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WADE ONE BETTER THAN JAMES
Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and handed out 10 assists for the Heat Saturday night. It was the sixth time in his career that Wade had that many points and that many assists in a game, all since 2006-07. That's the most such games for any NBA player over that span, one more than LeBron James.
CURRY COMES HOME AND SCORES 25
Stephen Curry scored 25 points in Golden State's loss to the Bobcats in Charlotte. Curry is the sixth North Carolina-born player to score at least 25 points in an NBA game played in the Tar Heel State since the Hornets joined the league in Charlotte in 1988-89. The others are James Worthy (born in Gastonia), Brad Daugherty (Black Mountain), Jerry Stackhouse (Kinston), Darrel Armstrong (Gastonia) and Rashard McCants (Ashville).
KNICKS LOSE BIG TO THE NETS
The Knicks lost 113-93 to the Nets at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. It's only the second time the Knicks have lost a home game by at least 20 points to the team with the worst record in the NBA at least 25 games into a season. New York's only other such loss came on March 20, 2009 to Sacramento (121-94). The Kings had a 14-54 record entering that game.
THE KING SITS ON HIS THRONE FOR THE NIGHT
LeBron James did not play in Cleveland's loss to the Bucks Saturday night. Cleveland is 9-12 (.429) in the 21 games the "King" has missed since he joined the NBA in 2003-04; they're 328-207 (.613) in the 535 regular-season games James has appeared in during his NBA career.
JAMISON PLAYS LIKE JAMES
Antawn Jamison had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for Cleveland Saturday night. Only one other player in Cavaliers history had a 30/10/5 game: LeBron James, who did it twice. Jamison is also the only player in the NBA with such a game this season.
KIDD MATCHES A CAREER HIGH
Jason Kidd went 2-for-5 from three-point range in Dallas' win over the Bulls. Kidd has made a "three" in 28 consecutive games, tying the longest such streak of his NBA career. Kidd had a 28-game streak for New Jersey in 2005-06.
BEAUBOIS IS BIG IN THE THIRD
Rodrique Beaubois scored 18 points in the third quarter for the Mavericks Saturday night. Beaubois is the fifth rookie this season to score at least 18 points in a quarter. The four others to do it were Tyreke Evans (18 points in the second quarter on Nov. 8), Brandon Jennings (29 in the third quarter on Nov. 14), A.J. Price (19 in the fourth quarter on Jan. 9) and Marcus Thornton (23 in the second quarter on Feb. 23).
SCOLA'S BIG NIGHT
Luis Scola scored 25 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for Houston Saturday night. Scola is the sixth player with a 25/20 game this season, joining Zach Randolph (twice), DeJuan Blair, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson.
Yao Ming is the only other Houston player with a 25/20 game in the "post-Olajuwon" era. Ming had 27 points and 22 rebounds at Phoenix on March 11, 2005.
BOOZER IS MR. DOUBLE/DOUBLE
Carlos Boozer had 17 points and 17 rebounds in Utah's win over the Clippers. It was Boozer's 40th double/double of the season, and his 164th since the start of the 2006-07 season. Only three players have more double-doubles over that span than Boozer: Dwight Howard (241), Tim Duncan (177) and Steve Nash (168).168
CANADIENS RALLY FOR 2 LATE GOALS, THEN WIN SHOOTOUT
The Canadiens tied the score with a pair of goals in the final 2 minutes of the third period and defeated the Ducks in a shootout, 4-3. It was only the third NHL game this season in which the winning team trailed by two goals with less than 2 minutes to play. The Bruins rallied for a victory at Ottawa on October 24, and the Coyotes posted such a win at Detroit on January 26.
STAMKOS GETS 40 AT 20
Steven Stamkos, who turned 20 years old less than a month ago (February 7), reached the 40-goal mark this season when he scored the second of his two goals in the Lightning's 6-2 win over the Thrashers. Only four other active NHL players scored 40 or more goals in one season before their 21st birthday: Owen Nolan (1991-92), Rick Nash (2003-04), Ilya Kovalchuk (2003-04) and Alex Ovechkin (2005-06). Only Nash, who was 19, scored his 40th goal at a younger age than Stamkos was on Saturday (20 years, 27 days).
SID THE KID STRIKES AGAIN
Sidney Crosby's two goals were the key ones for the Penguins in their come-from-behind 6-3 win over the Stars. Crosby scored late in the second period to snap a 3-3 tie and his shorthanded goal in the first two minutes of the third period gave Pittsburgh a two-goal lead. Crosby leads the NHL with 13 multiple-goal games this season. It's the highest single-season total of multi-goal games by a Penguins player since 1995-96, when Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux each had 15.
THOMAS LOVES THE ISLAND
Tim Thomas made 37 saves, including 33 over the final two periods, in his 3-2 win against the Islanders on Saturday afternoon. Thomas is 6-0-1 versus the Islanders since December 2007, holding them to a total of 11 goals in those seven games.
HAVE MASK, WILL TRAVEL
Alex Auld made his Rangers debut when he started in goal for New York in its loss to the Capitals on Saturday night. The Rangers are Auld's seventh NHL team, having previously played for the Canucks, Panthers, Coyotes, Bruins, Senators and Stars. He's the sixth goaltender in NHL history to play for at least seven teams, joining Ron Tugnutt (8), Sean Burke (8), Gary Smith (7), Rick Tabaracci (7) and Kevin Weekes (7). But what makes Auld particularly noteworthy is that he's first goaltender ever to play for seven NHL teams within a span of five seasons, and since 2005-06 he hasn't played for any team in more than one season!
MCCABE BACK-TO-BACK THREE-POINT GAMES
Bryan McCabe assisted on three goals in Florida's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday, after recording one goal and three assists in the Panthers' last game. McCabe is the first defenseman in Panthers history to notch at least three assists in each of two consecutive team games. Over the last three seasons, the only other NHL defenseman with consecutive three-assist games is Ottawa's Filip Kuba, who did that earlier this season (Nov. 21-23).
WELCOME HOME KAMIL
Kamil Kreps recorded the first two goal game of his NHL career to help the Panthers pick up a 4-1 win on home ice against the Hurricanes. Kreps, a checking forward with only 14 goals in 213 games on his NHL resume before Saturday night, ended a 69-game home goal drought when he scored the first of his two goals. Kreps has scored six goals in 64 road games since his last goal in a home game, which came nearly two years ago (March 12, 2008).
KESSEL IS KEY
Phil Kessel was the key player for the Maple Leafs in their 2-1 shootout win at Ottawa. Kessel scored the Leafs' goal as they played to a 1-1 deadlock with the Senators, and he scored the decider for Toronto in the shootout. Only five other NHL players have scored their team's only goal in regulation time and the shootout winner in the same game this season: Mikael Samuelsson, Wojtek Wolski, James Wisniewski, Sidney Crosby and Mike Comrie.
THEODORE'S STREAK CONTINUES
Jose Theodore, who notched his first shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday, is 12-0-2 since January 13. Theodore's streak of 14 consecutive decisions earning at least one point for his team is the longest by an NHL goaltender this season. Three goaltenders had point streaks of 14 or more decisions last season: Chris Osgood (16), Nikolai Khabibulin (15) and Evgeni Nabokov (14).14
ILYA EARNS SEVENTH SHUTOUT
Ilya Bryzgalov's 4-0 win against the Ducks was his seventh shutout of the season, tying him with Martin Brodeur and Tomas Vokoun for the league lead. Bryzgalov is only the second goaltender in Jets/Coyotes franchise history to record seven or more shutouts in one season, joining Nikolai Khabibulin, who did so twice (eight in 1998-99, seven in 1996-97).
STEWART'S SPECIAL HAT TRICK
Chris Stewart completed his first three-goal game in the NHL when he scored on a penalty shot in the last minute of the second period against Blues goaltender Ty Conklin. Stewart is the first player in Nordiques/Avalanche history to record a hat trick that included a penalty-shot goal. Two other NHL players have had one of those special hat tricks this season: Dany Heatley (Oct. 8 vs. Columbus) and Danny Briere (Feb. 13 at Montreal).