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DIRK PLAYS LIKE A KIDD
Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, had 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for the Mavericks Monday night. Only one player in Mavericks history scored at least 34 points in a triple/double. Jason Kidd had 38 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a double-overtime game at Houston on April 11, 1995.
BOSH IS THE KING OF THE 20/10
Chris Bosh scored 22 points and hauled in 11 rebounds in Toronto's win over Charlotte. It was the 37th time this season that Bosh had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game, the most for any player in the league. Bosh broke a tie with Zach Randolph.
GASOL MONSTER GAME IN LOSS
Pau Gasol scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in the Lakers' loss to the Hornets. It was the second time this season that Gasol had at least 25 points and 20 rebounds in a game. Gasol also had 26 points and 22 rebounds on December 16 at Milwaukee. Zach Randolph is the only other player in the NBA with two 25/20 games this season. The last Laker to have two such games in one season was Shaquille O'Neal in 2003-04 (three).
LAKERS FOILED BY ROOKIES
Marcus Thornton scored 18 points and fellow rookie Darren Collison scored 17 points in the Hornets' win over the Lakers. It was only the second time over the last six seasons that the Lakers lost a game to a team that had two rookies score at least 17 points. It also happened on March 27, 2007 against Memphis, when Rudy Gay (20) and Tarence Kinsey (24) turned the trick in an 88-86 Grizzlies win.
JAZZ SCORE 44 IN FIRST
Utah scored 44 first-quarter points in its win over New York. It was the third time this season that a team scored at least 44 points in the first quarter, and the Knicks have been the opponent in two of those three games. Cleveland scored 44 first-quarter points against New York on Feb. 6 and 46 first-quarter points against the Clippers on Jan. 31.
It was the first time the Jazz scored 44 points in the opening quarter since the day after Christmas in 1989 against Golden State.
WHY WAS MONDAY NIGHT DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER NIGHT?
The Nets had lost 14 consecutive games to the Spurs prior to Monday night's win. It was the second-longest current losing streak for one NBA team against another. The Clippers have lost 16 consecutive games to the Spurs.
MILLER BURNS RUBBER
Ryan Miller turned away 40 of the 42 shots he faced in his win over the Bruins on Monday night. Miller is 5-0-1 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in the six games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal this season, holding the opposition to only one or two goals in each game.
MYERS SCORES TWO POINTS
Buffalo's Tyler Myers scored one goal and assisted on another in the Sabres' 3-2 win at Boston. It was the third multiple-point game in the month of March for the rookie defenseman, matching his total for the first five months of the season combined.
JOKINEN ENDS DROUGHT
Jussi Jokinen ended his nine-game goal drought by scoring a pair of goals in the Hurricanes' 4-1 win. Jokinen's goalless streak immediately followed a 20-game stretch from January 16 through March 10 during which he scored 16 goals, tying him with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the league high over that span.
HORNQVIST SCORES 30TH
The Predators won 3-2 in overtime at Florida on a goal by Francis Bouillon, after Patric Hornqvist's 30th goal of the season got Nashville even at 2-2 late in the third period. Hornqvist is only the fourth player to score 30 or more goals in one season for the Predators, joining Jason Arnott (33 goals in 2008-09), Paul Kariya (31 in 2005-06) and Steve Sullivan (31 in 2005-06).