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Manning tops Palmer in battle of #1 picks
From Elias: The Broncos defeated the Raiders on Thursday in a matchup of quarterbacks drafted with the #1 overall pick, Peyton Manning (1998) and Carson Palmer (2003). Manning has now won 23 of the last 25 games he's started against another quarterback taken with the first pick of the draft.
Manning kept calling Moreno's number
From Elias: Knowshon Moreno had 32 carries for 119 yards on Thursday. That's the most carries in a game that Peyton Manning started at quarterback since Edgerrin James had a 34-carry game on November 7, 2005.
No Anthony, no problem
The Knicks defeated the Heat on Thursday in Miami, 112-92, without their leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony. Only two other teams in NBA history have defeated the defending champion in its own arena by 20 or more points, while playing without their leading scorer: Orlando against Chicago in April 1999 (Nick Anderson was out) and Boston against Chicago later that month (without Antoine Walker).
The Knicks also defeated Miami by 20 points earlier this season, in New York on November 2 (104-84). It's the second time the Knicks have had a pair of 20-point wins over the defending champion in one season, and the first instance was also against Miami, in the 2006-07 season.
Knicks bombing away
From Elias: The Knicks made 18 of 44 three-point field-goals on Thursday after going 13 for 41 on their long-range shots against Charlotte on Wednesday. They're only the second team to attempt at least 40 three-point field goals in consecutive games, joining the Mavericks, who had three straight games with 40 or more attempts in March 1996 (44-42-49).
Carlisle outwits Gentry again
From Elias: With Dallas' win over Phoenix on Thursday, the Mavericks and Rick Carlisle are 12-2 against Phoenix since Alvin Gentry took over as the Suns head coach during the 2008-09 season. Only two other coaches have at least a dozen wins against one of their colleagues over the last five seasons. Stan Van Gundy is 13-2 against Scott Skiles; Doc Rivers is 12-3 against Mike D'Antoni and he's 12-4 against Erik Spoelstra.