Date: March 27, 2009

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

NBA

BULLS POST 19-POINT WIN AFTER TRAILING AT HALFTIME

The Bulls trailed the Heat, 49-47 at halftime, but rallied to win by 19 points, 106-87. That matches Chicago's biggest margin of victory in a game in which it trailed at the half in the post-Jordan era. The Bulls beat the Nuggets by 19 points on Feb. 15, 2003.

Chicago Bulls

PISTONS CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE AT HOME VS. BEST OF THE WEST

The Pistons have lost eight of their last nine home games against Western Conference teams that entered the game with a winning record. Immediately before this span, Detroit had won eight straight home games against Western teams with a winning mark.

Detroit Pistons

LAKERS END THEIR DETROIT LOSING STREAK

The Lakers won in Detroit for the first time since 2002, ending a streak of six straight regular-season losses at The Palace. (They were also 0-3 in NBA Finals games there over that stretch.) In the last 15 years, Los Angeles lost six-or-more consecutive regular-season road games against only one other Eastern Conference opponent: Philadelphia, dropping seven in a row from 2001 to 2007. During that losing streak the Lakers did win three straight Finals games in Philadelphia (in 2001), following the first of their seven straight regular-season losses.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Aldridge

ALDRIDGE AND ROY TEAM UP TO CLOBBER THE SUNS

Portland beat Phoenix, 129-109, with stellar performances from LaMarcus Aldridge (29 points, 12 rebounds, 11-for-16 from the floor) and Brandon Roy (26 points, 9 rebounds, 11-for-19) . The last time the Trail Blazers had two players in a non-overtime game with at least 25 points, nine rebounds and a field-goal percentage above 50 percent was on Feb. 4, 1990, also against Phoenix (Jerome Kersey: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 13-for-20; Clyde Drexler 33, 11, 12-for-20) .

Portland Trail Blazers

NHL

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White

ANOTHER TYING GOAL IN THE THIRD PERIOD FOR TODD WHITE

The Thrashers overcame a 4-1 deficit to tie their game against the Rangers at 4-4 and send it to overtime and a shootout, where Atlanta eventually prevailed. Todd White's goal at 13:10 of the third period capped the Thrashers' three-goal rally. It was White's NHL-high fifth score-tying goal in the third period of games this season.

Atlanta Thrashers

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Drury

CHRIS DRURY'S THREE-POINT PERIOD

Chris Drury had one goal and two assists in the second period for the Rangers in their shootout loss in Atlanta. It was the first time that a Rangers player scored three points in one period since March 21, 2008, when defenseman Christian Backman had three assists in the third period in a shootout loss in Philadelphia.

New York Rangers

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Anderson

CRAIG ANDERSON WINS AGAIN FACING 40-PLUS SHOTS

Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson stopped 40 of 42 Flyers shots on goal in his 4-2 win in Philadelphia. Anderson has faced at least 40 shots on goal in 10 of his 21 wins over the last two seasons (4 of 8 in 2007-08, 6 of 13 in 2008-09). Anderson's six 40-shot wins this season are the most by any NHL goaltender.

Florida Panthers

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Mason

STEVE MASON'S 10TH SHUTOUT

Blue Jackets rookie Steve Mason posted his league-leading 10th shutout of the season with a 5-0 win over Calgary on Thursday night. Mason is the fourth rookie goaltender to record 10-or-more shutouts in one season in the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., since 1943-44, when the center-ice red line was introduced), joining Chicago's Tony Esposito (15 in 1969-70), and Detroit's Glenn Hall (12 in 1955-56) and Terry Sawchuk (11 in 1950-51) .

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Huselius

TWO BLUE JACKETS WITH FOUR-ASSIST GAMES

Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius each had four assists for the Blue Jackets in their win over Calgary. Nash and Huselius were the first pair of NHL teammates with four-or-more assists in the same game since Oct. 26, 2006, when Ottawa's Jason Spezza and Joe Corvo each had four assists in a 7-2 win against Toronto.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Markov

MARKOV REACHES 50 ASSISTS

Andrei Markov had a pair of assists for the Canadiens in their win over the Lightning. Markov's assist on Saku Koivu's overtime goal was his 50th of the season. He's the first Montreal defenseman with 50-or-more assists in one season since 1988-89, when Chris Chelios had 58.

Montreal Canadiens

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Rinne

RARE WIN BY A ROOKIE AGAINST SAN JOSE

Nashville's Pekka Rinne posted a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Thursday night. It was only the third win by a rookie goaltender against the Sharks this season. The other rookies who beat San Jose both play for the Blue Jackets: Steve Mason (Dec. 17) and Dan LaCosta (Feb. 9) .

Nashville Predators

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Oshie

OSHIE LEADS ROOKIES IN POINTS IN 2009

T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist for the Blues in their win over Vancouver. Oshie leads all NHL rookies with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists in 35 games) since January 1, one ahead of Anaheim's Bobby Ryan (28 points) .

St. Louis Blues

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Quick

QUICK TIES KINGS RECORD FOR SHUTOUTS BY A ROOKIE

Jonathan Quick's 1-0 shootout win in Dallas was the fourth shutout of the season for the Kings rookie. That ties the franchise record for shutouts in one season by a freshman goaltender, a mark set by Gerry Desjardins in 1968-69 then matched by Mario Lessard in 1978-79 and Jamie Storr in 1998-99.

Los Angeles Kings

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Lombardi

LOMBARDI HAS PAID DIVIDENDS SINCE TRADE TO PHOENIX

Matthew Lombardi, who was acquired by Phoenix on trading-deadline day, had a goal and an assist in the Coyotes' 3-2 win over Edmonton. Lombardi has eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games for Phoenix, ranking him second on the team in points since March 5, when he made his Coyotes debut, behind Shane Doan (11 points) .

Phoenix Coyotes

NCAA Men's Basketball

PITT WINS DESPITE A COLD NIGHT FROM THE FLOOR

Pittsburgh made only 34 percent of its field-goal attempts (22 of 65) in its victory over Xavier. Since 1972, only two other teams won a game in the Round of 16 or later with a shooting percentage that low: Loyola Marymount against Alabama in 1990 (34%) and Arizona versus North Carolina in 1997 (33%).

Pittsburgh Panthers

THABEET: 15 POINTS, 15 BOARDS, 4 BLOCKS

Hasheem Thabeet had 15 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots for UConn in its 72-60 win over Purdue. Thabeet was the first player to reach all of those levels in Round of 16 game since 2003, when another Husky did it: Emeka Okafor, who had 21 points, 17 rebounds and 6 blocks against Texas.

Connecticut Huskies

DUKE'S SECOND-WORST NCAA TOURNEY LOSS

Duke's 77-54 loss to Villanova was its second-largest margin of defeat in an NCAA tournament game, behind the Blue Devils' 30-point loss to UNLV in the 1990 title game (103-73) .

In the last ten years there have been only two other Round of 16 games decided by a margin of at least 23 points: Kansas's 100-74 win over UAB in 2004 and Iowa State's 80-56 victory against UCLA in 2000.

Duke Blue Devils

TYREKE EVANS: 33 POINTS FOR MEMPHIS FRESHMAN

Freshman Tyreke Evans scored 33 points for Memphis in its loss to Missouri. Over the last 15 years the only other freshmen to score that many points in an NCAA Tournament game were Alabama's Mo Williams in 2002 (33 vs. Florida Atlantic), Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony in 2003 (33 vs. Texas) and Oregon's Tajuan Porter in 2007 (33 vs. UNLV) .

Memphis Tigers


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