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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:
• Brandon Webb, who won the National League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, turned the cliché "it's not how you start, it's how you finish" on its head. Through the end of May, Webb was 8-0 with a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts. At that point he was tied with Tom Glavine for the NL lead in wins and his ERA was almost a half run lower than the next-closest pitcher (Pedro Martinez, 2.50).
From June 1 to the end of the season Webb was 8-8 with a 3.78 ERA in 21 starts. Webb's eight wins since June 1 ranked him 22nd in the NL over that time, behind such pitchers as Chuck James (11), Jeff Francis (10), Woody Williams (9) and Ian Snell (9). And the 3.78 ERA put him 16th in the league (minimum: 100 innings), one spot behind Clay Hensley (3.65).
• Emeka Okafor has had at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in each of his last four games, including a 25-point, 16-rebound game Tuesday -- and the Bobcats have lost each of those games! It's been nearly 40 years since a player had four straight 20-15 games and his team lost each one. Jerry Lucas had four straight for the Cincinnati Royals in December 1966 and January 1967.
• With a 92-84 win in Houston, the Spurs have now taken 28 of 32 games against the Rockets since the start of the shortened 1999 season. That's the best record by one team against another among teams that have been in the same division that entire time. Next-best: The Pistons are 27-4 against the Bulls.
Neither the Rockets nor Spurs have scored 100 points in any of the last 17 games between the teams. That's the longest current streak of meetings between two teams without either one reaching triple digits.
• Chris Bosh had 22 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive rebounds. He's the first player to have at least 10 offensive and defensive rebounds in a game this season; the only player to do it last year was Alonzo Mourning on Nov. 26 (10 offensive, 11 defensive).
• Peja Stojakovic scored the first 20 points for the Hornets, making him the first player to score 20 straight for his team at any point of a game since Kobe Bryant had 22 in a row for the Lakers on Jan. 22, 2006 against the Raptors.
• The Mavericks went 24 for 24 from the free-throw line on Tuesday, the best performance by a team this season. Dallas last had a perfect day at the line with that many attempts on Feb. 6, 2002, when they were 27 for 27 in a win in New Jersey.
• The Red Wings defeated the Canucks 3-2, extending their winning streak to nine games and setting an NHL record in the process. Detroit is the first team in NHL history to win nine in a row while scoring four or fewer goals in each game. Two teams had won eight in a row scoring no more than four in any game, the 1998-99 Coyotes and 1999-2000 Avalanche.
The Red Wings also tied a team record for consecutive wins of any type. They have won nine in a row five previous times.
• The Devils had a two-goal lead in the third period at Madison Square Garden but the Rangers scored three goals in 90 seconds to take a 3-2 lead and win by that score. Martin Brodeur had allowed three goals in such a short span only once previously, when he allowed three goals in 80 seconds in a 4-3 loss in Boston on March 13, 2003. And he had lost only four other games in which he had a two-goal lead in the third period, most recently last October in Atlanta.
Jaromir Jagr scored the first two goals for the Rangers and Brendan Shanahan got the third. Since mid-March 1999, Jagr had scored only four goals in 28 regular-season games versus Brodeur and just two in 11 playoff games against him. Shanahan had only three goals in 17 previous games against Brodeur.
• Miikka Kiprusoff blanked the Blues for his second shutout in his last three games and his 13th since the NHL resumed play last season. No other goaltender has more than eight shutouts over that time.
• For the third straight game, the Flames' Alex Tanguay assisted on at least two goals. It's the first time in Tanguay's career that he's had three straight games with more than one assist.
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