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CELTICS DO TEXAS TWO-STEP
Boston won at Houston on Friday night and at Dallas on Saturday night. The Celtics are the first Eastern Conference team to win in Houston and Dallas on back-to-back days, in either order, since Philadelphia did it in January 2001.
ROSE AND NOAH RETURN EQUALS BULLS WIN
Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah returned to action after injury-related absences to help the Bulls beat the 76ers on Saturday night. Rose started and scored 23 points and Noah came off the bench to score seven points. The Bulls are 26-25 this season in games in which both Rose and Noah have played, but they're 6-8 when one of the two players is missing from the lineup and 0-4 when both men are out of action.
BULLS SNAP LOSING STREAK WITH BIG ROAD WIN
The Bulls snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 98-84 win in Philadelphia. The Bulls are the 11th team in NBA history to snap a double-digit losing streak with a road victory by at least 14 points.
WARRIORS 13-GAME ROAD LOSING STREAK
The Warriors have lost 13 consecutive road games and have allowed at least 99 points in every one of them. The last NBA team to have a streak like that was Milwaukee in 1993-94. The Bucks lost 15 straight road games while allowing at least 99 points in all of them.
QRICH HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC
Quentin Richardson scored 18 points, all from three-point range in Miami's win over Charlotte. Richardson is the third player this season to score at least 18 points, all on "treys." The other two guys to do that this season, both did it for the Knicks: Danilo Gallinari (18 on Dec. 17) and Chris Duhon (18 on Jan. 3). What is the NBA record for most points in a game, all scored on three-pointers? We┐re glad you asked. Robert Horry scored 27 points, all from beyond the arc, on Feb. 22, 1996 in Houston's 86-80 win in Cleveland.
TORONTO HOLDS NEW JERSEY UNDER 100
The Raptors have won 27 consecutive games in which they held their opponent under 100 points (20-0 this season and their last seven such games in 2008-09). That's the longest current streak of its kind in the NBA.
THE "B" IN BOGUT STANDS FOR BLOCKS
Andrew Bogut had three blocked shots in Milwaukee's win over Denver. Bogut has had at least two blocks in each of his last 16 games. Over the last six seasons only one other player has had a streak that long: Marcus Camby did it twice (24-game streak in 2004-05 and a 16-game streak in 2007-08).
1-0 TIMES THREE
There were three NHL games that ended with a 1-0 score Saturday. It was only the fifth day in NHL history that at least three games had no more than one goal scored, only the second such day since 1930 (the other was March 15, 2003).
STEMPNIAK HOWLS FOR COYOTES
Lee Stempniak scored two goals in the Coyotes' shootout win over the Blackhawks. Stempniak has scored nine goals in eight games since joining Phoenix at the trade deadline. Over the last 20 years, only one other player acquired in midseason scored nine goals in his first eight games with his new team. Pavel Bure did it for the Rangers in 2001-02 after coning over from the Panthers.
MCBAIN'S FIRST CAREER GOAL IS LATE IN OVERTIME
Jamie McBain scored the first goal of his NHL career with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to earn the Hurricanes a 3-2 win at Pittsburgh. The rookie defenseman, who made his NHL debut on Tuesday, is only the ninth player to record his first career goal with an overtime tally since the NHL introduced the five-minute extra session in 1983-84. McBain was the first player to do so since Jan Hejda (then with Edmonton) scored in OT at Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 2007. The only other player in Hartford/Carolina franchise history to turn that trick was Bates Battaglia against the Islanders on Jan. 10, 1998.
McBain's last-second overtime goal was the 11th such game-winner in the 26 seasons that the current OT format has been in effect. The last such goal was by Sheldon Souray for Montreal at Buffalo on Nov. 24, 2006. The only previous regular-season overtime goal at the 4:59 mark by a Hartford or Carolina player was scored by Kevyn Adams in Atlanta on March 5, 2004.
SPEZZA HAT TRICK GOES TO WASTE
Jason Spezza scored three goals for the Senators in their 5-4 loss at Dallas. It was the fourth time this season that an NHL player recorded a hat trick in a game his team lost in regulation time. The other players with a hat trick in a regulation loss are Guillaume Latendresse, Alexander Semin and Andrew Ladd.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE ROAD
Ty Conklin and the Blues recorded a 1-0 victory over the Devils in Newark on Saturday night. It was Conklin's fourth shutout of the season, all of which have come in road games. That's a new single-season record for road shutouts by a St. Louis goaltender.
KALETA LIKES THE ROAD TOO
Patrick Kaleta's 10th goal of the season proved to be the game-winner for the Sabres in their 3-1 victory over the Panthers in Florida. Kaleta scored his first two goals this season in consecutive home games in October but his last eight goals have all come on the road and the last three have been game-winners.
ANTROPOV'S FOURTH STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAME
Nik Antropov recorded his fourth straight two-point game with a goal and an assist for the Thrashers in their win over the Flyers. Antropov is the first Atlanta player to score multiple points in each of at least four consecutive team games since November 2007, when Marian Hossa had six in a row and Ilya Kovalchuk had a four-game streak.
GUSTAVSSON WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT
Jonas Gustavsson posted his fifth consecutive win with a shootout victory against the Canadiens on Saturday night. Gustavsson is the first Maple Leafs goaltender to record a five-game winning streak since Andrew Raycroft did so in January/February 2007, and he's the first rookie netminder to win five straight decisions in one season for Toronto since Damian Rhodes won his first five games for the Leafs in 1993-94.
JOSE NOT AFRAID OF LIGHTNING
Jose Theodore made 33 saves to lead the Capitals to a 3-1 win in Tampa on Saturday. Theodore has won his last seven starts against the Lightning, dating back to November 2005 (though he did lose to Tampa Bay in a relief appearance earlier this season). He's held the Lightning to a total of 13 goals in his last seven starts against them.
RINNE WINS 1-0 AGAIN
Pekka Rinne made 33 saves to backstop Nashville to its 1-0 overtime win against Columbus. It was Rinne's fifth 1-0 shutout victory over the last two seasons, the highest total over that span by any NHL goaltender. Ilya Bryzgalov and Chris Mason have each posted four 1-0 shutout wins since the beginning of the 2008-09 season.
FRANSON SNAPS 0-0 TIE IN OVERTIME
Defenseman Cody Franson scored in overtime to give the Predators a 1-0 win over the Blue Jackets. It was only the second NHL game this season in which an overtime goal snapped a 0-0 deadlock. Columbus was the winning team in the other instance, when Fredrik Modin scored in OT against Detroit to break a goalless stalemate on December 28.