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LEBRON TIES SHAQ WITH THIRD 40-POINT GAME VS. PISTONS
LeBron James scored 40 points in the Cavaliers' 99-92 win against the Pistons on Friday night. It's the third time that he's scored 40 or more points vs. Detroit in a regular-season game, tying Shaquille O'Neal for the most career 40-point games against the Pistons among active NBA players. But LeBron was only 10 years old the last time Shaq dropped 40 on Detroit (in April 1995).
CAVS WIN, BUT CAN'T SCORE 100 AGAINST DETROIT
The Cavaliers, who defeated the Pistons 99-92 on Friday night, have scored fewer than 100 points in each of their last 28 non-overtime games against Detroit. That ties the second-longest current streak of that type for one NBA team against another. The Clippers have not scored 100 points in any of their last 45 regulation-length games against the Spurs and the Hawks have been held under the century mark in their last 28 non-OT games versus the Pistons.
NETS NEVER LEAD IN CONSECUTIVE HOME LOSSES
The Nets lost home games to Cleveland on Wednesday night and to Orlando on Friday night and never held a lead in either game. The last team to play back-to-back games at home and not lead in either one of them was the Clippers in December 2008.
BUCKS STIFLE WIZARDS IN EVERY QUARTER
Milwaukee held Washington below 20 points in every quarter in its 102-74 win on Friday night. It was only the fourth time in Bucks history that they allowed fewer than 20 points in each quarter of a game and all four of those games were played on the road.
HORFORD DOMINATES LIKE DIKEMBE
Al Horford scored 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Atlanta's 127-122 win against Golden State on Friday night. Horford is the first starting center with 27 or more points and at least 15 rebounds in a game for the Hawks in more than 10 years (since Dikembe Mutombo had 27 points and 29 rebounds against Minnesota on December 14, 1999).
BOBCATS CONTINUE SUCCESS AGAINST LAKERS
The Bobcats, who defeated the Lakers on Friday night, are now 7-2 (.778) against them since February 2006, tying the Cavaliers for the best record versus Phil Jackson's team over that span. No other team has a winning record against the Lakers during that period.
RAPTORS WIN WITH TWO SPARKS FROM BENCH
Toronto reserves Sonny Weems (20 points) and Jose Calderon (16 points) were the team's leading scorers in Friday night's victory against the Knicks. It was only the third win in Raptors history in which their two outright leaders in scoring did not start the game.
LIDSTROM IS SIXTH DEFENSEMAN WITH 800 ASSISTS
Nicklas Lidstrom recorded the 800th regular-season assist of his NHL career in the Red Wings' win over the Predators on Friday night. Lidstrom is the sixth defenseman in NHL history to record 800 or more assists, joining Ray Bourque (1169), Paul Coffey (1135), Al MacInnis (934), Larry Murphy (929) and Phil Housley (894).894
ROUGH TWO NIGHTS FOR CANADA'S OLYMPIC GOALTENDERS
It was a miserable last two days for all three of Canada's Olympic goaltenders. On Friday, Roberto Luongo was KO'd after giving up five goals in the first period and Martin Brodeur tied his season high for goals allowed in one game with his 5-3 loss in Calgary. The day before, Marc-Andre Fleury (who did not get in a game during the Olympics) was pulled from the Penguins' game against the Rangers after he allowed four goals in just under 33 minutes.
LUONGO ALLOWS FIVE GOALS IN FIRST PERIOD
Roberto Luongo went from the greatest moment of his career to perhaps the most forgettable one in only five days. Luongo, who was in goal for Canada when it won the Olympic Gold Medal with an overtime victory against the USA last Sunday, allowed five goals on 14 shots in the first period of his loss in Chicago on Friday night. It was the first time in Luongo's NHL career that he allowed as many as five goals in one period. Over the last two seasons, the only other goaltender to give up five goals in the first period in one game was Dwayne Roloson for Edmonton in Detroit on Feb. 7, 2009.
PARISE REACHES 30-GOAL MARK
Zach Parise became the first player in Devils franchise history to score 30 or more goals in each of four consecutive seasons when he reached the 30-goal mark in 2009-10 with a pair of goals in New Jersey's loss at Calgary on Friday. Parise, a Minnesota native, is one of only three active U.S.-born players to record 30-plus goals in four straight seasons. The others are Keith Tkachuk (who did it twice: 1995-96 through 1998-99 and 2000-01 through 2003-04) and Mike Modano (1998-99 through 2001-02).
MILLER WORKS OT FOR THIRD WIN AGAINST FLYERS
Ryan Miller and the Sabres made it three wins in four games against the Flyers this season with a 3-2 overtime victory on Friday night. It's the second time that Miller has posted three wins in one season versus Philadelphia, having previously done so in 2007-08. The only other Buffalo goaltenders to beat the Flyers three times in one season were Don Edwards in 1977-78 and Martin Biron in 2001-02.
OILERS ROOKIE WINS FOURTH SHOOTOUT
Oilers rookie Jeff Deslauriers posted a 2-1 shootout win against Minnesota on Friday night. Deslauriers lost his first two shootouts this season but he's won four in a row since then. He ranks second among rookie goaltenders in shootout wins this season, behind the Bruins' Tuukka Rask (5-4).