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Miami's streak reaches 21 as "Big Three" come up big
From Elias: LeBron James had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Bosh scored 28 points and hauled down seven rebounds and Dwyane Wade chipped in with 20 points and seven rebounds in Miami's win over Milwaukee that extended the team's winning streak to 21 games on Friday night. It is the 19th time that James, Bosh and Wade each had at least 20 points and five rebounds in the same game since they became teammates in 2010, which is by far the highest total for any current trio of players on the same team. In fact it is more than six times higher than the next highest total, which is only three by Boston's Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
Bulls bounce back with impressive win
From Elias: The Bulls bounced back from a 42-point defeat at the hands of the Kings on Wednesday to beat the Warriors by a score of 113-95 in Golden State on Friday night. Only two other teams in NBA history have followed a 40+ point defeat with a win by a 15+ point margin on the road against a team that owned a winning record: San Antonio on February 23, 2012 (won by 15 at Denver after losing previous game by 40) and Denver on February 10, 2009 (won by 17 at Miami after losing by 44).
Wall and Webster are on the mark from downtown
From Elias: John Wall scored 29 points and shot 12-for-15 from the field, including a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, to help lead the Wizards to a win over the Hornets on Friday night. Wall entered Friday's action with a .226 field-goal percentage from three-point range since he entered the NBA in 2010, which was the third-lowest percentage from beyond the arc for any player with at least 100 attempts over that span, behind Andre Miller (.203) and DeMar DeRozan (.220),
Martell Webster chipped in with four three-point field goals in Washington's win, marking the fourth straight game he has made at least four shots from beyond the arc, the longest such streak in the Wizards' franchise history.
Kobe puts up a zero in Lakers' win
From Elias: Kobe Bryant went 0-for-4 from the field and failed to score a single point in 12 minutes of action before leaving the game because of an injury in the Lakers' win over the Pacers on Friday night. It is only the fourth time that Bryant has been held scoreless in a game in which he has played at least 10 minutes in his career, but it is the first of those games that the Lakers have won. Bryant also had zero points in 13 minutes against Seattle on February 16, 1997, in 14 minutes against Seattle on March 16, 1998 and in 11 minutes against New York on April 1, 2001.
Johnson records 21 rebounds in Toronto
From Elias: Amir Johnson hauled down a career high 21 rebounds in the Raptors' win over the Bobcats in Toronto on Friday night. Johnson is only the third Raptor to register 20 rebounds in front of the home crowd in the 18-year existence of the franchise. The other two Raptors to do that at the Air Canada Centre were Hakeem Olajuwon on November 20, 2001 (20 rebounds vs. Detroit) and Reggie Evans on November 24, 2010 (22 rebounds vs. Philadelphia). Eleven visiting players have recorded 20 rebounds in a game in Toronto.
Smith does it all for Hawks
From Elias: Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points and seven assists and tied Al Horford for the team lead with 11 rebounds in Atlanta's win over the Suns on Friday night. That marked the third time this season that Smith led (or tied for the lead) the Hawks in points, rebounds and assists in a game, which is tied with DeMarcus Cousins and Russell Westbrook for the second highest total in the league behind LeBron James (15).
Harden and Lin have a big night
From Elias: James Harden scored 37 points and handed out eight assists and Jeremy Lin chipped in with 24 points and eight assists in Houston's win over Minnesota on Friday night. It is the first time that the Rockets had two players each record at least 24 points and eight assists in the same game in more than 17 years. On February 15, 1996, Hakeem Olajuwon registered 24 points and nine assists and Clyde Drexler recorded 24 points and eight assists in a Houston victory over San Antonio.
Beaubois leads the way in Mavericks' win
From Elias: Rodrigue Beaubois led the Mavericks with 18 points and tied Darren Collison for the team lead with five assists in Dallas' win over Cleveland on Friday night. It is only the second time in his 181 games career that Beaubois has led his team (or tied for the team lead) in both points and assists in the same game. He also did that on January 27, 2012.
Nuggets keep knocking off teams from the West
From Elias: The Nuggets topped the Grizzlies by a score of 87-80 in Denver on Friday night. Denver has now won each of the last 13 games it has played against Western Conference teams. That is the Nuggets longest winning streak in games against conference opponents in their NBA franchise history, besting the previous mark of 10 which they did on three different occasions.
Flyers finally top Devils in a shootout
From Elias: The Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils was their first ever shootout victory against New Jersey. Going into Friday night's game, the Devils and Flyers had contested seven shootouts since the NHL began using the tiebreaker in 2005 and New Jersey had prevailed each time. That matched the longest streak of consecutive shootout wins by one NHL team against another. The Sabres won their first seven shootouts versus the Canadiens (before Montreal ended that streak with a win in February 2012) and the Oilers have a current streak of seven consecutive shootout victories against the Red Wings.
Datsyuk's game winner in OT ends scoring drought
From Elias: Pavel Datsyuk ended his 11-game goal drought with an overtime goal that earned the Red Wings a 3-2 victory in Edmonton. Datsyuk has scored 249 goals in his NHL career but he's scored only nine goals in 41 games against the Oilers. His only previous game-winning goal versus Edmonton was also scored in overtime (March 11, 2011 in Detroit).
Glencross nets three in the third
From Elias: Curtis Glencross recorded the second hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals, all in the third period, in the Flames win over the Predators in Calgary. He's the first player to score three goals in one period of an NHL game this season and the first Flames players to do so since Jarome Iginla in the third period of a 9-6 Calgary win at Tampa Bay on December 13, 2007.
Glencross has scored 11 goals in 15 games at the Saddledome this year, which ties him with Steven Stamkos for the NHL goal-scoring lead in home games this season. Glencross has been very productive at home this year but he's scored only one goal in nine road games this season.