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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• LeBron James scored 32 points in Cleveland's 109-99 win over Milwaukee. It was James' 100th career 30-point game, coming one day before his 22nd birthday. James is the youngest player in NBA history at the time of his 100th career 30-point game, breaking the "record" held by Bob McAdoo, who did it at age 23 years, 170 days in March 1975.
• Charlotte beat the Lakers in triple-overtime Friday night. It was the second triple-overtime game in the NBA in a three-day span (the Knicks and Detroit played three OTs Wednesday night). It's only the second time in NBA history that two such games were played over a three-day span; the previous instance was in December 1951 (Minneapolis at Philadelphia on Dec. 21, Minneapolis at Baltimore on Dec. 22).
• Kobe Bryant scored 58 points in the Lakers' loss. It was the 14th time in Kobe's career that he scored at least 50 points in a game, tying him with Rick Barry for fourth-most in NBA history, behind Wilt Chamberlain (118 such games), Michael Jordan (31) and Elgin Baylor (17).
• The Wizards beat the Magic, 112-111. Washington has scored at least 106 points in each of its last 13 games, the longest streak of its kind for this franchise since 1978-79 (17 straight games). The last NBA team with a streak this long was the Suns in 1994-95 (14 games).
• Hedo Turkoglu scored 20 points for the Magic, all in the first half. It was the most points scored by a player, all in the first half, since Eddy Curry did exactly the same thing for the Knicks at Toronto on Jan. 15, 2006.
• Detroit lost to Indiana, 93-92. It was the third time this season that the Pistons played a game decided by a one-point margin (one win, two losses), tying them with Seattle for the NBA high.
• The Bulls have won 15 straight games against the Raptors; it's the third-longest current winning streak for one NBA team against another. The Mavericks have won 19 consecutive games against the Hornets and the Spurs have won 17 in a row against the Celtics.
This is the Bulls' longest winning streak against one team since they won 16 games in a row versus Philadelphia, a streak which ran into November 1997.
• The Nets beat the Heat on the strength of a 21-0 run in the third quarter that turned a 49-46 deficit into a 67-49 lead. That 21-point run matched the longest in the NBA this season. The Mavericks had a 21-0 run against the 76ers on Dec. 15.
• David Lee has pulled down at least 13 rebounds in each of his last seven games. Over the last 35 seasons, only two New York players have had a streak of that kind: Bob McAdoo in 1977-78 (eight straight) and Patrick Ewing in 1994-95 (seven).
• Daniel Alfredsson's goal 32 seconds into the first period was the only score in Ottawa's 1-0 win over the Rangers. It was the third-fastest goal in a 1-0 game in NHL history. The only quicker "lone goals" were by Anaheim's Chris Kunitz against Florida on Jan. 21, 2006 (29 seconds) and Dallas' Joe Nieuwendyk against Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1999 (31 seconds).
• The Rangers were shut out for the second consecutive game when they dropped a 1-0 decision to Ottawa, after being blanked by the Islanders Tuesday night. The Rangers have not scored a goal since the 8:17 mark of the second period of their road game at Tampa Bay last Saturday. Their current goal drought of 151 minutes, 43 seconds is the team's longest since Oct. 10-18, 2003 (165:12).
• Martin Brodeur and the Devils beat the Capitals on Friday night, 4-3. It was Brodeur's 30th career win against Washington; he's 30-10-4 in 45 games versus the Caps, including a 10-0-1 mark in his last 11 games against them. Besides the Capitals, Brodeur has also notched 30-or-more victories against the Rangers (34), Islanders (32), Flyers (32) and Canadiens (31). He could add two more teams to that list in the next few months. Brodeur has 29 career wins against the Panthers and 28 against the Penguins.
• Scott Gomez scored two goals against Olaf Kolzig in the Devils' win over the Capitals. Gomez has scored four goals in his last two games versus Kolzig, after scoring only twice in his first 18 career games against him.
• Lawrence Nycholat scored his first NHL goal on Friday night, doing so against Martin Brodeur. Nycholat is the 32nd player to score his first career goal against Brodeur and the second this season (Evgeni Malkin). None of the previous 31 players on this list scored more than 75 career goals in the NHL and six of them never scored another goal in the league (Libor Zabransky, Chad Wiseman, Brad Moran, Jozef Balej, Evgeny Korolev and Jeff Tambellini).
• Sidney Crosby had three assists in Pittsburgh's 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. It was Crosby's seventh game with three-or-more points this season, tying him with Rod Brind'Amour, Marian Hossa, Slava Kozlov and Joe Thornton for the league high this season. Crosby had 11 such games as a rookie last season, tying him for sixth-most in the league.
• Ed Belfour made 32 saves to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 win over the Canadiens. Belfour is 6-0-0 with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in his last six games against Montreal, dating back to October 2005 when he played for Toronto.
• Boston's Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in the Bruins' win in Chicago. Bergeron has scored at least one point in 29 of his 35 games this season. The only NHL players who've scored points in more games this season than Bergeron are Vincent Lecavalier (31) and Alex Ovechkin (30). Andy McDonald and Brendan Shanahan have also scored points in 29 games this season.
• The Bruins scored three goals in the first period against Chicago. It's the fifth straight game in which the Bruins have scored at least two first-period goals, the longest such streak for this team since 1993-94 (also a five-game streak).
• The Stars scored three power-play goals in their win at Colorado on Wednesday and they notched three more in their 4-1 home win over Nashville on Friday. It's the sixth time in Stars franchise history that they scored three-or-more power-play goals in each of two consecutive games and the first time since the first two games of the 1995-96 season.
• The New York Giants announced that tight end Jeremy Shockey will not play in Saturday night's game against the Redskins due to an ankle injury. The Giants are 2-8 (.200), averaging 13.9 points per game in the 10 games that Shockey has missed since 2002, his first season in the NFL. "Big Blue" is 36-33 (.522) with an average of 21.3 points per game in the 69 games Shockey has played over the same span.
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