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JAMES AND WADE LEAD NBA SCORERS IN MARCH
From Elias: Miami completed its March schedule with a 123-107 victory in Washington. Lebron James posted an NBA-high 28.0 points-per-game scoring average for the month, ahead of Dwyane Wade, whose 26.6 PPG average ranks him second in the league. Pending the two NBA games scheduled to be played on Thursday (March 31), James and Wade could become the first pair of NBA teammates to rank one-two in scoring average for a calendar month (minimum: 10 games) since January 1983, when Denver's Kiki Vandeweghe (30.6 PPG) and Alex English (29.1) earned that distinction.
ANTHONY AND BILLUPS TEAM UP
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and Chauncey Billups added 33 to help the Knicks beat the Nets on Wednesday. It was the second time this season that Anthony and Billups each scored at least 30 points a game, having done it previously for the Nuggets in a one-point victory over the Mavericks on February 10. They became the first pair of players in NBA history to each score at least 30 points in a game for two different teams in one season.
KNICKS PULL AHEAD OF NETS
From Elias: The Knicks defeated the Nets to take a one-game lead (82-81) in the all-time series between the cross-river rivals. Entering the game, New Jersey and New York had played the most games of any pair of current NBA franchises whose all-time series was deadlocked. That distinction now belongs to the Bulls and Kings (72 wins each in head-to-head play).
HOWARD SPENDS TIME AT THE LINE
From Elias: Dwight Howard made only 9 of 15 free throws in Orlando's loss at Atlanta; it was Howard's 12th straight game with at least 10 shots from the line. That's the longest streak of consecutive games with double-digit free-throw attempts within a single season for any NBA player since the Lakers' Jerry West had a 17-game streak in 1965-66.
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki surpassed 1,500 points for the Mavericks this season on Wednesday night against the Clippers. It's the 11th straight season in which Nowitzki has reached that milestone, matching Kobe Bryant for the longest current streak of that kind in the league. Before this year, no NBA player had fashioned a streak of 11 or more consecutive seasons with at least 1,500 points since Karl Malone did it in 12 straight seasons from 1986-87 through 1997-98.
PAUL DISHES WHEN HE MISSES
From Elias: Chris Paul scored only 11 points while making 4 of 15 field-goal attempts but he managed to distribute 12 assists to contribute to the Hornets' 95-91 win over the Trail Blazers. It was the 46th game of Paul's NBA career in which he missed 11 or more shots from the floor, but he's registered double-digit assists in more than half of those games (26 times).
CARTER SCORES IN LOSSES TO THUNDER
From Elias: Vince Carter scored 28 points for the Suns in a lopsided loss to the Thunder. Since Carter was traded to Phoenix in December, he's averaged 30.0 PPG in three games against Oklahoma City (all Suns' losses), compared to 12.7 PPG in 41 games against all other opponents combined.
22 POINTS FOR YOUNG, TWO AT A TIME
From Elias: Thaddeus Young scored 22 points on the strength of 11-for-19 shooting from the floor as the 76ers defeated the Rockets. It was the third time this season that Young scored at least 20 points in a game without making either a three-pointer or a free throw. The only other NBA players with at least three such games this season are Al Jefferson, Shawn Marion and Luis Scola (four each).
BORIS GOOD ENOUGH
From Elias: Boris Diaw scored 26 points and handed out 11 assists to lead the Bobcats to a one-point win over the Cavaliers. It was the first game of Diaw's eight-year NBA career in which he scored more than 25 points while registering at least 10 assists.
GRIZZLIES ROMP IN SECOND HALF
From Elias: The Grizzlies came from behind to defeat the Warriors, outscoring Golden State, 31-19, in both the third and fourth quarters. It was only the fourth time in the Grizzlies' 16-year history that they outscored an opponent by 12 or more points in each of the last two periods of a game.
KINGS' WINNING STREAK ENDS
From Elias: The Nuggets snapped Sacramento's four-game winning streak with a victory at Denver on Wednesday night. The Kings haven't won five in a row since January/February 2007. Since then, the only other team in the NBA that has not won five straight games is the Clippers, whose longest winning streak during that span is also four games.
BULLS MOVE IT AROUND
From Elias: The Bulls posted a 31-12 assist advantage in their 108-91 triumph in Minnesota. It was the second game this season in which Chicago handed out at least 19 more assists than its opponent. The only other NBA team with more than one such game this season is Boston (three times).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES FOR GOODEN AND BOGUT
From Elias: Drew Gooden scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds (six off the offensive glass), and Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 10 rebounds (five on the offensive side) in the Bucks' victory at Toronto. It was the first time that the Bucks had two players in one game who each scored at least 17 points and had 10 or more rebounds, including at least five offensive boards, since Charlie Villanueva and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did it in at loss at Chicago on March 6, 2009.
WINGS SING THE BLUES
From Elias: The Red Wings' 10-3 loss to the Blues at Joe Louis Arena marked the first time that they allowed ten or more goals in one game since Oct. 9, 1993, when they lost 10-3 to the Kings in Los Angeles, with Wayne Gretzky and Co. scoring seven times in the third period. Wednesday's loss was only the fifth home game in Red Wings franchise history in which their opponent reached double-figures in goals. The last visiting team to do that in Detroit was the Flyers in their 11-6 win on Feb. 23, 1988. The eight goals by the Blues in the first two periods of Wednesday's game were the most ever allowed by Detroit in the first 40 minutes of a home game.
BLUES EQUAL FRANCHISE RECORD
From Elias: Nine different players scored goals for the Blues in their win at Detroit, with Chris Porter the only St. Louis player to tally twice. That ties the Blues team record for goal scorers in one game, a standard set in their 9-4 win over the Colorado Rockies in St. Louis on Dec. 13, 1980. The Blues' scorers in that game were Gerry Hart, Larry Patey, Mike Crombeen, Bernie Federko, Perry Turnbull, Hartland Monahan, Rick Lapointe, Blake Dunlop and Brian Sutter.
ENROTH MAKES ONE GOAL STAND UP
From Elias: The Sabres used a second-period goal by Tim Connolly and 23 saves by rookie Jhonas Enroth to edge the Rangers, 1-0. It was only the third 1-0 shutout win by a rookie goaltender in the Sabres' 40-year history. The others were by Martin Biron against Ottawa on Jan. 28, 2000, and Ryan Miller at Minnesota on Jan. 14, 2003.
CAROLINA ROOKIES EACH NET A PAIR
From Elias: Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain each scored two goals for the Hurricanes in their 6-2 win over the Canadiens. It was the first time in the Hartford/Carolina franchise's 31 seasons in the NHL that they had two rookies each score two goals in the same game. The last NHL team with two multiple-goal games by rookies on the same day was Colorado in its 5-1 win against Columbus on Feb. 2, 2010. Ryan O'Reilly and Brandon Yip were the multi-goal rookies for the Avs in that game.
DEFENSEMAN SCORES TO LIFT DEVILS
From Elias: The Devils kept their very slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-2 win against the Islanders on Wednesday night. Andy Greene scored the winning goal for New Jersey with 4:56 remaining in the third period, not long after the Devils had squandered their 2-0 lead. Greene's game-winning goal was only the third by a New Jersey defenseman this season. The last one was also against the Islanders, by Anssi Salmela in overtime on March 12, and the first was by Henrik Tallinder at Carolina on February 19.