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Turner has done this before
Evan Turner's layup as time expired in overtime gave the 76ers a 121-120 triumph against the Nets. It was the second game of Turner's NBA career in which he turned a deficit into a lead with a field goal in the final five seconds of an overtime period. On December 7, 2012, Turner's field goal with 3.9 seconds remaining in the game closed out the scoring in a 95-94 overtime victory versus the Celtics in Philadelphia.
As Irving goes, so go the Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving scored 39 points as the Cavaliers downed the Bucks in overtime. Irving's 27.9 points-per-game scoring average in Cleveland wins this season is more than 10 points higher than his scoring average in his team's losses (17.7 PPG). That's the largest such disparity for any NBA player who's appeared in 20 or more games this season. Irving has scored more than 30 points in each of the Cavaliers' last three victories (37 vs. New York and 31 at Orlando).
Shoot out the lights
Miami made 61.4 percent of its field-goal attempts (51 of 83) in a 122-103 win over the Kings. It was the second-highest field-goal percentage by any team in an NBA game this season, surpassed only by the Heat's 63.4 percent mark (45-for-71) on Monday versus Utah. Miami's field-goal percentage on Friday was its highest in a game in which it made 50 or more shots from the field since February 6, 1991, when the Heat made 53 of 85 field-goal attempts (62.4%) in a 134-119 win at New Jersey.
Jefferson dominates the fourth quarter
The Bobcats outscored the Pistons in the fourth quarter, 41-17, to register a 116-106 road win. Al Jefferson led Charlotte's late comeback with 15 points and five rebounds during the final period. Friday night marked only the fourth time that Jefferson, a ten-year NBA veteran, recorded at least 15 points and five rebounds in one period of a game, and the first time that he did so in the fourth quarter of a game.
Raptors squeak out a win
The Raptors held on for a 109-108 overtime win at Dallas with neither team scoring a point in the last minute of the game. The Mavericks had four chances to regain the lead during that time, but Dirk Nowitzki (twice), Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis all missed field-goal attempts during the final minute. The Mavericks were the first NBA team to go 0-for-4 or worse from the field during the last minute of a one-point overtime loss since the Raptors did so almost ten years ago (0-for-5 in the last minute of a 90-89 overtime loss to the Pistons on January 30, 2004).
All-Star season for George
Paul George scored 24 points to go along with his nine rebounds and three steals as the Pacers topped the Rockets. In doing so, George increased his per-game averages this season to 23.8 points, 5.96 rebounds and 2.08 steals. No NBA player has finished a season with minimum per-game averages of 20 points, five rebounds and two steals since 2008-09, when Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade both did that.
Love equals his own franchise mark
On Friday night against the Lakers, Kevin Love extended his streak to seven consecutive games with 25 or more points. That matches the longest such streak of Love's career (seven straight games in March 2012), which happens to be the Timberwolves' franchise record.
Suns don't need scoring from their frontcourt
The Suns topped the Nuggets at Denver despite a contribution of only 12 points by Phoenix's starting frontcourt (seven points for Miles Plumlee, three by Channing Frye and two for P.J. Tucker). It was the 11th NBA game this season in which a team's starters at the forward and center positions combined to score no more than a dozen points, but the Suns were only the second of those teams to win under those circumstances. The Cavaliers posted a victory at Orlando on December 13 with their frontcourt starters combining to score only eight points.
As easy as it comes
The Hawks annihilated the Jazz in Atlanta, 118-85, while "winning" each period by scores of 30-16, 25-18, 30-24 and 33-27. Only once before in the last 27 seasons had the Hawks won a game in which they outscored their opponent by at least six points in each quarter. Atlanta's only other victory of that kind during that span (1987-88 to date) was a 141-97 thumping of the Pistons in Atlanta on February 7, 1994.
Milestone goal for Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin notched the 400th goal of his NHL career with an empty-net tally that clinched a 4-2 win for the Capitals over the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Ovechkin reached the 400-goal mark in his 634th career game, sixth-fastest in NHL history, behind Wayne Gretzky (436), Mike Bossy (506), Mario Lemieux (508), Brett Hull (520) and Jari Kurri (608). Among the six other active players with 400 or more goals, only two reached that milestone in fewer than 900 games: Teemu Selanne (700) and Jaromir Jagr (742).
Palmieri picks his spots
Kyle Palmieri's first overtime goal of his NHL career earned the Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Devils on Friday. Palmieri has scored only 15 goals for Anaheim over the last two seasons but eight of them have been game-winners (5 of 10 last season, 3 of 5 this season). That ranks him third among Ducks players in game-winning goals in calendar year 2013, behind his high-scoring teammates Corey Perry (12 GWG, out of 37 total goals) and Ryan Getzlaf (9 GWG, out of 31 total goals).
Home point streak for Kane
Patrick Kane assisted on the first goal and scored the second goal in Blackhawks' 3-2 shootout loss to the Canucks in Chicago. Kane has scored at least one point in each of the Blackhawks' last 11 games at United Center (3 goals, 15 assists). It's the longest single-season point streak in home games by a Blackhawks player since 1992-93, when Chris Chelios registered points in 12 straight games at Chicago Stadium.
Kane is Panthers' nemesis
Evander Kane tallied one goal and one assist for the Jets in their 5-2 win over the Panthers. Kane has scored eight goals (in 10 games) versus Florida over the last three seasons, which ties him with Martin St. Louis for the third-most goals against the Panthers since 2011-12, behind Steven Stamkos (14) and Alex Ovechkin (10).
Lack wins another one
Canucks rookie Eddie Lack made 24 saves in regulation play and overtime and then had only one player score against him in an eight-round shootout that earned him a 3-2 win at Chicago. Lack allowed four goals in the first start of his NHL career (Oct. 6 at Calgary) but he hasn't given up more than two goals in any of his six starts since then. The only other Vancouver rookie goaltender to allow two or fewer goals in each of six consecutive starts in one season was Corey Hirsch in 1995-96.
Two points for the Isles
The Islanders ended their franchise-record streak of 16 consecutive games without a regulation or overtime win when they beat the Rangers, 5-3, at Madison Square Garden. Entering play on Friday, the Islanders had recorded only two wins in 16 games since November 14 and they both came via shootouts (10 regulation losses, 3 overtime losses, 1 shootout loss). It was the longest such streak within one season by an NHL team since 2010-11, when Colorado played 21 straight games without scoring more goals than their opponent in any of them (Feb. 23-April 8: 3 shootout wins, 17 regulation losses, 1 shootout loss).