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Celtics snap Harden's streak
From Elias: James Harden scored 24 points in Houston's loss to the Celtics on Friday night, snapping his streak of 14 consecutive games with at least 25 points. Harden's last game with fewer than 25 points before his streak began was a 21-point effort against Boston on December 14. Harden is the first player since Oscar Robertson to have a streak of 14 or more consecutive 25-point games bookended by sub-25-point games against the same team.
The St. Louis Hawks victimized Robertson, holding him to 22 points on December 8, 1967 and to 23 points on February 4, 1968, with Robertson posting 29 straight 25-point games in the interim.
Durant comes up big against the Lakers again
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 42 points to lift the Thunder to a 116-101 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday night. Durant has now scored at least 35 points in each of his last three games against the Lakers dating back to last season. Prior to Durant, the last player to score 35-or-more points in three consecutive games against the Lakers was Michael Jordan, who did it spanning the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons.
Another 20-point win for the Raptors
From Elias: The Raptors defeated the Bobcats by a score of 99-78 on Friday night. It was the fourth time Toronto has won a game by at least 20 points this season. That equals the number of 20-point wins the Raptors recorded over the previous two seasons combined.
Suns held to 26 points in the second half
From Elias: The Suns scored only 26 points in the second half in their 99-79 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday night. That is the second fewest points Phoenix has scored in any half in the team's franchise history. On March 7, 2001, the Suns tallied only 25 points in the second half in a 100-89 loss to the Kings.
Harris is almost perfect in Atlanta's win
From Elias: Devin Harris scored 24 points and made seven of his eight field goal attempts to lead Atlanta to a victory over Utah on Friday night. Over the last 19 seasons, only one other Hawks' starting guard has scored more than 20 points and missed one-or-fewer of his shots from the field in a game: Kirk Hinrich (22 points on 7-for-8 shooting on March 13, 2012).
Pistons rookie shines off the bench
From Elias: Andre Drummond recorded 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in just 17 minutes off the bench in Detroit's victory over Milwaukee on Friday night. It marked the second time this season that Drummond has registered at least 11 rebounds and four blocks off the bench (he had 14 rebounds and five blocks on December 21 vs. Washington). Prior to Drummond, the last rookie to have multiple games with 11+ rebounds and 4+ blocks in a reserve role was the Mavericks' Roy Tarpley in 1986-87 (four).
Deng conjures up memories of Jordan at The Garden
From Elias: Luol Deng scored 21 points in the first half en route to a 33-point performance in Chicago's victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. It tied the most points Deng has ever scored in the first half of a game, having also done that on November 11, 2010 against Golden State (he has scored at least 21 points in the second half of games three times in his career).
Deng scored 29 points in his last trip to Madison Square Garden earlier this season. Only two other Bulls' players have scored at least 29 points in consecutive games at "The World's Most Famous Arena" in the same season: Derrick Rose (2011-12) and Michael Jordan (seven times).
Big comeback for Hornets
From Elias: The Hornets overcame an early 18-point deficit and defeated the Timberwolves on Friday night. It marked the second consecutive game that New Orleans has won in which it trailed by at least 18 points, coming back from a 21-point deficit to defeat Charlotte on December 29. Prior to this current streak, the Hornets had lost each of their last 32 games in which they trailed by at least 18 points dating back to December of 2010.
Nuggets ride their starters to victory
From Elias: The Nuggets rode the strong player of their starting lineup in the team's 98-91 win over Cleveland on Friday night. Each of Denver's five starters - Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Kosta Koufos, Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala -- scored at least 13 points and hauled down five-or-more rebounds. It marked the first time that every member of the Nuggets' starting lineup reached those levels in those two categories in the same game since November 24, 1990. Denver's starting lineup for that game against the Bulls was Orlando Woolridge, Jerome Lane, Blair Rasmussen, Michael Adams and Todd Lichti.
Gay hits clutch shot in OT
From Elias: Rudy Gay hit a go-ahead jumper with 27.8 seconds left in overtime to lift the Grizzlies to a 101-98 victory over the Spurs on Friday night. Prior to that field goal, Gay was shooting only .318 from the field in overtime in his career.