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NEWTON LEADS PANTHERS TO WIN
From Elias: Cam Newton led the Panthers to a win in Philadelphia on Monday by throwing two touchdown passes in the first half and running for two in the second half. Newton is the first player to have two TD passes in the first half and two TD runs in the second half - or vice-versa - since Jeff Garcia did that for the 49ers against the Saints in 2000.
The Panthers scored twice in the fourth quarter, on a touchdown and a field goal, while holding the Eagles scoreless, to win in Philadelphia on Monday. Entering the game, Carolina had not held its opponent scoreless in the fourth quarter in any of its last 23 games, which was tied for the all-time NFL record for consecutive games not blanking a team in the fourth quarter. The only other team in the league's 93-year history to go through 23 straight games in that manner was the Bengals, who did it in a 23-game stretch over the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
BUCKS STUN BULLS; HAMILTON SCORES 30
From Elias: The Bucks outscored the Bulls in the fourth quarter, 30-12, to win in Chicago by one point on Monday night. It was only the third win in Bucks history in which they trailed by 17 or more points going to the fourth quarter; the other times were at Atlanta in 1977 (after being down by 28 - the largest end-of-third-quarter deficit overcome by any NBA team in the shot-clock era) and at Miami in 2000 (down by 20).
Richard Hamilton, now in his 14th NBA season, had a season-high 30 points for the Bulls on Monday. No other player has had a 30-point game for the Bulls in his 14th season or later in the NBA. (Honorable mention to George Gervin, who had nine 30-point games in 1985-86, his 14th professional season, including his four years in the ABA. That was Gervin's final NBA season and his only with Chicago.) Hamilton is only the third player to have a 30-point game for both Chicago and Detroit, joining Ben Gordon and Orlando Woolridge.
CHANDLER CAN'T DO IT BY HIMSELF
From Elias: Tyson Chandler made 12 of 13 shots on Monday (92%) while his Knickerbockers teammates were only 21 of 72 (29%). It was the first time in nearly 56 years that a player made at least 90 percent of his shots, while taking at least 10, and his teammates made less than 30 percent of their shots. The previous instance was on Jan. 25, 1957, when Walter Dukes made 9 of 10 and his Lakers colleagues were 29 for 99 (29%).
Monday's game was the first Knicks/Nets game in more than 14 years in which each team entered with a winning record. The previous instance came on April 4, 1998, when the Nets (37-36) topped the Knicks (41-33), 97-94, at Madison Square Garden. Monday's game was the 168th regular-season game played between the two teams, and it was the first of those games in which both teams entered with a winning percentage of .600 or higher.
THUNDER SCARES CATS
From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Bobcats by 45 points on Monday, 114-69, and it had more than twice as many points as Charlotte through three periods (88-43). Over the last 10 years only one other team has had more than twice as many points as its opponent through three quarters of a game - the Lakers had a 92-41 lead on the Cavaliers on Jan. 11, 2011.
SPURS UNIMPRESSED BY WIZARDRY
From Elias: The Spurs defeated the Wizards on Monday to extend their winning streak over Washington to 13 games - and each of those wins has been by at least seven points. The only team against which the Spurs have a longer current winning streak is the Warriors (15 games). The last time any NBA team won 13 straight by at least seven points against one team was when the Spurs had a 14-game winning streak of that sort against the Warriors from 1999 through 2002.
JEFFERSON AVENGES EARLIER DENVER DEFEAT
From Elias: Al Jefferson scored 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting to lead the Jazz to a win over the Nuggets on Monday. Jefferson made only one of nine shots in his first game against Denver this season, on November 9, his fourth-lowest shooting percentage in any game in which he took five or more shots.
Utah allowed Denver 35 points in the first quarter and 30 in the second, but the Jazz held the Nuggets to 19 points in each of the final two quarters. The only other game in which the Jazz allowed 30-plus points in each of the first two periods and fewer than 20 in the third and fourth quarters was also against Denver, on Nov. 27, 1996 (37-33-15-18).
PISTONS END SKID VERSUS WESTERN TEAMS
From Elias: The Pistons defeated the Trail Blazers on Monday to end their 12-game losing streak against Western Conference opponents. That had been the longest current interconference losing streak for any team and it was one shy of the Pistons' longest interconference losing streak, 13 games, in 1980 and 1981.