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WESTBROOK HAS BIG NIGHT DESPITE DISMAL FOURTH QUARTER
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points despite shooting 0-for-7 from the field in the fourth quarter in Oklahoma City's victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday night. Over the last 10 seasons, only three other players have shot 0-for-7 or worse from the field in the fourth quarter in a game in which they scored 30-or-more points: Allen Iverson in 2002 (32 points; 0-for-9), Tracy McGrady in 2003 (31 points; 0-for-7) and 2008 (32 points; 0-for-7) and Jamal Crawford in 2004 (31 points; 0-for-8).
LAKERS SUB STEALS THE SHOW
From Elias: Matt Barnes came off the bench and scored 24 points on 5-for-5 shooting from three-point range and 5-for-5 shooting from the line in the Lakers' victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night. Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979-80, only two other bench players have been perfect from the line and from three-point range with at least five attempts in each category in the same game: Atlanta's Craig Ehlo on January 30, 1996 (5-for-5 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the line) and New Jersey's Bostjan Nachbar on April 15, 2007 (6-for-6 from three-point range and 5-for-5 from the line).
BULLS DUO CLEANS THE GLASS
From Elias: Taj Gibson hauled down 18 rebounds and Joakim Noah chipped in with 17 boards in Chicago's victory over the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday night. There has been only one other regulation game over the last 30 seasons in which the Bulls have had two players register more than 15 rebounds. On January 27, 1987 Charles Oakley and Dave Corzine each recorded 17 rebounds in a Bulls loss to the Celtics.
FELTON BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF CLYDE
From Elias: Raymond Felton had 35 points, 11 assists and four steals in the Knicks' victory over the Warriors on Friday night. Only two other Knicks players have reached those levels in those three categories in the same game: Bernard King in a double-overtime game against the 76ers on March 9, 1985 (42 points, 13 assists and four steals) and Walt Frazier against the Pacers on March 31, 1977 (41 points, 11 assists and six steals). The NBA began recording steals in 1973.
WEST DOES IT ALL FOR THE HORNETS
From Elias: David West registered 34 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Hornets to a victory over the Cavaliers on Friday night. Over the last 15 seasons, only one other Hornets player has recorded at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in the same game: Derrick Coleman on February 22, 2000 against the Rockets (32 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks).
BUCKS SHOOT 0-FOR-12 FROM THREE-POINT RANGE
From Elias: The Bucks shot 0-for-12 from three-point range in their loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia on Friday night. It is the second-worst performance from beyond the arc by the Bucks in a game since the NBA implemented the three-point shot in 1979-80. Milwaukee shot 0-for-15 on threes on January 22, 2002 against the Suns.
BARGNANI LIFTS RAPTORS
From Elias: Andrea Bargnani scored 26 points to help lead the Raptors to a 106-96 victory over the Rockets on Friday night. Bargnani has scored 25-or-more points in a game six times in the 13 games he has played this season. That matches the total number of 25-point games he had in the 80 games he played last season.
POOR SHOOTING DOESN'T STOP WIZARDS
From Elias: The Wizards defeated the Grizzlies despite shooting only 38 percent from the field on Friday night. It is the first time the Wizards have won a game while making fewer than 40 percent of their field-goal attempts since January 14, 2008, when Washington won at Boston despite shooting .386 from the field. The Wizards had lost 43 consecutive games in which they shot below 40 percent from the field prior to winning in that fashion last night.
DUNCAN SETS SPURS' SCORING RECORD
From Elias: Tim Duncan set San Antonio's career scoring record in the Spurs' victory over the Jazz on Friday night. Duncan also has recorded the most rebounds in Spurs history. Only one other active player is his current team's all-time leader in both points and rebounds: Dirk Nowitzki.
CROSBY AND JOKINEN PUT ON A SHOW
From Elias: The Penguins beat the Hurricanes in a shootout, after the teams played to a 4-4 stalemate. One player on each side scored or assisted on each of his team's goals: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (one goal, three assists) and Carolina's Jussi Jokinen (two goals, two assists). It was the first NHL game in which players on each team scored at least four points since the Capitals' 6-5 win over the Rangers on February 4 last season, with Washington's Nicklas Backstrom picking up five points and New York's Vinny Prospal notching four.
PAVELEC FINALLY BEATS THE CAPITALS
From Elias: Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec recorded the third shutout of his NHL career with a 5-0 win over the Capitals on Friday night. Entering play on Friday, Pavelec had lost eight consecutive decisions against Washington, dating back to November 2008.
THEODORE IS UNSTOPPABLE WHEN FACING 40-OR-MORE SHOTS
From Elias: Jose Theodore stopped 41 of 44 shots on goal by the Red Wings in his overtime win at Detroit. Over the last two seasons, Theodore has won all six games in which he faced at least 40 shots on goal (five such games for the Capitals last season and Friday's victory for the Wild).
BOYES EXTENDS GOAL-SCORING STREAK TO FOUR GAMES
From Elias: Brad Boyes scored the first goal for the Blues in their 5-2 victory over Ottawa on Friday night. Boyes' goal extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, matching his single-season career high, done three previous times (last in the fist four games of the 2008-09 season).
AVS ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN SCORES IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES
From Elias: Rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who scored his first NHL goal in Colorado's win over the Sharks on Wednesday, made it two goals in two games when he scored in the Avs' victory against the Rangers on Friday night. Shattenkirk is the first rookie defenseman to score goals in each of two consecutive team games this season. Two rookie D-men did that last season: the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto (three times) and Buffalo's Tyler Myers.
IGINLA REGISTERS A HAT TRICK
From Elias: Jarome Iginla, who had only three goals in 17 games this season going into the Flames' game against the Blackhawks on Friday, doubled his season total with three goals in Calgary's 7-2 home win over Chicago. It was the 11th hat trick of Iginla's NHL career but only his third at the Saddledome. Iginla's 11th hat trick moved him into sole possession of third place on the all-time Flames list, behind Kent Nilsson (14) and Theo Fleury (13).13
LOTS OF LATE GAME MAGIC IN THE NHL
From Elias: Three players recorded score-tying goals in the final 90 seconds of the third period in Friday's NHL games: Carolina's Jussi Jokinen, Minnesota's Mikko Koivu and Phoenix's Wojtek Wolski. There had been only five such late game-tying goals this season before Friday.