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CAVALIERS' CONSECUTIVE HOME LOSSES UNPRECEDENTED
From Elias: The Cavaliers, who lost to the Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night, 121-84, were defeated in Cleveland by the Spurs on Tuesday evening, 125-90. The Cavaliers are the first team in NBA history to lose consecutive home games, each by 35-or-more points. (In between those two defeats, Cleveland lost to the Knicks in New York on Saturday night, 91-75.)
LeBRON LIFTS HEAT OVER SIXERS
From Elias: LeBron James scored 41 points in the Heat's 99-93 win against the 76ers on Tuesday night. The only other NBA player this season to record more than 40 points in a game in which his team failed to score 100 points is Kobe Bryant, who did that three times in a five-day span in January.
COUSINS SCORCHES SUNS
From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins, who will not turn 22 until August, had 41 points and 12 rebounds against the Suns on Tuesday night. The last NBA player younger than Cousins to match or exceed both of those totals in one game was a then 20-year old Kevin Durant, who had 46 points and 15 rebounds on January 23, 2009 against the Clippers.
WARRIORS SQUANDER 4TH-QUARTER LEAD
From Elias: Brandon Rush's three-point field goal with 11:30 remaining in the game gave Golden State an 82-70 lead over Memphis, but the Grizzlies rallied to defeat the Warriors, 98-94. It was an NBA-high third time this season that Mark Jackson's team lost a game in which it was ahead by at least 12 points in the fourth quarter. The only teams with two such defeats this season are the Clippers and Raptors.
CALDERON: 11 ASSISTS, NO FIELD GOALS
From Elias: Jose Calderon was 0-for-2 from the field, but he contributed 11 assists to the Raptors' 92-87 win over the Bobcats. It was the second time this season that Calderon reached double figures in assists but did not make a field goal in a game. The only other NBA player with multiple games of that type this season is the Nuggets' Andre Miller.
PACERS RALLY WITH BIG 4TH QUARTER
From Elias: The Pacers defeated the Knicks, 112-104, after they trailed New York at the end of the third period, 87-72. That was the largest margin of victory for any NBA team in a game it was losing by 15-or-more points heading into the fourth quarter since October 30, 2010, when the Bulls rallied to beat the Pistons in Chicago, 101-91.
DAVIS DOES SUPERMAN IMPERSONATION
From Elias: Glen Davis, replacing the injured Dwight Howard, had 31 points and 10 rebounds at Detroit on Tuesday night. Davis became the first Orlando player, other than Howard, with a 30/10 (points/rebounds) game since Steve Francis in 2005. Howard recorded 46 such games in the interim.
RANGERS SWEEP FLYERS
From Elias: The Rangers completed a clean sweep of their six-game season series against the Flyers with a 5-3 win at Philadelphia on Tuesday night. It's the fifth time that a team has won every game in a season series of six or more games against the Flyers. The other Philadelphia opponents to do that were the Bruins in both 1970-71 and 1971-72 (both six games), the Rangers in 1971-72 (six games) and the Penguins in 2006-07 (eight games).
MILESTONE ASSIST FOR ELIAS
From Elias: Patrik Elias scored the first goal in the Devils' 3-1 win over the Islanders and he set up New Jersey's second goal with an assist, his 50th of the season. Elias, who will turn 36 years old on April 13, has recorded 50 or more assists in one season only once before and that was 11 years ago (56 assists in 2000-01). He's the first player in Devils franchise history (including the team's years in Kansas City and Colorado) to register 50 or more assists in one season at age 30 or older. Before Elias, the oldest player in team history at the time he notched his 50th assist of a season was 29-year-old Scott Stevens in 1993-94.
ROOKIE RECORDS HOWE HAT TRICK
From Elias: Maple Leafs rookie Matt Frattin scored a goal, recorded an assist, and picked up the first fighting major of his NHL career all in the first period of Toronto's game in Buffalo. Frattin was only the second rookie in the last 18 seasons to register a "Gordie Howe hat trick" in a single period of one game. Brandon Dubinsky did that for the Rangers in the first period at Montreal on Feb. 19, 2008.
ROY TIES FRANCHISE RECORD FOR OT GOALS
From Elias: Derek Roy's second goal of the game capped the Sabres' comeback from a 3-0 deficit at the end of the first period and earned Buffalo a 6-5 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs. It was the sixth regular-season overtime goal of Roy's NHL and Sabres career, tying the Buffalo team record established by Thomas Vanek earlier this season (November 8). Roy's two-goal performance was the 20th multiple-goal game of his NHL career and his fourth multi-goal game against Toronto, his highest total versus any opponent.
CROSBY CONTINUES TRIUMPHANT RETURN
From Elias: Sidney Crosby tallied two goals and one assist to lead the Penguins to a 5-3 win at Boston. Crosby has scored 22 points in 12 games (5 goals, 17 assists) since March 15, when he returned to action after being sidelined for more than three months due to a concussion. That makes him the NHL scoring leader since that date, one point ahead of teammate Evgeni Malkin (21 points).
WARD STYMIES SENATORS
From Elias: Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who made 38 saves in his 2-1 win at Ottawa, is 12-2-6 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .945 save percentage in the last 20 games in which he faced 30 or more shots on goal, dating back to January 12.
LADD IS OVERTIME HERO AGAIN
From Elias: Andrew Ladd scored his second overtime goal in five days to cap the Jets' comeback from a 3-0 deficit and enable Winnipeg to post a 5-4 victory against the Panthers. Ladd, who beat Carolina in overtime last Friday, is the first player in Thrashers/Jets history to score two OT goals in such a short timeframe. The previous record of two overtime goals in 11 days was set by Ilya Kovalchuk in 2002-03 and matched by Marian Hossa in 2007-08.
COUTURE ENDS FAMINE
From Elias: Logan Couture ended his ten-game goalless streak with a power-play tally late in the second period that proved to be the game-winner for the Sharks in their 5-2 victory at Dallas. Couture's ten-game dry spell matched the longest previous goal drought of his three-year NHL career. He went goalless in ten consecutive games in 2009-10.
LINDBACK TAMES WILD
From Elias: Anders Lindback made 25 saves and went unscored upon in the shootout that earned him and the Predators a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in Nashville. It was the Predators' first regular-season or playoff win on home ice that was recorded by a goaltender other than Pekka Rinne since Dec. 15, 2010, when Lindback beat San Jose, 3-2. Rinne, who missed Tuesday's game due to illness, recorded 40 regular-season and two playoff wins in Nashville between those two home-ice wins by Lindback.