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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins set a franchise rookie record with his sixth consecutive performance of 20 or more points in Friday's 98-84 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, per Sportsnet Stats.

Though he made just six of his 17 field-goal attempts in the defeat, Wiggins reached an even 20 points with the help of seven successful free throws on nine attempts from the line.

The six-game streak has included three showings of exactly 20 points, with all of those coming in Minnesota's past four contests. Wiggins is averaging 22.2 points over the recent stretch, which began in a Dec. 30 loss to the Utah Jazz.

While still rather impressive, the streak has not led to any Minnesota victories, as the Timberwolves enter Saturday's contest against the San Antonio Spurs in the midst of a 14-game losing streak.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady needs three touchdown passes in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens to break Joe Montana's all-time record of 45 career scoring tosses in the postseason, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Entering Saturday's game with 43 touchdown passes in 26 playoff appearances, Brady will face an opponent that has historically given him some trouble in January. He owns a 1-2 record and three-to-seven touchdown-to-interception ratio in three playoff games against the Ravens, with those contests occurring in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Most memorably, the Ravens and Patriots squared off in back-to-back AFC Championship Games, with the Patriots taking the 2011 version thanks to a last-second field-goal miss from Billy Cundiff, while the Ravens prevailed in more convincing fashion the following year.

Though history seems to favor Baltimore, the Ravens' roster has undergone an almost complete overhaul over the past two years, and this season's version of the New England defense is the best in quite some time.

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The Houston Rockets enter Saturday's contest against the Utah Jazz with an opportunity to tie the NBA record of 10 games in a single season with 15 or more three-pointers made as a team, per NBA.com/Stats.

Houston recorded its ninth such game of the season Thursday against the New York Knicks, converting 16 out of 36 three-point attempts in a 120-96 blowout win at Madison Square Garden.

Just 36 games into the current season, this Rockets team is looking to match a record that was jointly set by none other than the Knicks and Rockets back in 2012-13.

Widely known for their affinity for shots either at the rim or from beyond the arc, the Rockets easily lead the NBA with 33.8 three-point attempts per game, putting them 6.7 ahead of the second-place Phoenix Suns (27.1).

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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry set a new NBA record during Wednesday's 117-102 win over the Indiana Pacers, becoming the fastest player in league history to reach 1,000 career three-pointers made, per Elias Sports Bureau (via NBA.com/Stats).

Playing in just his 369th regular-season contest, Curry connected on four of his eight attempts from beyond the arc, giving him 1,003 three-pointers for his career. He finished the night with 21 points, three rebounds, 15 assists and four steals, with the assists matching his season-high mark.

The other half of Golden State's famous Splash Brothers duo had arguably an even better game, as guard Klay Thompson recorded 40 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block, with six of his 11 three-point attempts finding the mark.

With 641 three-pointers made through the first 261 games of his career, Thompson is on pace to reach 1,000 in his 408th game, which would be second-fastest in NBA history.

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Wednesday's 101-91 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards marked a 13th consecutive loss for the New York Knicks, setting a new franchise record for the longest losing streak in a single season, per Sportsnet Stats.

Following a Monday trade that saw the team send guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a woefully inexperienced Knicks squad put up a surprisingly decent fight in Washington, D.C., making a decent game of it against the Eastern Conference's fourth-seeded team.

Starting point guard Jose Calderon led the charge with a team-high 17 points, while reserve guard Shane Larkin contributed a full stat line of 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and four steals.

The Wizards didn't pull away until late in the fourth quarter, when a 7-1 run turned a lead of 92-81 into a lead of 99-82. The Knicks somewhat obscured the excellent fourth-quarter showing by Washington, draining a trio of meaningless three-pointers in the last two minutes to make the final score somewhat more palatable.

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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov set an NHL record for most saves in a regular-season road shutout, with 54 stops in Tuesday's 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, per Sportsnet Stats.

The Avs scored two goals in the opening 1 minute, 17 seconds, with the first coming courtesy of center Nathan MacKinnon at the 0:53 mark, followed by a tally from center Maxime Talbot just 24 seconds later.

The 19-year-old MacKinnon, who was named the game's second star, registered the first assist on Talbot's goal to capture his first multi-point performance since Nov. 22.

Handed an early two-goal lead, Varlamov turned in arguably the finest performance by any goaltender this season, holding a team stacked with offensive weapons at bay.

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The New York Knicks enter Wednesday's road game against the Washington Wizards with hopes of ending a 12-game losing streak that began Dec. 14.

Having previously lost 10 straight games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 10, the Knicks have multiple double-digit losing streaks in a single season for the first time in franchise history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

With the streaks separated by just a lone 101-95 win against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 12, the Knicks have incredibly lost 22 of their past 23 games, with 31 losses in the last 34 contests.

And it doesn't appear to be getting much better anytime soon, as the Knicks traded guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a move designed to save money while increasing cap flexibility.

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Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points in Monday's 96-88 overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets to move past Moses Malone for sole possession of seventh place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, per NBA.com/stats.

Nowitzki entered the game with 27,397 career points, needing just 13 to surpass Malone's 27,409—a total that doesn't include the 2,171 points Malone scored in the ABA. If points from the ABA are also included, Nowitzki stands a somewhat more modest 10th on the all-time scoring list, falling behind Malone, Julius Erving and Dan Issel, per Basketball-Reference.com.

In any case, Nowitzki was a good bet to pass Malone in Monday's game, as he entered the contest with an average of 18.5 points per game this season.

Though he finished regulation with just 12 points, Nowitzki then got to move up the scoring list in dramatic fashion, nailing a contested three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining in overtime to extend his team's lead to an insurmountable 96-88.

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard became the fifth player in franchise history with 500 career three-pointers when he drained a 25-footer during the fourth quarter of Monday's 98-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, per the Trail Blazers' official Twitter account.

The milestone shot came with two minutes, 32 seconds remaining in the quarter, and it pushed Portland's lead to 91-87.

Lillard had already hit two three-pointers in the quarter, and he would ultimately finish the frame with 16 of his game-high 39 points. He scored 16 of Portland's final 22 points, with fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge accounting for the other six.

Portland relied heavily on its superstar duo, as Aldridge and Lillard were the only Blazers to score any points over the final nine minutes of Monday's game.

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson finished the 2014 campaign with a new franchise single-season record for receiving yards, per the Packers' official Twitter account.

Nelson's 1,519 yards broke the previous Green Bay record of 1,497, set by Robert Brooks in 1995.

Just as Brooks did in '95, Nelson helped his team to a division title, as the Packers clinched the NFC North and the second seed in the NFC with a Week 17 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Among receivers with at least 50 catches this season, Nelson recorded the sixth-most yards per reception (15.50) in the league, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. Of that group, only 13 averaged at least 15 yards per catch.