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LOVE, WILT AND THE BIG "E"
From Elias: Kevin Love registered his 52nd consecutive double-double with 16 points and 21 rebounds at the expense of the Pacers. Despite what you may have heard or read elsewhere, that's not an NBA record. It's not even close. Wilt Chamberlain had separate streaks of 227, 220 and 133 consecutive games with double-doubles; those are the three longest streaks in NBA history. The last player with a streak as long as Love's was Elvin Hayes, who had double-doubles in 55 straight games for the Capital Bullets in 1973-74.
JEFFERSON SCORES 34, TWO AT A TIME
From Elias: Al Jefferson made 17 of 24 field-goal attempts to account for all of his 34 points in Utah's 96-94 triumph in Toronto. Jefferson was the first player to score as many as 34 points in an NBA game without making either a three-pointer or a free throw since the Rockets' Hakeem Olajuwon netted 48 points (24-for-40 from the floor) in a loss to the Nuggets on Jan. 30, 1997. Jefferson was the second player ever to have such a game for the Jazz, joining Darnell Griffith, who scored 34 points (17-for-25) in a loss to the Nuggets on March 9, 1983, 28 years to the day before Jefferson did it.
JAZZ BEAT RAPTORS, OVER AND OVER AGAIN
From Elias: The Jazz defeated the Raptors for the 12th straight time. That's Utah's longest winning streak against one team since it won 15 in a row against the Clippers from 1999 to 2002.
ANOTHER GAME-WINNER FOR ANTHONY
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony's two-pointer with five-tenths of a second remaining in the game was the difference in the Knicks' 110-108 victory at Memphis. Anthony has made his last three potential game-tying or go-ahead field-goal attempts in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime (Nov. 26 and Dec. 16 for Denver; Wednesday night for New York).
LATE COMEBACK FOR THE HORNETS
From Elias: Jarrett Jack made three foul shots with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Hornets to an unlikely 93-92 win over the Mavericks, after New Orleans trailed, 92-85, with 51 seconds remaining in the game. It was the franchise's first victory in a game in which it trailed by at least seven points with less than a minute remaining in the fourth period since Jan. 11, 2002, when the Charlotte Hornets topped the Clippers in overtime.
WESTBROOK AND DURANT DO IT IN OVERTIME
From Elias: The Thunder registered an overtime victory in Philadelphia with Russell Wesbrook (four points in OT) and Kevin Durant (two) each chipping in as Oklahoma City posted a 9-4 advantage in the extra period. Westbrook leads the NBA with 44 points in overtime this season and Durant has the second-highest total in the league (36).
From Elias: The Spurs' Antonio McDyess played the 1,000th game of his NBA career on Wednesday night, after Tim Duncan reached that milestone on December 12. Over the last ten years, only two other pairs of teammates each played their 1,000th NBA game in the same season. Jason Kidd and Juwan Howard did it for the 2007-08 Mavericks, as did Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher last season with the Lakers.
20TH 25/10-GAME FOR LOPEZ
From Elias: Brook Lopez scored 26 points and gathered 10 rebounds as the Nets topped the Warriors. It was the 20th time in Lopez's three NBA seasons that he recorded at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in one game for New Jersey. Vince Carter had 21 such games for the Nets during his five seasons with the club.
MOUNDS OF REBOUNDS
From Elias: The Bulls pulled away in the second half to post a 101-84 win at Charlotte as they outrebounded their opponent for the 12th straight game. That's the longest streak of its kind in the NBA this season (Memphis had an 11-game streak in January) and the longest for the Bulls since they pulled down more rebounds than their opponent in 12 consecutive games in 1998 (Jan. 27 through Feb. 19), with Dennis Rodman, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way.
WILLIAMS AND CLIPPERS TOP CELTICS IN BOSTON
From Elias: Mo Williams equaled his season high with 28 points to lead the Clippers to a surprising road win against the Celtics. It wasn't the first time that Williams exploded for that many points in a game at Boston. He scored 31 points for the Bucks in a loss at Boston on Valentine's Day in 2007.
MILESTONE FOR OVECHKIN
From Elias: Alex Ovechkin recorded the 600th point of his NHL career when he assisted on the power play goal by Eric Fehr that gave that Capitals a 2-0 lead in the second period of their game against the Oilers. (Ovechkin's own power play goal less than five minutes earlier had given Washington a 1-0 lead.) Ovechkin reached the 600-point plateau in his 464th NHL game. Teemu Selanne (455 games) is the only other active player who needed fewer than 500 games to tally 600 points in the NHL. Remarkably, Ovechkin's power play goal was his first of the season on home ice, coming in his 35th game at Verizon Center. Ovechkin scored 50 power play goals in home games during his first five seasons in the NHL (2005-06 through 2009-10), tying him with Teemu Selanne for the NHL high over that span.
ALL-STARS ON DISPLAY
From Elias: The Lightning beat the Blackhawks in a shootout, after the teams played to a 3-3 draw. Five of the six goal-scorers in Wednesday's game were players selected to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game: Chicago's Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp, and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. (The only goal by a non-All-Star was scored by the Lightning's Teddy Purcell.) It was the first NHL game this season in which five different 2011 All-Stars scored goals.
From Elias: The Blues overcame a three-goal deficit to post a 4-3 overtime win at Columbus. Excluding a shootout victory at Toronto in October 2008, it was the first time that the Blues won a game in which they trailed by three goals since Oct. 21, 2003 at Edmonton (trailed 3-0, won 6-4).
CHANGE OF SCENERY
From Elias: Chris Stewart scored the last goal in regulation time and the overtime winner for the Blues. Stewart's scoring touch has been revived by the trade that sent him from Colorado to St. Louis on February 19. He's scored nine goals in 11 games for the Blues, including four two-goal games. Stewart's nine goals are the most ever by a player in his first 11 games with the Blues. Camille Henry (1968), Bernie Federko (1977) and Wayne Babych (1978) each scored eight goals in their first 11 games for St. Louis. Stewart got off to a great start for the Avs this season, scoring nine goals in his first 11 games (sound familiar?), but after that he scored only four goals in final 25 games with Colorado.
QUICK AT HIS BEST AGAINST DIVISION LEADERS
From Elias: Jonathan Quick made 28 saves to lead the Kings to a 2-1 win at Detroit on Wednesday night. Quick is 10-3-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and four shutouts in 14 games (13 starts) this season against the six current NHL division leaders: the Red Wings, Sharks, Canucks, Bruins, Flyers and Capitals.
AS CLOSE AS IT GETS
From Elias: It took a shootout to decide a winner in Dallas on Wednesday, with the Flames prevailing over the Stars after the teams played to a 3-3 stalemate in which each side had 34 shots on goal. This was only the fourth game of the current NHL season in which each team scored the same number of goals and recorded identical shots on goal totals. The other such games (with the shootout winner listed first) were the Kings and Oilers on December 23, the Blackhawks and Senators on January 7, and the Flames and Maple Leafs on January 15.
UNDEFEATED IN RALEIGH
From Elias: Thrashers goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 35 saves in his 3-2 overtime victory at Carolina. Pavelec has a 3-0-2 record in five career games in Raleigh but he's 0-4-0 in four games versus the Hurricanes in Atlanta.