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HISTORIC UPSET IN BIG D
The Knicks upset the Mavericks 128-94, ending Dallas's 13-game winning streak and exacting revenge for their 128-78 loss to the Mavs on January 24 at Madison Square Garden.
The 34-point margin is the largest in NBA history in a game that ended a winning streak of at least 13 games. And the 84-point turnaround (from a 50-point loss to a 34-point win against the same opponent) is the largest within one season in NBA history.
This was the longest winning streak ended by the Knicks since November 1970, when they swept a home-and-home set against Milwaukee, after the Bucks entered those two games on a 16-game winning streak.
SCOLA TAKES DOWN THE NETS
Luis Scola was 20-for-25 (.800) from the field and scored 44 points in the Rockets' win against the Nets on Saturday night. Only two other NBA players in the last 20 seasons attempted 25 or more field goals in a game and made at least 80 percent of them: Dana Barros was 21-for-26 (.808) for Philadelphia on March 14, 1995 vs. Houston and Shaquille O'Neal was 20-for-25 (.800) for Phoenix on February 27, 2009 vs. Toronto.
DENVER WINS WITH STRONG FINAL QUARTER
Denver and Memphis were tied at 85 through three quarters, but the Nuggets outscored the Grizzlies 40-23 in the final period for a 125-108 victory. It was the 97th time since they joined the NBA that the Nuggets were tied with an opponent entering the fourth quarter, but it was the first of those 97 games which they won by more than 15 points.
HOWARD LEADS MAGIC IN WASHINGTON
Dwight Howard had 28 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Orlando's win at Washington on Saturday night. It was his second 25/15/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game this season. The only other player with more than one game of that type this season is David Lee, who has also done it twice.
SPURS WIN 16TH STRAIGHT AGAINST CLIPPERS
The Spurs' 118-88 victory on Saturday night was their 16 consecutive win against the Clippers. That's the longest current winning for any NBA team against another.
HAWKS FORGE LARGEST HALFTIME LEAD SINCE 2002
The Hawks led 69-41 at the end of two quarters and went on to beat the Pistons 112-99 on Saturday night. That was Atlanta's largest halftime lead in more than seven years since the Hawks were ahead of the Raptors 66-37 at intermission on November 18, 2002.
PRONGER SCORES LATE TIE-BREAKING GOAL
Defenseman Chris Pronger scored with 2.1 seconds remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 deadlock and earn the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Saturday afternoon. It was the latest third-period tiebreaking goal in an NHL game since Oct. 26, 2006, when another defenseman, Andrei Markov, scored at 19:58 to give the Canadiens a 3-2 win at Boston. The last Flyers player to score a go-ahead goal in the final three seconds of the third period was Simon Gagne at Vancouver on New Year's Eve 2001.
KESSEL SCORES TWICE
Phil Kessel scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 6-4 win over the Oilers. Kessel has recorded 10 goals in the 11 games he's played this season against Toronto's five Canadian rivals (Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver). Kessel, who was born in Wisconsin, has not been as prolific this season against teams based in his native country. He's scored 15 goals in 45 games versus U.S. clubs.
HALAK EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO FIVE
The Canadiens extended their winning streak to a season-high five games with their 3-2 victory against the Bruins. Jaroslav Halak, who's been the winning goaltender in each game of the streak, made 21 saves in Saturday's victory. Halak also got the win in each game when Montreal posted five consecutive victories in March 2007. The last Canadiens goaltender other than Halak to win five straight team games was Jose Theodore in 2004 (Feb. 23-Mar. 1).
CHRIS TOPS STEVE IN LATEST MASONIC BATTLE
Chris Mason and the Blues prevailed, 5-1, over Steve Mason and the Blue Jackets in the latest matchup of the goaltenders who share a surname (but are not related). The Masons have started against each other in seven games, all in the last 14 months, with St. Louis's Chris winning five times and Columbus's Steve twice.
VOKOUN CONTINUES MASTERY OF SHARKS
Tomas Vokoun made 37 saves in his 3-2 overtime victory at San Jose, in which the Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the team with the best record in the Western Conference. Vokoun has owned the Sharks in recent seasons, as evidenced by his 9-0-1 record and 2.15 goals-against average in 10 games against them since 2004. He held San Jose to three or fewer goals in each of those games.
STREIT SCORES 10TH GOAL
Defenseman Mark Streit scored his 10th goal of the season for the Islanders in their win against the Devils. Streit, who scored 16 goals last season after signing with the Islanders as a free agent in July 2008, is only the third defenseman to score 10 or more goals for the Islanders in each of two consecutive seasons since Denis Potvin retired in 1988. The others were Vladimir Malakhov (1992-93 and 1993-94) and Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 and 2001-02).
CONSECUTIVE MULTI-GOAL GAMES FOR STEMPNIAK
Lee Stempniak scored the first two goals and Martin Hanzal tallied the last two in the Coyotes' 4-0 win at Carolina. Stempniak, who also scored twice in Phoenix's last game (Wednesday against Vancouver), is only the second player in the last four seasons to score at least two goals for the Coyotes in each of two consecutive team games. Daniel Carcillo did that in Phoenix¿s final two games of the 2007-08 season.
RED WINGS WIN BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES
Brian Rafalski scored 31 seconds into overtime to give the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the Sabres in Detroit. Coming two days after they beat Minnesota, 5-1, at Joe Louis Arena, it marks the first time in calendar year 2010 that the Red Wings have won consecutive home games.