Date: March 15, 2014

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Heat squander 14-point lead

The Heat took a 14-point lead over the Nuggets in the second quarter, but Denver rallied for a 111-107 victory. It's the third time this season that Miami lost a game on its home court after leading by at least 10 points. The Heat had no home losses of that kind last season and suffered only one such defeat in the 2011-12 regular season.

Miami Heat

Team effort highlights Spurs rout of Lakers

Talk about filling up a boxscore! Each of the Spurs' 13 players had at least one point, rebound and assist in a rout of the Lakers. In the more than 500 instances throughout NBA history of a team using at least 13 players in a game this was the first in which 13 (or more) different players contributed in all three of those categories.

Danny Green led the Spurs with 15 points in their 119-85 victory. Only two teams in NBA history scored more points in a game without an individual player totaling more than 15: the Trail Blazers in 1991 (120 points) and the Pistons in 1973 (125).

San Antonio Spurs

Suns break late tie with seven straight points

The Suns and Celtics were tied, 80-80, with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, but Phoenix then ran the table for an 87-80 win. That tied the largest margin of victory in the NBA this season in a game that was tied within its final 60 seconds. Boston was on the short end of the other such matchup as well, a 105-98 loss to the Bucks on November 1.

Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns


Jefferson does a Lovely impersonation

Kevin Love leads all NBA players by a wide margin in 25/15 (points/rebounds) games this season, but it was a Timberwolves opponent who turned that trick on Friday night. Al Jefferson's 25 points and 16 rebounds powered the Bobcats to a 105-93 win over Minnesota. There have been 16 such 25/15 games for the Timberwolves this season (all by Love) and one by their opponents (Jefferson's was the first).

Charlotte Hornets


Lillard's sweet fourth quarter

Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 27 points, including 16 in the final period of a 111-103 triumph over the Pelicans. It's the most fourth-quarter points that Lillard has scored in a Portland win in his two-season NBA career.

Portland Trail Blazers


Curry ties record for three-pointers over two seasons

Stephen Curry made five three-point field goals on Friday night, giving him 478 over the last two seasons. Curry, who broke Ray Allen's single season record for three-point field goals last season with 272 (Allen had 269 in 2005-06), has now tied Allen's league record for three-pointers over a two-season span. Allen, from 2004-05 (209) to 2005-06 (269), sank 478 shots from beyond the arc.

Golden State Warriors


Valanciunas on target from the field

Jonas Valanciunas was 11-for-15 (.733) from the field and scored a game-high 23 points in the Raptors' win over the Grizzlies. That's the highest field-goal percentage by a Memphis opponent (minimum: 15 attempts) in more than two years -- since Andrew Bynum made 15 of 18 shots (.833) in a double-overtime victory by the Lakers on March 13, 2012.

Toronto Raptors

Form holds in Philadelphia

The Pacers (47-17 entering the game) defeated the 76ers (15-49 before Friday night) in an expected result. Each of the last 12 meetings between a team at least 30 games above .500 and a team 30 or more games below .500 has now been won by the team with the better record.

The last upset in that situation came on April 16, 2012, when Washington (14-46) won at Chicago (46-14). The Bulls played that game without two injured stars: Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.

Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers

Unusual balance for Wizards starters

The Wizards used a unique balance of scoring and rebounding from their five starters in an overtime victory over the Magic on Friday night. Washington became the first NBA team to win a game this season with two starters (John Wall and Bradley Beal) each scoring at least 20 points and three other starters each pulling down 10 or more rebounds (Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat). Ariza deserves some extra credit; he scored at least 20 points and also registered 10 or more rebounds.

Washington Wizards


Three assists for Kuznetsov

Evgeny Kuznetsov, playing in his third NHL game, recorded the first three assists of his career to help lead the Capitals to a 4-3 win over the Canucks. Kuznetsov is the first player whose first three NHL assists were recorded in the same game since Anze Kopitar did so for the Kings against St. Louis on Oct. 7, 2006 (his second NHL game). Besides Kuznetsov and Kopitar, the only active NHL players who did that are Dominic Moore (Nov. 1, 2003 for the Rangers) and Mikko Koivu (Nov. 19, 2005 for Minnesota).

Washington Capitals


Niemi versus Nabokov on Long Island

The Sharks beat the Islanders, 4-3, at Nassau Coliseum in a game that was most notable for being a matchup of the goaltenders who rank first and second in games played, wins and shutouts for San Jose. The Islanders' Evgeni Nabokov, who played his first ten NHL seasons (1999-2000 through 2009-10) for the Sharks and is the franchise goaltending leader in games played (563), wins (293) and shutouts (50), took the loss while facing his original NHL team for the first time. The winning goaltender, Antti Niemi, who was brought in to replace Nabokov as San Jose's regular netminder for the 2010-11 season, ranks second among Sharks goaltenders in games played (224), wins (126) and shutouts (19).

New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks

Panthers overcome 3-1 deficit

The Florida Panthers overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Devils, 5-3, on Friday, after losing 5-4 at Tampa Bay on Thursday. It's only the third time in the last two seasons that the Panthers have scored at least four goals in each of two consecutive games. They did so once last season and once earlier this season (Jan. 20-21, in a 5-1 win at Pittsburgh and a 4-3 victory at Buffalo).

Florida Panthers


Howard stymies Oilers again

Jimmy Howard made 21 saves in regulation time and overtime and was unscored upon in the shootout that earned him and the Red Wings a 2-1 victory against the Edmonton Oilers. Howard was winless in his first three career games versus the Oilers (0-1-2) but he's won all 10 of his games against them since then while limiting Edmonton to a total of 14 goals.

Detroit Red Wings


Hagelin's hat trick jolts Jets

Carl Hagelin recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals in the Rangers' 4-2 victory at Winnipeg. It was the third hat trick by a Rangers this season; the others were by Derek Stepan (Nov. 2 vs. Carolina) and Chris Kreider (Nov. 30 vs. Vancouver). Over the last 12 years, the only other season in which three different players registered hat tricks for the Rangers was 2010-11 (Marian Gaborik 3, Ryan Callahan 1, Stepan 1).

New York Rangers


Josi assists on every Predators goal

Defenseman Roman Josi set his NHL career high for assists in one game when he helped set up all three goals for the Predators in their 3-2 win at Chicago. Josi is the third defenseman in Predators history to record three or more assists in a game in which they had an assist on every Nashville goal. The other Predators d-men to do that were Mark Eaton (in a 5-3 loss vs. Colorado on Oct. 25, 2003) and Ryan Suter (in a 4-3 OT loss at Anaheim on March 18, 2009).

Nashville Predators


Cammalleri stars in win at Dallas

Mike Cammalleri scored two goals for the Flames in their shootout win at Dallas on Friday. It was Cammalleri's third two-goal game of the season and second on the road. (He scored twice at Colorado on Nov. 8.) Cammalleri has recorded 31 multi-goal games in his 11-year NHL career, but this is only the second season in which he's had two multiple-goal road games. The other season was 2006-07, when he notched two-goal games for the Kings at Florida and Anaheim.

Calgary Flames