-for-19 from the floor, 10-for-11 from the line and added four blocked shots. Since the league started tracking blocked shots in 1973-74, the only other players with 10+ field goals, 10+ free throws and at least four blocks in a game for the Bulls were Artis Gilmore (three times) and Michael Jordan (12 times).
RICHARDSON SCORES, SUNS WIN
Jason Richardson scored a game-high 24 points as the Suns beat the 76ers. Phoenix is 18-2 this season in games in which Richardson scored at least 20 points, the best record for a NBA team in games in which a particular player scored 20 or more points (minimum: ten 20-point games by that player).
BOBCATS BLOW BIG LEAD
The Jazz erased a 13-point deficit and then blew by the Bobcats for a 102-93 win. Before Wednesday's defeat, Charlotte was the only NBA team that hadn't lost a game this season in which it led by at least a dozen points.
NORTHWEST TOPS ATLANTIC
The Trail Blazers continued the Northwest Division's dominance over the Atlantic Division with a 101-87 win at Toronto. Northwest teams are 24-12 against Atlantic teams this season, the most lopsided record in head-to-head games between teams from any two NBA divisions.
CLIPPERS UNDEFEATED IN GAMES LIKE THIS
The Clippers came from behind to defeat the Pistons at Staples Center. The Spurs (11-0), Lakers (10-0) and Clippers (9-0) are the only NBA teams that haven't lost a home game this season to an opponent that currently has a losing record. Sub .500 teams are 0-19 as visitors to Staples Center this season (against both Los Angeles teams, combined).