Special to ESPN.com
LARRY BROWN HADN'T SEEN THIS SINCE 1976
Gerald Wallace scored 17 points, making seven of eight field-goal attempts, before leaving with an injury in the Bobcats' 106-98 victory over the Clippers. In Wallace's previous game, on Wednesday night at Philadelphia, he connected on nine of 10 shots from the floor.
Wallace became the fourth NBA player this season to put together two straight games over which he made at least 16 field goals while shooting for such a high percentage. (For the math challenged: 16 shots in 18 attempts rounds off to 88.9 percent.) Kevin Garnett (17-of-18 on November 27-29), Andrew Bogut (18-of-20 on January 23-26) and Nene (16-of-18 on February 9-11) had previously turned the trick.
But get a load of this one: In Larry Brown's NBA coaching career, dating back to 1976, only one other player has, over two consecutive games, supplied him with at least 16 field goals while hitting at least 88 percent of his shots. And that was the Nuggets' Bobby Jones, who did it in November 1976 - days after Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the presidential election - in what were Brown's sixth and seventh games as an NBA head coach' Jones shot 18-of-20 from the floor in consecutive games against the Bulls and the Bucks.
CELTICS EVOKE LARRY BIRD ERA
The Celtics evoked memories of the Larry Bird era with an easy 122-103 win over the Pacers. Boston connected on 58.4 percent of its field-goal attempts and 82.8 percent of its free-throw attempts in cementing the victory.
The Celtics, in their 64 seasons in the NBA, have now played 53 games in which they scored at least 120 points while shooting at least 58 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line. Forty-five of those 53 games came during Larry Legend's 13-year tenure with the team; two games came in the pre-Bird era, and now six have come post-Bird.
WHAT HADN'T PISTONS FANS SEEN FOR 2,001 GAMES?
Two thousand one games. That's how long the Pistons had gone without any of their players being credited with 20-or-more assists in a game. But Will Bynum broke the streak on Friday night, when he had 20 assists in Detroit's 101-87 home win over the Wizards.
The last Pistons player to have a game with two dollars worth of dimes was Isiah Thomas on April 12, 1985, also at home (which that night was the Joe Louis Arena) and also against Washington (then known as the Bullets). But that 2,001-game span wasn't even halfway to the all-time NBA record of 4,031 games, set by the Knicks between 1958 (Richie Guerin) and 2008 (Chris Duhon).
2 PLAYERS, 12 THREE-POINT FGS
Quentin Richardson (seven) and Mario Chalmers (five) combined for all of the Heat's 12 three-point field goals in Miami's 108-95 win over the Bulls. That performance left Miami one three-pointer shy of the NBA record for most three-pointers by a team in a game, all by two players. Four teams have seen a pair of players account for all 13 three-pointers in a game - most recently Jason Richardson and Stephen Jackson for the Warriors in 2007.
SPURS 13-0 VS. TEAMS CURRENTLY IN LAST PLACE
The Spurs' 103-85 victory over the cellar-dwelling Timberwolves lifted San Antonio's record to 13-0 this season against the six teams that currently occupy last place in the NBA's six divisions. The only other teams that are undefeated this season against clubs currently in the basement are the Lakers (11-0) and Hornets (10-0). (Ironically, the Hornets are one of those six last-place teams!)
JAMES BACK, SHOOTS POORLY BUT CAVS WIN
LeBron James played a team-high 42 minutes in his first game back from injury, and while he did not shoot well, his 23 points and 10 assists each led the team in a 100-95 win in Philadelphia. James made good on only seven of 18 field-goal attempts, after having connected on over 40 percent of his shots in each of the 15 previous games that he had played. That's the longest streak of that sort that the King has had since a career-high 18-game stretch shooting over 40 percent in each game back in the fall of 2007.
ALL 5 LAKERS STATERS SCORE AT LEAST 15 POINTS
All five Lakers starters scored 15-or-more points in their 102-96 win over the Suns - the first time that the Lakers have gotten that many points from each of their starters since Dec. 7, 2003. Kobe Bryant, of course, was the only player who started both of those games; back in 2003, in a 94-92 win over Utah, he was joined by Gary Payton, Devean George, Slava Medvedenko and Shaquille O'Neal.
AFTER THREE 30S, THIS TIME AMAR'E COMES UP A POINT SHORT
Amar'e Stoudemire had scored exactly 30 points in each of his last three games prior to the Friday night contest against the Lakers. Stoudemire had 30 last Wednesday at the Clippers, last Thursday vs. Utah and Saturday against Indiana. The Suns hadn't played in five days since then.
But with a chance to become the first player in NBA history to score exactly 30 points in each of four consecutive games, Amar'e came up a point short, finishing with 29 against the Lakers.
BUCKS CONTINUE TO ROLL
The Bucks' 95-87 win over the Jazz marked the team's 17th victory in its last 21 games. It's the first time that the Bucks have won 17 of 21 games since the 2000-01 season.
DEVILS 5-0 THIS SEASON VS. DEFENDING CHAMPS
The Devils' 3-1 victory over the Penguins on Friday night gave them five wins in five games this season against the 2009 Stanley Cup champions. (New Jersey and Pittsburgh will play each other for the sixth and final time this season on St. Patrick's Day.) The Devils are only the third team in NHL history to win their first five games against the defending Stanley Cup champion in one season. The other teams to do that were the 1938-39 Bruins, who won all eight games they played against the Blackhawks (the 1938 Cup winners), and the 1943-44 Canadiens, who came away with wins the first six games they played the Red Wings (who had copped the Cup in 1943).
WALKER IN UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY: THE STAT SHEET
Defenseman Matt Walker recorded a goal and an assist for the Lightning in their 3-2 win at Washington. Walker, who entered play on Friday with only three points (one goal and two assists) in 53 games this season, has had only one other multiple-point game in his seven seasons in the NHL; that was a three-assist game for the Blackhawks at Calgary on Feb. 5, 2009.
PROSPAL THRASHES THE THRASHERS AGAIN
Vinny Prospal provided two goals and an assist in the Rangers' 5-2 win over the Thrashers - no surprise to Atlanta fans. Prospal's three-point night gives him 57 points in 52 career games vs. Atlanta (21 goals, 36 assists) and moves him into third place on the list of the all-time leading scorers against the Thrashers. Only Prospal's former Tampa Bay teammates, Martin St. Louis (63) and Vincent Lecavalier (59), rank ahead of him.
ROOKIE GOALIE LEADS KINGS TO SHOOTOUT WIN
Rookie Jonathan Bernier, playing in his first game in the NHL since October 2007, led the Kings to a shootout victory in Dallas as the Stars went 0-for-6 during the shootout. Since the NHL introduced the tiebreaker in 2005, only two other rookie goaltenders won a shootout in which they faced at least six shots and didn't allow a goal: Montreal's Carey Price on Oct. 27, 2007, at Pittsburgh (eight shots) and San Jose's Thomas Greiss on December 31 this season at Phoenix (six shots).
HARDING SHARP AS WILD REPEL SABRES
Josh Harding stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal by the Sabres to lead the Wild to a 3-2 victory. Minnesota has won six of the last eight games in which it allowed 45 or more shots, dating back to January 2006.