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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• San Antonio's Fabricio Oberto had an eye-catching night in the Spurs' overtime victory over the Suns. Oberto made all 11 of his field-goal attempts without ever going to the free-throw line. Over the last 50 years, only three other players have gone 11-for-11 (or better) from the floor in a game in which they didn't have a free-throw attempt. Johnny Warren did it for Cleveland on Dec. 14, 1973 (12-for-12), as did Portland's Calvin Natt on March 18, 1982 (13-for-13) and Xavier McDaniel for Phoenix on Jan 15, 1991 (12-for-12).
• Despite playing only 32 minutes, Gilbert Arenas had 40 points to lead the Wizards to a 117-91 win over the Pacers. Last season, Arenas was the only player in the league to score at least 40 points in a game in which he played fewer than 33 minutes (46 points in 30 minutes vs. New York on Feb. 25), and he's the first to do it this season.
• Chris Bosh missed all 15 of his 3-point field-goal attempts over his previous 77 games, but he hit a pair of them in the Raptors' 106-104 win over the 76ers, including one that snapped a tie with 6.1 seconds remaining in the game. No player had made at least two 3-pointers to end such a long streak of games without one since Scott Williams sunk a pair of them for Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2003. Williams hadn't made a 3-pointer in his previous 182 games.
• The Magic's 88-87 win over the SuperSonics was Orlando's first one-point victory since April 2, 2005 (103-102 at New Jersey) and its first such win at home since the 2004-05 season opener (93-92 over the Bucks). Orlando's 95 straight games without a one-point win was the second-longest current streak of its kind for any NBA team; Phoenix has played 113 games since its last win by a single point.
• Wally Szczerbiak and Paul Pierce had 35 points apiece as the Celtics posted their first victory of the season with a 110-108 overtime decision over the Bobcats. No pair of Celtics had each scored at least 35 points in a game since Kevin McHale (38) and Larry Bird (35) did it in an OT win over Cleveland on Jan. 16, 1987.
• The Nets handed Utah its first loss of the season, leaving the Hornets (4-0) as the only undefeated team in the NBA. No team with a record as bad as the Hornets' in 2005-06 (38-44) had the distinction of being the NBA's last undefeated team the following season since the Indiana Pacers had the league's longest start-of-season winning streak in 1989-90 (four games) after finishing the previous campaign with a 28-54 mark.
• The Nuggets were handed their third loss in as many tries this season as the Knicks posted a 109-107 win at Denver. The Nuggets joined the 1983-84 Washington Bullets as the only teams ever to begin an NBA season with three straight losses, all by three or fewer points.
• Zach Randolph became the first player ever to record back-to-back 35-point/10-rebound games for the Trail Blazers with a 36-point/10-rebound night in Portland's 101-90 victory over the Lakers.
• Atlanta's Slava Kozlov scored three goals in the Thrashers' come-from-behind 5-4 home win over the Senators. It was only the second multiple-goal effort for Kozlov in his last 128 games (since Jan. 21, 2004). The other one was also a hat trick, also against the Senators, and also in Atlanta (Jan. 2, 2006)!
• Nils Ekman posted the first hat trick of his career in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning. Ekman scored all three goals in a 4:10 span during the second period. Since 1990, only two other players recorded their first career hat trick by scoring three goals in a span of fewer than five minutes. Zigmund Palffy did it for the Islanders (in a 2:47 span on March 3, 1996) and Alexander Selivanov did it for the Oilers (3:07 on Feb. 17, 1999).
• Sidney Crosby had a first-period slap shot turned aside by Johan Holmqvist. It was Crosby's first shot on goal in more than 60 minutes of ice time, including all three games of the Penguins' recently completed West Coast trip. Crosby had been held without a shot on goal in only one of his 90 games in the NHL before that trip (Jan. 6, 2006, against the Thrashers).
• Edmonton didn't put a shot on net until the second period in its 3-0 loss at Detroit. It was the first game in franchise history in which Edmonton failed to register a shot on goal during the first period.
• Michael Nylander scored the only goal of the shootout in the Rangers' 4-3 win over the Panthers. Henrik Lundqvist hasn't allowed a goal in the last 22 shootout attempts against him, extending the longest such streak for any goaltender in the NHL's ultimate overtime. The next-longest streak belongs to Antero Niittymaki, who survived 15 straight shootout attempts (a streak that ended in October).
• Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will be out of action for the next three to four weeks due to a slight tear of a ligament in his right elbow. Sundin has missed only 40 of 1,213 possible regular-season games during his 16-year NHL career, including 12 games last season when he suffered a fractured orbital bone in his left eye socket after being hit by a puck in Toronto's season opener. Sundin has played 1,173 regular-season games since he entered the league in 1990-91 with Quebec, second-most in the NHL over that span, behind Mark Recchi (1,180).
Major League Baseball
• Bud Black, who posted a 121-116 record during his playing career, will be the next manager of the San Diego Padres. Only two major-league managers over the last 40 years had playing careers in which they won at least 100 games as a pitcher. Bob Lemon, who last managed with the Yankees in 1982, won 207 games during his playing career; Larry Dierker won 139 games before managing the Astros from 1997 to 2001.