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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 Grizzlies defeated the Celtics in Boston 98-96 on Rudy Gay's jump shot with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game. No other rookie has made a game-winning field goal with that little time left on the clock this season. The last rookie do it was Utah's Deron Williams, late last season (with 2.4 seconds remaining in a 105-103 win against the Clippers on March 3, 2006).
• Gilbert Arenas (38 points) and Antawn Jamison (33 points) led the Wizards to a 113-102 road win against the Knicks. Since 1990-91, only three other pairs of visiting teammates each scored at least 33 points in a game at Madison Square Garden: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (April 10, 1997), Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (Feb. 6, 2003), and Allen Iverson and Chris Webber (March 31, 2006).
• The Knicks' loss dropped their home record to 2-8, the club's worst mark through its first 10 home games of a season since 1960-61 (also 2-8), at the old Garden.
• Dwight Howard led the Magic in points, rebounds and assists in the team's loss at Indiana. Howard has led Orlando in rebounds (either tied or outright) in each of its 20 games this season. The only other NBA player to lead his team in rebounds in every game this season is Kevin Garnett (all 17 games for Minnesota). No player has started a season with a streak as long as Howard's since Tim Duncan led the Spurs in rebounds in each of San Antonio's first 25 games in 2004-05.
• The Bulls made 61.5 percent of their shots from the floor in a 121-94 romp over the 76ers. It was the 10th straight game in which Philadelphia posted a lower field-goal percentage than its opponent. That's the longest such streak for any NBA team this season and the longest for the Sixers in more than 30 years (since a 10-game streak in December 1974).
• The Bucks needed overtime to dispose of the Trail Blazers, only the 11th overtime game in the NBA this season -- 4.1 percent of the games played thus far. The last season in which such a low percentage of NBA games went into overtime was 1993-94 (3.9 percent). Last season, 7 percent of games throughout the league were decided in OT sessions.
• Tracy McGrady scored only 14 points in 37 minutes in the Rockets' 90-84 loss to the Timberwolves. It was the eighth time this season that McGrady scored fewer than 15 points in a game; he did that only 10 times all of last season. McGrady's 18.5 PPG scoring average is his lowest through his first 18 games of a season since 1999-2000 (12.3 PPG).
• The Nuggets squandered a 17-point fourth quarter lead in their 98-96 loss to the Hawks. Denver hadn't been defeated in a game in which it led by that many points at any time during the fourth period since an overtime loss to Minnesota on Feb. 5, 2000.
Atlanta was the second team to win a game this season in which it trailed by at least 17 points during the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers overcame a 19-point deficit in the final period of a 94-93 victory over the Celtics on Nov. 11.
• The Raptors blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead in a 95-91 loss at Cleveland, dropping their all-time record against the Cavaliers to 22-23. In franchise history, Toronto has a record of .500-or-better against only three teams: the Warriors (11-10), Clippers (11-10) and Bobcats (5-2).
• The Stars shut out the Coyotes for the third time in as many tries this season with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday. Dallas became the first team to register a shutout in each of its first three games of a season against a particular opponent since the Blues did it against the Penguins in 1969-70.
• Patrik Elias scored at 4:52 of overtime to give the Devils a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens. It was Elias' 11th career regular-season goal in OT, all of which have been scored since 1999-2000. The only NHL player with as many overtime goals over that span as Elias is Mats Sundin, who has 12.
• With a 6-2 decision over Ottawa, the Capitals have won four consecutive games and scored at least four goals in each. (The previous wins were 5-2 at Tampa Bay, 4-3 vs. Dallas, and 7-4 vs. Buffalo.) It's the longest such streak for the Caps since they won five straight games in that manner in March 2001.
• Joe Nieuwendyk is hanging up his skates, ending a playing career than spanned 20 NHL seasons and included Stanley Cup Championships with Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003. Only four other players won Stanley Cups (defined here as appearing in the playoffs for the team that won the Cup) with three different NHL franchises: Gord Pettinger (Rangers, Detroit and Boston), Larry Hillman (Detroit, Toronto and Montreal), Claude Lemieux (Montreal, New Jersey and Colorado) and Mike Keane (Montreal, Colorado and Dallas).
• Jason Schmidt had played for the Giants since 2001 but he's on the other side of the rivalry now after agreeing to terms with the Dodgers. Since the teams relocated to California (in 1958), only three other players went to the Dodgers immediately following a stint of at least five seasons with the Giants: Tom Haller (1968), Dick Dietz (1972) and Brad Wellman (1987).
• Mike Piazza, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics, will almost certainly see more action as a DH than he will as a caddie to iron-man Jason Kendall. In major-league history, only Jim Sundberg caught more games over any five-season span than Kendall did from 2002 through 2006. But Piazza holds an obscure National League record that only came into being with the advent of interleague play. Piazza's 10 career home runs as a designated hitter are the most for any NL player.
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