Date: March 31, 2009

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

NBA

UTAH WINS 15TH CONSECUTIVE HOME GAME

The Jazz won its 15th successive home game on Monday. It's the fifth time under Jerry Sloan that Utah has won at least 15 straight home games in one season. Utah had 19-game home winning streaks in the 1989-90, 1995-96 and 2007-08 seasons and a 17-game streak in 1991-92.

Utah Jazz

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Howard

HOWARD REACHES 5,000 REBOUNDS

Dwight Howard passed the 5,000-rebound plateau on Monday, and yes, he's the youngest player in NBA history to reach that milestone, breaking the record held by Wilt Chamberlain. But when viewed in terms of games played, as opposed to age, Wilt is still by far the leader: Chamberlain, who reached 5,000 rebounds in his 186th game, did it in less than half as many games as Howard, who played his 399th game on Monday.

The last player to reach 5,000 rebounds in as few games as Howard was Moses Malone, who got there in 1980 in his 333rd career game.

Orlando Magic

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Wade

WADE'S TREMENDOUS MARCH

Dwyane Wade scored 42 points Monday, giving him 505 points in 15 games in March, an average of 33.7 points per game. That's the most points by an NBA player in a one month since Kobe Bryant scored 525 (in only 13 games) in March 2007.

Wade finished March with 119 assists, an average of 7.9 per game. Only three other players in NBA history have played at least 15 games in a month with averages in those categories as high as Wade's: Allen Iverson (Nov. 2005), Nate Tiny Archibald (twice) and Oscar Robertson (three times).

Additionally, Wade made 50.1 of his field goals in March. The last player to have a month in which he made at least half of his field goals while scoring at least 500 points with 100 or more assists was Michael Jordan in January 1992 (519 pts, 104 ast, 52.5 pct).

Miami Heat

NETS ARE STREAK-BUSTERS

A team has defeated the Nets to end a losing streak in each of New Jersey's last two games: Monday against the Bucks (who had lost five straight) and Sunday against the Timberwolves (who had lost seven in a row). It's the second time in the Nets' NBA history that they've lost consecutive games, each coming against a team that was on a losing streak of at least five games; the other time was in January 1988.

New Jersey Nets

NHL

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Cheechoo

CHEECHOO BREAKS GOAL DROUGHT

Jonathan Cheechoo broke a 16-game goal drought on Monday. It's the second time this season Cheechoo has gone 16 games without a goal; before this season his longest streak was 15 games, in March/April 2003.

San Jose Sharks

COYOTES WIN IN OT ON PRUCHA'S GOAL

Before their overtime win over the Stars on Monday, the Coyotes were the only NHL team that had not won a game in overtime this season.

Phoenix Coyotes

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Sydor

A FIRST FOR SYDOR

Darryl Sydor sent the Stars-Coyotes game to overtime with a goal with 58 seconds remaining in the third period. For Sydor, who has been in the NHL since 1991, it marked the first time he has scored a game-tying or go-ahead goal in the last minute of the 3rd period. (Sydor does have two overtime goals to his credit.)

Dallas Stars

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Lundqvist

LUNDQVIST GETS THE BEST OF BRODEUR

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots in his 3-0 win over the Devils and Martin Brodeur. That matched his career high for saves in a shutout; Lundqvist also faced 38 shots in the second of his 20 shutouts, a 4-0 victory against Florida on Jan. 7, 2006.

Henrik Lundqvist is 14-2-4 with a 1.37 goals-against average in 20 regular-season games against Martin Brodeur. Though Lundqvist has been in the NHL for only four seasons, he has four more wins than any other goaltender has posted versus Brodeur. Ed Belfour is second with 10 wins in which Brodeur was the opposing goaltender of record.

New York Rangers

DEVILS FACE FIRING SQUAD

The Devils allowed 20 shots in the first period on Monday after surrendering 18 shots in each of the final two periods over the previous game. It's the first time that the Devils have allowed 18 or more shots in three consecutive periods.

New Jersey Devils


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