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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
DeAngelo Williams ran for 122 yards on Thursday and Ricky Williams ran for 119. It was the fourth time in NFL history that two players with the same last name ran for 100 or more yards in one game. The others to do it: Kevin and Thomas Jones (Lions vs. Bears, 2004); Emmitt and Robert Smith (Cowboys vs. Vikings, 2000); Jim and Timmy Brown (Browns vs. Eagles, 1965).
A FIRST FOR RICKY WILLIAMS
Ricky Williams scored three touchdowns on Thursday: two on runs and one on a pass. It was the first time in his career that Williams scored on a run and a pass in one game.
JAZZ SNAP SPURS STREAK
The Spurs, who lost to the Jazz on Thursday, had won their previous 20 home games against Utah, dating back to May 1999. That was the third-longest current home winning streak by one team against another entering the day: San Antonio has a current 22-game home winning streak against the Warriors and the Suns have a 21-game streak versus the Bucks.
THAT'S NOT A MISPRINT IN THE STANDINGS
The Jazz came into their game in San Antonio with a 5-6 won-lost record while the Spurs were 4-5. It was the first time that those teams met when both had losing records in nearly 22 years, since a game on Jan. 22, 1988 which the Jazz entered at 16-20 and the Spurs came in at 15-19.
HORNETS CONTROL GLASS IN WIN
The Hornets had 25 offensive rebounds to the Suns' 24 defensive rebounds on Thursday. It was the first game since March 17, 2004 against the 76ers that the Hornets had more offensive rebounds than their opponent had defensive rebounds.
STOJAKOVIC'S STRANGE BOXSCORE LINE
You would think that a guy who took a lot of three-point shots wouldn't get a lot of offensive rebounds, right? Peja Stojakovic disproved that logic on Thursday when he made seven three-pointers and also grabbed five offensive rebounds. Only three other players have met those levels since the NBA introduced the three-point shot in 1979: Mookie Blaylock (1997), Antoine Walker (2003) and Eddie Griffin (2004).2004
SUNS CONTINUE STREAK IN LOSS
The Suns, who lost 110-103 to the Hornets on Thursday, have scored 100 or more points in all 13 of their games this season, the longest streak to start a season since the 1991-92 season when the Bulls scored at least 100 points in each of their first 19 games and the Warriors did so in each of their first 18. The Suns haven't had a streak as long to start a season since 1988-89 when they hit triple digits in each of their first 20 games of the season.
TWO YOUNG CYS
The two Cy Young Award winners this season, Tim Lincecum and Zach Greinke, were each 25 at the end of the season. There's been only two other seasons since the Cy was first awarded in each league in 1967 in which two winners were younger than 26 at season's end. It happened in 1985 (Dwight Gooden, 20 and Bret Saberhagen, 21) and 1969 (25-year old Denny McLain shared the American League Award with Mike Cuellar, 32, while 24-year old Tom Seaver took home the NL hardware).
LINCECUM PICKS UP HARDWARE FOR 2ND TIME
Lincecum is the first player to win the Cy Young Award twice in his first three seasons in the major leagues. The only other pitcher to even do it twice in his first five seasons is Roger Clemens, who won it in his 3rd and 4th seasons (1986 and 1987).
NIEDERMAYER'S 13TH OVERTIME GOAL
Scott Niedermayer scored his 13th career overtime goal on Thursday, tying him with Steve Thomas for fifth-most since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime period in 1983. Four players share the lead with 15 overtime goals: Patrik Elias (the only one who is an active player), Sergei Fedorov, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin.
PHILLIPS' FIRST 2-GOAL GAME IN ALMOST 8 YEARS
Defenseman Chris Phillips scored two goals for the Senators in their 6-2 win over the Penguins. It was the third two-goal game for Phillips in his NHL career and his first in nearly eight years since he scored twice in a 4-4 Senators tie with Calgary on Nov. 22, 2001.
The only active player with a longer gap between multiple-goal games is Stephane Yelle, who went 8 years and 251 days (Mar. 7, 2000 with Colorado to Nov. 13, 2008 with Boston).
It was the longest gap between multi-goal games in Senators' history. The previous record was 6 years and 17 days by Shaun Van Allen (February 3, 1997 to February 20, 2003).
WILD END TO CAROLINA-TORONTO GAME
The Hurricanes beat the Maple Leafs in a shootout on Thursday night, but how the teams got that far is a story in itself. Toronto and Carolina went into the final minute of the third period tied 4-4 but when the game went to overtime the score was 5-5. Ian White gave the Leafs a 5-4 lead with a goal at the 19:30 mark but the Canes tied the score on a goal by Erik Cole at 19:57.
It was the second NHL game this season in which one team scored a go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period and the other team responded with a tying goal. On October 22, Ryan Suter gave the Predators a 5-4 lead in Ottawa with one minute to play in the third period only to have the Senators' Chris Phillips tie the score at 19:58. Nashville won that game on an overtime goal by Shea Weber.
KRIS-HU SCORES TWO
Kristian Huselius scored two goals, one shorthanded and one on a power play, in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 win at Dallas. Huselius is the third NHL player to score shorthanded and power play goals in the same game this season, joining Milan Michalek (Oct. 15 vs. Tampa Bay) and Sidney Crosby (Oct. 23 vs. Florida).
THIRD STRAIGHT MULTI-POINT GAME FOR KEITH
Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in the Blackhawks' 7-1 victory at Calgary, after recording two points in each of Chicago's last two games. Keith is the first Blackhawks defenseman to score at least two points in each of three consecutive team games since Boris Mironov did that in January 2000. The only other NHL defenseman with three straight multiple-point games this season is the Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall (Nov. 11-14).
ARNOTT CONQUERS PAST DEMONS
The Predators beat the Devils in a shootout after the teams played to a 2-2 deadlock. Zach Parise scored both goals for New Jersey and former Devil Jason Arnott tallied both goals for Nashville. Arnott was the first exorcised Devil to score two goals in a game against New Jersey since Bill Guerin had a pair of goals for the Islanders in their 3-1 win at the Meadowlands on Jan. 16, 2008.
JOHNSON ENDS OT QUICKLY
Erik Johnson's goal 17 seconds into overtime gave the Blues a 3-2 win over the Coyotes. It was the earliest overtime goal in an NHL game this season and the quickest by a St. Louis player since Oct. 28, 2000, when Al MacInnis tallied at the 15-second mark of extra time against Dallas.
KOVALCHUK HOT SINCE RETURN TO LINEUP
Ilya Kovalchuk had a hand in all three Thrashers goals in their shootout loss to the Bruins, scoring one and assisting on two. Kovalchuk has four goals and seven assists in four games since he returned to the Atlanta lineup after missing six games due to a broken bone in his right foot, and in three of those games he's scored at least three points.