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SAINTS HAVE SCORED IN 25 OF 28 QUARTERS THIS SEASON
The Saints failed to score in the third quarter Monday night, but have now scored points in 25 of the 28 quarters they have played this season (89%). The only three quarters in which they were blanked were all third quarters. Only one NFL team has scored in a higher percentage of quarters played this season: Minnesota (29 of 32, 91%).
SAINTS 7-0 DESPITE ALLOWING 154 POINTS THIS SEASON
The Saints have allowed 154 points this season. That's the most points allowed through seven games for any team that started the season 7-0. Next highest on the list is the 2006 Colts (153).
NEW ORLEANS USES LONG DRIVES IN VICTORY
New Orleans had four touchdown drives of at least 80 yards in its win over Atlanta Monday night. The Saints were only the second team over the last the last three seasons to have four such drives in one game. The Vikings did it on October 11 of this season at St. Louis.
MARTIN HAS SCORED 124 POINTS IN FOUR GAMES
Kevin Martin scored 48 points in the Kings' overtime win over the Grizzlies. Martin has now scored 124 points in four games this season. Only four other players in Kings franchise history scored that many points in the team's first four games of a season: Jack Twyman for the Cincinnati Royals in 1959-60 (161), Oscar Robertson for the Royals in 1965-66 (136) and 1966-67 (132), Nate Archibald for the Kansas City/Omaha Kings in 1972-73 (146) and Eddie Johnson for the Kansas City Kings in 1983-84 (124).
HOUSTON USES BALANCED SCORING
Eight different players scored in double figures for the Rockets' in their win over the Jazz Monday night. It was the first time since February 26, 1998 that Houston had eight different players score at least 10 points in a game. Three of the eight players that scored 10 points for the Rockets that night are Hall of Famers: Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley.
WALLACE 24 POINTS AND 20 REBOUNDS
Gerald Wallace had 24 points and 20 rebounds in the Bobcats' win over the Nets. Only one other player in Bobcats' history had that many points and that many rebounds in a game. Emeka Okafor (25 points, 23 rebounds) did it against Indiana on November 9, 2007.
BOBCATS RUN AWAY FROM NETS
The Bobcats used a 24-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters in their win over the Nets. That's the longest streak of consecutive points scored for one team in a game since the Kings had 25-0 run at Memphis on April 10, 2007.
KAMAN HAS SCORED AT LEAST 20 POINTS IN FOUR STRAIGHT GAMES
Chris Kaman scored 25 points in the Clippers' win over the Timberwolves. Kaman has scored at least 20 points in four straight games, the longest such streak of his NBA career.
UTLEY FIVE HOME RUNS IN SERIES
Chase Utley has five home runs in the 2009 World Series. That ties the record for most home runs by any player in any postseason series. Reggie Jackson set the record in the 1977 World Series. Ken Griffey, Jr. hit five homers in the 1995 ALDS and Juan Gonzalez hit five in the 1996 ALDS. Reggie did it for the Yankees while Utley, Griffey, Jr. and Gonzalez all did it against the Yankees.
UTLEY MATCHES AIKENS
Chase Utley hit two home runs in both Games 1 and 5 of the World Series. Only one other player had more than one multiple home run game in a single World Series. Willie Aikens hit two home runs for the Royals against the Phillies in both Games 1 and 4 of the 1980 World Series.
UTLEY RARE HOME RUN ON THE FIRST PITCH
Chase Utley's first-inning home run came on the first pitch. Only two of Utley's 31 regular-season home runs came on the first pitch, tying him with Raul Ibanez for the fewest among the 30 players with at least 30 home runs in 2009.
FIRST INNING JITTERS FOR A.J.
A.J. Burnett allowed three runs in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series after allowing four first-inning runs in Game 5 of the ALCS. Burnett's seven first-inning runs allowed in the postseason is one shy of the major-league record for one playoff year set by Cleveland's Jaret Wright in 1998 and matched by St. Louis' Darryl Kile in 2000 and Tampa Bay's Scott Kazmir in 2008. Burnett allowed only nine first-inning runs in 33 starts during the 2009 regular season.
PHILLIES HAVE 10 HOME RUNS IN FIVE GAMES
The Phillies have 10 home runs in the 2009 World Series. That's the most home runs for any team over a five-game span in the World Series since the Giants hit 11 from Games 2 through 6 in the 2002 Fall Classic.
WITT SCORES TWICE!!!
Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt ended his career-high 92-game goal drought when he scored twice in a 10:03 span of the second period in the Isles' game against the Oilers on Monday night. It was the first two-goal game for Witt, who has never scored more than three goals in any season in his 14-year NHL career. Entering play on Monday night, Witt had played the third-most games (861) among active skaters who had never had a multiple-goal game, trailing only fellow defensemen Sean O'Donnell (1026) and Hal Gill (865).865
LALIBERTE SCORES AGAIN
The Flyers' David Laliberte scored a goal in his NHL debut against Carolina on Saturday and he made it two goals in two games when he scored in Philadelphia's victory over Tampa Bay on Monday. Laliberte is the fourth player in Flyers history to score a goal in each of his first two NHL games. The other Philadelphia players to do that were Andre Lacroix (February 1968), Mel Bridgman (October 1975) and Eric Lindros (October 1992).
CARTER AND RICHARDS ARE NOT AFRAID OF LIGHTNING
Jeff Carter and Mike Richards each had two goals and one assist for the Flyers in their 6-2 win over the Lightning. Carter has scored two goals in four of his last six games versus Tampa Bay and Richards has scored twice in three of his last four games against the Bolts.