Dwight's big night & KG the closer

Dwight Howard

HowardDwight Howard finished with a season-high 39 points in a losing effort Thursday vs the Portland Trail Blazers. At the half, Howard had 26 points while his team combined for 20.

Howard started early with 18 first-quarter points, tying his career-high for points in a quarter (done twice before). The loss puts Orlando on its first three-game skid of the season.

Dwight Howard, 1st Half vs Blazers

The Dallas Mavericks, on the other hand, defeated the New Jersey Nets 102-89 and have now won 11 straight and 15 of 17 games overall. The Mavs have also won 11 straight HOME games vs the Nets, last losing in March 2000.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mavericks extended the Nets' losing streak to six games with the win over their former coach, Avery Johnson. During Johnson's three-plus seasons as head coach of the Mavs, Dallas never lost more than four straight games.

Kevin Garnett converted on a lob pass from Rajon Rondo with a little over a second remaining to give the Boston Celtics a one-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers. This is the second time in Kevin Garnett's Celtics career that he has made a field goal with under two seconds remaining with the Celtics trailing by one or tied to give Boston the win. The other came on Nov. 22, 2009 when he hit a jumper at the buzzer in OT to beat the Knicks 109-107.

• With 13 rebounds on Thursday, Marcus Camby is now averaging 10.6 rebounds per game. At his current pace, Camby would become just the fifth player ever to average 10 or more rebounds per game at the age of 36 years or older. The only others to do it? Wilt Chamberlain, Artis Gilmore, Robert Parish, and Dennis Rodman.