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JAMES SHOOTS BLANKS FROM MEDIUM - AND LONG RANGE
LeBron James shot 0-for-9 from three-point range and 14-for-22 from the foul line in the Cavaliers' 117-113 loss at Boston. James was only the second player in NBA history to miss at least eight shots from the line and eight from beyond the arc in the same game. The other player was Tracy McGrady for the Magic against the Wizards in 2004.
SPURS SHINE AT STAPLES CENTER
The Spurs defeated the Lakers, 100-81, at Los Angeles, posting the largest margin of victory by a visiting team against the Lakers since the Celtics recorded a 110-91 win at Staples Center in December 2007.
The Lakers' loss also marked the fourth time since New Year's Day that they and the Cavaliers both lost on the same day. That hadn't happened in 93 weeks prior to that, dating back to the last week of March 2008.
HOWARD SHUTS DOWN THABEET IN WIN OVER GRIZZLIES
Dwight Howard scored only eight points in the Magic's 107-92 win over the Grizzlies, but he blocked five shots and held his opposing starting center, Hasheem Thabeet, scoreless. Only two other starting centers blocked at least five shots in a game this season in which their counterpart failed to score: Andrew Bogut (vs. Nazr Mohammed) and Andrea Bargnani (vs. Theo Ratliff). It was the first such game of Howard's career.
CURRY POSTS ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and was credited with 12 assists in the Warriors' 113-112 win at Toronto. It was Curry's 11th double-double this season and the eighth in which he reached double-figures in points and assists. That's the third-most such games - that is, at least 10 points and 10 assists - by a rookie in Warriors history. Tim Hardaway had 30 in 1989-1990, and Winston Garland had 10 in 1987-1988. On Sunday night, Curry surpassed Tom Gola's rookie season total (7 in 1955-1956).
DURANT JOINS LEBRON AND SHAQ IN A 40-POINT CLUB
Kevin Durant scored 40 points in the Thunder's 116-108 win over the Timberwolves. It was the 10th 40-point game of Durant's three-year NBA career. The only other active players who reached the 40-point mark at least 10 times in their first three seasons were Shaquille O'Neal (19) and LeBron James (16).16
BALANCED ATTACK PRODUCES PACERS' ROUT
Eight players scored in double-figures for the Pacers in their 133-102 win over the Rockets: Roy Hibbert (20), Danny Granger (18), Josh McRoberts (18), Troy Murphy (17), A.J. Price (17), Mike Dunleavy Jr. (15), Dahntay Jones (11), and Earl Watson (10). It was the first time in 10 seasons that eight Indiana players scored at least 10 points in the same game. The Pacers' last such game was a victory over the Hawks on April 19, 2000.
SOX RALLY FROM FOUR RUNS DOWN TO WIN OPENER
The Red Sox rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the Yankees, 9-7. It was the first time the Red Sox ever posted an opening-game victory after trailing by as many as four runs. No team had done so since the Royals and Twins in 2004.
GRANDERSON MAKES A BIG FIRST IMPRESSION
Curtis Granderson homered in his first at-bat with the Yankees, becoming the fourth player in team history to do so at Fenway Park. The others were Andy Phillips (2004), Graig Nettles (1973), and John Miller (1966).
FLYERS' QUICK GOALS TOP RED WINGS
The Flyers scored in the first minute in each of the first two periods in their 4-3 win over the Red Wings. Philadelphia has scored 14 goals in the first 60 seconds of regulation periods this season, second-most of any NHL team, behind only the Capitals (17).
It was the third time in the last 13 months that the Red Wings surrendered a goal in the opening minute of the first two periods of the same game. Prior to that, Detroit had not done so since 1985.
BLACKHAWKS END RED WINGS' REIGN AS DIVISION CHAMPS
The Blackhawks clinched first place in the Central Division when the Red Wings lost at Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. That ends Detroit's run of eight consecutive Central Division titles from 2000-2001 through 2008-2009. The Red Wings' eight straight first-place finishes matched the Canadiens (1974-1975 through 1981-1982) for the second-longest such streak in NHL history. The Avalanche hold the record with a nine-season streak from 1994-1995 through 2002-2003. (The first title in that nine-year run was won as the Quebec Nordiques.)
KANE BREAKS SLUMP, EXTENDS STREAK VS. FLAMES
Patrick Kane ended his season-high four-game point drought with a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Flames. Kane scored one goal in each of Chicago's four games versus Calgary this season. Over the last 30 years, only two other players faced the Flames at least four times in a season and scored in every game: Brendan Shanahan (1997-1998), Jason Arnott (2003-2004 and 2006-2007), and Niklas Hagman (2007-2008).
MUELLER CONTINUES HIS TURNAROUND FOR THE AVS
Peter Mueller scored a pair of goals in the Avalanche's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks. Mueller has scored nine goals in 15 games since he was traded to the Avs by the Coyotes on March 3. That's more than twice as many as many goals as Mueller scored for Phoenix this season (four in 54 games).