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ROCKETS EXTEND STREAK DESPITE McGRADY'S SLOW START
The Rockets extended their winning streak to 22 games with a 104-92 win over the Lakers in which Tracy McGrady scored 11 points, all in the second half. It was only the sixth start of McGrady's NBA career in which he failed to score in the first half, but the second during Houston's current winning streak.
ROCKETS STAND ALONE ATOP THE WEST
With Sunday's victory, the Rockets broke a tie with the Lakers for the top spot in the Western Conference. It's only the second time in franchise history that Houston has stood alone atop its conference this late in a season. The first was in 1977, when the Rockets led the West as late as March 26, with a 46-28 record.
NUGGETS DEFEAT SONICS IN HISTORIC ROUT
The Nuggets routed the Sonics, 168-116, on Sunday, posting the fourth-highest point total ever recorded in a regulation-length NBA game. Denver's 52-point margin of victory was the widest since the Pistons defeated the Celtics, 118-66, on January 31, 2003.
CAMBY POSTS TRIPLE-DOUBLE IN 27 MINUTES
Marcus Camby recorded a triple-double despite playing only 27 minutes of the Nuggets' victory, tying the NBA record for fewest minutes played in a triple-double by a center. The record was set by Wayne ("Tree") Rollins of the Hawks in 1979.
HAYES TIES RECORD FOR PISTONS SUBS
Jarvis Hayes came off the bench to score 29 points, shooting 7-for-8 on three-pointers, in the Pistons' 105-84 win over the Hornets. Hayes tied the team record for three-point field goals in one game by a sub, set by Allan Houston (7-for-11) in 1995 and tied by Terry Mills (7-for-8) in 1996.
RILEY AND THE HEAT LOSE BY 25 TO MAVS
The Mavericks' 98-73 win at Miami was the Heat's eighth loss of the season by 25 or more points. That equals the number of 25-point losses by Pat Riley's teams over his first 12 NBA seasons combined.
MIAMI'S LOSSES PILE UP
With Sunday's loss to the Dallas, Miami became the first NBA team since the 2000-2001 Warriors to post 35 losses over a span of 38 games.
SYKORA SCORES TWICE IN PENGUINS' WIN
Petr Sykora scored two goals in the Penguins' 7-1 victory over the Flyers. It was the 36th multiple-goal game of Sykora's career, by far the highest total among players who have never scored a hat trick.
PENGUINS POST CONSECUTIVE 7-GOAL GAMES
The Penguins routed the Flyers 7-1 following a 7-3 win over the Sabres on Wednesday. It's only the second time in the last 11 seasons that the Penguins scored seven or more goals in consecutive games. The other instance was on December 13-15, 2006, when Pittsburgh recorded 8-4 and 7-4 home wins over the Flyers and Islanders.
NORRENA STOPS 43 SHOTS IN WIN OVER RED WINGS
Fredrik Norrena stopped 43 of 46 shots on goal in the Blue Jackets' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. Norrena has faced 40 or more shots on goal in an NHL game four times and he won all four, including another against the Wings (Jan. 19, 2007). Over the last two seasons, Detroit has posted an 18-4-9 record against other goaltenders when recording at least 40 SOGs.
MALHOTRA SCORES TWICE IN BLUE JACKETS' WIN
Manny Malhotra scored two goals in the Blue Jackets' win over the Red Wings. It was only the fourth two-goal game of Malhotra's NHL career, and it was his first in more than four years. Between his last two-goal game (Feb. 16, 2004 vs. Nashville) and the one on Sunday, Malhotra played 217 games and scored 27 goals.
CORVO RECORDS A RARE HAT TRICK
Joe Corvo scored three goals in the Hurricanes' 5-1 win over the Senators. Corvo is only the third defenseman to register a hat trick for the Hartford-Carolina franchise, joining Mark Howe, (Oct. 9, 1980 vs. Blues) and Sandis Ozolinsh (March 4, 2001 vs. Blackhawks).
KOZLOV REGAINS SHOOTOUT FORM IN CAPS' WIN OVER BRUINS
Viktor Kozlov scored the winning goal in the Capitals' 2-1 shootout victory over the Bruins. Kozlov, who made 14 of his first 26 shootout attempts, snapped a streak of four consecutive misses with Sunday's game-winner.
McLEAN TIES PANTHERS MARK WITH 5TH STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAME
Brett McLean assisted on two of the Panthers' goals in a 3-1 win over the Thrashers. It was the fifth consecutive two-point game for McLean, tying the longest such streak in franchise history. The record was set in February 2006 by Chris Gratton.
NCAA Men's Basketball
BULLDOGS CAP SHAKY SEASON WITH SEC TITLE
Georgia capped an unlikely run with a 66-57 victory over Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference final on Sunday. The Bulldogs posted a 4-12 record in conference play this season. Only one other team reached the SEC final with as few as four conference wins: Tennessee (3-15 in the SEC), who lost to Alabama in the 1991 final. Other related notes:
- The previous record for fewest conference wins by an SEC champion was seven by Arkansas in 2000 (7-9).
- The last team to win any conference tournament following a season in which it recorded four or fewer conference wins was Fairfield, which won the 1997 MAAC Tournament Final after posting a 2-12 intraconference mark.
UNC AND KANSAS ARE BOTH #1 SEEDS AGAIN
This will be the fourth NCAA Tournament in which both North Carolina and Kansas are seeded #1 in their respective regions. The only other pair of schools to earn a #1 seed in the same year four times is UNC and Duke.
MARQUETTE TO FACE KENTUCKY ... AGAIN
Marquette will face Kentucky in the 6-vs.-11 matchup in the South region. The Golden Eagles and Wildcats will become the first schools to face each other 10 times in the NCAA Tournament.
BADGERS GET NO RESPECT AFTER WINNING BIG 10 TITLE
Wisconsin was awarded only a #3 seed despite winning the Big 10 tournament as its top-seeded team. Among schools from the big six conferencesBig 10, Big 12, Pac10, ACC, SEC, and Big Eastonly three others were seeded third or lower for the NCAA Tournament after winning their own conference tournament as a top seed: Boston College in 2001, Mississippi State in 1996 (which reached the Final Four), and UCLA in 1987.