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Heat tie longest winning streak by defending NBA champion
From Elias: With a victory on Tuesday against the Hawks, Miami extended its winning streak to 19 games and matched the longest winning streak in NBA history by a defending champion. The 2008-09 Celtics won 19 consecutive games from November 15 through December 23.
LeBron James made only three of 11 field goals in Miami's win, a 27.3 shooting percentage. That ties James's second-lowest percentage in any regular-season or postseason game with Miami; he was 5 for 19 (26.3 percent) against Dallas on Nov. 27, 2010. James also went 3 for 11 in Game 4 of the 2011 Finals against Dallas.
Hack-a-Howard night in Orlando
From Elias: Dwight Howard had 39 free-throw attempts, tying his own NBA record (set last year on Jan. 12) and he made 25 of them in the Lakers' win in Orlando on Tuesday. Howard was the first player to make at least 25 free throws in one game since Michael Jordan was 26 for 27 on Feb. 26, 1987 against the Nets. Howard, who went 21 for 39 in his previous record-setting game, is the only active player to miss as many as 14 free-throw attempts in one game.
Howard, who had 39 points and 16 rebounds on Tuesday, is the first player to have at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in his first road game against a former team since Bob McAdoo had 41 points and 17 rebounds for the Knicks at Buffalo against the Braves in 1977.
Howard outscored Kobe Bryant, 39-11. Bryant hadn't played 25-plus minutes and been outscored by 25 or more points in nearly 10 years, since Shaquille O'Neal scored 48 points and Bryant had 13 in 31 minutes against Boston on Mar. 21, 2003.
Bobcats snap losing streak with easy win
From Elias: The Bobcats snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 100-74 win over the Celtics on Tuesday. It's the first time in Celtics history that they've lost by 25 or more points to a team that entered the game with a double-digit losing streak.
Too much Rubio for Spurs
From Elias: Ricky Rubio had 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in Minnesota's win over San Antonio on Tuesday. The only other player to have at least 20 points and a "double-dozen" against the Spurs in their NBA history is Larry Bird, who had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists on Nov. 30, 1983.
The Robin to his Batman
From Elias: Brook Lopez scored 26 points, 11 more than his brother, Robin, in the Nets win over the Hornets on Tuesday. It's the seventh time that the Lopez brothers have played against each other in the NBA. The brothers each scored two points in the first meeting, but Brook has outscored Robin in each of the six subsequent games.
Waiters serves Cleveland well
From Elias: With Kyrie Irving out, Dion Waiters led the Cavaliers with 20 points in their win over the Wizards on Tuesday. Waiters has played in 11 of the 15 games that Irving has missed this season and led Cleveland in scoring in seven of those games. Waiters has averaged 18.7 points per game in Irving's absence this season, nearly five points per game more than with Irving playing (13.8).
Mavericks earn a rare win in Milwaukee
From Elias: The Mavericks defeated the Bucks in Milwaukee on Tuesday, 115-108. It was Dallas' second-largest win (of their seven total wins) in 31 games in Milwaukee, behind a 14-point win (113-99) on Dec. 13, 1987.
For 3rd straight season, Stamkos is first to 20 goals
From Elias: Steven Stamkos became the first NHL player to reach the 20-goal mark this season when he scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period which held up as the game-winner for the Lightning against the Panthers on Tuesday. Stamkos was also the first player to score 20 goals in each of the previous two seasons. He's only the fifth player in NHL history to be "first to 20" in each of three consecutive seasons (based on the earliest date, including ties for that distinction). The others are all current or future Hall of Famers: Charlie Conacher (1933-34 through 1935-36), Maurice Richard (1949-50 through 1951-52), Bobby Hull (1963-64 through 1965-66) and Jaromir Jagr (1994-95 through 1996-97).
Rinne reaches 30 shutouts
From Elias: Pekka Rinne notched his fifth shutout of the season and the 30th shutout of his NHL career with a 4-0 win over the Stars. Tuesday's game in Dallas was the 263rd start of Rinne's NHL career. In the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., 1943-44 to date) the only other goaltenders to reach the 30-shutout mark that quickly were Tony Esposito (159th start), Terry Sawchuk (187th start) and Jacques Plante (216th start).
Penguins strike quickly
From Elias: The Penguins trailed the Bruins, 2-0, with a little over six minutes remaining in the third period but they scored three goals in a 4:15 span (one by Chris Kunitz and two by Brandon Sutter) and pulled out a 3-2 victory which extended Pittsburgh's winning streak to six games. The Penguins have scored three goals in a period once in each of their last six games. Pittsburgh had a franchise-record streak of nine consecutive games with at least one period in which they scored three or more goals in October 1992, but between then and now only one other NHL team managed to do that in six straight games. That was the Red Wings, who had a streak of six consecutive games with three-goal periods in 1993-94.
Enroth ends winless streak
From Elias: Sabres backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth ended the longest current winless streak by an NHL netminder with his 3-1 victory over the Rangers. It was Enroth's first win since Nov. 26, 2011, when he beat the Capitals 5-1 in Buffalo. Enroth, who was winless in his last 13 decisions (0-10-3) until his victory on Tuesday, had a streak of 14 consecutive decisions in which he earned points for the Sabres come to an end only two weeks before his winless streak began (13-0-1 from February to November 2011). Enroth's winless streak was the second-longest in Sabres history, one short of the 14 straight winless decisions that Dave Dryden (Ken's older brother) recorded spanning the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons.
Hiller answers the bell for Ducks
From Elias: Jonas Hiller wasn't scheduled to start for the Ducks at Minnesota but he stepped in after Viktor Fasth was scratched due to an "upper-body injury" and made 30 saves in Anaheim's 2-1 win over the Wild. Hiller has fared well in his career against the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. With his win on Tuesday, Hiller is 5-1-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average in seven career road starts at Minnesota, allowing two or fewer goals in six of those seven games.
When Luongo is good, he's really good
From Elias: Roberto Luongo earned his sixth win of the season with a 2-1 shootout victory at Columbus on Tuesday. Luongo has allowed only five goals while facing a total of 153 shots on goal in his six wins (0.80 GAA, .967 save percentage) and in only one of those games did he give up as many as two goals. Luongo has allowed 20 goals on 147 shots in his six other games this season (3.46 GAA, .864 save percentage), resulting in two regulation losses, three shootout losses and one no-decision.
Allen stops 39 shots in win
From Elias: Blues rookie Jake Allen turned aside 39 of the Sharks' 41 shots on goal as he posted a 4-2 win over San Jose. It was only the second time in the last 20 seasons that a St. Louis rookie goaltender won a game in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal. The only other such win since 1992 by a Blues rookie was by Jason Bacashihua, who faced 42 shots in a 3-2 shootout victory at Detroit on March 24, 2007.
Nash living life of Riley
From Elias: Rookie Riley Nash scored the second and third goals of his NHL career in the Hurricanes' 4-0 win at Washington. Nash was only the second rookie to score two goals in a road game this season. Florida rookie Jonathan Huberdeau scored a pair of goals in the Panthers' 5-2 win at Philadelphia on February 21.
Oilers wrap up long road trip
From Elias: Sam Gagner recorded a goal and an assist as the Oilers finished their nine-game road trip with a 4-0 win at Colorado. Gagner led the Oilers in goals (5), points (8) and shots on goal (22) on their nine-game excursion.
Antropov leads Jets to win
From Elias: Nik Antropov scored one goal and assisted on two more to lead the Jets to a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs. It was the 99th multiple-point game of Antropov's NHL career but it was his first game with more than one point since Feb. 27, 2012, when he tallied a goal and an assist against the Oilers. That was Antropov's only multi-point game in his last 54 games entering play on Tuesday.