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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:
• Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points in the Nuggets' win in Minneapolis on Friday night. It's the sixth straight road game in which he has scored at least 30 points, the longest streak for any Denver player since the franchise joined the NBA. Alex English scored 30 or more points in five consecutive road games for the Nuggets, two different times.
• LeBron James had three "old-fashioned" three-point plays in the fourth quarter -- that is, a two-point basket followed by a converted free throw -- helping Cleveland win at Atlanta 106-95. It was the third time in LeBron's NBA career that he made three three-point plays of that type in one quarter, the highest total for any player in the league during the "King James" era.
• Chauncey Billups shot 8-for-9 (.889) from the field and had 16 assists in the Pistons' win over the Knicks. Billups is the first player in Pistons history to record 15 or more assists in a game while making at least 80 percent of his field-goal attempts.
• Michael Redd scored 37 points and Mo Williams added 31, but the Bucks still lost at Phoenix 122-116. It's the first time this season that teammates each scored 30 or more points in a defeat. That happened 13 times last season. The last time Milwaukee lost a non-overtime game in which two of its players scored at least 30 points was on Feb. 2, 1983 -- Sidney Moncrief had 34 and Marques Johnson had 33 in a loss at Seattle.
• Gilbert Arenas had six assists in the first quarter of Washington's win against Charlotte. That was one shy of Arenas' highest total in any quarter since he joined the Wizards. He had seven assists in the first quarter on April 4, 2006 against the Knicks.
Arenas finished with 33 points, 10 assists and five rebounds, despite playing only 36 minutes. Over the last 10 seasons, only two other NBA players had a 30-10-5 (PTS-AST-REB) game while playing no more than three quarters of the game: Kobe Bryant, who, like Arenas, did it in 36 minutes (Feb. 23, 2006 against Sacramento), and Andre Miller, who played only 35 minutes (Dec. 4, 2001 for Cleveland against Detroit).
• Chris Bosh paced the Raptors with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the team's victory against Boston. It was the 13th game this season in which Bosh led Toronto in both points and rebounds, one shy of the league lead. Portland's Zach Randolph did that for the 14th time on Friday night, in the Trail Blazers' loss to Orlando.
• The Celtics' loss dropped their record to 5-10. Since Larry Bird debuted with the team in 1979, there was only one other season in which Boston won no more than five of its first 15 games. The 1996-97 Celtics started 4-11 en route to a 15-67 (.183) season, the worst record in the history of the franchise.
• Some follow-ups to Kobe Bryant's 52-point performance in the Lakers' 132-102 win over the Jazz on Thursday night:
--It was the 81st 50-point game over the last 15 seasons, but the first during that time in which the high-scorer's teammates contributed as many as 80 points. The last such game was the Bucks' 140-136 overtime win against the Nuggets on March 23, 1991 in which Michael Adams scored 54 points.
--Bryant has accounted for seven of the NBA's last 13 50-point regular-season games. No other player had more than one during that time. The other six 50-point games were produced by Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Redd.
--It was the 45th 50-point game by a Lakers player. The only franchise with more 50-point games is the Warriors, but of course 105 of their 129 games of 50 or more points were recorded by Wilt Chamberlain over six seasons from 1959-60 to 1964-65.
--The Jazz were also the opposing team when Redd scored 57 points three weeks ago. Utah is the first team to allow two 50-point games in the same month since Charles Smith and Bernard King both hung 52 on the Nuggets in December 1990.
--And finally, within a span of 20 days, Redd and Bryant recorded 50-point games against a team with the outright best record in the NBA. It had been 25 years since that had happened even once. The last such game -- nearly 26 years ago -- was Bernard King's 50-point performance for the Warriors against the 76ers (34-7) on Jan. 3, 1981.
• Tom Glavine re-signed with the Mets on Friday. The Mets were 24-8 in games started by Glavine in 2006, the second-highest winning percentage for any major-league team in a particular pitcher's starts. The top three (minimum: 20 starts): Johan Santana (Twins were 27-7, .794), Glavine (Mets were 24-8, .750), Kenny Rogers (Tigers were 24-9, .727).
• The Devils overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat the Penguins 5-2. No big deal? Actually, for New Jersey, it was. The Devils were the only NHL team that had not won a game this season after allowing the first goal (they were 0-7-1).
• Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin scored a goal against Martin Brodeur on Friday night, as he did in each of Pittsburgh's two other games against New Jersey this season. Malkin is only the fifth player to score goals in each of his first three regular-season games against Brodeur, and he's the first to do that in more than 10 years. The last was Mario Lemieux, who scored off Brodeur in each of their first three encounters, spanning April 1994 to March 1996. The others to turn that trick against Brodeur were Michal Pivonka, Martin Gelinas and Brett Hull.
Malkin's tally came on his only shot on goal of the game. It was the first time in Malkin's young NHL career (20 games) that he had fewer than two shots in a game.
• Detroit beat Minnesota 3-0 continuing Dominik Hasek's mastery of the Wild. Hasek is 5-0-2 in seven career starts against the Wild, allowing only eight goals in seven games.
• The Red Wings scored at least one goal for the 144th consecutive game in regular-season play, setting a franchise record. Detroit's longest previous streak without being shut out was 143 games, from November 1987 to October 1989. The Red Wings' current streak is the longest by any NHL team since Pittsburgh went 154 straight games without being blanked, from January 1993 to March 1995.
• The Rangers outshot the Sabres 39-19 but the teams were tied 3-3 at the end of overtime and Buffalo prevailed in the shootout. It was the second time that Buffalo was outfired by at least 20 shots in a game this season; the Sabres were outshot 43-17 in Detroit on Oct. 13 but won that game in a shootout as well. The Rangers enjoyed a 20-shot advantage once before this season (Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh, 42-22) though they did not win that night either, losing 6-5.
• The Blackhawks beat St. Louis 5-2 though they failed to score a power-play goal for the sixth consecutive game. That matches the longest such drought in the NHL this season, a mark set by the Blackhawks themselves from Oct. 25 through Nov. 9.
• Calgary beat Columbus 2-1. It was the 10th time that the Blue Jackets scored no more than one goal in a game this season (six shutouts, four one-goal games), tying them with the Panthers for the NHL high. As you might expect, Columbus has not earned a point in any of those games (0-10-0).