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• In five games during November, Chad Johnson caught 36 passes for 695 yards, including eight receptions for 91 yards on Thursday night. That's the second-highest total of receiving yards during a calendar month for any player in NFL history (including the AFL). Charley Hennigan gained 822 yards on 33 catches for the Houston Oilers in Oct. 1961. Over the last six seasons (since 2001), the only other player with as many as 600 yards on receptions in a calendar month was Torry Holt (609 for the Rams in Nov. 2003).
• Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 52 points in the Lakers' romp over the Jazz. Bryant did all of his scoring during the first three periods before making only a brief appearance during the game's final quarter. Last season (Dec. 20, 2005), Bryant had 62 points in a game against the Mavericks, all during the first three periods; Kobe scored 53 through the first three quarters of his 81-point performance against the Raptors (Jan. 22, 2006).
Bryant made 19 of 26 shots from the floor, including 11 in a row (spanning the second and third quarters), the longest such streak of his career within a single game. The only other player to sink 11 straight field-goal attempts during an NBA game this season was San Antonio's Fabricio Oberto (11-for-11, Nov. 8 vs. Phoenix).
• Dwyane Wade missed a go-ahead field-goal attempt in the final seconds of Detroit's 87-85 win in Miami. But despite scoring only 21 points on Thursday night, Wade's 27.6 points-per-game scoring average through the end of November is the highest at this juncture of a season for any player in Heat history. In fact, this is the third straight season that Wade has set that particular franchise mark. He averaged 24.9 ppg through November in 2004-05 and had a 25.1 ppg average one year ago.
• With a 6-9 record, Miami is the sixth defending NBA champion to lose at least nine of its first 15 games of a season. The others were the 1998-99 Bulls (4-11), 1969-70 Celtics (4-11), 2002-03 Lakers (5-10), 1956-57 Philadelphia Warriors (6-9) and 1948-49 Baltimore Bullets (6-9).
• With Thursday's victory, Flip Saunders has a 12-8 career record in regular-season games he's coached against Pat Riley. The only head coach who has opposed Riley at least 15 times and posted a higher winning percentage against him than Saunders (.600) is Jerry Sloan (.697, 23-10 in his regular-season meetings with Riley).
• Marian Hossa scored three goals in the Thrashers' 5-0 win over the Maple Leafs. It was Hossa's fifth career hat trick but his first since Jan. 2, 2003, when he scored four goals for Ottawa against Atlanta. Though he had no hat tricks in the interim, the 112 goals Hossa scored over that span tied him with Jarome Iginla for third-most in the league, behind his current teammate Ilya Kovalchuk (126 goals) and Jaromir Jagr (115).
• Slava Kozlov had four assists in the Thrashers' win over Toronto. Kozlov is the only NHL player to have two games with four or more assists this season; he also notched four assists against Florida on Oct. 23.
• Erik Cole had two goals and a career-high 11 shots on goal in the Hurricanes' win over Montreal. That matched Cole's goal and shot totals from his previous six games combined.
• Dany Heatley scored a pair of first-period goals and the Senators coasted to a 6-0 win over the Panthers. Heatley also tallied twice in the first period against Florida on Friday, en route to a hat trick. Since 1999-2000, only one other player victimized the same opponent in that fashion twice in the same season. In 2001-02, Anaheim's Matt Cullen scored twice during the first period in two games against the Penguins.
• Olaf Kolzig defeated the Stars for the first time in his career in the Capitals' 4-3 victory. Kolzig was 0-9-1 in 11 previous games against Dallas. That leaves Kevin Weekes as the only active NHL goaltender who is winless in at least 10 career decisions against a particular opponent. Weekes is 0-8-4 in 13 games against Ottawa.
• Ryan Smyth scored his 250th career goal in the Oilers' 7-3 loss to Colorado. Smyth, who has spent his entire career with Edmonton, is one of five active NHL players with 250 or more goals, all for one franchise. The others are Joe Sakic (583 goals, Nordiques/Avalanche), Mike Modano (494, Stars), Jarome Iginla (297, Flames) and Daniel Alfredsson (269, Senators).
• John LeClair was put on waivers by the Penguins. LeClair scored 261 goals (in 450 games) from 1994-95 through 1999-2000, second-most in the NHL over that six-season span (Jaromir Jagr had 262), but he's scored only 97 goals (in 302 games) in six seasons since then.