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MATTHEWS MAKES BLAZERS HISTORY
From Elias: Wesley Matthews, who entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent in 2009, scored 30 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 100-99 victory over the Grizzlies in Memphis on Tuesday night. Matthews is the first undrafted player to score 30 points in a game for the Trail Blazers in the team's franchise history.
RARE COMEBACK WIN FOR BULLS
From Elias: The Bulls overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Rockets in Houston on Tuesday night. It marked the first time the Bulls have come back from a deficit of at least eight points in the fourth quarter on the road since April 3, 2008 (came back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the 76ers in Philadelphia). The Bulls had lost 48 straight games in that situation prior to last night's comeback.
SMITH LEADS HAWKS TO VICTORY
From Elias: Josh Smith registered 25 points and seven blocked shots to help lead the Hawks to a 102-92 win over the Pacers in Indiana on Tuesday night. It is the second time in his career that Smith has had at least 25 points and seven blocked shots in a game, previously doing that on December 6, 2007 against the Timberwolves (28 points, 7 blocks). No other player in Hawks franchise history has done that even once (the NBA began tracking blocked shots in 1973-74).
WIZARDS: FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 25+ ASSISTS
From Elias: The Wizards had 28 assists as a team in their 109-94 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night. It marks the fifth consecutive game that Washington has registered at least 25 assists. That is the team's longest such streak since April of 1997 (five straight games with 25+ assists).
BROWN'S BIG FOURTH QUARTER LIFTS LAKERS
From Elias: Shannon Brown scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Lakers to a 118-107 victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Prior to last night, Brown had never scored as many as 16 points in a single half, let alone a quarter, in the 184 regular-season games he had played.
ANOTHER PRODUCTIVE NIGHT FOR CAVS BENCH
From Elias: The Cavaliers, led by 54 points from their bench, defeated the 76ers by a score of 101-93 in Cleveland on Tuesday night. It is the third time that Cleveland's bench has combined to score at least 50 points in the 10 games the team has played this season. That equals the total number of 50-point games the Cavaliers' bench produced during the 2009-10 season.
HALLADAY WINS N.L. CY YOUNG AWARD
From Elias: Roy Halladay was named the National League Cy Young Award winner on Tuesday afternoon. It marks the seventh time that a Phillies pitcher has won the award. Steve Carlton won it four times while wearing a Phillies uniform, and John Denny, Steve Bedrosian and Halladay have won it once each. Only two other major-league franchises have had at least seven Cy Young Award winners: the Dodgers (nine) and the Braves (seven).
LEAFS ARE POWERFUL IN THE SECOND PERIOD
From Elias: The Maple Leafs scored four power play goals in the second period to overcome a 4-1 deficit and beat the Predators, 5-4 on Tuesday night. Toronto was the first NHL team to rack up four power- play goals in one period since Minnesota did so in the second period at Anaheim on December 14, 2007. The Leafs had not done that since October 14, 2005, when they scored five power-play goals in the third period of a 9-1 win in Atlanta.
VERSTEEG LEADS LEAFS COMEBACK
From Elias: Kris Versteeg scored two goals for the Maple Leafs in their come-from-behind win over Nashville on Tuesday night. (His goals, both on power plays, came 59 seconds apart in the second period and started Toronto's comeback from a 4-1 deficit). It was the third two-goal game of Versteeg's four-year NHL career and it came exactly two years after his first multiple-goal game (November 16, 2008 for Chicago vs. San Jose) and three days shy of a year since his last two-goal game (November 19, 2009 for the Blackhawks at Calgary).
PRICE TURNS BACK 41 SHOTS IN SHUTOUT WIN
From Elias: Casey Price stopped all 41 shots on goal by the Flyers in his 3-0 shutout win on Tuesday night. Price's 41 saves are the most in a shutout this season by an NHL goaltender and the most by a Canadiens goaltender since November 7, 2002, when Jose Theodore faced 42 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Islanders.