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BIG THIRD QUARTER LEADS PACERS TO VICTORY
From Elias: The Pacers scored 54 points in the third quarter in their 144-113 romp over the Nuggets on Tuesday night. That is the most points any team has scored in a single quarter since the Suns scored 57 points in the second quarter on November 10, 1990. Prior to last night's action, there had been 396 quarters played in regulation time this season. The opposing teams combined to score fewer than 54 points in 273 of those quarters.
Mike Dunleavy scored 24 of Indiana's points in the third quarter. That is the most points any player has scored in a single quarter this season and only two players scored that many points in a quarter during the 2009-10 regular season: Dirk Nowitzki (29 points in fourth quarter on November 3rd) and Brandon Jennings (29 points in third quarter on November 14th).
JAZZ STUN LEBRON AND THE HEAT
From Elias: The Jazz overcame a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the Heat in overtime in Miami on Tuesday night. It is only the eighth time since the start of the 2004-05 season that an NBA team, playing on the road, has overcome a second-half deficit of more than 20 points to win. The Jazz has accounted for four of those eight wins, having previously overcome such deficits to win at Sacramento (2006), Atlanta (2006) and Portland (February 21 of this year).
It is also the first time that LeBron James has ever appeared in a game in which his team relinquished a 20+ point lead in the second half and came out on the losing end. James' teams were 115-0 in that situation prior to last night.
HORNETS RUN RECORD TO 7-0
From Elias: The Hornets defeated the Clippers by a score of 101-82 in New Orleans on Tuesday night. New Orleans is off to a 7-0 start this season after finishing last season with a 37-45 record. Only four other teams in NBA history have won each of their first seven games of a season after finishing below .500 the previous season: the St. Louis Hawks in 1967-68, the Detroit Pistons in 1970-71, the Houston Rockets in 1984-85 and the Boston Celtics in 2007-08.
BENCH PLAYS KEY ROLE IN CAVS WIN
From Elias: The Cavaliers were led by reserves Antawn Jamison (15 points; three assists), Daniel Gibson (14 points; four assists) and Ramon Sessions (15 points; five assists) in their 93-91 victory over the Nets in New Jersey on Tuesday night. It is the first time in over 14 years that the Cavs have had three bench players register double-digits in points and at least three assists in a game. The last time happened was on February 29, 1996 when reserves Dan Majerle (16 points; three assists), John Crotty (19 points; five assists) and Bob Sura (12 points; five assists) led the team to a win over the Bucks in Milwaukee.
KNICKS BLOWN OUT IN MILWAUKEE
From Elias: The Knicks lost to the Bucks by a 27-point margin in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. That marked the 11th time that the Knicks have lost by 25-or-more points under Mike D'Antoni in the 171 games he has coached the team. D'Antoni lost only six regular-season games by a 25+ point margin in his 389-game stint as the Suns head coach.
YANKEES DP COMBO TAKES HOME THE GOLD
From Elias: Yankee teammates Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano were named American League Gold Glove winners on Tuesday. Jeter and Cano led the A.L. in fielding percentage at their respective positions this season. Over the past 33 years (1978-2010) only four other pairs of teammates finished a season as the fielding leaders at shortstop and second base (in either league): Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg (1983 Cubs), Greg Gagne and Jose Lind (1993 Royals), Rey Ordonez and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 Mets), Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar (2001 Indians).
BOOGAARD ENDS DROUGHT
From Elias: Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard ended his streak of 234 consecutive goalless games when he scored to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead early in the second period of their game against the Capitals. Boogard entered play on Tuesday night with the longest goal drought by an NHL skater since Ken Daneyko ended his league-record 256-game goalless streak on October 23, 2002. Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi now has the longest current goal drought among active NHL skaters (166 games).
FOUR ASSISTS FOR STAAL
From Elias: Eric Staal recorded four assists in the Hurricanes' 7-1 rout of the Oilers on Tuesday night. It was Staal's 10th game of at least four points in his seven-year career with Carolina. That ties him with Blaine Stoughton for the second-most such games by any player in Whalers/Hurricanes history, though Staal is far short of franchise record-holder Ron Francis's total of 30 games with four-or-more points.
STAMKOS STICKS IT TO HIS HOMETOWN TEAM
From Elias: Steven Stamkos scored two goals in the Lightning's 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Stamkos, who was born in the Toronto suburb of Markham, Ontario, has scored points in eight of the nine games he's played against his hometown team, with at least two points in each of his last four games versus the Leafs.
SPEZZA POWERS SENATORS
From Elias: Jason Spezza scored two goals, including his first power play goal of the season, to lead the Senators to a 5-2 victory against the Thrashers on Tuesday night. Spezza was one of only six NHL players to score more than ten power play goals in each of the past four seasons. The others were Danny Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Eric Staal.
PRICE IS RIGHT
From Elias: Carey Price faced 34 shots on goal, including 19 in the third period, in his 2-0 win over the Canucks. Price's 19 third-period saves were the most by a Canadiens goaltender in a shutout since December 21, 1968, when Tony Esposito stopped 19 shots in the third period of a 0-0 tie against the Bruins at the Montreal Forum.