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Korver's Streak Snapped
From Elias: Kyle Korver's NBA-record streak of 127 consecutive games with three-point field goals ended Wednesday night when he went 0-for-5 from beyond the arc in the Hawks' loss at Portland. Korver's streak was 38 games longer than the next-longest streak of its kind in NBA history¿89 consecutive games by Dana Barros for the Sixers and Celtics from 1994 to 1996. Rounding out the top five are Michael Adams (79 games), Dennis Scott (78) and Reggie Miller (68).
Three NBA players made more three-point field goals than Korver (337) over the course of his streak (Nov. 4, 2012 through March 2, 2014): Stephen Curry (457), Klay Thompson (368) and Damian Lillard (342).
Korver had extended that streak during the first quarter in each of his five previous games, including twice within the first 30 seconds of games. Before Wednesday night, the closest that Korver came to having his streak snapped was on March 8, 2013 (game #54 of the streak), when his only three-pointer came with 1:31 remaining in the fourth period.
Jefferson flies under the radar
From Elias: Al Jefferson scored 34 points and made 64 percent of his field-goal attempts (16-of-25) as the Bobcats handed the Pacers their second loss in as many nights. On Monday, Jefferson scored 38 points and made 18 of his 24 shots from the field (75 percent) while being overshadowed by LeBron James, who scored 61 points. Jefferson and James (Feb 18-20) are the only NBA players who've made at least 15 field goals and shot 64 percent or better from the field in each of two consecutive games this season. Jefferson (for Utah in March 2011) and James (for Cleveland in March/April 2006) had each done that before, but the only other active NBA player who's ever had a two-game streak of that kind is Amar'e Stoudemire (for Phoenix in January 2005).
Anthony gets some support
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony led all players with 33 points in the Knicks' 118-106 win at Minnesota. But that's not news. Anthony has earned at least a share of the scoring lead in 36 of his 59 games this season. What distinguished this Knicks performance was the contribution of the rest of their starters: Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton, 18 points each; Tyson Chandler, 15; and J.R. Smith, 14.
It was the first time in nearly two years that all four of Anthony's fellow starters scored in double-figures. The Knicks' last such game was a victory at Atlanta on April 22, 2012 in which Anthony scored 39 points. It was the first time in Anthony's NBA career that he scored 30 or more points and the rest of his team's starting five each scored at least 14 points.
Howard and Jones make a formidable pair
From Elias: James Harden scored 31 points to complement double-doubles by both Dwight Howard (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Terrence Jones (17 PTS, 11 REB) in the Rockets' come-from-behind win at Orlando. The Rockets are 10-1 this season in games in which both Howard and Jones scored and rebounded in double-figures and they've won their last ten such games.
Warriors and Celtics emerge from the "way back" machine
From Elias: The Warriors led the Celtics, 84-54, after three quarters and cruised to a 108-88 victory at TD Garden. The last time that Golden State led Boston by 30 or more points at the end of the third period, Rick Barry was the game's leading scorer, John Havlicek was in the Celtics' starting five, Don Nelson was one of their subs, and Tom Heinsohn was Boston's coach. The date was December 30, 1975.
Even better: The last time the Warriors led the Celtics by 30 or more points at the end of the third quarter at Boston, Heinsohn himself was on the court, playing for Red Auerbach, and Wilt Chamberlain was a second-year center for the Warriors, whose jerseys read not "Golden State" or "San Fran" but "PHILA." That was October 29, 1960, when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the Celtics, 131-103, at Boston Garden as Chamberlain outscored Bill Russell, 26-22, and outrebounded him, 27-26.
Another triple-double for Noah
From Elias: Joakim Noah posted his second triple-double in four days, with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Bulls' 105-94 win at Detroit. There have been only five triple-doubles by centers since January 1, 2013; Noah has four of them and Kevin Love had the other one.
Thornton at home in Brooklyn
From Elias: Marcus Thornton, playing his fifth game for Brooklyn, scored 20 points off the bench to help the Nets beat the Grizzlies. Thornton entered the game in the second quarter and proceeded to score 15 straight Brooklyn points. No bench player had scored 15 consecutive points for the Nets in one game since Johnny Newman did it for New Jersey versus Orlando on April 14, 2000.
Nuggets win in odd fashion
From Elias: The Nuggets scored 41 first-quarter points and survived an 11-point third period before holding on for a 115-110 victory over the Mavericks. Believe it or not, this was the first game in the NBA in the shot-clock era in which a team scored so many points in the first period and so few in the third!
Nowitzki: 27 points from the field, none from the line
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points in Dallas' loss at Denver, and he did it the hard way. It was the 377th regular-season game of Nowitzki's career in which he scored 27 or more points, but it was only the second game in which he did so without going to the free-throw line.
Bucks can't put wins together
From Elias: The Bucks remained the only NBA team that hasn't won two consecutive games this season as they fell at home to Sacramento after winning their previous game (Monday versus Utah). Only two teams in NBA history have played a full 82-game season without registering two straight wins: the 1986-87 Clippers and 2004-05 Hawks.
From Elias: Trevor Ariza scored a game-high 26 points to help the Wizards top the Jazz. Ariza went 9-for-14 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line as Washington posted a .543 field-goal percentage and made every one of its ten foul shots. That's the franchise's second-highest field-goal percentage in a game in which the Wizards (or the Packers, Zephyrs or Bullets before them) were perfect from the free-throw line. The Bullets had a .549 field-goal percentage and went 12-for-12 from the charity stripe in a victory at Cleveland on March 26, 1996.
Giroux is too much for the Capitals
From Elias: Claude Giroux scored two goals for the Flyers in their 6-4 win over the Capitals in Philadelphia on Wednesday, after doing the same when the Flyers won in overtime at Washington on Sunday. Giroux scored only one goal in his first seven career games against the Capitals but he's recorded 12 goals in 14 games versus Washington since then (Nov. 20, 2010 to date). Giroux's 12 goals against the Capitals over the last four seasons are the most by any NHL player. The only other player with more than eight goals versus Washington over the same span is Evander Kane (10).
Quick shorthanded strikes for the Rangers
From Elias: The Rangers lost to the Maple Leafs in overtime, 3-2, after overcoming a two-goal third-period deficit when Ryan McDonagh and Dominic Moore scored shorthanded goals 79 seconds apart to tie the score at 2-2. They were the fastest two shorthanded goals scored by the Rangers since Feb. 21, 1981, when Don Maloney scored two SHGs in a 34-second span against the Capitals. Six days earlier, Eddie Johnstone and Anders Hedberg scored shorthanded goals 77 seconds apart in a game versus the Blues.
Overtime goal follows penalty-shot tally
From Elias: Tyler Bozak opened the scoring in the Maple Leafs' game against the Rangers with a penalty-shot goal at the 1:44 mark of the second period, and he closed the scoring with a goal at the 1:51 mark of overtime that gave Toronto a 3-2 victory. Bozak is only the third player in NHL history to score a regular-season overtime goal after scoring on a penalty shot during regulation time in the same game. The other players to do that were Anaheim's Steve Thomas (April 1, 2003) and the Rangers' Michal Rozsival (Dec. 17, 2008).