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BILLS FIRE JAURON
The Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron yesterday afternoon. Jauron has posted a 60-82 record in his career (.423). Among the 47 other head coaches who began their career in the Super Bowl era and manned the sideline in at least 125 regular season games, only four have posted a lower winning percentage than Jauron: John McKay (.335), Dom Capers (.375), Bart Starr (.408) and Herman Edwards (.422).
JOHNSON SIGNS WITH BENGALS
The Bengals signed former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson yesterday afternoon. Johnson has zero rushing touchdowns in 132 attempts this season. That is the most attempts for any player without a rushing touchdown in 2009.
Johnson has not registered a touchdown in each of his last 149 rushing attempts dating back to last season. That is by far the longest such streak of his career. His previous long was 114 attempts spanning the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
KOBE SCORES 40 FOR THE 100TH TIME
Kobe Bryant scored 40 points to help lead the Lakers to a victory over the Pistons Friday night. That marked the 100th time in his career that Bryant has scored 40-or-more points in a game, the third highest total in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (271) and Michael Jordan (173).
Bryant has scored 40-or-more points in a game with Phil Jackson as his head coach 90 times in his career, the highest total any player has under any head coach in NBA history. The most Chamberlain had under any head coach was 67 (Neil Johnston) and the most Jordan had was 88 (Phil Jackson).
LOPEZ HAS BIG NIGHT IN LOSING EFFORT
Brook Lopez had 26 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Nets' loss to the Pacers Tuesday night. That marked the second time this season that Lopez has recorded 25+ points, 15+ rebounds and 5+ blocked shots in a game (he also did that on October 28th). No other player has done that even once this season.
Prior to this season, only three players in the Nets' NBA history had recorded 25+ points, 15+ rebounds and 5+ blocked shots in a game: Darnell Hillman in 1977, Derrick Coleman in 1994 and Benoit Benjamin in 1994.
HICKSON IS PERFECT FROM THE FIELD
J.J. Hickson was a perfect 9-for-9 from the field to help lead the Cavaliers to a victory over the Warriors Tuesday night. Hickson is the sixth player in Cleveland's franchise history to shoot 9-for-9 or better from the field in a game. The others are Johnny Warren (12-for-12 in 1973), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (10-for-10 in 2008), Luke Rackley (9-for-9 in 1970), Phil Hubbard (9-for-9 in 1988) and Tyrone Hill (9-for-9 in 1996).
SUNS HAVE SCORED 100+ POINTS IN EVERY GAME THIS SEASON
The Suns topped the Rockets by a score of 111-105 Tuesday night. The Suns have now scored 100-or-more points in each of their first 12 games this season. That is the longest such streak to start a season since Utah reached the century mark in each of their first 12 games during the 1994-95 season.
NENE FILLS UP THE STAT SHEET
Nene recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and four blocked shots in Denver's victory over Toronto Tuesday night. Those are modest numbers when taken separately, but Nene is the first player in Denver's NBA franchise history to reach those levels in those five categories in the same game.
DURANT EXTENDS STREAK
Kevin Durant scored 32 points to lead the Thunder to a victory over the Heat Tuesday night. Durant has now scored 25-or-more points in each of his last eight games. That is the longest current streak in the league and the longest such streak of Durant's career.
Over the last 20 years, only one other member of the Seattle/Oklahoma City franchise has scored 25-or-more points in eight consecutive games: Ray Allen (10 straight in 2007).
GREINKE WINS A.L. CY YOUNG AWARD
Zack Greinke was named the American League Cy Young Award winner yesterday afternoon. Greinke posted a 16-8 record for Kansas City during the 2009 season. Only one other starting pitcher has won the Cy Young Award while posting as few as 16 wins in a non-shortened season. Brandon Webb captured the N.L. Cy Young Award for the Diamondbacks in 2006 despite winning only 16 games. Three starting pitchers won the Award with as few as 16 wins in a season that was shortened by a work stoppage: Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 (13 wins), David Cone in 1994 (16 wins) and Greg Maddux in 1994 (16 wins).
BRADLEY SOLVES RANGERS
Matt Bradley's goal with just under five minutes left in the third period broke a 2-2 tie, and the Capitals added an empty-netter in the final minute to pick up a 4-2 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was only his second regular-season goal in 25 career games against the Rangers. Bradley's first goal versus the Rangers came in the first game he played against them in December 2001 for San Jose. Bradley's game-winning goal was his first point in the 16 regular-season games he's played against the Rangers in his five seasons with Washington.
OVECHKIN MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN
Alex Ovechkin returned to the Washington lineup on Tuesday night after missing six games due to an injury. He had a team-high seven hits in over 19 minutes of ice-time, and he scored the first goal for the Capitals in their victory. Ovechkin's goal came on his only shot on goal in the game. Only twice before had Ovechkin scored on every shot he put on goal in a game: in December 2005 against the Rangers in D.C. (one shot, one goal) and November 2006 at Philadelphia (two shots, two goals).
FISHER SCORES TWICE TO LEAD SENATORS
Mike Fisher scored the first and last goals for the Senators in their 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. It was the 12th multiple goal game of Fisher's NHL career but only his second one in the last two seasons. He scored two goals in a game at St. Louis on January 29th last season.
PRICE PERFECT IN SHOOTOUT
Carey Price turned away all six shootout attempts by the Hurricanes to pick up a win for the Canadiens on Tuesday night. The only other NHL goaltender to face at least six shootout attempts in a game this season and stop them all was Buffalo's Ryan Miller in Tampa on October 24 (also 6-for-6). Price has done that once before in his NHL career. He was a perfect 8-for-8 in a shootout in Pittsburgh just over two years ago (Oct. 27, 2007).
NASHVILLE DUO TOPS SHARKS
David Legwand and Joel Ward each had a goal and two assists for the Predators in their win over the Sharks. It was the first multiple-point game of the season for both Legwand and Ward. The only other NHL player to record three points in a game against San Jose this season is Anze Kopitar, who scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Kings' 6-4 victory versus the Sharks on October 6.