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The Wizards get over the hump
From Elias: The Wizards beat the Trail Blazers to improve their record to 24-23 this season. It's the first time Washington is over .500 within a season since they beat the Nets on Halloween in 2009. The Wizards played 355 consecutive games in which their record was at or below .500, the longest such streak for any NBA team since the Clippers played 387 straight games without a winning record from 1996 to 2001.
Another 30/8/8 game for Durant
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 31 points, hauled in eight rebounds and handed out eight assists in Oklahoma City's win over Memphis. It was the third 30/8/8 game this season for Durant, tying him with LeBron James for the most in the NBA. All other NBA players have combined for three such games this season. One each for Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry and Damian Lillard.
Ibaka stepping up on the offensive end
From Elias: Serge Ibaka scored 21 points in the Thunder's win over the Grizzlies. Ibaka has scored 82 points over his last four games, the most points he has ever scored over any four-game span in his NBA career.
Davis scoring and rejecting like "The Admiral"
From Elias: Anthony Davis had another good game on both ends of the court in the Pelicans' loss to the Spurs. Davis has scored at least 14 points and blocked at least four shots in each of his last seven games. That's the longest such streak for an NBA player since David Robinson had an eight-game streak in February 1994.
Knight topples Knicks with a late trey
From Elias: Brandon Knight's three-pointer with 1.4 seconds left gave the Bucks a win over the Knicks. It was the latest game-winning field goal in Knight's NBA career. His previous latest came in November 23, 2012 when he converted a layup with 7.8 seconds remaining in a Pistons' win over the Raptors.
Wade leads Heat in points and rebounds
From Elias: Dwyane Wade led the Heat in points (30) and rebounds (10) in their victory over the Pistons. It was the 29th time in his NBA career that Wade led his team outright in both points and rebounds in a game, the first time since March 14, 2012. Miami is 18-11 in those 29 games.
Pierce is perfect from the charity stripe
From Elias: Paul Pierce made all 14 of his free-throw attempts in the Nets' win over the 76ers. Pierce was the third NBA player this season to go 14-for-14 or better from the line this season. The other players to do it were Carmelo Anthony on January 17 (16-for-16) and Kevin Love 10 days later (14-for-14). Pierce went 14-for-14 or better two other times in his NBA career: 16-for-16 on December 28, 2002 and 14-for-14 on November 13, 2007.
Mavs have been filling the basket
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points in the Mavs' 124-107 victory over the Cavs. The Mavericks have scored 568 points over their last five games, the most they have scored over any five-game span since February 2011 (572 points).
Griffin scores 36 points, Clippers lose
From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 36 points in the Clippers' one-point loss to the Nuggets. It was the eighth time in his career that Griffin scored at least 35 points. The Clippers are 2-6 in those eight games.
Magic tricks not working on the road
From Elias: The Pacers defeated the Magic, 98-79, in Indianapolis on Monday night. Orlando has scored fewer than 90 points in each of its last 18 road games, the second-longest such streak within one season in team history. The Magic scored fewer than 100 points in 28 consecutive games away from home in 1997-98.
Bryzgalov likes to see a lot of rubber
From Elias: Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all but two of the Sabres' 44 shots on goal in his 3-2 victory over the Sabres. Bryzgalov's 42 saves were the most he's made in a regulation game since Oct. 28, 2010, when he turned away 43 shots in a win for Phoenix at Detroit. Including his victory on Monday, Bryzgalov has 12-1-4 record over the last 17 regular-season games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal.
Oilers defensemen contribute
From Elias: Defensemen Jeff Petry and Justin Schultz each scored a goal for the Oilers when they beat the Sabres, 3-2, on Monday. It was the third time this season that two Edmonton defensemen scored goals in the same game. The previous instances were in Oilers wins at Montreal (Oct. 22: Petry, Ladislav Smid) and at Florida (Nov. 5: Taylor Fedun and Philip Larsen).
Avs avoid shutout late and win in overtime
From Elias: Colorado trailed, 1-0, with time running out in its game at New Jersey, but P.A. Parenteau tied the score at 1-1 with 1:47 remaining in the third period and Ryan O'Reilly scored 28 seconds into overtime to earn the Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Devils. It was only the second time in Quebec/Colorado franchise history that the team recorded a non-shootout win in a game in which it was trailing and being shut out with fewer than four minutes left to play in the third period. The club's only other win of that kind was a 2-1 overtime victory against Nashville in Denver on Oct. 25, 2000, when Chris Drury tied the score at the 18:08 mark of the third period and Peter Forberg's OT goal won the game for the Avs.
Neal works overtime
From Elias: James Neal's second overtime goal of the season gave the Penguins a 2-1 win in their game against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Neal, who also scored an extra-time winner on December 27 at Carolina, is the first player to record two overtime goals in one season for the Penguins since Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Leopold both did so in 2009-10.
Abdelkader supplies all the offense for Wings
From Elias: Justin Abdelkader scored both goals in the Red Wings' 2-0 victory over the Canucks. Abdelkader put the Red Wings ahead, 1-0, with a goal at the 1:08 mark of the second period and he clinched Detroit's victory with an empty-net goal in the final minute of the third period. He's only the third player in the NHL's expansion era to register a multiple-goal game while accounting for all of the goals in a shutout win by the Red Wings. The other Detroit players to do that since 1967-68 were Paul Ysebaert (Nov. 14, 1992, 2-0 at Hartford) and Sergei Fedorov (April 1, 1998 vs. Colorado, 2-0).