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LOVE ON THE ROAD
From Elias: Kevin Love scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds as the Timberwolves topped the Pistons at The Palace. Love has netted 20 or more points and pulled down double-digit rebounds in each of his last nine road games. That's the longest streak of its kind for any NBA player since Tim Duncan had nine straight road games with at least 20 points and ten or more rebounds in the spring of 2002.
PIERCE AND GARNETT CLEAN THE GLASS
From Elias: Paul Pierce grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Garnett contributed 13 rebounds to the Celtics' victory over the Suns. It was only the third time that Pierce and Garnett each collected more than ten rebounds in a game for the Celtics. The two other games were both during Garnett's first season with Boston (2007-08).
MURPHY A WINNER IN DEBUT
From Elias: Troy Murphy, who made his Celtics debut on Wednesday night, has a chance to go to the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. Murphy has played 640 games in his career (for the Warriors, Pacers, Nets and Celtics) and his teams have a .389 winning percentage in those games. The only current NBA player with a lower personal career winning percentage than Murphy (minimum: 600 games) is Jamal Crawford (.371 for the Bulls, Knicks, Warriors and Hawks).
NO UPSET IN CLEVELAND
From Elias: The Spurs improved their record to 50-11 with a predictable victory over the Cavaliers (11-49). It was the 13th game in NBA history in which a team with a winning percentage above .800 faced a team with a winning percentage below .200 at least 40 games into a season for both teams. The team with the better record has won every one of those games.
FIRST TO 50 WINS
From Elias: It took the Spurs only 61 games to register their 50th win of the season. Over the past ten seasons (2000-01 through 2009-10), the 2006-07 Mavericks, who posted their 50th win in their 59th game, were the only NBA team to accumulate 50 wins as "fast" as San Antonio did this season.
HILL SETTLES DOWN
From Elias: George Hill matched his season high with 22 points while registering only two turnovers on Wednesday. Hill, who was starting his second straight game for the Spurs in place of the injured Tony Parker, scored only six points with a career-high six turnovers on Tuesday at Memphis.
From Elias: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 21 points as the Thunder defeated the Pacers. It was the 31st game this season than Durant and Westbrook both scored at least 20 points. The only teammates to do that as often as Oklahoma City's duo are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (32 times).
HORFORD FIRST SINCE MUTOMBO
From Elias: Al Horford equaled his career high with 31 points as he gathered 16 rebounds to lead the Hawks to a come-from-behind victory over the Bulls. Horford was the first player to score more than 30 points and pull down more than 15 rebounds in one game for the Hawks since Dikembe Mutombo did it in double-overtime at Toronto on Nov. 26, 1997 (34 points, 19 rebounds). Horford was the first Atlanta player to do that in a regulation game since Kevin Willis on March 23, 1994 (32 points, 16 rebounds vs. the Charlotte Hornets).
IT'S NOT HOW YOU START
From Elias: The Bulls lost in Atlanta despite jumping out to a 14-0 lead. It was the ninth time over the last four seasons (since 2007-08) that one team scored the first 14 or more points of an NBA game, but Chicago was the first of those teams to lose the game.
ALDRIDGE KEEPS SHOOTING
From Elias: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points in the Trail Blazers' win at Sacramento while making only 9 of 27 shots from the floor. That matched Aldridge's career high for field-goal attempts in a game and his 18 misses set a career high.
NEVER IN DOUBT
From Elias: The Nuggets scored eight more points than Charlotte in each of the first three quarters on Wednesday but they saved their best for last, posting a 29-13 advantage in the fourth period to cap a 120-80 romp in Denver. It was the first victory in Denver's NBA history and only the second game in the league over the last five seasons in which a team outscored its opponent by at least eight points in each quarter. The only other time it happened over that span (since 2006-07) was on January 30, 2008, when the 76ers topped the Bucks, 112-69.
NO BILLUPS, NO PROBLEM
From Elias: Toney Douglas stepped up in the absence of the injured Chauncey Billups, scoring 24 points and tying Amar'e Stoudemire for the game high as the Knicks coasted to an easy win over the Hornets. It was the fourth game this season in which Douglas was New York's high scorer (either outright or tied) and the Knicks have won each of those games.
TOEWS MARCHES ON
From Elias: Jonathan Toews, who led the NHL with 21 points in February (6 goals, 15 assists in 13 games), got off to a good start in March by scoring a pair of goals in the Blackhawks' 6-4 win over the Flames. Toews has recorded 21 multiple-point games this season, tying him with Martin St. Louis for third-most in the NHL, behind Daniel Sedin (23) and Steven Stamkos (22).22
OT GOAL IN MILESTONE GAME
From Elias: Mikhail Grabovski put the finishing touch on his 200th game as a Maple Leaf by scoring the overtime goal which gave Toronto a 3-2 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday. Grabovski has scored one overtime goal in each of his three seasons with the Maple Leafs and they've all come in March. His first Toronto OT goal was against the Islanders on March 10, 2009, and the second one was on March 25, 2010 in Atlanta.
ANOTHER ONE-GOAL MARGIN FOR NEW JERSEY
From Elias: The Devils won for the 18th time in their last 22 games by coming from behind to beat the Lightning, 2-1, on Wednesday night in Newark. The Devils posted some easy wins over the first few weeks of their resurgence (which began January 9) but over the last 30 days almost every New Jersey game has been a nail biter. Twelve of their 14 games since February 1 have been decided by a one-goal margin. The Devils are 12-1-1 over that stretch, with 2 three-goal wins, 10 one-goal wins (none via shootouts), 1 one-goal regulation loss and one overtime loss.
From Elias: Blake Comeau scored two goals for the Islanders in their 4-1 home-ice win over the Minnesota Wild. All six of Comeau's multiple-goal games in his NHL career have been recorded at Nassau Coliseum. Comeau scored 10 goals over a 20-game span from Dec. 1 through Jan. 15 this season but he had only two goals in 17 games since then entering play on Wednesday night.