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PISTONS OVERCOME FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT
From Elias: The Pistons overcame a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit in their 79-77 victory over the Wizards. Detroit had lost its last 115 road games in which it trailed by 12-or-more points in the fourth quarter, with its last road win coming more than nine years ago. On January 10, 2003, the Pistons won at New Orleans in overtime, 101-99, after the Hornets had led by 15 points early in the final quarter.
REST IS OVERRATED
From Elias: The Jazz beat the Nets Monday night, one day after losing a four-overtime game against the Hawks. Utah was the 12th team in NBA history to play a game the day after playing in a contest that went at least four overtimes. Those twelve teams are a combined 4-8 the next day after a marathon game.
KNICKS ARE STINGY UNDER WOODSON
From Elias: The Knicks beat the Bucks 89-80 Monday night. New York has allowed only 688 points in eight games since Mike Woodson took over the team as head coach. Only two teams in the shot clock era allowed fewer points in its first eight games under a coach who was a midseason replacement than the Knicks have under Woodson: the Nets under Lawrence Frank in 2003-04 (654) and the Knicks under Lenny Wilkens in 2003-04 (679).
ANDERSON IS MAGICAL FROM LONG RANGE
From Elias: Ryan Anderson went 8-for-13 from three-point range in Orlando's romp over Toronto. It was the fourth time this season that Anderson made at least seven baskets from long range in a game. The last NBA player to have four such games in a season was J.R. Smith for the Nuggets in 2008-09.
PACERS TURN OFF THE HEAT
From Elias: The Pacers beat the Heat 105-90 Monday night. Miami entered the game with a 35-12 record. It's the fifth time in their NBA franchise history that the Pacers won a game by at least 15 points against a team that was 23-or-more games over .500. They also did it in 1983 against Boston (26 games over .500, 130-101 score), 1991 against Chicago (27, 135-114), 1995 against San Antonio (23, 117-100) and 2005 against Phoenix (26, 101-83).
PIERCE BREAKS STREAK
From Elias: Paul Pierce posted 36 points in the Celtics' win over the Bobcats on Monday. Pierce was the first Boston player with more than 35 points in a game in over three years. Pierce had the last such game for Boston, with 36 on March 18, 2009. Pierce's outing Monday night broke a string of 225 games without a Celtic scoring more than 35 points in a game, the second-longest active streak entering Monday's action. (The 76ers have the longest current streak of any NBA team at 377 games.)
CELTICS AND SIXERS ARE TIED FOR FIRST PLACE
From Elias: The Celtics' win over the Bobcats put Boston in a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the 76ers, each with a 27-22 record. Over the previous 30 seasons (since 1981-82), the Celtics and 76ers were tied for first place in their division this many games into a season only twice: through games of February 13, 1985 (41-10) and February 14-15, 2005 (26-26).
COUSINS IS KING
From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins scored 38 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Kings' overtime loss to the Rockets. Cousins is the fourth Kings player with that many points and rebounds in a game since the franchise relocated to Sacramento in 1985. The other Sacramento Kings to do it were Wayman Tisdale on December 8, 1989 (40 points, 14 rebounds), Chris Webber, who did it four times in the 2000-01 season, and Brad Miller on February 2, 2005 (38 points, 17 rebounds).
LAWSON GAME LEADER IN POINTS AND REBOUNDS
From Elias: Ty Lawson led all players with 27 points and nine rebounds in the Nuggets' win over the Bulls. It was the first time in his 190-game NBA career that Lawson led both teams in points and rebounds in a game.
RED WINGS SCORE FOUR FAST
From Elias: The Red Wings took a 4-0 lead 9:51 into the first period in their victory over the Blue Jackets. It's the fastest four goals to start a game for the Red Wings since December 4, 1987 when they scored four goals 7:22 into the game in a 12-0 win over the Blackhawks. The four Detroit goals were scored by Tim Higgins (0:24), Steve Yzerman (0:37), Higgins again (1:48) and Joe Murphy (7:22).
FOUR HELPERS EACH
From Elias: Both Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg handed out four assists in the Red Wings' win. It's the first time the Red Wings had two players each record four or more assists in the same game since Jan. 6, 1974, when Bill Hogaboam (1-4-5) and Pierre Jarry (1-4-5) did so in a 9-4 win over the Minnesota North Stars at Olympia Stadium.
ERIK THE HELPER
From Elias: Erik Karlsson had three assists in the Senators' win over the Jets. It was the third time this season that Karlsson handed out three helpers in a game. Only one other Ottawa defenseman had three or-more assists in a game at least three times in one season: Filip Kuba had three such games in 2009-10.
EARLY GOAL HOLDS UP
From Elias: Manny Malhotra's goal at 3:05 of the first period held up in the Cancuks' 1-0 win over the Kings. It was the second-earliest goal in a 1-0 win in the NHL this season. Ryane Clowe scored at 1:22 of the first period in the Sharks' 1-0 win over the Flyers on February 28. It was the earliest goal in a 1-0 game in Canucks' history. The previous quickest was by Matt Cooke at 9:19 of the first period on March 24, 2004 against the Kings.
STAMKOS HAS FIGURED OUT THE FLYERS
From Elias: Steven Stamkos scored his 53rd goal of the season in Tampa Bay's win over Philadelphia. Stamkos has scored 10 goals over his last nine games against the Flyers after scoring only once in his first seven career games against them