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• Paul Pierce hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer for Boston in its win over the Nets. It was the sixth time in his NBA career that Pierce hit the game-winning field goal with less than one second to go in the fourth quarter or overtime. That's two more such baskets than any other NBA player since Pierce entered the league in 1998-99. Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant are next with four over that span.
• The Nets scored the first 18 points of the game in their 92-90 loss to the Celtics. The last NBA team to start a game with a run of 18-0 or better was Portland against Boston on Feb. 21, 2004. The Blazers scored the first 22 points of that game and held on to win 105-84.
• Eddy Curry made 17 of 24 shots (.708) in the Knicks' 115-107 victory over the Bucks at Madison Square Garden. The last New York player with a field-goal percentage that high on at least 24 shots was Patrick Ewing on Nov. 7, 1993 at Cleveland, coincidentally, also a 115-107 Knicks win. Ewing shot 17-for-24 from the field that night, the same as Curry did on Saturday.
Curry has now scored 20 or more points and has made at least half of his shots in each of his last nine games. Only two players in Knicks' history had a longer such streak: Bernard King in February 1985 (11 games) and Patrick Ewing in November/December 1989 (10).
• Gilbert Arenas scored 41 points in Washington's 114-109 loss to Houston. Arenas has scored at least 40 points four times in 20 games this season. Over the last 20 years, only three other NBA players had four games of 40 or more points in their first 20 games of a season: Michael Jordan (six times), Kobe Bryant (2002-03) and Allen Iverson (2005-06).
• Tracy McGrady had 28 points in the Rockets' 114-109 win in Washington. It was the 11th consecutive game in which T-Mac scored at least 25 points in a game played in Washington. That's the longest current streak of 25-plus points in road games for a player against a particular opponent.
• Donyell Marshall had 17 rebounds off the bench for Cleveland in its 107-75 win over Indiana. That matches the most rebounds for a non-starter in an NBA game this season. Sean May had 17 boards for the Bobcats at Atlanta on Nov. 29.
• All six goals in the Red Wings' 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs were power-play goals. It was the fifth game in NHL history in which the teams combined for at least six goals, all scored on the power play. It happened once before this season, on Oct. 19, when the Red Wings were on the wrong side of a 5-1 score in San Jose.
• Henrik Zetterberg became the first Red Wing to score 10 goals this season when he scored in the first period of Detroit's win over Toronto, the Red Wings' 28th game of the season. Zetterberg would later add goal No. 11, and Daniel Cleary also reached the 10-goal mark with his third-period tally. The last time the Red Wings went this far into a season before a player reached double-figures in goals was 1971-72, when it took until the team's 31st game. They did it with a triple-flourish that night, in a 3-3 tie against the California Golden Seals in Oakland. Detroit's three goal scorers, Red Berenson, Mickey Redmond and Nick Libett, all notched their 10th goal of the season.
• Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 3-1 win in Ottawa. It was Jagr's 34th career goal (in 52 games) versus the Senators, nine more than any other player has scored against them (Peter Bondra and Eric Lindros are tied for second at 25), but just his second goal in his last 13 games against the Sens.
• Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin all scored goals on Saturday night. It was second time this season that the three "Young Guns" of the NHL all scored on the same day. They all lit the lamp on Nov. 13 as well.
• The Blue Jackets beat the Blues 5-1 behind 24 saves by Fredrik Norrena. Norrena was 0-4-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in his first six career NHL games (four starts), but he's 4-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .964 save percentage and two shutouts over his last four games (all starts).
• Mark Parrish scored his third goal of the game at 3:18 of overtime to give the Wild a 5-4 win over the Blackhawks in Minnesota. Parrish, a native of Bloomington (site of the old Met Center, the home of the North Stars), is the first Minnesota-born player ever to record a hat trick for the Wild. The team's 11 previous hat tricks were by Slovakian native Marian Gaborik (eight), Finland's Antti Laaksonen, Quebec-born Marc Chouinard, and Flint, Michigan's Brian Rolston.
It was Parrish's fifth career hat trick, second-most in NHL history by a Minnesota-born player behind Neal Broten who had six.
Dave Christian is third with four.
The North Stars had 11 hat tricks from Minnesota natives, scored by three different players (Broten 6, Scott Bjugstad 3, Steve Christoff 2), but only one of those 11 hat tricks was scored in what the Wild call the "State of Hockey." That was Broten's three-goal game against Toronto on Feb. 6, 1986.
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