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GINOBILI SCORES AS A STARTER
Manu Ginobili, starting in place of the injured Tony Parker, scored 38 points at Cleveland on Monday and 28 points against the Knicks on Wednesday. It was the fifth time in Ginobili's NBA career that he scored more than 65 points over a span of consecutive games and it was the first time he did so in more than two years (44 points on Feb. 21, 2008; 30 points two days after that).
LONGEST WINNING STREAK FOR CARLISLE
Rick Carlisle has a .588 career winning percentage (376-264) as a head coach in the NBA. Only 13 men who coached at least 500 NBA games have a winning percentage as high as Carlisle's, but until Wednesday's victory over the Nets, he was the only one of them without a winning streak of at least 13 games on his resume. Among that group of coaches, Carlisle, Tom Heinsohn, Chuck Daly and Gregg Popovich are the only ones without a winning streak of more than 13 games.
CAN'T HANDLE PROSPERITY
The Nets were defeated in Dallas despite building a 33-17 lead late in the first quarter to match their largest first-period lead this season. New Jersey blew an early 16-point lead in a loss to the Grizzlies on February 21. The Nets (0-2), Clippers (0-2) and Knicks (2-3) are the only NBA teams with losing records this season in games in which they led by more than 15 points during the first period. The rest of the league has a 66-7 combined record in such games.
BOBCATS ACCEPT CHARITY
Gerald Wallace scored 28 points and Stephen Jackson tallied 24 in the Bobcats' 102-87 win at Philadelphia, and each player made 10 of 11 foul shots. It was the 15th NBA game this season in which a pair of teammates each scored at least 10 points on free throws, but it was the first time in franchise history that two Bobcats did it in the same game.
WADE OVERCOMES SHORT REST
Dwyane Wade scored 27 points as the Heat bounced back from Tuesday's loss at Charlotte with a 108-97 victory over the Clippers in Miami. Wade had struggled recently in the second of games played on consecutive days, averaging only 18.6 points per game in the second of his previous nine pairs of "back-to-backers."
JAZZ MOVE IT AROUND
The Jazz registered assists on 35 of their 45 field goals (including 12 assists by Deron Williams) in their victory against the Pistons. Utah's percentage of assisted field goals (68%) is the highest in the NBA this season (league average: 56%) and Wednesday's game was the 18th this season in which the Jazz recorded assists on at least 75 percent of their field goals. No other team has done that more than six times this season.
PISTONS DIG A HOLE TOO DEEP
The Jazz beat the Pistons for the tenth straight time, costing to victory after leading 63-43 at halftime. It was the second time this calendar year that the Pistons trailed by at least 20 points at the intermission of a game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit faced a 26-point halftime deficit in a loss to the Sixers on January 9. The Pistons trailed by 20 or more points at halftime in only one home game over previous eight years (2002 through 2009).
ANOTHER ONE-SIDED FIRST HALF
The Grizzlies had a 55-33 lead at the end of the first half of their victory in Boston. It was the Celtics' largest halftime deficit since Feb. 5, 2008, when they trailed by 32 points at the half in a loss at Milwaukee. Wednesday night marked the first time since Nov. 12, 1966 that both the Pistons (at Los Angeles) and Celtics (at St. Louis) trailed by at least 20 points at halftime on the same day.
BILLUPS ON A ROLL FROM DOWNTOWN
Chauncey Billups scored a game-high 25 points, including a pair of three-pointers, to lead the Nuggets to a win at Minnesota. Billups has made at least one three-point field goal in each of his last 33 games, one game shy of the longest streak of his career (34 straight games for the Pistons in 2005-06). The only NBA player to fashion a longer streak of that kind than this season than Billups is Houston's Aaron Brooks, who has at least one three-pointer in each of his last 36 games.
NOT A CLOSE GAME AMONG THEM
The Kings' 113-90 romp over the Raptors capped a nine-game NBA night in which the closest outcome was the Nuggets' 110-102 decision over the Timberwolves. It was the second time this season that at least nine NBA games were played on the same day, each decided by a margin of eight or more points (it also happened on Nov. 13). There was only one such day over the previous 13 seasons combined (1996-97 through 2008-09).
LUNDQVIST GETS THE HOOK
The Devils beat the Rangers, 6-3, on Wednesday night in Newark, driving New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist from the game in the second period after he allowed five goals on 17 shots. It was New Jersey's first-ever "knockout" against Lundqvist, who went the distance in each of his previous games versus the Devils (28 regular-season and 8 playoff games). Lundqvist allowed five or more goals in a game against New Jersey only twice before: six goals in Game 1 of the Rangers-Devils playoff series in 2006 and eight in a regular-season game on Dec. 12, 2008.
WE LOVE TO MENTION ELIAS
Travis Zajac's goal with 3:39 left in the third period completed the scoring in the Devils' win over the Rangers and it extended the New Jersey center's goal-scoring streak at Prudential Center to six games. Zajac is the first Devils player to score goals in each six consecutive home games in one season since Patrik Elias had a six-game streak at the Meadowlands in 1999-2000.
FOUR-POINT NIGHT FOR ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN
Tyler Myers scored the first goal and assisted on three others in the Sabres' 5-3 win over the Stars. Myers tied the Sabres record for points in one game by a rookie defenseman, a mark set by Phil Housley on Oct. 17, 1982 against Edmonton, in his fourth game in the NHL (also one goal, three assists). Myers' four points were the most in one game by a rookie defenseman since Feb. 1, 2007, when the Flyers' Alexandre Picard notched five points (all assists) against the Devils.
GREEN SCORES TWICE
Mike Green scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in their 4-3 win against the Hurricanes. It was the 11th multiple-goal game of Green's NHL career and they've all come in the last three seasons. The only other defenseman with half as many multiple-goal games since the beginning of the 2007-08 season as Green is Marc-Andre Bergeron with six.
Alex Ovechkin did not score a goal in the Capitals' win over the Hurricanes (despite attempting 18 shots) but he did notch two assists. Ovechkin has scored only two goals in ten games versus Carolina over the last two seasons but he's recorded 16 assists against the Hurricanes over that span, with at least one assist in each game.
Patrick Sharp scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in the Blackhawks' victory against the Kings. Sharp has scored 13 goals in 13 games versus the Kings since March 2007 and he's had four two-goal games against L.A. over that span.