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" The Suns made 61 percent of their shots Tuesday against the Wizards (48 for 79), their highest in any game in over seven years, since shooting 64 percent against the Nets on Nov. 27, 1999.

However, 20 of Phoenix's 31 misses came on 3-point attempts. On two-point shots, the Suns went 35 for 46, 76 percent. That was the second-highest field-goal percentage in NBA history on two-point shots. On March 13, 1998, the Clippers made 52 of 66 two-pointers, 79 percent.

" The Suns scored 41 first-quarter points in their 127-105 win over the Wizards. It's the third time this season the Suns have scored more than 40 in the first quarter -- they also did it against the Lakers on Halloween and the Kings on Dec. 5. The 29 other NBA teams have combined to score more than 40 points in the first quarter only three times this season.

" The Wizards trailed by 21 points after the first quarter -- their largest deficit after one period of a home game since moving to Washington for the 1973-74 season. The franchise last faced such a deficit at home after the first quarter on Oct. 21, 1969 in Baltimore, when they trailed the Lakers 39-18 after one quarter, before losing in overtime, 142-137.

" Allen Iverson scored his 20,000th point Tuesday in his 713th career game. Among the 29 other members of the 20,000-point club, five reached that milestone in fewer games than Iverson: Wilt Chamberlain (499 games), Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684) and Elgin Baylor (711).

With a listed height of 6-foot, Iverson is also the shortest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. That distinction had previously belonged to 6-2 Hal Greer.

Iverson's 42.2 career field-goal percentage is the lowest among the 30 players with 20,000 points. Elgin Baylor has the next-lowest mark, 43.1 percent.

" Carmelo Anthony took 26 shots on Tuesday, after taking 25 on Monday. Only three other Iverson teammates have hoisted at least 25 shots in a non-overtime game in which he played: Chris Webber did five times (all during the 2005 calendar year), Derrick Coleman did it once (1998), and Mark Davis did it once (1997).

" Kyle Korver scored 25 points off the bench in the 76ers' win over the Hornets. It was the 10th time this season that Korver has scored at least 20 as a substitute. The only player who has done that more often this year is Ben Gordon (22); Leandro Barbosa has also done it 10 times.

The last 76ers player to score at least 20 off the bench at least 10 times in a season was Orlando Woolridge, who had a dozen 20-point games off the bench in 1993-94, his final NBA season.

" The Timberwolves fired Dwane Casey Tuesday and replaced him with Randy Wittman. In the season and a half with Casey as head coach, Minnesota was 53-69, fourth-worst in the Western Conference, ahead of the Trail Blazers (38-86), SuperSonics (51-72) and Warriors (53-71).

" With a win Tuesday, the Bulls have now won their last nine games against the Hawks. That's tied for the longest win streak by either team in the 41 years that they have been competing; the Bulls also won nine in a row from the Hawks from 1994 to 1996.


" 31-year-old Lane Kiffin was named the new head coach of the Raiders Tuesday. Kiffin, who will be 32 by the start of the 2007 season, will be the youngest head coach in the NFL since Harland Svare finished the 1962 season as coach of the Los Angeles Rams at age 32.

Kiffin will be one of three coaches to have debuted in the NFL at age 35 or younger either this season or next season. The others are Mike Tomlin (named Steelers coach Monday) and Eric Mangini. There were only three such coaches during the previous 36 seasons combined (1970-2005): Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher and David Shula.


" Manchester City announced Tuesday that it had terminated the contract of former U.S. National Team player, Claudio Reyna, who is widely rumored to be seeking a contract with the Red Bulls.

Reyna, who has made 112 international appearances, would become the most capped player in U.S. history at the time of his MLS debut. The current top six, five of whom debuted in MLS in its inaugural season: Marcelo Balboa, 106 (MLS debut in 1996); Paul Caligiuri, 104 (1996); Tony Meola, 87 (1996); Earnie Stewart, 85 (2003); Chris Henderson, 72 (1996); and Cobi Jones, 72 (1996).