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SUNS SHINE IN THE 80S
The Suns defeated the Bulls, 88-77, posting their first victory in a game in which they scored fewer than 90 points since December 9, 2005. Phoenix lost seven sub-90 games in the interim.
BLAZERS RALLY FROM 14 DOWN TO DEFEAT HAWKS
The Trail Blazers rallied from a 81-67 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play to defeat the Hawks, 94-93. That equaled the largest fourth-quarter deficit that Portland has overcome to win a game over the last 10 seasons. During that time, Portland also won games in which they trailed by 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Clippers (2002) and the Heat (2003).
MAVS TOP NUGGETS DESPITE A PAIR OF SCORELESS STARTERS
The Mavericks defeated the Nuggets, 90-85, despite two starters-Erick Dampier and Eddie Jones-who scored as many points as Carmelo Anthony, who missed his third consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. The last time Dallas won a game in which two starters failed to score was 1984 (Brad Davis and Kurt Nimphius).
SUPER BOWL XLII IS A REGULAR-SEASON RERUN
Patriots-Giants will be the 12th Super Bowl between teams that faced each other during the regular season. The loser of the regular-season game has won more Super Bowls (6) than the regular-season winner has won (5).
SEAU TO MAKE RECORD-SETTING RETURN TO THE SUPER BOWL
Junior Seau can set a record by returning to the Super Bowl after a 13-year absence. Seau played in Super Bowl XXIX for the 1994 Chargers. The longest span between Super Bowl appearances is 11 years by Matt Bahr (1979 Steelers-1990 Giants) and Ed Newman (1973-1984 Dolphins).