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LeBron and Heat extend streaks
From Elias: LeBron James scored 27 points to lead the Heat to a victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night extending Miami's winning streak to 20 straight games.
James has now won each of the last 18 games he has played against the 76ers dating back to December of 2007 (the first eight wins came while he was with the Cavaliers). Only three active players have had a personal winning streak of at least 18 games while scoring at least 15 points in each game against a particular opponent: Kobe Bryant (current 20-game streak against the Timberwolves), Tim Duncan (20 straight against the Grizzlies from 1997 to 2002) and Dirk Nowitzki (20 straight against the Hornets from 2001 to 2007).
Bulls lose to woeful Kings by 42 points
From Elias: The Kings, who entered Wednesday's action with a 22-43 record, walloped the Bulls by a score of 121-79 in Sacramento. It marked only the third time in NBA history that a team that was at least 15 games under .500 beat a team with a winning record by 40-or-more points. The only other times that happened were on March 18, 1972, when the 17-62 Trail Blazers blasted the Knicks (46-31) by 47 points and on March 10, 1987, when the 16-44 Nets topped the Washington Bullets (32-27) by 42 points.
Melo has a miserable return to Denver
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony shot a miserable 3-for-12 (25 percent) from the field in his first game in Denver since being traded by the Nuggets to the Knicks. Only two players have had a worse shooting performance in their first road game against a team for which they scored more than 10,000 points than Anthony did on Wednesday (minimum: 10 attempts): Orlando's Rashard Lewis was 3-for-19 (15.8%) from the field on November 28, 2007 in his first game in Seattle after scoring 10,251 points for the Sonics and Dallas' Antoine Walker was 3-for-14 (21.4%) from the field on December 17, 2003 in his first trip to Boston after registering 10,995 points for the Celtics. (Detroit's Adrian Dantley was also 3-for-12 in his first game at Utah after scoring 13,635 points for the Jazz).
Curry has another hot shooting night from beyond the arc
From Elias: Stephen Curry made five of his seven three-point attempts and scored 31 points to lead the Warriors to a win over the Pistons on Wednesday night. It is the 10th time that Curry has shot at least 60 percent while making five-or-more shots from beyond the arc in a game this season. Since the NBA instituted the three-point shot in 1979, only one other player has done that 10 times in a single season: Damon Jones in 2004-05 (10).
Wall comes through on consecutive nights
From Elias: After torching the Cavaliers with 27 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds on Tuesday night, John Wall followed up with 23 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in Washington's victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday. Wall is only the third player in the Wizards' franchise history to post at least 20 points, 10 assists and five rebounds on consecutive nights. Michael Adams did it for Washington on November 12th and 13th in 1991 and Rod Strickland copied the feat on April 3rd and 4th in 1997.
Rockets beat Suns by 30
From Elias: The Rockets blasted the Suns by a score of 111-81 in Houston on Wednesday night. It marked the fourth time Houston has won a game by 30-or-more points this season. The Rockets registered only one win by 30+ points in the five seasons prior to 2012-13.
Phoenix's loss was its third by 30-or-more points this season, tying the most such losses in a single season in the team's franchise history. The Suns lost three games by 30+ points in their inaugural season in 1968-69.
Kobe has an off night
From Elias: Kobe Bryant made only 11 of his 33 shots from the field (33.3 percent) and turned the ball over five times in the Lakers loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night. It marked the second time that Bryant has made less than 35 percent of his shots from the field on at least 30 attempts and committed at least five turnovers in the same game during the regular season, and both instances happened this year. Bryant was 10-for-32 from the field with six turnovers on January 20th against Toronto.
Prior to Bryant, the last player to shoot below 35 percent from the field on 30+ attempts and commit at least five turnovers in a regulation game was Allen Iverson, who was 9-for-30 with eight turnovers against Cleveland on April 8, 2005.
Utah gets little production from its starting five
From Elias: The Jazz' five starters, Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll, Al Jefferson, Randy Foye and Mo Williams, combined to score just 26 points in Utah's loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. That ties the second fewest points scored by a starting lineup this season. Washington's starting unit scored 24 points against Boston on November 3rd and Phoenix' starters combined for 26 points against Oklahoma City on February 10.
Prior to Wednesday, the last time Utah got as few as 26 points from its starting lineup in a game was on March 14, 2006, when Andrei Kirilenko, Mehmet Okur, Jarron Collins, Deron Williams and Milt Palacio combined for 26 against Miami.
Hibbert stands out in Pacers' win
From Elias: Roy Hibbert led all players with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots leading the Pacers to a win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night. It is only the second time that Hibbert was the game's outright leader in points, rebounds and blocks in his career. The only other time he did that was on February 21, 2012.
Lehner's busy season continues
From Elias: Robin Lehner made 42 saves in his 4-3 shootout loss at Montreal on Wednesday. Lehner has played five games for the Senators this season and faced 35 or more shots on goal in each game (196 total shots). Since 1979-80, the only other NHL goaltender to face at least 35 shots in each of his first five games of a season was Pittsburgh's Denis Herron, who started the 1984-85 season with six consecutive games of 35-plus shots on goal.
Kovalchuk nets his fourth shorthanded goal
From Elias: Ilya Kovalchuk scored his league-leading fourth shorthanded goal of the season in the Devils' 5-2 win over the Flyers. Kovalchuk scored only three shorthanded goals over the first 736 games of his NHL career but he's scored seven SHGs in 70 games since then (Jan. 6, 2012 to date). Kovalchuk scored more power play goals than any other NHL player over the previous eight seasons (120 from 2003-04 through 2011-12) but he's registered twice as many shorthanded goals as power play goals this year (4-2).