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DUNCAN's TRIPLE-DOUBLE LEADS SPURS
From Elias: Tim Duncan produced a triple-double as the Spurs rolled to an easy 118-98 win over the Warriors in Oakland. It was the third regular-season triple-double of Duncan's pro career - one fewer than he has recorded in playoff competition. And, yes, Duncan is the only player in NBA history with more triple-doubles in the playoffs than in the regular season.
Since the start of the 2008-09 season, San Antonio has dominated Golden State, going 8-0 against the Warriors with an average margin of victory of 18.4 points per game. That's the largest average scoring margin over that span by any NBA team against any conference opponent.
HEAVYWEIGHTS BATTLE AT MSG
From Elias: Knicks fans were treated not only to a 111-100 victory over the Nets on Tuesday night, but also a battle of big men unlike any other in 43 seasons of NBA play at Madison Square Garden. Brook Lopez scored 36 points and Amar'e Stoudemire scored 35, marking the first time in the history of the current MSG that opposing centers tallied at least 35 points each. In fact, it had been more than 21 years since both starting centers reached the 30-point mark at the Garden, with Patrick Ewing (40) and Tom Chambers (31 for the Suns) being the last to do so on March 7, 1989.
RONDO STARS IN CELTICS' WIN
From Elias: Rajon Rondo shot 11-for-17 from the field and recorded 12 assists in the Celtics' 106-87 win at Cleveland. It was the second time Rondo posted more than 10 field goals and more than 10 assists in the same game, having previously done so last December against the Warriors. No other Celtics player has had such a game since Paul Pierce in 2003.
DAVIS STARS IN ROLE MADE FAMOUS BY KEVIN McHALE
From Elias: In the finest tradition of Kevin McHale, Glen Davis came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 11 rebounds in 32 minutes in the Celtics' win over the Cavaliers. Davis recorded three double-doubles last season starting in Kevin Garnett's absence. But Tuesday night marked the first time that he reached double-figures in both points and rebounds as a sub, something McHale did 75 times for Boston.
GRIZZLIES STYMIE BRYANT, TOP LAKERS
From Elias: Kobe Bryant made only nine of 25 field-goal attempts in the Lakers' 98-96 loss at Memphis. It was the fifth time in the last five seasons that Bryant missed at least 15 shots from the field in a game against the Grizzlies. Only one other Memphis opponent has even two such games during that time: Tracy McGrady, who did it in December 2006 and December 2007.
GRANGER's 3RD "ROAD 30" THIS SEASON
From Elias: Danny Granger scored 37 points in the Pacers' 107-98 win in Sacramento, as Indiana, having beaten the Lakers on Sunday, made it two straight wins in California. It was the third time this season that Granger has gone for 30-plus away from home (he scored 33 at Charlotte and 34 at Cleveland), and the Pacers are 3-0 in those games. In fact, Granger's average of 25 points per game away from home is third best in the NBA this season, behind Kobe Bryant (29.5) and Derrick Rose (28.6).
PISTONS STOP HOWARD & NELSON, BUT MAGIC PREVAILS
From Elias: The Pistons stopped Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson on Tuesday night, holding the Magic's top two scorers to nine points apiece. But Rashard Lewis scored 20 points and Orlando defeated Detroit, 90-79. It was the Magic's first win in a game in which Howard and Nelson both started and failed to score in double-figures in more than three years (since Nov. 26, 2007). Those players had started 165 games together in the interim, and both were held below 10 points in only three of those games (losses to the Pistons, Celtics, and Nuggets).
BLAZERS CONTINUE LOSING WAYS AGAINST WEAKER FOES
From Elias: The Trail Blazers extended their losing streak to four games with an 88-79 loss at Philadelphia. The first two losses were against tough Western Conference opponents, Utah and New Orleans. But the last two came against weaker teams from the Atlantic Division. The 76ers had a 4-13 record coming into Tuesday's game; the Nets had a 5-11 mark prior to Sunday's win over the Blazers. It's the first time in more than three years that Portland lost consecutive games, each against Eastern Conference teams with a losing record. The Blazers last did that with losses to the Sixers and Wizards on November 16-17, 2007.
GAGNE'S FIRST GOAL FOR LIGHTNING IS A GAME-WINNER
From Elias: Simon Gagne's first goal for the Lightning was the overtime winner in Tampa Bay's 4-3 come-from-behind victory at Toronto. Gagne, who had missed the Lightning's last 18 games due to a strained neck, is only the second player in franchise history whose first goal for the club was scored in overtime. The other player to notch his first Lightning goal in OT was Craig Millar against the Islanders on Nov. 3, 2000. That turned out to be the only goal Millar would score in the 16 games he played for the Bolts.
Martin St. Louis sent the game to overtime with a goal at 19:51 of the third period. It was only the second victory in team history in which the Lightning trailed with less than 10 seconds to play. The other was against the Canucks in 1995.
RINNE RECORDS ANOTHER SHUTOUT
From Elias: Pekka Rinne recorded his 17th career shutout with a 3-0 win against the Coyotes. Rinne's 17 shutouts have all come in the last 24 months (his first clean sheet was on Dec. 1, 2008) and are three more than any other NHL goaltender has posted over the same span. Martin Brodeur, Steve Mason, and Tomas Vokoun are the runners-up (14).
KOPECKY: 3 POINTS IN 18 GAMES, THEN 4 POINTS vs. BLUES
From Elias: Chicago's Tomas Kopecky set a single-game career high with four points (one goal, three assists) in the Blackhawks' 7-5 win over the Blues. Kopecky's total of four points was one more than he had recorded over his last 18 games entering play on Tuesday (one goal, two assists).