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Stats And Trends

Chase For NBA Scoring Title: Carmelo Anthony with a tenth of a point lead in the scoring race over LeBron James at 29.7 points per game. Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade round out the top 5. Monta Ellis, 6th in the league at 26 points per game - yet not named an All-Star. While these guys are fighting for the NBA's scoring title, lets look at Orlando's monster-second half comeback last night against the Celtics....

After The Jump: Orlando's Magic Man, Race For The Top Spot In The Eastern Conference, Who Leads The NBA In Scoring, Why Boston Fears The Beasts Of The East, Not Your Average Bench Warmers, Hawks Bite Sharks, Aussie Open Finals Are Set, Danica Patrick's NASCAR Schedule.

Magic 96, Celtics 94

Orlando came from behind to beat Boston, 96–94, despite recording only eight assists in the game. The eight assists were the fewest ever in a win by the Magic. It was the fourth time this season that an NBA team won a game in which its assist total was no higher than eight and it was the second such win in the last two days. The Magic run their home win streak to 4 straight and improve to 2-1 against the Celtics this season, avenging their Christmas Day loss. Orlando grabs a season-high 17 offensive rebounds, including six different players who each had at least two. Rashard Lewis scores 20+ points for the first time in his last 11 games, his 8th 20-point game of the season. The Celtics are just 6-9 in their last 15 games. Kevin Garnett is held to single digits for just the third time this season.

More: Game Recap | Box Score | Photos

Magic Man: Rashard Lewis was 1 for 5 in the first half as the Magic went into the locker room down 11, but Lewis came out firing in the 2nd half, missing just 1 shot and scoring 16 points in the half including the game-winner with less than 2 seconds left. His huge second half helped the Magic win its 30 game this season. Orlando now sits 5.5 games back of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Your top 4 teams are...

Beasts Of The East: With the Magic win over the Celtics, just one half game seperates the Celtics, Hawks and Magic in the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavaliers ahead of the pack with a 5-game lead over Boston. Looking further at the Celtics loss, they seem to have a problem playing major powers in the East...

Boston Massacre: The C's pride themselves on defense and are ranked 2nd in the NBA in opponenets point per game at just under 94 PPG. They have held some of the best teams in the East in check scoring wise, but have come up on the short end of the stick in the win column. The Celtics are 2-5 vs the other top 4 East teams and sit 5 back of Cleveland for home court advantage in the playoffs. Boston's Paul Pierce was named to the NBA's All-Star Reserve team...

Not Your Average Bench Warmers: Eastern conference All-Star reserves named Thursday, and there are 4 first timers. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo gets the call in his 4th season..."I always thought I was (an All-Star), Bulls guard Derrick Rose is an all-star in just his 2nd year. He's the first Chicago all star since Michael Jordan in 1998!! Rose averaging just under 20 points and 6 assists per game. Gerald Wallace is the first Bobcat All-star. The 9-year pro is averaging almost 19 points and 11 boards a game...called his selection "an amazing moment"...The other first timer is Atlanta's Al Horford. He gets the call in his 3rd season. Horford averaging 13 and a half points and almost 10 rebounds a game. Dallas native Chris Bosh called his selection bitter sweet...sweet cuz he made it, bitter cuz the dallas native is now looking for tickets. Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson round out the east reserves. Looking at the Western Conference All-Star reserves...

Western Conference All-Star Reserves: 3 first timers headed to Dallas headed by Kevin Durant. The 3rd year star is averaging 29 points and 7 rebounds a game. Jazz point guard Deron Williams gets the call in his 5th season, the Dallas native is averaging 19 points and 9.5 assists per game this season. The West's other first timer is Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies who gets the call in his 9th year. Randolph averaging 21 points and 11 and half rebounds per game. 85,000 tickets have been sold for the game in Dallas. Speaking of the West, let's look at the two best teams in the NHL's Western conference...

More: All-Star Homecoming For Bosh, Williams | Snubs: Who You Won't See In Dallas | Daily Dime | NBA All-Star Central

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On The Ice:

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Chicago Blackhawks - 4 San Jose Sharks - 3 OT

The Chicago Blackhawks finished the game the way they started it, overwhelming the San Jose Sharks in a matchup between the NHL's top two teams. Troy Brouwer scored his second goal of the game 1:37 into overtime and the Blackhawks fought back after blowing a three-goal lead to beat San Jose 4-3 Thursday night in a possible playoff preview. The Blackhawks get within 1 point of the Sharks in the Western Conference standings. Chicago has taken 3 of the 4 meetings this season and has a conference-low 125 goals allowed this sesaon.

More: Game Recap | Box Score | Play-By-Play | Hawks Blog

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The Finals Are Set: Roger Federer will seek his 16th Grand Slam title when takes on Andy Murray. Murray will attempt to become the first British player to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry won Wimbledon in 1936. Murray actually has the edge in head-to-head match-ups (6-4 overall - but 0-1 in grand slams vs. Federer.) The Men's final is Sunday morning at 3:30 eastern on ESPN2.

More: Slam Central | That Federer Is A Pretty Savvy Guy | Federer Rolls Into Aussie Open Final | Men's Grand Slam Winners

Woman's Final: After winning the Doubles Title with sister Venus (see below) Serena has a little more work left to do - her Finals match against Belgium's Justine Henin. This will be the 14th head-to-head meeting between the two. Williams has the edge in overall wins, but Henin leads in Grand Slam victories by a 4-2 count. They last met in 2008 - with Serena winning in Miami. You can see the women's final at 3:30 eastern Saturday morning on ESPN2.

More: Can Henin Blunt Stronger Serena? | Women's Grand Sla Winners

11 Down, 10 More To Go: Venus and Serena with their 11th grand slam doubles title together. That's good for 3rd most in the open era, but the Williams sisters trail Martina Navratilova and ESPN's Pam Shriver by a whopping 10 Grand Slam doubles titles for the most all-time.

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Welcome To The Club: Danica Patrick will compete in 12 NASCAR Nationwide Series races, but her team hasn't decided whether she will race in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. She is confirmed to be racing in the February 20th race at Auto Club Speedway and the following week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Patrick will then take a four-month hiatus to race in IndyCar.

More: Patrick commits To 12 Nationwide Races | Petty says Patrick Taking Big Risk

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Note: The Elias Sports Bureau, ESPN Stats and Info Group, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.