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HEAT SETS NBA RECORD
Miami made 33 field goals in its loss at Washington Friday night, including 19 from three-point range, meaning that 58 percent of their field goals produced three points. That's the highest such percentage in a game for an NBA team since the league adopted the three-point shot in 1979-80. The previous record was set just 16 days before: Orlando had 54 percent (14 of 26) of its field goals from three-point range against Washington on March 19.
Prior to this season, only five teams had more three-pointers than two-pointers in an NBA game.
SPURS HELD TO 64 POINTS
San Antonio (52-24) scored only 64 points in its loss at Utah. In the shot-clock era (since 1954-55), only one team with at least 50 wins at the time of the game scored fewer points than the Spurs: Indiana lost at Detroit, 79-61, on April 4, 2004. The Pacers were 56-20 at the time.
SIXERS CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT
The 76ers clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Hawks Friday night, completing an astounding comeback. Following a loss to the Knicks on January 25, Philadelphia stood at 16-28 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. Since then, Philly is 23-9, the fifth-best record in the NBA over that span, behind Houston (27-6), Utah (26-8), Boston (26-8) and Detroit (23-8).
PAUL EXCELS AS HORNETS CLINCH A PLAYOFF SPOT
Chris Paul had 33 points and 15 assists for the Hornets as they clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Knicks. Paul is the second player this season to have 30 points and 15 assists in a game; Baron Davis also had 33 points and 15 assists at Washington on Nov. 23.
TRIPLE THREAT LEADS LAKERS TO WIN
Three Lakers scored at least 25 points in their win over the Mavericks Friday night: Lamar Odom (31), Pau Gasol (25) and Kobe Bryant (25). It's only the second time in the last 12 seasons the three Lakers scored 25-or-more points in the same game. It also happened on February 7, 2005 at Atlanta: Lamar Odom (28), Tierre Brown (27) and Chucky Atkins (25).25
MARLINS HAVE 2 WALKOFF HOMERS IN FIRST 4 GAMES OF SEASON
The Marlins are 2-2 with both wins coming via walkoff home runs: Robert Andino on April 1 against the Mets and Mike Jacobs Friday night against the Pirates. The Marlins are only the fourth team in big league history to have to two walkoff home runs in the first four games of the season. The other teams to do it: the Cubs in 1961 (Sammy Taylor and Al Heist), Mets in 1985 (Gary Carter and Darryl Strawberry) and Dodgers in 1999 (Raul Mondesi and Gary Sheffield).
ROYALS LOSE, EVERY TEAM HAS TASTED DEFEAT
The Royals, the majors' last undefeated team, lost to the Twins, dropping their record to 3-1. This is only the fifth time in the last 33 years (since 1976) that no major league team started 4-0. It also happened in 1989, 1993, 2000 and 2005.
RAYS RIGHT AT HOME AT YANKESS STADIUM
The Rays beat the Yankees at Yankee Stadium Friday night and are now 13-15 (.464) in the Bronx since 2005 - exactly the same mark that the Red Sox have at Yankee Stadium since 2005. Only two visiting teams have a better record at Yankee Stadium over that span: the A's (7-5) and Angels (9-7).
TIGERS START 0-4
The Tigers, picked by many experts to reach the World Series this year, lost to the White Sox Friday night, and are now 0-4. Detroit fans would be happy to know that seven teams in major league history started a season 0-4 (or worse) and still made the playoffs, and one of those even made it to the World Series: Minnesota in 1969 (0-4), Pittsburgh in 1974 (0-6), Philadelphia in 1977 (0-4), Houston in 1981 (0-4), St. Louis in 1985 (0-4, lost to Kansas City in the World Series), Cincinnati in 1995 (0-6) and Arizona in 1999 (0-4).
WHITE SOX TAME TIGERS IN THEIR OWN CAGE
The White Sox beat the Tigers Friday night and are now 20-9 at Comerica Park since 2005. Only one team has more road wins in a particular stadium over that span than the Sox do at Comerica: the Mets are 21-7 at RFK Stadium (and will stay 21-7). The Mets also have 20 wins at Dolphin Stadium since 2005 (20-10).
TORONTO WINS HOME OPENER
The Blue Jays beat the Red Sox, 6-3, in their first home game of the season. Toronto is now 24-8 (.750) all-time in home openers. Only one team has a better record in home openers since 1977 - Toronto's inaugural season - than the Blue Jays: the Yankees (25-7, .781).
SPRING SHOWERS BRING RESTED BULLPENS
The Mets and Braves were rained out Friday night in Atlanta. The rain was welcome news to Bobby Cox and the Braves bullpen. Atlanta has used 23 pitchers over the last three games. Only one other team in major league history used 23-or-more pitchers over a three-game span: Washington used 24 pitchers over three games from Sept. 11-14, 2007.
SANCHEZ ALLOWS 7 EARNED RUNS AND FANS 8
Jonathan Sanchez allowed seven earned runs and struck out eight in the Giants' loss in Milwaukee. Only three other Giants pitchers since 1900 allowed that many earned runs and struck out that many batters in the same game: Billy Pierce on May 25, 1962 vs. Philadelphia (7 ER, 8 SO), John Montefusco on May 19, 1978 at Los Angeles (7 ER, 10 SO) and Livan Hernandez on August 15, 1999 against the Mets (7 ER, 9 SO).
CARCILLO IS SECOND ROOKIE WITH A HAT TRICK FOR PHOENIX
Rookie Daniel Carcillo had first career hat trick in the Coyotes' 4-2 win at Dallas. The only other NHL rookie with a hat trick this season is Carcillo's Phoenix teammate, Peter Mueller, who has had a pair of three-goal games (Nov. 7 at Anaheim and Feb. 5 at Calgary).
The Coyotes are the first team since 1992-93 to have more than one rookie record a hat trick in one season. Two teams did it that season: Winnipeg (Evgeny Davydov and Teemu Selanne) and Boston (Steve Heinz and Joe Juneau).
BIRON BLANKS DEVILS FOR SECOND TIME THIS SEASON
Philadelphia's Martin Biron shut out the Devils, 3-0, on Friday night. It was Biron's second shutout against New Jersey this season; he blanked them 4-0 on October 18. The Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist also has two shutouts against the Devils this season (Oct. 25 and Dec. 9). Before this season, only three goaltenders shut out New Jersey twice in one season: Washington's Don Beaupre in 1990-91, Buffalo's Dominik Hasek in 2000-01 and Colorado's Patrick Roy in 2001-02.
THOMAS FRUSTRATES SENATORS AGAIN
Tim Thomas and the Bruins beat the Senators, 2-1, in Ottawa on Friday night, clinching a playoff spot for Boston. Thomas is 4-0-1 in his last five games against the Senators, allowing no more than one goal in any of those games (0.59 goals-against average, .979 save percentage, two shutouts).
3-ON-5 A WALK IN THE PARK FOR RICHARD
Richard Park scored a shorthanded goal with the Islanders down two men on Friday night against the Rangers. It was the second "three-on-five" shorthanded goal of Park's career; he had one for the Islanders last season at Pittsburgh (Jan. 16, 2007). The only other active NHL player with two such shorthanded goals in his career is the Flyers' Mike Richards.
CHICAGO ROOKIES HAVE 20/20 VISION
Rookies Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each scored a goal for the Blackhawks in their 3-1 win over the Predators. It was the 24th goal of the season for Toews and it was Kane's 20th. This is only the second time that Chicago has had two rookies score 20-or-more goals in the same season. In 1980-81, rookie Darryl Sutter scored 40 goals and fellow freshman (and current Blackhawks coach) Denis Savard scored 28 goals.