Date: January 19, 2010

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Nowitzki

DIRK DIGS BOSTON

Dirk Nowitzki scored 37 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Mavericks' 99-90 victory over the Celtics. In his career, Nowitzki has averaged 27.4 points per game against Boston, as well as 9.1 rebounds per game. The only other active player who is averaging at least 27 points and nine rebounds against any NBA team (min. 10 GP) is LeBron James vs. Portland (28.4 and 9.3).

Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers

LAKERS USE GREAT START IN FOURTH TO BEAT MAGIC

The Lakers defeated the Magic 98-92, thanks to Los Angeles' streak of 15 consecutive points to start the fourth quarter, which turned a four point deficit into an eleven point lead that the Lakers would not relinquish. The last team to score the first 15 points of the fourth quarter was the Cavaliers, who did so on November 8, 2008 against the Bulls.

Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

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Bryant

LAKERS WIN DESPITE BAD NIGHT FROM KOBE

The Lakers won despite Kobe Bryant's 4 for 19 (21.1%) shooting. This was the 15th career game for Kobe in which he shot under 25% (min 15 FGA). The Lakers were 1-12 in the first 13 such games, but have won the last two: tonight and January 10, when Kobe was 4 of 21 (19.0%). The other win for the Lakers when Kobe shot under 25% was in December of 2003.

Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic

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Robinson

ANOTHER BIG GAME FOR A KNICKS SUB

Nate Robinson scored 27 points off the bench in the Knicks' 99-91 win over the Pistons. It was the tenth time this season that a New York player scored 25 or more coming off the bench, the highest total for any NBA team. (The Hawks are second with seven such games). This was Robinson's third such game for the Knicks; Al Harrington (six) and Larry Hughes (one) have provided the other 25-point games off the bench for New York.

New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons

NO EDGE FOR HORNETS AT HOME

The Spurs had 38 free-throw attempts in their road win over the Hornets, who had 12 attempts from the line. It was the only NBA game this season in which the road team had at least 25 more free-throw attempts than did its host. The last time that the Hornets faced such a disparity in free-throw attempts in a home game was back in April of 1998, when the franchise was still in Charlotte, and the Magic had a 32-6 advantage in free-throw attempts over the Hornets.

San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic

BLAZERS AND WIZARDS HOT FROM THE LINE, COLD FROM THE ARC

The Trail Blazers and Wizards combined to shoot 90.9% from the line (40 of 44) and 20.0% from three point range (5 for 25) in the Wizards' 97-92 win. It had been more than five years since the last NBA game in which both teams combined to shoot at least 90% from the line with a three-point shooting percentage that low; back in April 2004, the Nuggets and Kings shot a combined 91.4% from the line (32 of 35), and 15.4% from downtown (4 for 26).

Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings

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Ellis

MANY SHOTS, MANY MISSES FOR MONTA

Monta Ellis took 39 shots in the Warriors' 114-97 win over the Bulls but had only 14 field goals to show for those 39 attempts. The last player with 39 or more field-goal attempts and 14 or fewer field goals in one game was Michael Jordan, who went 12 for 39 against the Spurs on Nov. 3, 1997.

Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

76ERS BLOW ANOTHER BIG LEAD

The 76ers lost an overtime road game to the Timberwolves, despite leading by 20 points at one juncture. It was the ninth time this season that Philadelphia has lost a game after holding a double-digit lead, tied with the Rockets for the most such losses in the NBA. But it's not a new problem for the 76ers: since the start of the 2004-05 season, Philadelphia has lost 68 games after holding a double-digit lead, the most by any NBA team.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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Gay Jr.

RARE WIN FOR GAY WHEN HE SCORES 30

Rudy Gay scored 31 points in the Grizzlies' 125-118 win over the Suns (the 20th time in his NBA career that Gay has scored 30 or more points), but only the seventh such game in which his team got the win. That gives Gay the lowest winning percentage (.350) in 30-point games among active NBA players who have hit 30 points in at least 20 games. The only other player to play for the winning team in fewer than 40 percent of his 30-point efforts is Ricky Davis, who has a career mark of 12-19 (.387).

Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns

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Felton Jr.

FELTON FALLS JUST SHY OF TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR BOBCATS

Raymond Felton had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in the Bobcats' 105-103 win over the Kings, coming one rebound shy of earning the first triple-double in Charlotte franchise history. It was the third time that a Bobcats player had reached double digits in exactly two triple-double categories, while also reaching nine in a third.

Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings

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Davis

TRIO OF CLIPPERS IN GIVING MOOD

The Clippers dished out a season-high 32 assists in their 106-95 win over the Nets, with Baron Davis (nine assists), Sebastian Telfair (nine) and Eric Gordon (seven) putting up the highest totals. The last time that the Clippers had three players each dish out at least seven assists in a game was in April 1994 against the Warriors, with Mark Jackson (10), Gary Grant (nine) and Ron Harper (eight) as the generous trio.

Los Angeles Clippers, New Jersey Nets

NHL

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DiPietro

DIPIETRO CLIMBS PAST SALO

Rick DiPietro's 4-0 victory over the Devils was his first shutout in nearly two years (the last one was Feb. 21, 2008 vs. Tampa Bay) and the 15th of his NHL career. DiPietro's 15th shutout moved him ahead of Tommy Salo and into sole possession of third place on the all-time Islanders list, behind Chico Resch (25 shutouts) and Billy Smith (22).

New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning

SABRES CONTINUE TO TAME THE WEST

The Sabres remained the only NHL team without a regulation loss in interconference games this season with their 7-2 rout of the Coyotes in Glendale. Buffalo is 8-0-1 vs. Western Conference teams this season; the only blemish on the Sabres' record against the West was a shootout loss to the Avalanche on January 9.

Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche

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Connolly

CONNOLLY KEEPS STREAK GOING

Tim Connolly extended his career-best point streak to 12 games with three assists in Buffalo's 7-2 win over the Coyotes. Connolly's point streak is the second-longest in the NHL this season, behind Corey Perry's 19-game skein from October 21 through December 1. Connolly has also matched the longest single-season streak over the last 16 years by a Buffalo player (Derek Roy, 12 games in 2007-08).

Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres

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Alfredsson

NATURAL HAT TRICK FOR ALFREDSSON

Daniel Alfredsson scored three consecutive goals in the Senators' 5-1 win at Boston. It was the seventh hat trick of Alfredsson's NHL career and his second "natural" hat trick, both of which are Ottawa franchise records. (He scored three straight goals in a game at Buffalo on Nov. 2, 2005). The only other players to record a natural hat trick for the Senators were Bob Kudelski, Marian Hossa and Dany Heatley.

Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators

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Malone

MALONE REACHES 20 GOALS

Ryan Malone reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his six NHL seasons when he opened the scoring in the Lightning's 3-2 win at Carolina. Malone scored 20-plus goals in three of his four seasons with the Penguins and he's done so in each of his two seasons with Tampa Bay. Ryan's father, Greg, scored 20 or more goals in a season only three times in his 11-year NHL career, though he had one season with 30-plus goals (35 for Pittsburgh in 1978-79) and his son's single-season high is 27 (for the Penguins in 2007-08).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Nash

NASH REACHES 400 POINTS

Rick Nash reached the 400-point plateau for his NHL career when he scored the game-winning goal for the Blue Jackets in their 4-2 victory against St. Louis. Nash, the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, is the first player from that draft class to score 400 points in the NHL. In fact, no other 2002 draftee has even 300 points in the NHL; Pierre-Marc Bouchard is second with 267.

Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues

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Vokoun

ANOTHER SHUTOUT FOR VOKOUN

Tomas Vokoun shut out the Thrashers 1-0, for his fifth shutout of the season. Vokoun now has 15 shutouts since the start of the 2007-08 season, tied for the second most among NHL goaltenders. Roberto Luongo leads with 18, while Martin Brodeur, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Nabakov and Vokoun each have 15.

Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers

STARS ENJOY HOSTING WILD

The Stars took a 4-0 lead in their game against Minnesota then held on for a 4-3 victory in Dallas. It was the Stars' 11th consecutive home win against the Wild, a streak which began in October 2003. The only other current home winning streaks of 11 or more games for one NHL team against another are by Nashville over Columbus (13 games), Anaheim over Calgary (11) and Minnesota over Edmonton (11).

Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers

SHARKS FEAST ON FLAMES

The Sharks had eight different players score a goal in their 9-1 win over the Flames. The last team to have eight different men light the lamp in a game was the Red Wings, who had eight players tally against the Oilers on February 7, 2009. The eight goal scorers also set a San Jose team record.

San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers

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Liles

LILES DRILLS OILERS

John-Michael Liles set a single-game career high with four points (one goal, three assists) in the Avalanche's 6-0 win against the Oilers. Liles tied the Quebec/Colorado franchise record for points in one game by a defenseman, done nine times before but only once in the last ten years, by Derek Morris at San Jose on Nov. 11, 2003.

Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks

SHARKS FEAST ON FLAMES

The Sharks had eight different players score a goal in their 9-1 win over the Flames. The last team to have eight different men light the lamp in a game was the Red Wings, who had eight players tally against the Oilers on February 7, 2009. The eight goal scorers also set a San Jose team record.

San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers


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