Date: March 23, 2008

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Ginobili

SUPER-SUB GINOBILI DOES IT AGAIN

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points in the Spurs' victory. It was the 11th time this season that Ginobili was the lone high scorer in a game in which he didn't start. Only one NBA player has done so even half as often as Ginobili this season: Ben Gordon has done it six times.

San Antonio Spurs

MAVS LOSE THIRD STRAIGHT AT HOME

The Mavericks have lost three straight games, all at American Airlines Center. It's the first time Dallas has lost three straight games, all of them at home, since December 14-20, 1999, when they lost four in a row. Dallas hadn't lost even two straight games, both at home, in the same season since January 2001.

Dallas Mavericks

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Jamison

BIG MEN LEAD WIZARDS TO VICTORY OVER PISTONS

All three members of the Wizards' starting frontcourt-Antawn Jamison (24), Caron Butler (17), and Brendan Haywood (16)-scored at least 15 points in their 95-83 win over the Pistons. It was the second consecutive game against Detroit in which Jamison, Butler, and Haywood all reached the 15-point mark. Only two other teams have done versus the Pistons this season (the Magic twice and Nuggets once), and none did so during the 2006-2007 season.

Washington Wizards

ANOTHER IGNOMINIOUS DEFEAT FOR KNICKS

The Timberwolves scored 42 first-quarter points against the Knicks en route to a 114-93 win. That ties the most first-quarter points the Knicks have allowed in any game over the last 20 years. They gave up 42 at Portland on Nov. 15, 1990.

New York Knicks

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Durant

SEATTLE ROOKIES EACH SCORE 23 POINTS IN LOSS

Seattle lost to Utah, but Kevin Durant and Jeff Green each scored 23 points in the loss. It's the second time this season that Durant and Green have had 20 or more points in the same game; they also did it on Feb. 26 against the Warriors. The only other rookie teammates to have 20 points in the same game this season are the Grizzlies' Juan Carlos Navarro and Mike Conley (against the Cavaliers on Jan. 15).

Seattle SuperSonics

CELTICS BLOW LARGE LEAD IN LOSS

The Celtics lost to the Hornets Saturday after having a 15-point lead. It's the largest lead the Celtics have had in a loss this season; Boston had been 36-0 when having a 15-point lead.

Boston Celtics

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Hill

GRANT HILL: FIRST 10-ASSIST GAME SINCE 2000

Grant Hill had 10 assists in the Suns win over the Rockets on Saturday, marking the first time he's reached double-digits in that category since Halloween Night in 2000, a span of seven years and 143 days. The only player in NBA history who went a longer time between 10-assist games was Charles Oakley, who went 13 years and 227 days, from Mar. 29, 1987 to Nov. 11, 2000.

Phoenix Suns

NHL

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Wisniewski

WISNIEWSKI STARS IN BLACKHAWKS' 4-3 WIN OVER BLUES

James Wisniewski scored a game-tying goal in the final minute of regulation, and he recorded an assist on Patrick Kane's overtime game-winner in the Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Blues. But perhaps even more impressive is the fact Wisniewski finished the game at plus-4. Over the last 20 years, only one other Blackhawks player was plus-4 or better in a one-goal victory: Nathan Dempsey in a 4-3 win over the Rangers on December 11, 2002.

Chicago Blackhawks

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Biron

BIRON CONTINUES HIS MASTERY OVER THE ISLANDERS

Martin Biron was in goal for the Flyers' 41 victory over the Islanders on Sunday night, raising his record to 6-0-0 against the Isles this season. That tied the record for most wins in a season against the Islanders, set by Mike Dunham with the Rangers in 2003-2004 (6-0-0) and tied by Martin Brodeur last season (6-1-0).

Philadelphia Flyers

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Carcillo

COYOTES ROOKIE RACKS UP PENALTY MINUTES

Coyotes rookie Daniel Carcillo went over the 300 penalty minute mark on Saturday, making him the first NHL player to record 300 penalty minutes in one season since Florida's Peter Worrell in 2001-02 (354 PIM) and the first rookie to do so since the Kings' Warren Rychel in 1992-93 (314).

Phoenix Coyotes

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Price

CANADIENS SWEEP BRUINS BEHIND ROOKIE GOALTENDER

Montreal's rookie goaltender Carey Price beat the Bruins for the fifth time in five games this season, though it took a shootout to get the win on Saturday night. Price is the first rookie goaltender to win at least five games against Boston in one season since Detroit's Roger Crozier was 10-3-1 against the Bruins in 1964-65, back in the "Original Six" era when NHL teams played 14 games per season against one another. The last Canadiens rookie to beat Boston five or more times in a single season was Jacques Plante in 1954-55 (6-2-2).

Montreal won all eight games in its season series against the Boston. The only other time that the Canadiens played more than six games in one season versus a particular opponent and won every game was in 194445, also against the Bruins (1000).

Montreal Canadiens

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Franzen

FRANZEN COMES ALIVE IN MARCH

Detroit's Johan Franzen had only 12 goals in 56 games this season through the end of February but his goal in the Red Wings' 4-1 win at Columbus was his 10th in 10 games this month. Franzen's 10 goals in March double his previous high for any calendar month in his three seasons in the NHL (five goals in December 2007).

Detroit Red Wings

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Handzus

KINGS RALLY, HANDZUS ENDS DROUGHT

The Kings scored three goals in the last 3:01 of the third period to rally from a 2-1 deficit to a 4-2 win over the Stars in Dallas. Two of the Kings' three late goals were scored by Michal Handzus, ending his career-high 41-game goal drought. Handzus went 26 games without a goal earlier this season (Sept. 30-Dec. 5), but prior to this season his longest goalless stretch was 19 games as a rookie with St. Louis in 1998-99.

Los Angeles Kings

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Sakic

SAKIC REACHES ASSIST MILESTONE

Joe Sakic had two assists, the 1,000th and 1,001st of his NHL career, in Colorado's loss to Edmonton on Saturday. Sakic is the 11th player in NHL history (and the only active player) to reach the 1,000-assist plateau. Sakic has assisted on goals by 132 different players, most often for Milan Hejduk (93), Alex Tanguay (46), Peter Forsberg (45), Adam Deadmarsh (39) and Owen Nolan (38). He's assisted on goals by five players in the Hall of Fame: Peter Stastny (14), Michel Goulet (12), Ray Bourque (10), Guy Lafleur (8) and Jari Kurri (2).

Colorado Avalanche

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Gagner

OILERS TEENAGER SCORES TWICE

Oilers rookie Sam Gagner had his first two-goal game in the NHL to lead Edmonton to a 7-5 win over Colorado on Saturday afternoon. Gagner, age 18 years, 225 days, is the youngest player ever to score two-or-more goals in an NHL game for the Oilers, breaking Wayne Gretzky's mark which had stood for over 28 years. Gretzky was 18 years, 280 days old on Nov. 2, 1979, when he recorded his first multiple-goal game in the NHL by scoring twice against Chico Resch in a 7-5 Oilers win over the Islanders in Edmonton. Gretzky (six times) and Gagner are the only players to have a multiple-goal game for the Oilers as an 18-year-old.

Edmonton Oilers

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Brodeur

MARTIN BRODEUR: IRONMAN

Martin Brodeur extended his own NHL record for consecutive seasons by a goaltender playing 70 or more games to 10 when he took the ice to start the Devils' game in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Glenn Hall played 70 games in each of seven consecutive seasons from 1955-56 through 1961-62, but for the moment, no other goaltender other than Brodeur and Hall has done that for more than three seasons in a row. However, Roberto Luongo (66 games in 2007-08) is closing in on his fourth consecutive season of 70-plus games.

The Devils trailed the Penguins, 2-1, going into the third period of their game at Mellon Arena, but Pittsburgh outscored them 5-0 over the final 20 minutes to wrap up a 7-1 win. It was the first time that New Jersey allowed five third-period goals in one game since Nov. 14, 1998 in Philadelphia (outscored 5-0 in the third period, lost 6-1).

New Jersey Devils

MAPLE LEAFS STAY HOT ON ROAD

The Maple Leafs won in Ottawa Saturday night, 5-4. Toronto has earned at least one point in each of its last nine road games (8-0-1). That ties the longest such streak within one season in the 90-season history of the Maple Leafs. They also had nine straight games with a point in 1947-48 (4-0-5).

Toronto Maple Leafs

NCAA Men's Basketball

A RARE LOSS FOR GEORGETOWN

Georgetown's loss was its first to a lower-seeded team in an NCAA Tournament since 1990, when the Hoyas (#3) lost to Xavier (#6), 74-71, in the second round.

Georgetown Hoyas

TAR HEELS BLOW OUT ANOTHER OPPONENT

North Carolina followed Friday's 113-74 win over Mount St. Mary's with a 108-77 rout of Arkansas. Only two other teams won each of their first two games of an NCAA Tournament by more than 30 points: Duke in 1999 (lost the Final to UConn) and Arizona in 1998 (lost to Utah in the quarterfinals).

North Carolina Tar Heels

THOMPSON SETS UNC SHOOTING RECORD

Deon Thompson made all eight of his field-goal attempts in North Carolina's victorythe most shots ever made by a Tar Heels player without a miss in an NCAA game. The previous best was 7-for-7 by Derrick Phelps (1993 second round vs. Rhode Island) and Walter Davis (1977 semifinal vs. UNLV).

North Carolina Tar Heels

REYNOLDS AND STOKES STAR IN WILDCATS' WIN

Scottie Reynolds (25) and Corey Stokes (20) became only the second pair of Villanova teammates in the last 10 years to score at least 20 points each in the same NCAA Tournament game, an 84-72 win over Siena. The other pair was Allan Ray (25) and Randy Foye (24) in a second-round win over Arizona two years ago.

Villanova Wildcats

JAMES POSTS FIRST-EVER 15/15 GAME FOR TEXAS

Damion James scored 16 points with 16 rebounds in Texas' 75-72 win over Miami. James is the first Longhorns player to record a 15/15 gamepoints and either rebounds or assistsin the school's 59 NCAA Tournament games.

Texas Longhorns

TENNESSEE WINS IN OT¿A BAD OMEN

Bad news for Tennessee, which squeaked into the Sweet 16 with a 76-71 overtime win against Butler: It's been 25 years since a team that won a first- or second-round game in overtime won the NCAA title. The last team to do so was Jim Valvano's North Carolina State squad in 1983. The Wolfpack survived the opening round with a double-overtime win against Pepperdine.

Tennessee Volunteers

PITINO'S LOUISVILLE POSTS BIG WIN OVER A TOP TEAM

Louisville's 78-48 victory over Oklahoma was the largest margin of victory in the first or second round over a team seeded sixth or higher since 2000, when UCLA (#6) defeated Maryland (#3), 105-70, in the second round.

It was also Rick Pitino's largest margin of victory in the NCAA Tournament while coaching Louisville. His last win by 30 or more points was a 92-54 victory by Kentucky over Montana in the first round in 1997.

Louisville Cardinals

SPARTANS OWN THE BIG EAST

Michigan State's win over Pittsburgh gave the Spartans five wins in five NCAA Tournament games against Big East teams. That ties the longest winning streak against Big East teams in NCAA Tournament play: Duke won five straight against the Big East from 1990 to 1992.

Michigan State Spartans

KANSAS OUTSHOOTS UNLV BY A WIDE MARGIN

Kansas made 58% of its field goals in their win over UNLV, which made only 27% of its shots on Saturday. There have been three other NCAA Tournament games over the last 15 years in which there was that large of a difference in field goal percentage, but all three of those games were in the first round. The last time there was that large of a difference after the first round was in 1992, when Oklahoma State shot 80% and Tulane shot 41% in a second-round game.

Kansas Jayhawks

MITCH JOHNSON 16 ASSISTS

Mitch Johnson had 16 assists in Stanford's win over Marquette on Saturday, tying the most assists in an NCAA Tournament game over the last 20 years. Earl Watson had 16 for UCLA in 2000 and Sam Crawford also had 16, for New Mexico State in 1993.

Stanford Cardinal

OPPONENTS SCORE 30 POINTS

Brook Lopez and Jerel McNeal each scored 30 points in Stanford's win over Marquette on Saturday. It's the first NCAA Tournament game in 10 years in which opponents each had 30 or more points. The last time was when Connecticut's Richard Hamilton scored 30 and Farleigh Dickinson's Elijah Allen had 43 in a first-round game in 1998.

Marquette Golden Eagles, Stanford Cardinal

HARANGODY: MOST REBOUNDS SINCE A PAIR OF LEGENDS

Luke Harangody had 22 rebounds in Notre Dame's loss to Washington State. Over the last 30 years, only two players have had that many rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game, and if this is any indication, Harangody will have a long and successful NBA career: Tim Duncan did it twice for Wake Forest (in 1995 and 1997) and Akeem Olajuwon did it for Houston in 1983.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

WASHINGTON STATE STIFLES NOTRE DAME OFFENSE

Washington State held Notre Dame to 41 points on Saturday, tying the second-lowest total for a team seeded fifth or better in the shot-clock era (since 1985-86). Princeton beat #4 UCLA in 1996, 43-41 and Southwest Missouri State beat #5 Wisconsin in 1999, 43-32.

Washington State Cougars

ANOTHER 20/10 GAME FOR BEASLEY

Michael Beasley's second consecutive game of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds wasn't enough as Wisconsin eliminated Kansas State from the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. However, Beasley is one of two players with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of their first two NCAA Tournament games over the last 15 tournaments (since 1994), along with Iowa State's Marcus Fizer, who did it in 2000.

Kansas State Wildcats

A RARE LOSS FOR DUKE

Before Saturday's loss, Duke had been 30-1 under Mike Krzyzewski in the first two rounds as a #1 or #2 seed. The Blue Devils' only other loss came as a #2 seed against #10 Providence in the second round in 1997.

Duke Blue Devils

MAZZULLA COMES OFF BENCH TO SAVE MOUNTAINEERS

With two Mountaineers starters in foul trouble, Joe Mazzulla came off West Virginia's bench to score 13 points with 11 rebounds and 8 assists in only 31 minutes of play. The last player to reach Mazzulla's levels in all three categories in an NCAA Tournament game while playing that few minutes was Pervis Ellison for Louisville against Arkansas in the second round in 1989 (21 points, 15 rebounds, 8 assists in 29 minutes).

West Virginia Mountaineers

WEST VIRGINIA CONTROLS THE BOARDS AGAINST DUKE

West Virginia outrebounded Duke by 26 on Saturday (45/19). That's the largest rebound margin any team has had against Duke in an NCAA Tournament game during Mike Krzyzewski's time at Duke. The largest rebound margin against Duke for any team during this past season was +18, by Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 (49/31).

West Virginia Mountaineers

TRADITIONAL POWERS OUSTED FROM NCAA TOURNAMENT

Duke and Kentucky have each been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament before the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. Since 1985, the first year of the 64-team tournament, there has not been another year in which each team has been eliminated by the Sweet 16.

Duke Blue Devils, Kentucky Wildcats

UCLA ALLOWS ONLY 78 POINTS OVER FIRST TWO GAMES

UCLA has allowed only 78 points over its first two games in this year's NCAA Tournament. That is the the fewest points allowed in a team's first two games since 1949, when Oklahoma A&M allowed only 69 points over its first two games, before losing to Kentucky in the Final.

UCLA Bruins


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