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WILLIAMS AND ROSE PUT ON A SHOW
The Jazz beat the Bulls on Tuesday night in a game highlighted by the dueling performances of Deron Williams (28 points and 17 assists) and Derrick Rose (25 points and 13 assists). It was the first NBA game in nearly three years in which opposing players each had 25 or more points and at least 13 assists. That had last happened on March 23, 2007 in a Warriors-Wizards game featuring Baron Davis (34 points and 15 assists) and Gilbert Arenas (29 points and 13 assists).
THEY CAN'T BLAME THIS ONE ON DUNLEAVY
The Magic coasted to a 113-87 win against the Clippers on Tuesday night. That was the Clippers' sixth loss this season by more than 25 points, the most such defeats for any team in the league.
BOGUT BESTS BOSTON
Andrew Bogut scored 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in Milwaukee's 86-84 win against Boston on Tuesday night. The only other player in the last four seasons with 25 or more points and at least 15 rebounds in a win against the Celtics was the Clippers' Elton Brand on February 2, 2007 in Boston.
MIAMI SQUANDERS LATE LEAD
The Bobcats trailed the visiting Heat by nine points with less than nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Charlotte rallied to win, 83-78. Miami had not lost a road game in which it led by nine or more points with less than nine minutes to go since December 7, 2007 at Golden State.
JONES LEADS THE WAY
Dahntay Jones led both teams with 25 points in the Pacers' 107-96 win over the 76ers on Tuesday night. It was the first time in Jones' 387-game NBA career that he was a game's high scorer in a victory for his team.
NOBODY HOLDS IGINLA WITHOUT A GOAL FOR 20 STRAIGHT GAMES
Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist for the Flames in their 4-2 win at Detroit. Iginla's goal ended his 19-game regular-season goal drought against the Red Wings. It was the longest goalless streak versus one team of Iginla's 13-year career; his next-longest droughts were 13 games against Edmonton and Dallas. Since Iginla's last regular-season goal against Detroit on March 3, 2004, he's scored 196 goals in 378 regular-season games versus all other NHL teams.
LEAFS FINALLY WIN AN OVERTIME GAME
The Maple Leafs were 0-9 in games decided by an overtime goal this season until Nikolai Kulemin scored with 50 seconds remaining in extra time to earn Toronto a 4-3 victory against Boston on Tuesday night. The Maple Leafs' nine straight overtime losses tied the single-season NHL record since the five-minute OT format was introduced in 1983-84 (ties or games settled by a shootout excluded). The mark was set by Minnesota in 2001-02 and equaled by Montreal in 2002-03.
DARCHE SCORES TWICE FOR FIRST TIME
Mathieu Darche scored two goals for the Canadiens in their 5-3 win over the Lightning. It was the first multiple-goal game in the NHL for the 33-year-old journeyman forward, who was playing in only his 119th game. The only other player currently in the NHL who had already celebrated at least 33 birthdays when he recorded his first multi-goal game is defenseman Karlis Skrastins. Skrastins was 35 years old on December 19 this season when he notched the first multiple-goal game of his career with two goals for the Stars against the Red Wings.
FLYERS WIN 15TH STRAIGHT AGAINST ISLANDERS
The Flyers' overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Islanders, 3-2, and extend their winning streak against the Isles to 15 games. Over the last 25 years, the only other winning streak of at least 15 games by one NHL team against another was posted by the Bruins versus the Senators. Boston won the first 17 games it played against Ottawa after the Senators joined the NHL (October 1992 through November 1995).
TAVARES ENDS GOAL DROUGHT
John Tavares, the top pick in the 2009 NHL draft, ended his 17-game goal drought when he opened the scoring with a first-period goal in the Islanders' loss at Philadelphia. Three other active forwards who were chosen #1 overall in the draft had goal droughts of at least 17 games in their first NHL season: Owen Nolan (40 games in 1990-91), Joe Thornton (21 and 17 games in 1997-98) and Vincent Lecavalier (17 games in 1998-99).
PANTHERS HOLD WILD TO 11 SHOTS IN 65 MINUTES
The Panthers outshot the Wild, 31-11, but they had to overcome a 2-0 deficit and go to a shootout to post a 3-2 victory in Minnesota. The Wild's 11 shots on goal were the fewest by one NHL team in an overtime game since Oct. 5, 2006, when Atlanta was outshot 26-11 by Tampa Bay and lost in a shootout, 3-2.
SAMUELSSON'S FIRST HAT TRICK
Mikael Samuelsson recorded the first three-goal game of his nine-season NHL career to help the Canucks overcome a 4-1 deficit and beat the Avalanche in Denver, 6-4. Not only was it Samuelsson's first hat trick, it was the first time that he scored more than one goal in a regular-season road game. His seven previous multiple-goal games in regular-season play all came on home ice.
ELLIS CONTINUES ROAD SUCCESS
Dan Ellis, who made 30 saves to lead the Predators to a 2-1 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday night, is 10-5-0 with a 2.49 goals-against average in his 15 road games since December 1. Ellis has played only three home games since the beginning of December and he lost them all.