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• The Knicks trailed 18-12 after one period Tuesday against Indiana, but then scored 32 points in the second quarter, 31 points in the third quarter and 32 points in the fourth quarter to win 107-92. It's the first time since the introduction of the 24-second shot clock in 1954 that an NBA team scored fewer than 13 points in the first quarter and then more than 30 points in each of the next three quarters.
• Paul Pierce scored 31 points, including a game-winning basket at the overtime buzzer, to give Boston a 116-115 win against Washington. It's the second time in the last five seasons that Pierce scored 30-plus points and made a game-winning shot with no time left in the game (he did it while scoring 33 points on Nov. 27, 2001 against Miami).
Over that same five-season span, throughout the entire NBA, there have been only two other "30-plus points and a buzzer beater" performances and each was done by a member of the Bulls: Ben Gordon (32 points this past January against the Knicks) and Jalen Rose (44 points in March 2002 at Houston).