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MAVS END SPURS WINNING STREAK
From Elias: The Mavericks ended the Spurs' 12-game winning streak Friday night. It was the longest winning streak ended by the Mavericks in team history. Dallas ended two 11-game winning streaks: they beat the Kings on April 14, 2002 and the Rockets on April 24, 1993.
DIRK SCORES 26 AGAINST SPURS
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points in the Mavericks' win over the Spurs. It was the 20th time that Dirk scored at least 25 points against the Spurs. Kobe Bryant (22) is the only active player with more such games against San Antonio.
DURANT PLAYS HIS 250TH NBA GAME
From Elias: Kevin Durant played in his 250th career NBA game Friday night. Only two active players scored more points than Durant (6360) in their first 250 games: Shaquille O'Neal (6830) and LeBron James (6638).
Two players in Sonics/Thunder history scored more points than Durant at the time of their 250th game with the team: Dale Ellis (6505) and Spencer Haywood (6437). But neither of those players started his career with Seattle.
From Elias: Dwight Howard was 13-for-24 from the free-throw line in Orlando's victory over Cleveland. It was the third time in his career that Howard has attempted at least 24 free throws in one game. The only other active players with as many games with two dozen shots from the line are Kobe Bryant (seven), Shaquille O'Neal (five) and Gilbert Arenas (three). Howard also had 24 free-throw attempts on January 12, 2008 at Utah (17-for-24) and January 20, 2010 against Indiana (16-for-24).
GRIFFIN'S FOURTH STRAIGHT 20/13 GAME
From Elias: Blake Griffin had 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Clippers' loss to the Suns. It was his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points and 13 rebounds. The last NBA rookie to have four straight games with at least 20 points and 13 rebounds was Shaquille O'Neal in February 1993.
JENNINGS REACHES 1500 POINTS IN 97 GAMES
From Elias: Brandon Jennings scored 25 points for the Bucks Friday night, increasing his career total to 1523 in 97 games. Only three players in Bucks history reached 1500 career points in fewer than 100 games: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (56 games), Glenn Robinson (71) and Marques Johnson (78).
WILLIAMS TORCHES LAKERS
From Elias: Deron Williams scored 29 points and handed out 12 assists in Utah's win over the Lakers. Williams is the only player in the NBA to have two games of at least 29 points and 12 assists this season. He also did it at Orlando on November 10 (30 points, 14 assists). Three other players had one such game this season: Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and John Wall
20-A-NIGHT FOR JAMES
From Elias: LeBron James has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 13 games. James is only the second player in Heat history to have a streak that long within one season. Dwyane Wade has had at least 20 points in 13-or-more consecutive games within one season four times in his career, the last coming in the 2008-09 season.
James has 374 points in 16 games this season, the fewest he has had in his first 16 games of a season since his rookie year (265).
BATTIER PLAYS 700TH CAREER NBA GAME
From Elias: Shane Battier played in the 700th regular-season game of his NBA career Friday night. Battier is the ninth player from Duke to reach that milestone. The others are Jeff Mullins, Jack Marin, Mike Gminski, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Corey Maggette and Elton Brand. Only North Carolina (14) and UCLA (13) have produced as many 700-game NBA players as Duke.
QUICK AND NATURAL FOR SEMIN
From Elias: Alexander Semin scored three consecutive goals in a 4:29 span during the second period of the Capitals' 6-0 win over the Lightning. He was the first NHL player to score three goals in one game in so short a span since Jan. 8, 2009, when Anaheim's Bobby Ryan tallied three times in 2:21.
Semin's hat trick was his third in the last 35 days. (He scored three goals versus Atlanta on October 23 and against Tampa Bay on November 11.) The last NHL player to record three hat tricks that close together was Minnesota's Marian Gaborik over 34 days in November/December 2002.
ISLES END TWO STREAKS OF FUTILITY
From Elias: The Islanders snapped their 14-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over the Devils. When the Islanders went ahead 2-0 in Friday's game against New Jersey it ended the Isles' franchise-record streak of 16 consecutive games in which they never had a two-goal lead. Before Rob Schremp's second-period goal gave the Islanders a two-goal cushion the last time they led by more than one goal was at the end of their 5-2 win against the Avalanche on October 16.
WARD BLANKS BRUINS
From Elias: Cam Ward's 3-0 win at Boston was the 13th regular-season shutout of his NHL career but his first since April 7, 2009, when he posted a 9-0 victory over the Islanders. (Ward did record two shutouts in the 2009 playoffs.) Entering play on Friday, Ward had the longest current shutout drought (63 starts) of any active NHL goaltender. That distinction now belongs to Ottawa's Pascal Leclaire (60 starts).
Ward's shutout was the eighth by the Hurricanes against the Bruins since the Hartford Whalers moved to North Carolina for the 1997-98 season (seven regular-season shutouts and one in the 2009 playoffs). Remarkably, all eight Carolina shutouts versus the Bruins have come in Boston.
THE RUBBER WAS FLYING IN PITTSBURGH
From Elias: Goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Pascal Leclaire were kept busy in the Penguins' 2-1 win over the Senators, a game in which Ottawa outshot Pittsburgh, 44-40. It was the first non-overtime NHL game not involving the Florida Panthers in which each team had at least 40 shots on goal since Jan. 28, 2006, when the Islanders won 4-3 at Boston and outshot the Bruins, 51-44. The Panthers played five double-40 regulation games between that Islanders-Bruins contest in 2006 and Friday's Pens-Sens matchup.
MIIKKA HAS FIGURED OUT THE SHOOTOUT
From Elias: Miikka Kiprusoff and the Flames skated off with a 3-2 shootout win over the Flyers. Kiprusoff has won both of the shootouts he's participated in this season (Oct. 26 vs. Edmonton and Friday's game in Philadelphia), after posting a 2-7 record in tiebreakers last season.
HAVLAT NETS TWO
From Elias: Martin Havlat scored on two of his six shots on goal to lead the Wild to a 5-2 win against Nashville. The two goals and six shots were Havlat's highest single-game totals in each category since February 4, when he posted identical numbers in a 4-2 Minnesota victory over Edmonton.
KEITH SCORES A SHORTIE
From Elias: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored his first shorthanded goal of the season in Chicago's 4-1 win at Anaheim. Keith has scored one shorthanded goal in each of the last four seasons. He's the first NHL defenseman to score shorthanded goals in each of four consecutive seasons since Filip Kuba and Andy Sutton did so from 2002-03 through 2006-07.
HOWARD LOVES OHIO
From Elias: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 34 saves, including one on a penalty shot, in his 2-1 win at Columbus. Howard has played four games in the Ohio state capital and posted a 3-0-1 record there while allowing a total of three goals on 123 shots, giving up no more than one goal in each game.
HENRIK IS KING OF THE ROAD
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist recorded the 27th shutout of his NHL career with a 40-save 3-0 win against the Panthers in Sunrise. Lundqvist's last four shutouts have come on the road, including three this season. Only three of his first 23 shutouts were in road games.
MILLER RAKES LEAFS
From Elias: Ryan Miller continued his dominance over the Maple Leafs with a 3-1 win on Friday night in Buffalo. Miller has a 23-8-0 record in 31 career games against Toronto. Miller played his first game versus the Leafs less than five years ago (January 2006) but he has the second-most wins against Toronto over the last 20 seasons (1990-91 to date). Ed Belfour is first with 27.
ONDREJ SETS THRASHERS RECORD
From Elias: Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec extended his winning streak to four games with a 3-0 shutout against the Canadiens on Friday. Not only has Pavelec won four straight games but in doing so he became the first goaltender in Thrashers history to win four consecutive games while allowing no more than one goal in each game. Before Pavelec, the only Thrashers goaltender with a three-game streak of that kind was Kari Lehtonen in October 2006.
RIBEIRO MAKES HIS GOALS COUNT
From Elias: Mike Ribeiro's goal with 3:19 remaining in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Stars a 3-2 win against St. Louis. Ribeiro has scored only three goals this season but two of them have been game-winners. His 19 goals in 2009-10 were the most by any NHL player who didn't score a game-winning goal last season.