Date: November 10, 2009

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

NFL

STEELERS SET FRANCHISE RECORD WITH MONDAY NIGHT WIN

The Steelers defeated the Broncos, 28-10, on Monday night. Pittsburgh has now scored at least 27 points in each of its last five games, the longest such streak in franchise history.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos

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Ayers

A TOUGH HOME LOSS FOR THE BRONCOS

Denver rushed for only 27 yards and its only touchdown was scored when rookie Robert Ayers recovered Ben Roethlisberger's fumble and returned it for a score. This was the first home game in Broncos history in which they rushed for fewer than 30 yards and failed to score an offensive touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos

TOMLIN IMPROVES TO 28-12

The Steelers' victory over the Broncos on Monday night improved Mike Tomlin's record to 28-12. That's the best record through 40 career games by any active head coach, dethroning Mike McCarthy, who won 25 of his first 40 games as an NFL head coach.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos

NBA

A HIGH-SCORING NIGHT IN THE NBA

There were five NBA games played on Monday night with an average of 224.80 points scored in each of them. That was the highest average on a day with at least five non-overtime games since March 6, 1993, when six games produced 224.83 points per game.

Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors

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Nash

A 20-20 NIGHT FOR NASH

Steve Nash had 21 points and 20 assists in Phoenix's win at Philadelphia on Monday night. At age 35, he's the oldest NBA player with a 20-20 game since Robert Parish had 21 points and 20 rebounds for the Celtics on February 19, 1991 against Phoenix. Parish was 37 years old at the time. Nash is the oldest player in NBA history with a 20-20 game involving points and assists.

Nash ended an unusual league-wide streak. Prior to Monday night there had been 10 instances in the last 18 seasons in which an NBA player had at least 20 points and 20 or more assists in one game. And 10 different players (including Nash in a triple-OT game in January 2006) accounted for those 10 performances.

Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers

THE WARRIORS RUN UP THE SCORE

Golden State defeated Minnesota, 146-105, on Monday night. In the 1990s, an NBA team scored more than 145 points 33 times. But this was only the fourth time in this decade that a team did that.

The Warriors became only the second NBA team to make at least 40 two-point field goals, 10 three-pointers and 30 free throws in a non-overtime game. The Nuggets did that in a 168-116 win against Seattle in March 2008. (The NBA implemented the three-point field goal in 1979).

Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets

A FAMILIAR SCRIPT AT THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA

The Knicks followed a familiar script in their 95-93 loss to the Jazz at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. New York trailed 48-31 at the end of two quarters before a second-half rally fell short. The Knicks have lost each of their last three games and they scored 40 or fewer points in the first half in each of them. The last time they had three straight losses of that type was in December 1956.

New York Knicks, Utah Jazz

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Ginobili

GINOBILI LEADS THE SPURS OFF THE BENCH

Manu Ginobili came off the bench and had 36 points and eight assists in San Antonio's victory against Toronto on Monday night. He's the first non-starter with at least 36 points and eight or more assists in one game in 18 years - since Phoenix's Dan Majerle had 37 points and nine assists as a reserve against Charlotte on November 29, 1991.

San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors

NHL

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Brouwer

BROUWER SCORES, ASSISTS AND HITS

Troy Brouwer had one goal, two assists and a game-high six hits in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Kings on Monday night. Brouwer was the second NHL player with at least three points and six hits in the same game this season. Keith Tkachuk did it for the Blues in their 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Stockholm on October 3.

Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings


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