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IRISH EYES SMILE IN BOSTON
The Celtics defeated New York at TD Garden to extend their winning streak in home games played on St. Patrick's Day to 11 straight games, fittingly, the longest in NBA history. Boston's last home loss on March 17 was to the Baltimore Bullets in 1968, a 147-139 decision. Among the players who appeared in that game were John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Don Nelson and Earl Monroe. (Celtics player-coach Bill Russell was a DNP).
LEBRON LEADS THE WAY AGAIN
The Cavaliers held off the Pacers for a 99-94 win with LeBron James leading Cleveland in points (32), rebounds (nine) and assists (nine) for the second straight night. It was the league-high 15th game this season in which James led his team (either tied or outright) in each of those three categories. New York's David Lee (six games, including Wednesday night in Boston) ranks a distant second to LeBron.
BOSH REACHES MILESTONE FOR RAPTORS
Chris Bosh's field-goal with two seconds remaining was a game-winner for the Raptors against the Hawks. Bosh netted only 14 points in the game, but in the process he became the first player to score at least 10,000 career points for Toronto. That leaves only three current NBA franchises without a 10,000-point scorer: the Hornets whose all-time leader is Dell Curry with 9839, Grizzlies (Pau Gasol, 8966) and Bobcats (Gerald Wallace, 6447).6447
NBA FIRST FOR BROOKS
Aaron Brooks scored 31 points and made each of his seven three-point attempts for the Rockets in their win over the Grizzlies. Brooks set a single-game franchise record for three-point perfection, besting Shane Battier's 6-for-6 performance one month earlier (Feb. 17). But Brooks is the first player in NBA history to go 7-for-7 or better on three-pointers in a game in which he also grabbed at least five rebounds and handed out four or more assists.
CARTER AND KOBE
The Magic posted a convincing 110-84 win over the Spurs with Vince Carter scoring a game-high 24 points. Orlando outscored San Antonio by 22 points while Carter was on the floor Wednesday as he increased his plus/minus rating for the season to +367, second-highest among NBA guards, behind Kobe Bryant (+473).
DUNCAN OFF MARK
Tim Duncan made only one of his ten field-goal attempts against Orlando after going 5-for-15 from the floor the previous night at Miami. Duncan's field-goal percentage on Wednesday was his career-low for a single game and his 24 percent (6-for-25) accuracy since Tuesday is the second-lowest of his career over a pair of consecutive games. The lowest was ten years ago, give or take a day (23.8% from March 16-18, 2000).
LOSING STREAK CONTINUES
The Mavericks defeated the Bulls, 113-106, extending Chicago's losing streak to nine straight games, all by a margin of at least six points. That matches the longest streak of its kind for any NBA team this season (Detroit, Dec. 15-31) and it equals the longest in Bulls franchise history (Nov. 19-Dec. 26, 2002).
BOBCATS MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD
Stephen Jackson scored 18 points in the second half to lead Charlotte to a 100-92 win over the Thunder. The Bobcats, who trailed 51-32 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter, matched their largest-ever come-from-behind victory. It was the third time in franchise history that Charlotte won a game in which it trailed by 19 points. The other wins were on Jan. 16, 2008 (over Orlando) and earlier this year, on Jan. 2 (at Miami).
TIMBERWOLVES GIVE IT UP
The Jazz scored 35 points in each of the last two periods to pull away from and defeat the Timberwolves, 122-100, one night after Minnesota allowed 73 points in the second half of a 152-114 loss at Phoenix. The T-wolves became the first NBA team in more than 16 years to allow at least 70 second-half points in each of two consecutive games (since the Charlotte Hornets in January 1994).
SIXERS SWEEP NETS
The 76ers beat the Nets to sweep their season series against New Jersey for the first time since 1977-78, the Nets' second season in the NBA. Over the course of 31 seasons in the interim, Philadelphia managed to sweep at least one season series against every other opponent. Sure, 31 years is a long wait, but consider the plight of the Kings against the Lakers. That rivalry dates back to 1948, when the franchises were located in Rochester (Royals) and Minneapolis (Lakers), and in all that time the Kings have never swept a season series from the Lakers.
FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON
Wednesday's NBA doubleheader on ESPN featured games between pairs of teams that faced each other for the first time this season. It was the first of two meetings this season between both the Spurs and Magic and the Bucks and Clippers. That leaves the Rockets and Celtics as the only pair of NBA teams that have yet to face each other this season. They'll meet for the first time on Friday (and again on April 2).
DEVILS SWEEP THE CHAMPS...
The Devils completed a sweep of their six-game season series against the Penguins with a 5-2 win on Wednesday night. It's only the second time that a team has won every game in a regular-season series of at least six games versus the defending Stanley Cup champion. The other team to do that was the 1938-39 Bruins, who won all eight games they played against the Blackhawks, the 1938 Cup winners.
...AS BRODEUR LEADS THE WAY
Martin Brodeur was in goal for all six Devils victories against Pittsburgh, allowing only five goals on 187 shots (0.83 goals-against average, .973 save percentage). Brodeur is the first goaltender to beat the defending Cup holder six times (or more) in one season since 1967-68, when the Rangers' Ed Giacomin went 7-3-0 in 10 games against the Maple Leafs, the 1967 champion.
ELIAS ON ELIAS
Patrik Elias' shorthanded goal in the second period proved to be the game-winner for New Jersey against Pittsburgh. The Devils have posted a regulation win in all ten games in which Elias has scored goals this season and all but one of those victories were by at least a two-goal margin.
BOURQUE TOPS AVALANCHE
Rene Bourque scored shorthanded and power play goals in the Flames' 3-2 win at Colorado. Bourque has scored goals in each of his last four games against the Avalanche and in eight of his last ten games versus Colorado dating back to October 2008.