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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:
• The Nuggets had won 17 consecutive home games against the Grizzlies, the longest head-to-head home-game streak in Denver's NBA history, and then they jumped out to an 11-point lead within the first 10 minutes of Tuesday's meeting at the Pepsi Center.
Game over? Hardly. Memphis outscored Denver 100-77 the rest of the way and walked off with the franchise's first win in Colorado since Nov. 18, 1997, when the Vancouver Grizzlies topped the Nuggets at the old McNichols Arena.
• Michael Redd scored 45 points in the Bucks' 109-105 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.
The only other Bucks player who's ever scored 45 points in a game against the Lakers was none other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who did it twice: 46 points in a game at Milwaukee in 1970, his rookie season, and 50 in a game at the Forum in 1972.
• The Wizards defeated the Hawks 96-95 on the strength of Caron Butler's old-school three-point play -- a driving layup followed by a free throw -- that broke a 93-93 tie with 1:04 to play. That final free throw made by Butler was his 15th in 15 attempts during the game.
Think about that: any player can feel good after going 15-for-15 from the line, but to do so in a one-point win -- where, in retrospect, even a single moment of imperfection might have prevented a victory -- is special indeed. Only three other players in NBA history have been perfect from the line, with 15 or more attempts, in a one-point win: Detroit's Richard Hamilton (20-for-20) in a win over Charlotte in 2004; Washington's Jerry Stackhouse (15-for-15) vs. Orlando in 2003; and Chicago's Chet Walker (16-for-16) vs. Detroit in 1971.
• Jason Kidd scored only six points in the Nets' 96-92 loss at home to the Bobcats. It was New Jersey's sixth straight loss, and it marked the fifth straight game in which Kidd has failed to score in double-figures. That matched the longest streak of Kidd's NBA career; he scored in single-figures in five consecutive games in both March 2001 and December 2004.
• While his teammates shot 5-for-20 from 3-point range, Houston's Shane Battier shot 5-for-5 to provide the spark in the Rockets' 82-75 victory over the Timberwolves. Battier tied a team record for 3-pointers without a miss in one game; Sleepy Floyd (1989), Vernon Maxwell (1993) and Jim Jackson (2004) had previously gone 5-for-5 on 3-point field-goal attempts for the Rockets.
• Re-read the lead note in the NBA section above; we'll wait here for you. OK, Tuesday night in the NHL, the Oilers played the role of the Denver Nuggets, as they hosted the Ducks, who were playing the role of the Grizzlies.
What in the world are we talking about? Well, Edmonton had won the last 12 games in which it hosted Anaheim, the longest current home winning streak by one NHL team over another. And on Tuesday night, the Oilers held a 2-0 lead midway through the second period.
But, as we said, the Ducks were playing the role of the Grizzlies. On goals by Teemu Selanne in the second period, Chris Kunitz at 19:43 of the third, and Ryan Getzlaf in overtime, the Ducks stormed back to take a 3-2 victory and end the domination by the Nuggets, er, make that the Oilers.
It was the second time this season that the Ducks got a game-tying goal in the last 30 seconds of the third period; Andy McDonald did the honors on Oct. 15 vs. Dallas (at 19:41). Anaheim is the only team with two such goals this season.
• For the second time within four days, the Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in Toronto, following a 3-1 win on Friday with a 4-1 triumph on Tuesday. It was only the fourth time in their long history that the Bruins had played two road games against the same opponent within four days, and the first time that they had won both games.
Tim Thomas made 45 saves in Tuesday's game, the most saves by a Bruins goaltender in a win since Oct. 29, 1996, when Bill Ranford stopped 46 shots in a 5-2 victory over New Jersey.
It was an overtime goal by former Rangers player Bobby Holik that lifted the Thrashers to a 5-4 victory at Madison Square Garden.
That was the second time in this calendar year that the Thrashers had won a game at the Garden when a former Rangers player scored in overtime; back on March 12, Marc Savard was the man. (From the fall of 1983, when the NHL re-introduced the overtime period, through the end of 2005, the Rangers had lost only one game in which a former player scored in overtime; that came in 1989 on a goal by Washington's Mike Ridley, also at the Garden.)
• The Canadiens beat the Panthers in a shootout, after the teams played without a score through 60 minutes of regulation time and the five-minute overtime period. It was only the second time since the start of the 2005-06 season, when the NHL introduced the shootout to decide tie games, that two teams battled to a goalless deadlock through 65 minutes.
A little less than a year ago (Dec. 6, 2005), the Flyers topped the Flames in a shootout, after the overtime period ended with the teams in a scoreless tie.
• Alexander Ovechkin scored a goal, his 10th of November, in Washington's 5-2 win over the Lightning. It's already the third calendar month in which Ovechkin has scored 10 or more goals; he also did so in January and March. Since Ovechkin entered the league as a rookie last October, the only other NHL player to record three 10-goal months is Jonathan Cheechoo.
• Olaf Kolzig stopped 48 of 50 Tampa Bay shots on goal to lead the Capitals to a 5-2 win over the Lightning. Kolzig is 4-0-1 this season in the five games in which he's made 40 or more saves. The Islanders' Mike Dunham and the Blues' Manny Legace are the only other NHL goaltenders with even two such wins this season.