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SPURS ROUTED AGAIN
The Hornets beat the Spurs in Game One on Saturday, 101-82, and then won Game Two on Monday night, 102-84. It's only the second time that the defending NBA champions lost each of the first two games of a postseason series by at least 18 points. In May 1995, Houston lost the first two games of the Western Conference Semifinals at Phoenix by 22 and 24 points, respectively.
30 POINTS AND 12 ASSISTS FOR PAUL
Chris Paul had 30 points and 12 assists in the Hornets' Game Two win over the Spurs. He's the first player in 13 years to score at least 30 points and record 10-or-more assists in a postseason game against San Antonio. The last player to do that was Houston's Sam Cassell on May 30, 1995. Over the last two regular seasons only one player had a 30/10 (points/assists) versus the Spurs and he did it in an overtime game: Baron Davis (34 and 14) on January 7, 2008.
SAN ANTONIO HAS NEVER REBOUNDED FROM A 2-0 POSTSEASON DEFICIT
This is the 15th time that San Antonio has lost the first two games of a postseason series - 11 in the NBA and four in the ABA. The Spurs never rebounded to win any of those 14 previous series.
EIGHT STRAIGHT GAME TWO WINS FOR THE PISTONS
The Pistons defeated the Magic on Monday night, giving Detroit its eighth consecutive win in a Game Two of a postseason series. That ties the second-longest streak in NBA history. Portland holds the record, winning 12 straight Game Twos from April 1990 to May 1993.
TURNOVERS PLAGUE THE MAGIC'S BIG MEN
Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis each had six turnovers for the Magic and Dwight Howard had five. It's the first time in 10 years that an NBA team had three frontcourt starters each commit at least five turnovers in a postseason game. Shawn Kemp, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Cedric Henderson did that for Cleveland on April 30, 1998 vs. Indiana.
PRINCE LEADS PISTONS TO VICTORY
Tayshaun Prince had 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Detroit. It's the first time in four years that a Pistons' player had a 15-10-5 (points-rebounds-assists) in a postseason game. The last Detroit player to do that had been Chauncey Billups in a triple OT game against New Jersey on May 14, 2004.
SUNS PERMIT D'ANTONI TO INTERVIEW WITH OTHER TEAMS
Steve Kerr said on Monday that the Suns have granted coach Mike D'Antoni permission to discuss coaching vacancies with other teams. D'Antoni led Phoenix to a 55-27 record this season. Five coaches in NBA history won 55-or-more games in a season and began the next season coaching a different team:
Butch Van Breda Kolff...Los Angeles...1968-69...55-27...Detroit
John Lucas...San Antonio...1993-94...55-27...Philadelphia
Pat Riley...New York...1994-95...55-27...Miami
SHEFFIELD WELCOMES CHANGE FROM DH TO THE OUTFIELD
Replacing Jones in left field was Gary Sheffield, who had been used exclusively as a designated hitter this season. Sheffield welcomed his position change, saying "I need to be a baseball player. I'm not a baseball player sitting there." Sheffield has a .264 career batting average in 802 career at-bats as a DH, compared to a .298 average in all other at-bats.
TIGERS CUT JACQUE JONES
Jim Leyland promised some changes on Monday and one of the first was designating Jacque Jones for assignment. Jones was batting .038 (1-for-26) over his last nine games, the lowest average in the majors (min: 20 at-bats) over that period (since April 24).
DUNN HITS HIS 35TH CAREER HOME RUN VS. THE CUBS
Adam Dunn's two-run homer was a key hit in Cincinnati's 5-3 win against Chicago. It was Dunn's 35th career home run against the Cubs, breaking a tie for the most for any player since 2001, Dunn's first year in the major leagues. Albert Pujols is next with 34 homers against the Cubs since 2001.
DICE-K WALKS EIGHT IN A FIVE-AND-FLY WIN
Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched only five innings and walked eight batters, but still got the win in Boston's 6-3 victory against Detroit. The last pitcher prior to Matsuzaka to earn a win despite walking at least eight batters in an outing of no more than five innings was San Francisco's William VanLandingham on June 15, 1997 against the Angels.
ANOTHER GAME-WINNING RBI FOR ANKIEL
Rick Ankiel's ninth-inning ground out scored Albert Pujols from second base to give the Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Rockies. It was Ankiel's seventh game-winning RBI this season, the most for any player in the National League.
A RARE GAME-ENDING DOUBLE PLAY FOR THE BLUE JAYS
Toronto secured the victory by turning a 1-2-3 (pitcher-to-catcher-to-first base) game-ending double play in the ninth inning. It's the only major-league game in the last seven seasons to end with a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded (there were two such games in 2001).
BLUE JAYS HAVE ALLOWED 12 RUNS OVER THEIR LAST NINE GAMES
The Blue Jays blanked the White Sox 1-0 on Monday night. Toronto has now allowed only 12 runs over its last nine games. That ties the fewest runs allowed by any major-league team over a nine-game span since 2003 (Oakland gave up 12 runs over nine games in June 2007) and it matches the fewest runs surrendered over any nine-game span in Blue Jays history (they allowed 12 runs over nine games in June-July 1991).
ANOTHER MILESTONE GAME AT THE BALLPARK FOR JOE TORRE
Monday night's Mets-Dodgers game was the 4,000th game in the history of Dodger Stadium. For Joe Torre it was another in a series of milestone games at various ballparks. He managed in the 1,000th games at the Astrodome (in 1977) and Coors Field (2007), the 2,000th game at Busch Stadium (1991), the 3,000th game at Angel Stadium (known in 2003 as Edison Field) and the 6,000th game at Yankee Stadium (2001).
MOYER HELPS HIMSELF WITH TWO HITS
Jamie Moyer had two hits in Philadelphia's 11-4 win at Arizona. Since 1900, only three other pitchers age 45-or-older had two (or more) hits in one game: Jack Quinn (three times), Satchel Paige (three times) and Charlie Hough (once).
LOWELL ENDS 0-FOR-14 DROUGHT WITH MEN IN SCORING POSITION
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning at Detroit when Manny Ramirez doubled and Mike Lowell hit a home run. Prior to that homer, Lowell was 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position this season, the most at-bats without a hit in those situations for any player in the majors in 2008.