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FAMILIAR FOES MEET AGAIN
The Spurs-Lakers game Wednesday was the 40th regular-season meeting between Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant. That's the most head-to-head games for any pair of active players for their current teams. The only pairings close to Duncan-vs-Bryant are Duncan-vs-Dirk Nowitzki (39) and Bryant-vs-Nowitzki (38). The Spurs have won 21 of the 40 Bryant-Duncan matchups to date, with Bryant scoring 1,009 points and Duncan scoring 828 for the Spurs.
LEBRON NEVER LOSES
Cleveland has won 14 of its last 15 games, including each of the last 13 in which James played, which ties the longest personal winning streak of his career. He also played in 13 straight wins late last season (Mar. 7-31, 2009) and slightly over a month ago (Jan. 16-Feb. 11). James was rested for the Cavaliers only loss this month (92-85 at Milwaukee, March 6).
RONDO TIES TINY
Rajon Rondo had 15 assists on Wednesday, his 6th game with 15 or more assists this season. That ties the Celtics record for most 15-assist games in one season, set by Nate Archibald in the 1979-80 season.
HOWARD STARS IN LOSS
Dwight Howard had 24 rebounds in Orlando's loss on Wednesday, his most in a non-overtime loss in his NBA career.
ANOTHER OFF NIGHT FOR DUNCAN
Tim Duncan made only 2 of 11 field goals, 18 percent, in the Spurs loss on Wednesday. It's the third time in his last 19 games that Duncan had made less than 20 percent of his shots from the floor, something he did only six times in 947 games to that point in his career.
AND THE THUNDER ROLLS
The Thunder defeated the Rockets on Wednesday to end Houston's 13-game winning streak in the series, including six wins before the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City. That had been tied for the third-longest current team-vs-team winning streak in the NBA.
15/15 VISION FOR WILLIAMS
Deron Williams had 18 points and 16 assists for the Jazz on Wednesday, his seventh game this season with at least 15 points and 15 assists. That gives him the NBA lead in 15-15 (points-assists) games this season by one over Steve Nash and by two over Chris Paul.
BOBCATS GO ON A RUN
The Bobcats went on a 20-0 run in their win over Minnesota on Wednesday, which was their second-longest run of unanswered points in team history. Their only longer streak was 24 consecutive points against the Nets earlier this season (November 2).
CAREER NIGHT FOR FELTON
Raymond Felton had eight assists and made eight of 10 field goals in Charlotte's win over Minnesota on Wednesday. It was the first game of Felton's five-year professional career in which he had eight or more assists and shot at least 80 percent from the floor.
NETS END HOME SKID
The Nets ended their home losing streak at 14 games with a win over the Kings on Wednesday. That tied the third-longest single-season home losing streak in NBA history. The record is 19 consecutive home losses by the 1993-94 Mavericks; the Providence Steamrollers had a 16-game streak in 1948-49; and the Magic had a 14-game home drought in 1989-90 (their first season in the NBA).
BUCKS LOSE, FAIL TO GO 10 GAMES OVER .500
The Bucks lost to the 76ers on Wednesday, dropping their W-L record on the season to 39-31. If the Bucks had won they would have been 10 games above the .500 mark for the first time since they had a 35-25 record through 60 games in the 2001-2002 season.
STARS HELD GOALLESS
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin both scored in the shootout that resulted in a Capitals win over the Penguins, but neither player scored a goal during regulation or overtime. It was the first time in the last 13 head-to-head regular-season and playoff matchups between Crosby and Ovechkin that both superstars were held goalless. Before Wednesday's game, the last time Crosby faced Ovechkin and neither player scored a goal was the Capitals 4-3 victory at Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, 2008.
RANGERS BLANK RIVALS
The Rangers beat the Islanders 5-0 on Wednesday night, outshooting their local rival 44-27. It was the Rangers first shutout victory by a margin of five goals or more in which they had at least 40 shots on goal since Dec. 6, 1992, when they blanked the Maple Leafs 6-0 and outshot them 48-40.
SOME GUY NAMED GABBO
Marian Gaborik scored two goals and assisted on one in the Rangers win against the Islanders. Gaborik scored points in 29 of his 35 games this season before the Christmas break, though he scored three points or more in only three of those 35 games. Gaborik has recorded points in only 15 of 32 games since play resumed after Christmas, but he's scored at least three points in a game six times since the holiday hiatus.
BUFFALO WING AND A PRAYER
The Sabres trailed the Canadiens, 2-0, with two minutes remaining in the third period but Buffalo tied the game by scoring twice with goaltender Ryan Miller removed for an extra attacker and went on to victory in a shootout. It was only the fourth time in Sabres history that they salvaged points from a game in which they trailed by two goals in the last 120 seconds of the third period. The three previous instances were ties against the Penguins (December 1977), Whalers (January 1985) and Islanders (December 1992). It was the first time in Sabres history that they gained points from a game in which they scored twice after pulling the goaltender.
HE'LL FLIP YOU FOR REAL
Valtteri Filppula scored to break a 2-2 tie with under seven minutes left in the third period and he added an empty-net goal to wrap up a 4-2 win for the Red Wings over St. Louis. Filppula has scored 11 goals (in 25 games) against the Blues, which represents 21 percent of his career total of 52 goals. The only other NHL team against which Filppula has scored even half has many goals as he's recorded versus St. Louis is Colorado (seven goals in 16 games). Filppula has the highest percentage of goals vs. one team among active players with at least 50 goals.
SEDIN HELPS OUT CANUCKS
Henrik Sedin had the primary assist on each of the Canucks first three goals on Wednesday. It was Sedin's 20th career game with three or more assists, but only his fourth game in which he had the primary assist on three or more goals.