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STOUDEMIRE IS ALMOST PERFECT
Amare Stoudemire shot 14-for-16 from the field (87.5%) and 16-for-18 from the line (88.9%) in the Suns' victory over the Jazz on Friday night. Stoudemire became the first player in the shot-clock era to make at least 85 percent of his attempts from the field and from the line in the same game (minimum: 15 attempts in each category).
LEBRON REACHES 15,000 POINTS
LeBron James recorded his 15,000th career point in Cleveland's win over Chicago on Friday night. James reached that milestone in just his seventh season in the league. Only five other players in NBA history have reached 15,000 career points within their first seven seasons in the league: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin, Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson.
THUNDER REGISTER BIG ROAD WIN
The Thunder defeated the Raptors by a 26-point margin in Toronto on Friday night. That marked the first time in more than 33 years that Oklahoma City has won a game by that big a margin on the road after the All-Star break against a team that entered the game with a .500+ winning percentage. On March 9, 1977, the then Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Celtics in Boston by 28 points (114-86).
SPURS SCORE 147 POINTS WITHOUT A 25-POINT SCORER
Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 23 points in the team's 147-116 victory over the Warriors on Friday night. That was the most points scored in a game by a team that did not have a player record at least 25 points in nearly 16 years. On April 14, 1994, the SuperSonics scored 150 points against the Clippers with Detlef Schrempf leading the way with only 21 points.
SPURS CONTINUE THEIR MASTERY OF THE WARRIORS IN SAN ANTONIO
The Spurs beat the Warriors for the 24th consecutive time in San Antonio on Friday night. That's the longest current team-vs.-team home winning streak, the longest ever for the Spurs and the longest against the Warriors. But the Spurs are barely halfway to the NBA record: the Lakers won 43 consecutive home games against the Kings from 1975 to 1992.
JOSH SMITH FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
Josh Smith recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in Atlanta's overtime victory over Charlotte on Friday night. That marked the second time this season that Smith has registered at least 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals in a game (he also did that on February 26th). No other player has done that in multiple games this season, and only five other players have done it once: Baron Davis, Nene, Lamar Odom, Rajon Rondo and Gerald Wallace.
JENNINGS TIES ROOKIE RECORD
Brandon Jennings made eight three-point field goals in the Bucks' double-overtime victory over the Kings in Sacramento on Friday night. That ties the NBA rookie record for most three-point field goals made in a game. Jennings now shares the record with Jason Kidd (April 11, 1995), Chris Duhon (April 16, 2005) and Juan Carlos Navarro (November 16, 2007).
BLAZERS WIN DESPITE POOR SHOOTING
The Trail Blazers defeated the Wizards despite shooting only .321 from the field on Friday night. That is the lowest field-goal percentage the Blazers have ever recorded in a game in which they won. The previous low was .330 in an overtime win against the Kings on November 3, 1990.
BIG TIME SCORERS PUT UP GOOSE EGGS
Richard Hamilton was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action in Detroit's loss to Indiana on Friday night. That is the most minutes Hamilton has ever played in a regular-season game in which he was held scoreless. Hamilton's previous high for minutes played without scoring was 13 on January 8, 2000.
Tracy McGrady did not score in 29 minutes in New York's victory over the 76ers on Friday night. That marked the first time McGrady was held scoreless in a regular-season game in which he played at least 20 minutes in his career. McGrady has played 20-or-more minutes 732 times.
A RARE COMEBACK WIN FOR THE BLUE JACKETS
The Blue Jackets came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Minnesota Wild, 4-2. Entering play on Friday, Columbus had earned only one point this season from games in which it trailed by at least two goals (0-25-1), the lowest total for any NHL team. That lone point was a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on February 14. The Blue Jackets' victory left the Islanders as the only NHL team without a two-goal comeback win this season (0-25-2 going into their game at Anaheim on Friday night).
NASH REGISTERS ANOTHER 30-GOAL SEASON
Rick Nash's 29th and 30th goals of the season were the final two goals for the Blue Jackets in their comeback win over Minnesota. Nash, who won't turn 26 years old until June, has scored at least 30 goals in five of his seven seasons in the NHL. The only other active NHL players to score 30-or-more goals in a season at least five times before their 26th birthday are Ilya Kovalchuk (six times), Owen Nolan (five) and Alex Ovechkin (five).five
LIDSTROM APPEARS IN 1,400TH GAME
Nicklas Lidstrom reached the 1,400-game plateau for his NHL career when he took the ice for the first time in the Red Wings' game at Edmonton on Friday. Lidstrom, who's played solely for the Red Wings since he entered the league in 1991, is the seventh man in NHL history to play 1,400-or-more games for one team. Three other players have done that with the Red Wings (Gordie Howe 1,687; Alex Delvecchio 1,509; Steve Yzerman 1,514), two did so for the Bruins (Ray Bourque 1,518; Johnny Bucyk 1,436) and one player has done it with the Stars (Mike Modano 1,454).
IGINLA HELPS LEAD FLAMES TO VICTORY
Jarome Iginla opened the scoring in the Flames' win over the Sharks with a goal at the 3:24 mark of the first period. It was his 20th goal in 52 regular-season games versus San Jose. Iginla has scored at least 20 goals against 11 of Calgary's Western Conference opponents. The only Western foes against which Iginla hasn't scored 20-plus goals are Chicago (18 goals), Detroit (14) and Dallas (13).
OILERS ROOKIE RECORDS FIRST WIN
Oilers rookie Devan Dubnyk posted the first win of his NHL career in a shootout victory against the Red Wings on Friday night. Dubnyk, who made his NHL debut last November, entered the game with an 0-8-2 record. The only other active goaltender to start his NHL career with at least 10 consecutive winless decisions is Craig Anderson, who did not post a victory in his first 13 decisions (0-11-2 with Chicago, Nov. 2002 to Jan. 2004).