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Another 36 points for Durant
From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 36 points in the Thunder's win over the Spurs in San Antonio. Durant has scored at least 30 points in each of his last nine games. Only three other active players scored 30 or more points in nine consecutive games within one season. Kobe Bryant did it thrice (a 16-game streak in 2002-03, a 10-game streak in December 2012 and a nine-gamer in March/April 2006), LeBron James (10, March/April 2006) and Amar'e Stoudemire (9, November/December 2010). Just in case you were wondering, the NBA record for consecutive games scoring 30+ points within one season is 65 by Wilt Chamberlain in 1961-62.
Durant has scored 419 points over his last 11 games. That's the most points any player has scored over any 11-game span within one season since Dwyane Wade scored 421 over 11 games in 2008-09.
The Wizards can't get over the hump
From Elias: The Wizards blew another chance to go over .500 when they lost to the Celtics on Wednesday night. It was Washington's ninth consecutive loss in a game in which it entered the contest with a .500 record. That matches the Timberwolves for the longest current losing streak of its kind in the NBA.
Jefferson is movin' on up
From Elias: Al Jefferson scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Bobcats' win over the Clippers. Jefferson has scored 98 points and hauled in 59 rebounds over his last four games. No other player in Bobcats history had that many points and rebounds over a four-game span.
Jordan in the 4/20 club
From Elias: DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and scored only four points in the Clippers' loss to the Bobcats. Jordan is the first player in the NBA this season to grab at least 20 rebounds in a game in which he scored four or fewer points. Reggie Evans had three such games for the Nets last season.
D.J. spins some nice tunes
From Elias: D.J. Augustin led all players with 27 points and seven assists in the Bulls' victory over the Cavaliers. It was the fourth time that Augustin was the outright leader in both points and assists in his 389-game NBA career. He also did it on November 24, 2008 (25 points, 11 assists), January 20, 2011 (31,8) and April 5, 2011 (22,8).
Another big game for Oladipo
From Elias: Victor Oladipo scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out seven assists for the Magic in their loss to the Hawks. It was the second time this season that Oladipo had that many points, rebounds and assists in a game. He had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists at Philadelphia on December 3. The last NBA rookie to have more than one game like that in a season was Blake Griffin, who had eight such games in 2010-11.
Turner shines in the Big Apple
From Elias: Evan Turner scored 34 points and cleaned the glass for 11 rebounds in the 76ers' win in New York. Over the last 13 seasons, only one other Philadelphia player had that many points and rebounds in a game and he also did it at Madison Square Garden. Chris Webber scored 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds at "The World's Most Famous Arena" on March 31, 2006.
The Butler did it
From Elias: Caron Butler came off the Bucks' bench to score 30 points, grab seven rebounds and hand out five assists Wednesday night. Butler was the second player to put up numbers like that in a game he did not start. Jamal Crawford did it as well on November 29 (31 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists). The last Milwaukee non-starter to have that many points, rebounds and assists in a game was Brad Lohaus on March 27, 1993 (34 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists).
DeRozan scored 40, Raptors win
From Elias: DeMar DeRozan scored 40 points in the Raptors' victory over the Mavericks. Toronto had lost its previous five games in which one of its players scored at least 40 points and are 14-14 all-time in such games. Prior to Wednesday night, the last time Toronto won a game in which one of its players scored 40 or more points was February 20, 2008 against the Magic. Chris Bosh scored 40 points in that game.
Howard crowns Kings
From Elias: Dwight Howard, who scored 26 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field in the Rockets' win Wednesday night, has made at least half of his field-goal attempts in 20 of the 22 games he has played against the Kings in his career. Howard's .627 career field-goal percentage against the Kings is his highest against any NBA team.
Khudobin KO's Flyers
From Elias: Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin beat the Flyers for the second time this season with a 3-2 victory in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Khudobin's other win against the Flyers this season came in his Hurricanes debut on October 6 in Raleigh. He's only the fifth goaltender in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history to record two wins versus the Flyers in one season. The others were Hartford's Mike Liut (1989-90), Peter Sidorkiewicz (1990-91) and Frank Pietrangelo (1991-92), and Carolina's Arturs Irbe (1999-2000).
Price is not right on the road
From Elias: Wednesday was another miserable night on the road for Carey Price, who was pulled from the net in the Canadiens' game at Pittsburgh at the 15:03 mark of the second period immediately after the Penguins scored their fifth goal against him. Price has allowed four or more goals in each of his last five road games, though he's managed to record two wins in those five games. The only other goaltenders in Canadiens history to give up at least four goals in each of five or more consecutive road games in one season were the legendary Georges Vezina in 1919-20 (six straight games), Paul Bibeault in 1942-43 (six) and Jose Theodore in 1996-97 (five).
Jokinen's up-and-down season continues
From Elias: Jussi Jokinen scored a pair of goals in the Penguins' 5-1 win over the Canadiens, giving him a Pittsburgh team-high total of six goals in eight games in January. Jokinen scored six goals in 13 games in October this season (only Sidney Crosby, with eight, scored more goals that month for Pittsburgh), but he tallied only three goals in 15 games in November and shot nothing but blanks in 14 games in December.
Three assists for Zetterberg
From Elias: Henrik Zetterberg assisted on three of the Red Wings' four goals in their shootout win over the Blackhawks. It was Zetterberg's third three-assist game of the season and it was the first three-assist game by a Detroit player against the Blackhawks since Zetterberg and Marian Hossa each registered three assists when Detroit beat Chicago, 6-4, in the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day 2009.