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DURANT AND WESTBROOK EACH SCORE 40 FOR SECOND TIME
From Elias: Russell Westbrook had 45 points and Kevin Durant chipped in with 40 points in Oklahoma City's thrilling double-overtime win over Minnesota on Friday night. It is the second time this season that Durant and Westbrook each scored 40-or-more points in the same game. On February 19, Durant scored 51 and Westbrook poured in 40 in a Thunder overtime victory over Denver.
Durant and Westbrook are the first pair of teammates to each score 40-or-more points in the same game twice in a career, let alone in a single season.
LOVE'S 51 POINTS AND 14 REBOUNDS GO TO WASTE
From Elias: Kevin Love had 51 points and 14 rebounds but could not lead the Timberwolves to a victory as the team dropped a double-overtime decision to the Thunder on Friday night. Over the last 21 seasons, only three other players have recorded at least 50 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort: Sacramento's Chris Webber (51 points and 26 rebounds on January 5, 2001), Golden State's Antawn Jamison (51 points and 14 rebounds on December 3, 2000) and Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon (51 points and 14 rebounds on January 18, 1996).
HOWARD RECORDS HIS 8,000TH REBOUND
From Elias: Dwight Howard had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Magic to a 93-80 win over the Cavaliers on Friday night. Howard's first rebound of the game was the 8,000th of his career in just his 616th regular season game. Among players that began their career in the last 40 years, only one reached 8,000 rebounds in fewer games than Howard: Moses Malone (534).
ANOTHER BIG ASSIST NIGHT FOR NASH
From Elias: Steve Nash handed out 17 assists in the Suns' victory over the Pacers in Indiana on Friday night. It is the 44th time that Nash has registered at least 17 assists in a game, by far the most for any active player. In fact, only one other active player has had as many as half the number of 17-assist games as Nash has: Jason Kidd (27).
A MILESTONE WIN FOR COLLINS
From Elias: Doug Collins registered his 400th career victory in Philadelphia's win over the Celtics on Friday night. Only four other head coaches have recorded a century milestone win 400 or greater against the Celtics: Jack Ramsay (400th win in 1977), Don Nelson (600th win in 1990), Rick Adelman (400th win in 1999) and Phil Jackson (1000th win in 2008).
CALDERON GOES 0-FOR-10 WITH 10 ASSISTS
From Elias: Jose Calderon shot 0-for-10 from the field but handed out 10 assists as the Raptors snapped the Knicks' five-game winning streak in Toronto on Friday night. Calderon is the first player to shoot 0-for-10 or worse from the field while recording 10-or-more assists in the same game since the Clippers' Pooh Richardson missed all 10 of his shots and registered 14 assists against the Mavericks on December 17, 1994.
THREE STRAIGHT 20+ POINT ROAD WINS FOR BUCKS
From Elias: The Bucks defeated the Bobcats by a score of 112-92 in Charlotte on Friday night, extending their road winning streak to five straight games. The last three Milwaukee wins during that streak were all by at least 20 points. The Bucks defeated the Warriors by 22 points in Golden State and topped the Blazers by 29 points in Portland prior to their 20 point win over Charlotte on Friday. It is the first time in the Bucks' franchise history that the team has won three consecutive road games, all by 20-or-more points.
SESSIONS ACQUISITION IS PAYING OFF FOR THE LAKERS
From Elias: Newly acquired Ramon Sessions had 20 points and 11 assists to help lead the Lakers to a victory over the Trail Blazers on Friday night. Sessions is the first mid-season acquisition with a 20-point/10-assist game for the Lakers since Lucius Allen had three such games after he was traded by Milwaukee to Los Angeles during the 1974-75 season.
NOWITZKI HAS ONE OF HIS WORST SHOOTING NIGHTS
From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki was only 5-for-21 (23.8 percent) from the field in the Mavericks' loss to the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday night. That is the second lowest field-goal percentage Nowitzki has recorded in a regular-season game in which he had more than 20 attempts. Nowitzki was 5-for-22 (22.7 percent) against the Bucks on November 29, 2005. (Nowitzki has attempted more than 20 shots in 224 games in his career.)
BACK TO BACK STELLAR PERFORMANCES FOR SMITH
From Elias: Josh Smith followed up his 32-point, 17-rebound, 3-blocked shot night on Wednesday with 30 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in Atlanta's victory over New Jersey on Friday night. Smith is the first Hawks player to record at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in consecutive games since the NBA began tracking blocks in 1973-74.
COLE SCORES A QUICK HAT-TRICK
From Elias: Erik Cole single-handedly gave the Canadiens a 3-0 lead in the first 5:41 of their game against the Senators on Friday night. It was the fastest hat-trick from the start of an NHL game since January 14, 1990, when Calgary's Brian MacLellan had three goals by the 5:21 mark of the first period in a game at Chicago Stadium.
Cole's three goals gave him a total of 30 for the season and tied him with fellow American Max Pacioretty for the Canadiens' team lead. Montreal is the first NHL team to have two U.S.-born players each score 30-or-more goals in the same season since 2005-06, when Brian Gionta (48) and Scott Gomez (33) did so for the Devils.
STAFFORD THRIVES AT THE GARDEN
From Elias: Drew Stafford scored two goals in the Sabres' 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York on Friday night. Stafford has only two multiple-goal games this season and they've both come at Madison Square Garden. He scored both Buffalo goals in the Sabres' 3-2 loss at MSG on February 25. Stafford is only the second player in Sabres history with two multi-goal games in one season at the "World's Most Famous Arena." Rick Martin had a pair of two-goal games at the Garden for Buffalo in 1974-75.
UMBERGER SCORES THREE IN BLUE JACKETS' WIN
From Elias: R.J. Umberger scored three goals to lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Friday night. It was the third hat trick of Umberger's NHL career and his second for Columbus. (His first three-goal game was for the Flyers in 2007.) Umberger is one of only five players in Blue Jackets history with more than one hat trick. The others are Rick Nash (5), Tyler Wright (3), Geoff Sanderson (2) and Jeff Carter (2).
LEAFS GO 3-FOR-3 AGAINST BRODEUR IN SHOOTOUT
From Elias: The Maple Leafs scored on all three of their shootout attempts against Martin Brodeur, enabling them to leave Newark with a 4-3 win over the Devils after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period. Brodeur has participated in 62 shootouts during the seven seasons that the NHL has used the tiebreaker. Friday's game marked only the fourth time that Brodeur allowed three or more goals in one shootout and it was the first time that a team scored on its first three attempts against him.
JETS RALLY FROM THREE-GOAL DEFICIT TO BEAT CAPS
From Elias: The Jets overcame a 3-0 deficit to record a 4-3 overtime victory against the Capitals in Washington on Friday night. It was the fifth time in Thrashers/Jets franchise history that they won a road game in which they trailed by three goals. The four previous instances came when the team was located in Atlanta, with the most recent of those comeback wins coming against the Flyers in Philadelphia on March 12, 2011.
DUBNYK CONTINUES TO TURN HIS SEASON AROUND
From Elias: Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk was unscored upon in a four-round shootout that earned him a 2-1 win against the Panthers on Friday night. Dubnyk is 11-6-1 in 18 games since the All-Star break, after posting a 7-11-1 mark in 23 games this season before the break.