Date: April 1, 2009

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

NBA

CAVALIERS WRAP UP FANTASTIC MARCH

The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons on Tuesday, tying two significant NBA records in the process:

  • Cleveland equaled the largest lead that an NBA team has ever held in its division or conference. The Celtics set that mark when they finished last season with a 25-game lead over the Raptors in the Atlantic Division.
  • Cleveland went 16-1 in March, tying the NBA record for wins in one month. Five previous teams won 16 games in a month, most recently the Spurs in March 1996 (16-0).

    Cleveland Cavaliers

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    James

    A TREMENDOUS MONTH FOR JAMES

    LeBron James finished March with 479 points, 152 rebounds and 143 assists. The only other player in NBA history to reach each of those totals in one month is Oscar Robertson, who did it in eight separate months, most recently in January 1965.

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    MAVERICKS EXTEND WINNING STREAK OVER TIMBERWOLVES

    The Mavericks defeated the Timberwolves on Tuesday, giving Dallas 11 consecutive wins over Minnesota. That's the fourth-longest current team-versus-team winning streak: the Pistons have won 13 straight against the Clippers, the Spurs have 13 consecutive against the Nets and the Spurs have won 12 successive games against the Clippers.

    Dallas Mavericks

    LAKERS TAKE 29 MORE SHOTS THAN BOBCATS

    The Lakers took 29 more shots than the Bobcats in Charlotte's win over Los Angeles on Tuesday (97-68). That was the Lakers' greatest advantage in shots taken since hoisting 30 more than the Hawks on March 5, 1971.

    Los Angeles Lakers

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    Augustin Jr.

    AUGUSTIN'S HOT MONTH FROM BEYOND THE ARC

    D.J. Augustin went 2 for 2 on three-pointers on Tuesday and finished March with 16 threes on 25 attempts, 64 percent. That's the second-highest three-point percentage by an NBA rookie (minimum: 20 attempts); in April 1990 Portland's Drazen Petrovic went 13 for 20, 65 percent.

    Charlotte Bobcats

    HAWKS PERFECT FROM THE LINE

    The Hawks went 21 for 21 on free throws on Tuesday, the third-most free throws made by a team without a miss this season. It also tied the second-best free-throw performance by Atlanta, behind a 28 for 28 game in 1992.

    Atlanta Hawks

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    Robinson

    ANOTHER 30-POINT GAME FOR ROBINSON

    Nate Robinson scored 30 points off the bench on Tuesday, marking the eighth time this season that he had at least 30 points in a game he did not start. That's the highest total for any player since Ricky Pierce had 17 such games for the Bucks in the 1989-90 season.

    New York Knicks

    PORTLAND HAS THIRD CONSECUTIVE BLOWOUT WIN

    The Trail Blazers defeated the Jazz by 21 points on Tuesday, their third consecutive win by 20 or more points. That's Portland's longest such streak since winning three successive games by at least 20 points in March 1992.

    Portland Trail Blazers

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    Westbrook

    WESTBROOK LEADS THUNDER TO WIN OVER SPURS

    Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 10 assists against the Spurs on Tuesday. Over the last 10 years the only other rookie with a 15/10 (points/assists) game against San Antonio was Steve Francis, who did it for the Rockets in 2000.

    Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Brookbank

    BROOKBANK SCORES FIRST CAREER GOAL

    Sheldon Brookbank scored his first career goal in his 86th career game on Tuesday. Entering the day that was the most games among current NHL skaters who had never scored a goal. That distinction now falls to Dallas's Mark Fistric.

    Anaheim Ducks

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    Stamkos

    STAMKOS LATEST #1 OVERALL PICK TO SCORE 20 GOALS

    Steven Stamkos, the #1 overall pick in last year's draft, scored his 20th goal of the season on Tuesday. It's the third time in four years that the number one overall pick scored 20 goals immediately after being drafted: Sidney Crosby had 39 in 2005-06; Patrick Kane had 21 in 2007-08. Over the 15 seasons prior to Crosby, only two #1 overall picks scored 20 goals immediately after being drafted: Alexandre Daigle had 20 goals in 1993-94 and Ilya Kovalchuk had 29 goals in 2001-02.

    Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Sedin

    HENRIK SEDIN FINISHES CAREER MONTH

    Henrik Sedin's overtime goal earned the Canucks a 2-1 win in Minnesota on Tuesday night. Sedin finished with seven goals (in 15 games) in March, a personal high for goals in a calendar month over his eight seasons in the NHL. (His previous high was five goals, done twice.) Sedin's 19 points in March (7 goals, 12 assists) equaled his career high for any month, set in March 2007 (2 goals, 17 assists).

    Vancouver Canucks

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    Kovalev

    GOALS IN FOUR STRAIGHT FOR KOVALEV

    Alexei Kovalev extended his goal-scoring streak to four games with a goal 25 seconds into the first period that started the Canadiens on their way to a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks. It's Kovalev's longest goal-scoring streak since he scored in a career-high five consecutive games for Pittsburgh in October 2002. Kovalev has scored six goals over his last four games, matching his total from his preceding 28 games (Jan. 10-Mar. 21).

    Montreal Canadiens

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    Torres

    TORRES DOESN'T SCORE OFTEN, BUT HE SCORES IMPORTANT ONES

    Raffi Torres's goal at 4:05 of the third period broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 victory over the Predators. Torres has only 12 goals this season but six have been game-winners, including five scored in the third period. The Rangers' Brandon Dubinsky (7 of 11) is the only other NHL player with 10-or-more goals this season who's had at least half of his goals turn out to be game-winning goals.

    Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Chara

    A HAT TRICK OF GORDIE HOWES FOR CHARA

    On Mr. Hockey's 81st birthday, Zdeno Chara had a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick": a goal, assist, and fighting major. It's his third such career game and the first by a Boston player since Chara did it in November 2007.

    Boston Bruins

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    Wheeler

    WHEELER NOTCHES 20TH GOAL

    Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler scored his 20th goal of the season on Tuesday. Over the last ten years the only other Bruins rookie to score 20-or-more goals in one season was Brad Boyes in 2005-06 (26 goals).

    Boston Bruins


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