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IGUODALA JOINS SELECT COMPANY
From Elias: Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 13 assists in the 76ers' win over the Timberwolves. It was Iggy's second triple-double of the season, the second time in his career he has had more than one in a season (he had three in 2006-07). Only three other players in 76ers history had more than one season with multiple triple-doubles, all three are in the Basketball Hall of Fame: Charles Barkley, Wilt Chamberlain and Billy Cunningham each had three such seasons.
`WOLVES NEED MORE THAN JUST LOVE
From Elias: Kevin Love had 21 points and 23 rebounds for Minnesota Friday night after having 20 points and 20 rebounds in his previous game two days earlier. It's the second time this season that Love has had back-to-back 20/20 games; he also did it in November. The last NBA player to have more than one such streak in the same season was Atlanta's Kevin Willis in 1991-92. Willis had three streaks of back-to-back 20/20 games that season.
ELLIS SCORES 40, WARRIORS LOSE
From Elias: Monta Ellis scored 41 points in the Warriors' loss at Boston Friday. It was Ellis' fourth 40+ point game of the season, tying him with Dwyane Wade for second-most in the NBA, behind Kevin Durant (five). Golden State is 1-3 in the four games in which Ellis scored at least 40 points.
KNICKS PLAY DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF THE COMPETITION
From Elias: Despite 41 points from Amar'e Stoudemire the Knicks lost to the Cavaliers, dropping their season record against Cleveland to 0-3 and their record against the six teams currently occupying last place in their divisions to 8-7. Only one NBA team has as many combined losses to last place teams this season as the Knicks: Cleveland is 1-8 against the current last place teams in the NBA.
ROSE BLOOMING IN ORLANDO
From Elias: Derrick Rose scored 24 points in the Bulls' win in Orlando Friday night, improving his career points-per-game average against the Magic to 15.1. That's his lowest average against any NBA opponent, by far (16.0 PPG or higher against every other team).
WILLIAMS ASSISTS IN NETS WIN
From Elias: Deron Williams handed out 11 assists in the Nets win over the Raptors in London. Williams has 58 assists in his four games with the Nets, the second-most for any player over any four-game span in Nets history. Kevin Porter had 60 assists over a four-game span in February 1978. What about Jason Kidd? Kidd's assist high over any four-game span with the Nets was 57.
HORNETS-GRIZZLIES FIT TO BE TIED
From Elias: The Hornets and Grizzles were tied 20-20 at the end of the first period, tied 45-45 at the end of the second period, and tied 72-72 at the end of the period before New Orleans outscored Memphis 26-19 in the fourth quarter. The last NBA game that was tied at the end of each of the first three quarters was the Suns-Jazz game on December 6, 2008 (26-26, 50-50, 78-78).
SUNS RUN AWAY FROM THE BUCKS
From Elias: The Suns used a 19-0 run in the third quarter to turn a deficit into a lead in their win over the Bucks Friday night. That was one point shy of the longest "run" for Phoenix this season. The Suns had a 20-0 run against the Warriors on February 10.
SPURS SPANK HEAT
From Elias: The Spurs spanked the Heat, 125-95, Friday night. Miami entered the game with a 43-18 record. It's the first time in almost two years that a team that many games over .500 lost a game by 30 or more points. Cleveland beat the Celtics by 31 points on April 12, 2009. Boston entered the game with a 60-19 record.
DEVILS TIE MODERN NHL RECORD
From Elias: The Devils tied a modern NHL record when they held the Penguins goalless through the first 20 minutes of their game in Newark on Friday night. It was New Jersey's 12th consecutive game without allowing a first-period goal, matching the single-season record for the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., since 1943-44, when the center-ice red line was introduced). Three other teams have done that over the last 67 seasons: the 1959-60 Canadiens, 1974-75 Kings and 2006-07 Blues.
DEVILS KNOW THE SCORE
From Elias: The Devils posted their third consecutive 2-1 win when Ilya Kovalchuk scored with 25 seconds remaining in overtime in Friday's game against the Penguins. The only other team in NHL history to record three straight wins, all by a 2-1 score, was the Red Wings in February 1951. Kovalchuk's game-winner was his league-leading fourth overtime goal of the season. He's tied the Devils record for most OT goals in one season, a mark set by Scott Niedermayer in 2001-02 and equaled by Patrik Elias in 2003-04.
KIPPER STOPS TWO PENALTY SHOTS
From Elias: Miikka Kiprusoff stopped penalty shots by Matt Calvert and Antoine Vermette in his 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Friday night. Kiprusoff was the first NHL goaltender to face two penalty shots in one game without allowing a goal on either one since the Red Wings' Corrado Micalef turned aside attempts by Pierre Larouche and Mike Ridley in a game against the Rangers in New York on Feb. 16, 1986. (Micalef lost that game, 3-1.)
HENRIK IS THE KING OF THE CANADIAN CAPITAL
From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist earned first-star honors by making 28 saves in his 4-1 victory over the Senators in Ottawa. Lundqvist has won the last six games he's played in the Canadian capital (dating back to December 2007), allowing a total of eight goals on 183 shots on goal by the Senators (1.32 goals-against average, .956 save percentage). Lundqvist has a 2-4-0 record in six games against Ottawa at Madison Square Garden over the same span, though his GAA in those six games is a nifty 1.84.
TOEWS EXTENDS GOAL STREAK
From Elias: Jonathan Toews extended his goal streak to a career-high four games when he gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead only 55 seconds into their game against the Hurricanes. Toews is the only player to record points in every game of Chicago's current seven-game winning streak (seven goals, five assists).