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The Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA’s only undefeated team, are 7-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.

Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal, who finished with 18 points in the Suns’ home loss to Houston last night, moved passed John Havlicek into 10th place on the all-time scoring list. With 26,402 career points, O’Neal needs 266 points to tie Dominique Wilkins for ninth all time (26,668).

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant needs three points to tie Larry Bird for 23rd on the all-time scoring list (21,791).

With 2,058 steals, Dallas’ Jason Kidd needs 17 steals to tie Mookie Blaylock (2,075 steals) for 10th all time.

Orlando’s Dwight Howard recorded his first career triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks in last night’s win over Oklahoma City. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Howard became the first player with at least 30 points and 10 blocks in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon (31 points, 10 blocks) accomplished the feat against Dallas on April 13, 1996.

New Orleans’ Chris Paul has recorded at least one steal in 90 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. The all-time record is 105 straight games with at least one steal, held by Alvin Robertson.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade has scored at least 30 points in a franchise-record four straight games. Wade is averaging 28.2 points on the season.

Through seven games, Indiana’s T.J. Ford is averaging a career-best 17.1 points, while shooting a career-high .479 percent from the field. He had 17 assists combined through his first four games. He has 28 his last three contests.

–NBA News

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