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ANTHONY SCORES BIG AGAIN IN GAME 3 WITH KNICKS
From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in the Knicks' 91-86 win at Miami after scoring 27 in each of his first two games for New York. Only five other players in NBA history scored at least 25 points in each of their first three or more games for one team: Wilt Chamberlain, for the Philadelphia Warriors (1959, first 10 games); Walt Bellamy, for the Chicago Packers (1961); Dan Issel for the Nuggets (1976); Dominique Wilkins for the Clippers (1994, first 4 games); and Glenn Robinson for the Hawks (2002).
Related notes: Chamberlain and Bellamy did it in their rookie season. Issel did it in his first three NBA games for the Nuggets, but played for Denver previously in the ABA. Only Wilkins, like Anthony, did it following a midseason trade.
STOUDEMIRE STYMIES JAMES IN FINAL SECONDS
From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire sealed the Knicks' victory when he blocked LeBron James's driving lay-up with 7 seconds to play. It was only the third time in James's NBA career that he had a shot blocked in the final 10 seconds of the fourth quarter (or overtime) with his team trying to erase a deficit or three points or less. The others came in a span of 12 days in April 2008 on blocks by Joakim Noah and Samuel Dalembert.
LOVE DOMINATES WARRIORS
From Elias: Kevin Love scored 37 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 126-123 win over the Warriors. It was Love's fourth 30/20 game this season, the highest total in one season since Shaquille O'Neal posted five such games for the Lakers in 1999-2000.
T'WOLVES' TOP WARRIORS WITH 3RD-QUARTER SURGE
From Elias: The Timberwolves erased a halftime deficit by outscoring the Warriors, 35-16, in the third quarter and held on for a three-point win over Golden State. Minnesota's 19-point edge in the third quarter was its largest in any period this season.
MAVS' BENCH OVERWHELMS RAPTORS
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points, but it was the bench that powered the Mavericks to a 114-96 win at Toronto. Four subs scored at least 12 points for Dallas: Shawn Marion (20), Jason Terry (19), Ian Mahinmi (13), and Jose Juan Barea (12). That's becoming a signature feat for the Mavs, who had four reserves with at least a dozen points three times in their last five games. Only one other team has had even one such game this season: the 76ers in a loss to the Pacers last month.
WESTBROOK'S GIVEAWAYS SEAL THUNDER'S LOSS
From Elias: Russell Westbrook committed a pair of turnovers with the Thunder trailing by three points in the final minute of Sunday's 90-87 loss to the Lakers. Westbrook had only three such turnovers┐that is, in the final minute of the fourth quarter (or overtime) with his team trailing by three points or less┐in his previous 221 NBA games.
HILL RECREATES MAGIC ACT
From Elias: Grant Hill turned back the clock, scoring 34 points in the Suns' 110-108 overtime win at Indiana. That was the 27th time that Hill scored as many as 34 points in a game, but the most recent of those games prior to Sunday's was exactly six years earlier, on February 27, 2005 for the Magic, playing alongside a rookie named Dwight Howard.
FRYE'S HITS LATE GAME-WINNER
From Elias: Channing Frye hit a 23-foot shot at the buzzer in the Suns' victory at Indiana. It was the first time in Frye's six-year NBA career that he scored a go-ahead field goal in the final 5 seconds of the fourth quarter (or overtime).
HICKSON STARS IN CAVS' LOSS
From Elias: J.J. Hickson scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds (including nine off the offensive boards) in the Cavaliers' 95-91 loss to the 76ers. It was Hickson's third 20/15 game (that is, points and rebounds) this month. Over the last 17 seasons, only one other Cavs players posted three such games in the same calendar month: Carlos Boozer in January 2004 .
MARTIN HITS THE BIG THREE-OH FOR SIXTH TIME IN FEBRUARY
From Elias: Kevin Martin scored 33 points in the Rockets' 91-89 win at New Orleans. It was Martin's sixth 30-point game this month. Only two other guards in team history scored 30 or more points in at least six games in one calendar month: Calvin Murphy (6 in Dec. 1973, 10 in March 1978) and Tracy McGrady (8 in Jan. 2007).
ARENAS APPROACHES HIS POINT-A-MINUTE PAST
From Elias: Remember Agent Zero? Gilbert Arenas looked a bit like his former alter ego, coming off the bench to score 16 points in 16 minutes, 29 seconds in the Magic's 100-86 win over the Bobcats. Arenas averaged at least a point a minute in eight games during the 2006-2007 season, when only Kobe Bryant did so at least that often (14 times). Arenas has only two such games since then, both for Washington last season.
BRUINS' PERFECT ROAD TRIP CONTINUES
From Elias: With Boston's 3-2 win at Edmonton on Sunday, the Bruins have won the first five games of their six-game road trip which concludes at Ottawa on Tuesday. This is only the fourth time in the Bruins' 86-season history that they've won five or more consecutive games on one road trip. Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, and Co. swept a six-game road swing in February 1972, and Boston won five straight games, all on the road, in October 1997 and December 2008 .
BRODEUR'S BACK AND DEVILS ROLL ON
From Elias: Martin Brodeur, playing his first game in three weeks, made 25 saves to lead the Devils to a 2-1 road win over the Panthers. The Devils are 9-1-0 over their last 10 games, having held their opponents to two or fewer goals in each game. That's the second-longest streak of consecutive games allowing no more than two goals in franchise history, behind their 11-game skein in November 1997. It also matches the longest such streak in the NHL this season: 10 games by the Penguins from November 22 through December 11 .
KIPRUSOFF MAKES THE MOST OF MOSS'S GOAL
From Elias: A third-period goal by David Moss and 27 saves by Miikka Kiprusoff were enough for a 1-0 win by the Flames against St. Louis on Sunday. Kiprusoff has recorded 39 regular-season shutouts in his NHL career and one-third of them have been 1-0 wins. Kiprusoff ranks second among active NHL goaltenders in 1-0 shutouts, though he's far behind the leader, Martin Brodeur, who has 23 .
LECAVALIER SHINES AT MSG
From Elias: Vincent Lecavalier's power play goal early in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and the Lightning nursed their one-goal lead the rest of the way for a 2-1 win over the Rangers. Lecavalier has scored only four goals in 15 games against the Rangers over the last four seasons; but all four, including Sunday's game-winner, came at Madison Square Garden. Lecavalier, who scored only eight goals (in 35 games) this season through the end of January, finished February with seven goals (in 11 games) for the month, tying him with Teddy Purcell for the team lead.
ROOKIE CALVERT SCORES AGAIN
From Elias: Matt Calvert extended his goal-scoring streak to four games when he gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead in their game at Nashville. Calvert is the first rookie ever to score goals in four consecutive Columbus games. Two other rookies have recorded goal-scoring streaks of at least four games in the NHL this season: the Islanders' Michael Grabner, who's done so twice (streaks of six and four games), and the Rangers' Derek Stepan (four games).
THRASHERS EKE OUT ANOTHER VICTORY
From Elias: Defenseman Ron Hainsey scored the first overtime goal of his NHL career to earn the Thrashers a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Sunday. Atlanta has won only seven of its last 28 games and all seven wins were by a one-goal margin, including two in overtime and two via shootouts.
TOEWS SCORES TWO AT HOME
From Elias: Jonathan Toews scored two goals in the Blackhawks' shootout victory against the Coyotes at Chicago. It was Toews' 14th multiple-goal game in regular-season play in his four-year NHL career but only his third multi-goal game at home. Toews's two-goal game on Sunday came exactly two years after his first multiple-goal game at United Center: a hat trick against Pittsburgh on February 27, 2009.