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Celtics finally lose without Rondo
From Elias: The Celtics, who had won all seven games since Rajon Rondo suffered a season-ending knee injury, finally lost Monday night, 94-91 at Charlotte. Boston had lost its previous six games with Rondo in the lineup. Rondo is the first player in NBA history to play in six straight losses, then see his team immediately win six-or-more straight games without him.
Long winning streak ends at the hands of...the Bobcats?
From Elias: The Bobcats might seem like an unlikely team to end a long winning streak, but their victory over the Celtics represented the eighth time in nine seasons in the NBA that Charlotte has ended an opponents' win streak of at least seven games. That ties Boston, Denver and Utah for the most by any team since 2004-05.
Huge rebound deficit can't stop Spurs
From Elias: The Spurs defeated the Bulls 103-89 despite being outrebounded, 49-26. Only one other team in the last 35 seasons has won by at least 14 points in a game in which it was -23 or worse on the boards. The Grizzlies posted a 92-78 win over the Nuggets in a game where Denver out-rebounded Vancouver 59-34, on April 19, 1996.
Spurs win despite missing entire "Big Three"
From Elias: The Spurs, despite missing Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, won 103-89 at Chicago. San Antonio lost its first seven games in which none of its "Big Three" played from 2002-03 (when Ginobili joined the team) through last April 9. But the Spurs have now won three of their last four such contests.
CP3 swishes and dishes Clippers to victory
From Elias: Chris Paul scored 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting, and handed out 11 assists in the Clippers' 107-90 win at Philadelphia. Paul is the second player in franchise history to record at least 20 points and 10 assists while shooting at least 80% from the field. The first was Tom Garrick (22/18, 8-for-10) in a loss to the Hawks on March 30, 1990.
Teenager Beal scores 28 off the bench
From Elias: Bradley Beal came off the bench to lead all scorers with 28 points in the Wizards' 102-90 win at Milwaukee. Beal, who won't celebrate his 20th birthday until June 28, is the third different teenager in the last 30 years to score that many points in a game he did not start. Kobe Bryant had games of 30 and 33 points at age 19 in December 1997. And 19-year-old Ricky Davis scored 32 for the Hornets on May 5, 1999.
Hawks' duo performs like Hall-of-Famers
From Elias: Josh Smith scored 26 points, shooting 10-for-15, and grabbed 13 rebounds, while teammate Al Horford recorded 21 points and 10 boards while going 10-for-14 from the field, in the Hawks' 105-101 win at Dallas. It's the first time that two Atlanta teammates had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and made at least two-thirds of their shots from the floor in a non-overtime game since Hall-of-Famers Dominique Wilkins (37-12, 16-for-24) and Moses Malone (29-11, 13-for-17) did it at Golden State on April 1, 1990.
A Reggie Evans trademark performance
From Elias: Reggie Evans scored eight points but grabbed 22 rebounds in the Nets' 89-84 overtime win at Indiana. It was the third time in 2012-13 that Evans has pulled down at least 20 rebounds while scoring fewer than 10 points. The only other active player who has recorded at least three such games in one season is Marcus Camby, who did it three times (2007-08, 2009-10 and 2011-12).
Anderson scored 31 off the bench for the Hornets
From Elias: Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 31 points in New Orleans' 105-86 win at Detroit. Anderson is the fourth different Hornets player to score 30+ points as a substitute in a non-overtime game. The others are Dell Curry (four times), Marcus Thornton (twice) and Willie Green (once).
Ridnour takes over in fourth
From Elias: Luke Ridnour scored 13 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter of the Timberwolves' 100-92 win at Cleveland. Ridnour matched his career high for points in the final period of a win. He also scored 13 twice for Seattle, against Boston in February 2004 and versus Golden State in December 2006.
Semin scores #200
From Elias: Carolina's Alexander Semin scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in the Hurricanes' 6-4 win against the Islanders on Monday. Semin, the 13th overall selection (by Washington) in the 2002 NHL draft, is only the second player from that draft class to reach the 200-goal plateau. Rick Nash, the first overall pick that year (by Columbus), has scored 292 goals.
Two goals for Carter
From Elias: Jeff Carter scored the first two goals in the Kings' 4-1 win at St. Louis. It was Carter's first multiple-goal game this season and 28th multi-goal game since the start of the 2008-09 season. The only NHL players with more multiple-goal games over the last five seasons than Carter are Alex Ovechkin (39), Steven Stamkos (36), Patrick Marleau (35) and Sidney Crosby (31).
Fourteen players record points for Columbus
From Elias: The Blue Jackets' 6-2 win over the Sharks was the quintessential "team effort," with 14 different Columbus players recording points but no single player registering more than two points. The total of 14 Blue Jackets players with points tied a franchise record set in an 8-1 rout of the St. Louis Blues on Nov. 10, 2010. Though the two games were only 27 months apart, only three Columbus players scored points in both games: Derick Brassard, Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger.
Canes, Isles score in different ways
From Elias: The Hurricanes beat the Islanders, 6-4, on Monday night in a game in which Carolina scored all of its goals at even strength and the Islanders tallied all of their goals on power plays. It was only the third NHL game in the last 27 seasons in which each team scored at least four goals, with one team scoring exclusively at even strength and the other team doing so solely on power plays. The other instances since 1985 were the Rangers' 6-4 victory over the Nordiques on Oct. 13, 1993 (six PPGs by the Rangers) and the 4-4 tie between the Kings and Blues on Oct. 11, 2000. In the latter game the Kings held a 4-0 lead at the end of the second period via four power play goals, but St. Louis earned a tie by scoring four even-strength goals in the third period.
Orr's goals usually lead to wins
From Elias: Colton Orr, whose name is usually found in the penalties column but not the scoring summary, extended his goal-scoring streak to seven - seasons, that is, not games - with a tiebreaking goal early in the second period which put the Maple Leafs ahead to stay in their eventual 5-2 victory over the Flyers. Orr has scored only 12 goals in his NHL career (four for the Rangers, eight for Toronto) but his teams have a 9-0-3 record in the games in which he's scored.
Doan's goal ends scoreless streak
From Elias: Shane Doan ended his second-longest point drought in the last 12 seasons when he scored a goal to give the Coyotes a 1-0 lead in their game at Colorado. Doan entered play on Monday night with no points in his last seven games. His only longer point drought since the start of the 2000-01 season was an eight-game dry spell in December 2006.