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Stars strut their stuff in Miami
From Elias: The Heat defeated the Rockets by a score of 114-108 on Wednesday night in a game filled with masterful performances by star players. James Harden led the Rockets with 36 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, but he was outdone by Miami's dynamic duo of LeBron James, who had 32 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Dwyane Wade, who contributed 31 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
It was the first NBA non-overtime game in nearly 23 years that featured three players with at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. The last time that happened in a regulation game was on March 14, 1990 when the Lakers' Magic Johnson and Philadelphia's Charles Barkley and Johnny Dawkins all did it in a Sixers win.
Three wins in three nights for the Pacers
From Elias: The Pacers beat the 76ers by a 19-point margin on Wednesday to win for the third time in three nights. Indiana defeated Chicago by 10 points on Monday and knocked off Atlanta by 11 points on Tuesday. This marks the first time in the Pacers' NBA history they have won a game on three consecutive nights, all by 10 or more points.
Bledsoe fills in nicely for Paul
From Elias: Eric Bledsoe, starting in place of Chris Paul, registered 27 points, six steals and three blocked shots to help lead the Clippers to an 86-76 win over the Magic on Wednesday night. Bledsoe is the first Clipper since the NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973 to produce at least 25 points, six steals and three blocked shots in the same game. Over the last 20 seasons, only two other NBA players have had a game of that type: Gerald Wallace on December 27, 2006 (40 points, six steals and four blocks) and Rashard Lewis on December 9, 2005 (26 points, seven steals and three blocks).
Cavs post rare 20-point win
From Elias: The Cavaliers defeated the Bobcats by a score of 122-95 on Wednesday night. That marked the first time that Cleveland won a game by 20-or-more points since the team defeated the Pistons by a 25-point margin on March 21, 2010. The Cavs streak of 207 games without a 20-point win was by far the longest in the team's franchise history (previous long: 139 games from January 1981 to December 1982). Prior to Cleveland, the last team to go that many games without winning by 20+ points was the Trail Blazers from March of 2004 to February of 2007 (235 consecutive games).
Wizards teammates have a big night from beyond the arc
From Elias: Trevor Ariza went 5-for-7 from three-point range and Martell Webster made five of his nine shots from beyond the arc in Washington's win over the Knicks on Wednesday night. It marked the fourth time that the Wizards had two players make at least five three-point field goals in a regulation game. The three other times Washington teammates did that all occurred in 2006 and were accomplished by Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas (March 23rd, December 6th and December 21st).
Garnett and Pierce lift Celtics
From Elias: Kevin Garnett had 27 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Pierce chipped in with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the Celtics' win over the Raptors on Wednesday night. It was the 15th time that Pierce and Garnett have each registered a double-double in the same game since they became teammates in 2007, with the Celtics coming away with a win in 14 of those contests.
Teague dishes and swishes in Atlanta win
From Elias: Jeff Teague had 22 points, 13 assists and shot 7-for-10 from the field in Atlanta's victory over Memphis on Wednesday night. It was the second time this season that Teague has had at least 20 points, 10 assists and made 70 percent of his field-goal attempts in a game (he also did that on November 9th against Miami). Only one other player in the league has done that once this season: Greivis Vasquez. Two other players in Hawks' history have had multiple games with 20 points, 10 assists and a .700 field-goal percentage in the same season: Spud Webb (1985-86) and Walt Hazzard (1970-71).
Williams notches his 5,000th assist
From Elias: Deron Williams notched nine assists, the first of which was the 5,000th of his career, to help lead the Nets to a win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. Williams became the 56th player in NBA history to record 5,000 assists, but only eight of the previous 55 players to reach that mark did it in fewer games than him (554): Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Chris Paul, Kevin Johnson, Jason Kidd and Tim Hardaway.
Mayo is on the mark in Dallas
From Elias: O.J. Mayo scored 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field in the Mavericks win over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. That was Mayo's second best shooting performance in his 350-game career in the NBA. Mayo was 7-for-8 from the field on March 10, 2010 against the Celtics.
Spurs run their record to 39-11
From Elias: The Spurs defeated the Timberwolves to run their record to 39-11 on Wednesday night. This marks the fourth time that the Spurs have had at least 39 wins through 50 games of a season under Gregg Popovich (they also did that in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2010-11). Only one other coach has done that as many times as Popovich: Phil Jackson (five; three with the Bulls and two with the Lakers).
Warriors take a beating for the second consecutive night
From Elias: The Warriors lost to the Thunder by 21 points on Wednesday after taking a 31 point beating by Houston the previous night. Golden State is the first team at least 10 games over .500 to lose games by 20-or-more points on consecutive nights since the Warriors did it on April 1st and 2nd in 2008 (entered the streak with a 45-28 record).
Bruins author a rare comeback win in Montreal
From Elias: The Bruins trailed, 1-0, at the end of the second period in their game at Montreal, but goals by Tyler Seguin and David Krejci in the first 2:05 of the third period turned Boston's deficit into a lead and the Bruins held on for a 2-1 win over the Canadiens. It was only the fourth time in Bruins history that they won a regular-season game in Montreal after trailing entering the third period and it was the first time they did so since January 14, 1967. In that game 46 years ago a Boston team featuring 18-year-old rookie Bobby Orr trailed, 4-2, at the end of 40 minutes, but Johnny Bucyk, Pit Martin and Murray Oliver scored third period goals for the Bruins who left the Montreal Forum that night with a 5-4 victory.
Gagner brings back memories of Gretzky
From Elias: When Sam Gagner registered an assist in the first period of the Oilers game with Dallas on Wednesday night, he became just the second player in franchise history to record points in each of the team's first ten games of a season. The other? None other than Wayne Gretzky, who did it in three straight seasons from 1982-83 through 1984-85.