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THE BIG 3 ALL HIT THE BIG THREE-OH ... AND THEN SOME
From Elias: This was the game that so many envisioned when LeBron James announced his decision last summer to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. All three players reached the 30-point mark in the Heat's 125-119 win over the Rockets. It was only the second time in the last 13 NBA seasons that three teammates scored 30 or more points in the same game. The only other trio to do so during that time was Kevin Martin, Aaron Brooks, and Luis Scola of the Rockets against the Spurs 13 months ago.
But that wasn't all. James (33 points, 10 rebounds), Bosh (31/12), and Wade (30/11) all pulled down at least 10 rebounds as well. And they didn't need four overtime periods to do it, like the last trio of teammates with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the same game, Isaiah Rider, Brian Grant, and Arvydas Sabonis of the Trail Blazers in 1997.
In fact, the only other set of three teammates ever to record 30 or more points and 10 or more rebounds in the same regulation, 48-minute NBA game were Oscar Robertson, Jack Twyman, and Wayne Embry for the Cincinnati Royals on February 3, 1961. And believe it or not, those wacky Royals lost the game. The Philadelphia Warriors prevailed, 136-135, behind Wilt Chamberlain's 52 points and 30 rebounds.
DALEMBERT IS BACK!
From Elias: Samuel Dalembert's return to Philadelphia might not have ranked with those of Allen Iverson, Donovan McNabb, or even the Rocky statue for celebrity sizzle. But Dalembert's 19 rebounds in support of Marcus Thornton's 32 points was an integral part of the Kings' 114-111 overtime victory at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.
Only one other former 76ers player recorded as many rebounds as Dalembert in his first game back in Philadelphia, and it wasn't even Wilt Chamberlain. Moses Malone grabbed 21 rebounds for the Washington Bullets in his return to The Spectrum on Christmas Day 1986. For the record, Wilt had 17 rebounds and scored 15 points his first game back in Philadelphia after being traded to the Lakers in 1968.
ELLIS & LEE COMBINE TO DOWN WIZARDS
From Elias: Monta Ellis scored 37 points and David Lee added 33 in the Warriors' 114-104 victory over the Wizards. Ellis shot 14-for-24 from the field; Lee shot 15-for-26. They were the first teammates either this season or last to make at least 14 field goals each in the same 48-minute, non-overtime game. The last Warriors players to do so were Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison in 2003.
CELTICS WIN IT AT THE FOUL LINE
From Elias: On a night when shots weren't falling for either side, the Celtics posted an 85-82 victory at Minneapolis by making their foul shots. With two chronically poor free-throw shooters, Rajon Rondo (54%) and Shaquille O'Neal (56%) sidelined, Boston made 21 of 26 shots from the line (81%). It was the 12th time in the last 17 games that the Celtics made at least 80 percent of their foul shots, producing an 82 percent success rate that ranks third in the league during that time, (compared to 75 percent earlier in the season).
WALLACE SCORES 40 TIMES 5
From Elias: Gerard Wallace scored 40 points in the Trail Blazers' 99-90 loss at Oklahoma City. It was the fifth time in Wallace's career that he reached that level-which is to say, as often as Tim Duncan, Chris Webber, and Walt Frazier, once more than Kevin Garnett and Allan Houston.
GRIZZLIES DOLE OUT MARCH MADNESS VS. SPURS
From Elias: The Grizzlies, who opened the month of March with a 109-93 win over the Spurs, posted a 111-104 win over San Antonio on Sunday. Over the last six seasons, only two other teams won two games against the Spurs in the same calendar month: the Thunder in March 2009 and the Jazz in November 2009.
WILLIAMS SHINES VS. CAVALIERS
From Elias: Marvin Williams scored a season-high 31 points in the Hawks' 99-83 win at Cleveland. Williams has averaged 23.3 points in three games against the Cavaliers this season, compared to 10.0 PPG against all other teams.
PENGUINS CONTINUE TO EXCEL BEYOND THE 65TH MINUTE
From Elias: The Penguins became the first NHL team ever to win four consecutive games, all in shootouts, when they beat the Florida Panthers in a tiebreaker on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Penguins' previous three wins in the streak were at Detroit (Monday), at Philadelphia (Thursday), and at home against New Jersey (Friday).
Brent Johnson was the Pittsburgh goaltender for the first of their four straight shootout wins and Marc-Andre Fleury for the last three. Fleury is 7-2 in shootouts this season and 25-9 in his last 34 shootouts, dating back to January 2007.
BRUINS ROOKIE REACHES 20-GOAL MARK
From Elias: Brad Marchand's 20th goal of the season snapped a 1-1 deadlock with 3:43 remaining in the third period and earned the Bruins a 2-1 win at Philadelphia. Marchand is the third rookie in the last 12 years to score 20 or more goals in one season for Boston, joining Brad Boyes (26 goals in 2005-2006) and Blake Wheeler (21 goals in 2008-2009).
LADD SOLVES ANDERSON, CLINCHES THRASHERS' WIN
From Elias: Andrew Ladd snapped a shot past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson for the only goal in the shootout that gave the Thrashers a 5-4 win over the Senators. Ladd has scored on three of nine shootout attempts in his NHL career: twice in three shots against Craig Anderson but only once in six tries versus other goaltenders.
SCHNEIDER EXTENDS CANUCKS ROOKIE RECORD
From Elias: Cory Schneider stopped 39 of the Blue Jackets' 40 shots on goal in his 4-1 win at Columbus. Schneider's victory was his sixth in a row, breaking his own record for the longest winning streak by a Vancouver rookie (five games), a mark he set earlier this season (Dec. 23-Jan. 11).