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STOUDEMIRE, EWING AND ABDUL-JABBAR
From Elias: The Rockets beat the Knicks by 15 points on Wednesday, but they didn't slow down Amar'e Stoudemire (25 points, one blocked shot). Stoudemire has scored at least 20 points and blocked at least one shot in each of his last 26 games. That's the longest streak of its kind by an NBA player since Patrick Ewing's 26-game streak in 1990 (Jan. 25-March 23). Only one player has had a longer streak of consecutive 20-point games with at least one blocked shot since the league began keeping track of rejections in 1973-74. That was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (39 straight games in 1974-75).
HILL TURNS BACK THE CLOCK
From Elias: Grant Hill scored 27 points in the Suns' triumph in Cleveland, after scoring more than 20 points in each of his previous two games (25 at New York and 21 vs. Portland). There was a time when 20-point games were routine for Hill, who had separate streaks of 13 and 14 straight games with at least 20 points in 1999-2000, when he averaged a career-high 25.8 points per game in his last season with the Pistons. But Hill's current streak of three consecutive games with 20 or more points is his longest since 2007 (three games spanning March and April).
UNWANTED DISTINCTION AT SEASON'S MIDPOINT
From Elias: The Cavaliers reached the halfway mark of their 2010-11 season with a loss to Phoenix which dropped their league-worst record to 8-33, after they posted a league-high 61 wins in 2009-10. The Cavs' .195 winning percentage is the lowest at the midpoint of a season for any team that had the NBA's best record the previous season.
WESTBROOK IN ANTHONY'S SHADOW
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony grabbed the headlines on and off the court in Denver on Wednesday while Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook registered his fifth straight game with 20 or more points and double-digit assists. The only other active NBA player ever to fashion a streak of 20-point/10-assist games as long as Westbrook's is Chris Paul, who had a five game streak in March 2008 and a seven game streak the following season. Westbrook matched the second-longest streak of that kind in franchise history, one game shy of the franchise record set by Seattle's Gary Payton in March 2000.
ORLANDO WINS BY ONE AT HOME
From Elias: The Magic's 99-98 overtime win versus Philadelphia snapped Orlando's seven-game losing streak in home games decided by a one-point margin, a streak that began on April 1, 2007. It matched the longest losing streak of its kind over the last ten seasons by an NBA team. The Bulls lost seven straight home games that were decided by one point from January 2006 to February 2007.
FOUR-POINTER FORCES OVERTIME
From Elias: Jason Richardson's game-tying four-point play with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter closed out the regulation scoring in Orlando's overtime victory over the 76ers. Over the last three seasons only one other NBA player made a four-point play to either tie a game or give his team a lead in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. That was Ben Gordon, and he did it twice over that span, both for the Bulls (Dec. 17, 2008 and Feb. 20, 2009).
SEND THE FANS HOME HAPPY
From Elias: The Hornets 103-102 overtime win over the Grizzlies in New Orleans, coupled with the Magic's 99-98 OT triumph versus the 76ers in Orlando marked the first time in NBA history that two home teams posted one-point overtime wins on the same day.
From Elias: Kevin Love extended his streak of consecutive games with double-digit points and rebounds to 29 while Blake Griffin's streak of 27 straight games with double-doubles was snapped as the Clippers topped the Timberwolves. It the first time that two or more NBA players had streaks of at least 27 straight games with double-doubles in the same season since 1971-72, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (streaks of 39 and 29 games), Dave Cowens (37) and Spencer Haywood (37) all did it.
ELLIS STEALS A VICTORY
From Elias: Monta Ellis hit the game-winning field goal with six-tenths of a second left in the game and he had two steals to boot in the Warriors two-point win over the Pacers. It was Ellis' 28th consecutive game with at least one theft, the longest streak for any NBA player since Chris Paul had steals in 108 consecutive regular-season games from April 2007 to December 2008, a league record. Ellis' streak of consecutive games with steals is the longest for the Warriors since a 28-game streak by Tim Hardaway in 1990-91.
WIZARDS GETTING CLOSER
From Elias: The Bucks overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat the Wizards and extend Washington's season-long road-losing streak to 20 games (equaling the fifth-longest road-losing streak to begin a season in NBA history). The Wizards' 12-point lead (31-19 in the second quarter) was their largest in any road game this season.
KIDD FINDS HIS RANGE AFTER 15 STRAIGHT MISSES
From Elias: The Mavericks beat the Lakers with Jason Kidd making eight of his last ten field-goal attempts after missing his first two shots of the game. Kidd had missed 15 straight shots from the floor over a three-game span before finding his range. That matched the longest streak on consecutive missed field-goal attempts in the NBA this season. Samuel Dalembert, Darko Milicic and Kidd himself (Jan. 4-8) had previous streaks of 15 straight misses this season.
CELTICS SHUT DOWN PISTONS IN CRUNCH TIME
From Elias: The Celtics defeated the Pistons, 86-82, outscoring Detroit 8-0 over the game's last 2:30 with the Pistons missing seven field-goal attempts over that span. It was the first time in more than 12 years that Boston posted a victory of such a slim margin by scoring the last eight or more points of the game. The Celtics last won a game in that fashion on April 3, 1998 when they scored the last eight points in a 101-100 win, also over the Pistons (at The Palace of Auburn Hills).
GINOBILI PERFECT FROM THE LINE
From Elias: Manu Ginobili scored 23 points and made all 14 of his free throws to help the Spurs defeat the Raptors. It was the second time that Ginobili went 14-for-14 or better from the line in an NBA game. He made 18 foul shots without a miss at Phoenix on January 29, 2009. The only other NBA players with a "more perfect" game from the foul line this season than Ginobili were Kevin Martin (17-for-17), Carmelo Anthony (17-for-17) and Kevin Durant (16-for-16, twice).
NETS MOVING THE BALL AROUND
From Elias: The Nets were credited with assists on 25 of their 34 field goals (73%) while beating the Jazz on Wednesday. New Jersey has registered assists on at least 70 percent of its field goals in three of its last five games, after doing so only three times in 37 previous games this season.
GABORIK FIRST TO NET FOUR
From Elias: Marian Gaborik ended a personal eight-game goalless streak (his longest in nearly seven years) by scoring four goals in the Rangers' 7-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Gaborik was the first NHL player to score four goals in a game this season. Excluding 1994-95, when a lockout delayed the start of the season by nearly four months, January 19 was the latest date for the first four-goal game of an NHL season since 1969-70, when there were none.
RANGERS COME ALIVE
From Elias: The Rangers outscored the Maple Leafs 4-0 in the first period of their game on Wednesday night. New York's offensive outburst in the first 20 minutes was surprising, considering that the four goals were twice as many as the Rangers had scored in any of their nine games to date in 2011. It was only the fifth time in NHL history that a team with a current streak of at least nine consecutive games of two or fewer goals snapped it by scoring four (or more) first-period goals. The last club to do that was the Islanders 38 years and one day earlier. The Islanders, in their first season in the NHL, headed into a game at Boston Garden on Jan. 18, 1973 on a 12-game losing streak, having scored two or fewer goals in each game. They stunned Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito the rest of the "Big, Bad Bruins" by jumping out to a 5-0 first-period lead and holding on for a 9-7 victory.
From Elias: Rookie defenseman Grant Clitsome had two key assists in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 overtime win at Florida. He took the shots that were tipped in for the tying goal in the last minute of the third period (by Antoine Vermette) and the overtime game-winner (by R.J. Umberger). Clitsome has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in five games since January 11, when he made his 2010-11 season debut. That ranks him third on the team over that span, behind Rick Nash (seven points) and Fedor Tyutin (six).six