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PISTONS LOSE 10TH STRAIGHT
The Pistons extended their losing streak to 10 games with a loss to the Mavericks in Dallas on Tuesday night. That is the fifth double-digit losing streak in the league already this season (two by New Jersey and one each by Minnesota and Philadelphia). There has been only one other season in NBA history in which there were at least five double-digit losing streaks by this date in the season. There were five 10+ game losing streaks through January 5th during the 1997-98 season.
Detroit has scored fewer than 100 points in each of their losses during this streak. That marks the first time in their franchise history that the Pistons have lost 10 straight games while scoring fewer than 100 points in each game.
CURRY TIES ROOKIE RECORD
Golden State rookie Stephen Curry was a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point range in the Warriors' loss to the Nuggets on Tuesday night. That ties the record for most three-point field goals made without a miss in a single game by a rookie. Pacers rookie Chuck Person was 6-for-6 from beyond the arc on February 11, 1987.
HIBBERT OUT-PERFORMS HOWARD IN PACERS' WIN
Roy Hibbert scored 26 points and held Dwight Howard to just 11 points to help lead the Pacers to a victory over the Magic on Tuesday night. Hibbert became only the fourth starting center to out-score Howard by at least 15 points in the 273 games Howard has started at center in his career. The others to do that were Al Harrington on November 10, 2006 (32 to 17), Amar'e Stoudemire on December 11, 2006 (30 to 4) and Yao Ming on March 11, 2007 (37 to 16).
THREE BOBCATS SCORE 25 POINTS IN VICTORY
Gerald Wallace scored 32 points and Stephen Jackson and Ronald Murray each chipped in 25 as the Bobcats beat the Bulls on Tuesday night. That marked only the second time that the Bobcats have had three players score at least 25 points in the same game. The only other time that has happened in Charlotte's brief franchise history was on December 12, 2007 when Wallace (25 points), Emeka Okafor (25) and Raymond Felton (26) each did it against the Clippers.
DALEMBERT REGISTERS 20 POINTS, 20 REBOUNDS AND ZERO TURNOVERS
Samuel Dalembert recorded 20 points and 20 rebounds and did not commit a turnover in the 76ers loss to the Wizards on Tuesday night. Dalembert is the first player in a 76ers uniform to register at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game without turning the ball over since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977. Only one player in the league has done that over the last three seasons: Antonio McDyess (21 points, 22 rebounds and zero turnovers on March 11, 2009).
SIXERS BLOW 18-POINT THIRD-QUARTER LEAD
The 76ers blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter in their loss to the Wizards on Tuesday night. It has been more than five years since the 76ers lost a home game in which they had a second-half lead that large; their last such home loss came to the Knicks on December 17, 2004 after Philadelphia led by 19 points in the fourth quarter. The Sixers had won 46 straight home games with an 18+ point lead in the second half entering Tuesday night.
NASH TIES CAREER HIGH IN FREE THROWS MADE
Steve Nash went 13-for-13 from the line to help lead the Suns to a victory over the Kings on Tuesday night. That tied the most free throws Nash has ever made in the 969 regular-season games he has played in his career. Nash knocked down 13 free throws as a member of the Mavericks on December 11, 2001.
HOLLIDAY STAYS IN ST. LOUIS
Matt Holliday reached an agreement on a contract to remain with the Cardinals Tuesday night. Holliday hit .353 and drove in 55 runs after joining the Cardinals on July 24th last season. Only one player in the National League drove in more runs (Ryan Howard, 71) and only two N.L. players with at least 200 at bats posted a higher batting average than Holliday (Chris Coghlan .378 and Troy Tulowitzki .357) during his time with St. Louis last season.
RANDY JOHNSON RETIRES
Randy Johnson announced his retirement yesterday afternoon. Johnson finished his career with 303 wins - 164 in the American League and 139 in the National League. Only three other pitchers in major league history won at least 125 games in both the American and National League: Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan and Cy Young.
BRODEUR BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD
Martin Brodeur posted his fifth shutout of the season (and third in his last seven games) with a 4-0 victory over the Dallas Stars. It's the 11th season in which Brodeur has recorded five-or-more shutouts, breaking the NHL record that he had shared until Tuesday with Terry Sawchuk (10) and Dominik Hasek (10) .
SEMIN SCORES MULTIPLE GOALS FOR SIXTH TIME THIS SEASON
Alexander Semin scored a pair of goals for the Capitals in their 4-2 win over the Canadiens. It was Semin's sixth two-goal game this season (he's scored one goal only four times), tying him with Sidney Crosby for the third-most multiple-goal performances by an NHL player, behind teammate Alex Ovechkin (8) and Patrick Marleau (7) .
MCCABE'S TWO GOALS NOT ENOUGH
Defenseman Bryan McCabe scored twice in the first nine minutes to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead in Toronto but the Maple Leafs came from behind to beat Florida, 3-2. It was the 10th two-goal game of McCabe's 14-year NHL career, eight of which have come in Toronto. His first seven two-goal games at Air Canada Centre came during the seven seasons he spent with the Maple Leafs.
BLACKHAWKS SCORE FOUR GOALS IN SEVENTH STRAIGHT GAME
The Blackhawks, who beat the Wild 4-1 on Tuesday night, are 6-1-0 since the NHL's Christmas break, having scored at least four goals in each game. It's the first time that Chicago has scored four-or-more goals in each of seven consecutive games since March 1986.
KIPRUSOFF EXTENDS STREAK
Miikka Kiprusoff, who made 27 saves to lead the Flames to a 3-1 win at Nashville, has won his last four games while allowing only one goal in each game. It's only the second time in Kiprusoff's NHL career that he's won four straight games and given up no more than one goal in each of those victories. He also did that in December 2003, less than three weeks after he made his debut with Calgary.
BRUINS SCORE FOUR IN FIRST
The Bruins took a 4-0 lead within the first 14 minutes of their game at Ottawa and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Senators. It was only the second time since 2004 that Boston scored as many as four first-period goals in one game. The Bruins scored four times in the opening period of their 7-3 win at Atlanta on December 12, 2008.
DOAN'S OT GOAL SETS FRANCHISE MARK
Shane Doan scored in overtime to give Phoenix a 5-4 win at Edmonton. It was Doan's second OT goal this season and the seventh of his NHL career, which has been spent entirely with the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Doan's seven overtime goals are a Winnipeg/Phoenix team record, breaking the old mark of six he shared with the Jets' Paul MacLean.
KOIVU SCORES 200TH GOAL
Anaheim's Saku Koivu scored his 200th career goal on Tuesday night. Only three other players have recorded their 200th goal while in a Ducks uniform: Teemu Selanne (1997), Paul Kariya (2000) and Petr Sykora (2004).2004