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Rockets shoot for the stars
From Elias: The Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 three-point field goals in their win over the Warriors on Tuesday. Orlando established that mark against Sacramento in 2009. Houston's 140 points on Tuesday was its most in a regulation-length game in nearly 20 years, since a 149-111 win over Philadelphia on Feb. 16, 1993.
The Rockets have won their last nine home games against the Warriors (since January 2008). It's the longest home winning streak for either team in the history of this rivalry.
Omer Asik recorded 15 rebounds in Houston's win, giving him at least 15 rebounds in each of his last five games. Only four other Rockets players¿all household names¿have had five straight games of 15-plus rebounds: Elvin Hayes, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley.
Where has Dalembert been hiding this?
From Elias: Samuel Dalembert scored 35 points on 17 for 21 shooting, plus a free throw, in Milwaukee's loss in Denver on Tuesday. That was Dalembert's most points in any of his 754 regular-season games in the NBA; his previous best was 27, for Sacramento in 2010. No other player in NBA history has even gone 600 regular-season games into his career before his first 30-point game. The next-highest total is 584 games, by Fred Roberts, on Apr. 2, 1991, also for the Bucks. (Roberts did have a 30-point game in the 1989 playoffs.)
Hawks contain Pacers for only one quarter
From Elias: The Hawks led the Pacers after one quarter on Tuesday, 21-18, but Indiana scored 32, 31 and 33 points in the next three periods to cruise to an 11-point win, and extend its home winning streak to 15 games. The Pacers have been held to fewer than 20 points in the first period, but scored more than 30 in each of the next three periods in only two other games in their NBA history, against the Pistons in 1987 and the Lakers (in a loss) in 1989.
Bryant snaps odd streak
From Elias: Kobe Bryant made 9 of 24 shots in the Lakers' win over the Nets on Tuesday, ending Los Angeles's streak of 11 straight losses in game in which Bryant took 20 or more shots. Earlier this season the Lakers lost nine straight games in which Bryant hoisted at least 20 shots. No other Lakers player has seen the team lose in more than seven straight games in one season in which he attempted 20-plus shots.
Dragic's strong fourth quarter
From Elias: Goran Dragic went 5 for 6 from the floor in the fourth quarter of Phoenix's win over Memphis on Tuesday. It's the third time in Dragic's NBA career that he's made at least five fourth-quarter field goals in one game; the others also came for Phoenix, in 2009 and 2010.
Alfredsson put the Sabres to the sword
From Elias: Daniel Alfredsson's goal for the Senators in their win over the Sabres on Tuesday was his 43rd goal in 87 career regular-season games versus Buffalo. That gives Alfredsson sole possession of first place on the all-time goal-scoring list against the Sabres, one ahead of Jaromir Jagr (42 goals in 76 games versus Buffalo).
Sestito surprises everyone
From Elias: Tom Sestito took two shots on goal and scored on both of them to almost single-handedly lead the Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Sestito had scored only two goals in 31 career games in the NHL before his two-goal outburst, both for the Columbus Blue Jackets against the Canucks in December 2010 (in separate games). In fact, before Tuesday, Sestito had recorded two shots on goal in an NHL game only once: Dec. 15, 2010 at Vancouver, the game in which he scored his first goal.
Little scores late
From Elias: Bryan Little scored with 16 seconds left in overtime to give Winnipeg a win over Florida on Tuesday. Only one player has scored a later overtime goal in Winnipeg to give the Jets a win: Andrew McBain scored with 12 seconds left to defeat Calgary on Nov. 10, 1987.
Wilson ties father's best
From Elias: Colin Wilson set a single-game career high with three assists in the Predators' 6-1 win at St. Louis. Wilson's father, Carey, who played 10 seasons in the NHL from 1983-84 through 1992-93, recorded three assists in a game four times (three times for Calgary and once with the Rangers).
Neal scores, Pittsburgh wins
From Elias: James Neal gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 2:58 into the first period and Pittsburgh went on to post a 4-2 win against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The Penguins have won all five games in which Neal has scored goals this season, after going 24-5-3 in games in which he lit the red light last season.
Clarkson bedeviling Rangers recently
From Elias: David Clarkson scored two goals and assisted on one to lead the Devils to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. Clarkson did not score a goal in any of his first 24 regular-season games versus the Rangers (through 2011), but he's tallied five goals in six regular-season games against them since then. Clarkson also failed to score any goals in five games versus the Blueshirts in the 2008 playoffs, but he scored one goal in six games against the Rangers in the 2012 Eastern Conference Final.
Williams ties a career high
From Elias: Justin Williams matched his career high for assists in one game when he set up three of the Kings' four goals in their win at Columbus. Williams, whose only other three-assist game was for Carolina against Washington in April 2006, had not recorded more than one assist in any of his last 44 regular-season games prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets. He picked up 11 assists in 20 playoff games for the Kings in their march to the 2012 Stanley Cup but never had more than one assist in any game.
Iginla getting comfortable in Detroit
From Elias: Jarome Iginla scored the first goal for the Flames in their 4-1 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. Iginla has scored six goals in his last four games at Joe Louis Arena, with at least one goal in each game, after scoring only five goals in 27 regular-season games in that building before that (and no goals in six playoff games there in 2004 and 2007).
Change of scenery suiting van Riemsdyk
From Elias: James van Riemsdyk scored the first two goals for the Maple Leafs in their 3-2 victory at Washington. Van Riemsdyk, who was traded to Toronto by Philadelphia for Luke Schenn on June 23 last year, has scored six goals in his first ten games with the Maple Leafs. That's as many goals as Van Riemsdyk scored in his final 37 games in a Flyers uniform (five goals in his last 30 regular-season games and one goal in seven games in the 2012 playoffs).