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12/8/2006 - NBA NHL NFL + more

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Willie Parker set a Steelers record with 223 yards rushing in a 27-7 victory over the Browns. Parker broke a mark set by Frenchy Fuqua in 1970, which had been the fourth-oldest franchise record for rushing yards in a game. The older ones are held by Steve Van Buren (205 yards for the Eagles in 1949), Jim Brown (237 yards for the Browns in 1957), and Billy Cannon (216 yards for the Oilers, now the Titans, in 1961).

• There have been 17 games of 200 or more yards rushing by an individual player over the last four seasons. Parker's was the fifth against the Browns during that time, following Rudi Johnson (202 in 2004), Jamal Lewis (205 in 2003), LaDainian Tomlinson (200 in 2003), and Jamal Lewis (295 in 2003). The only other teams to allow even two 200-yard games during that time are the Raiders and the Chiefs.

• Now that's entertainment! The Suns defeated the Nets 161-157 in double overtime. New Jersey became only the second team in the last 14 seasons to lose a game in which it scored 130 or more points in regulation. The other was the Hawks in a 137-132 loss to the Celtics in 2004.

Steve Nash scored 42 points and recorded 13 assists in the Suns' victory. Only one player in each of the four previous seasons had as many as 13 assists in a 40-point game: Joe Johnson last season (in OT), Baron Davis in 2004-05; LeBron James in 2003-04; and
Tracy McGrady in 2002-03.

Jason Kidd recorded the 78th triple-double of his career, tying Wilt Chamberlain for third most in NBA history, behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. And Kidd did it with a flourish, scoring 38 points with 14 rebounds and 14 assists. It was the third time Kidd reached 14 in all three categories.

Incidentally, Wilt was the last player with totals as high as Kidd's in all three categories. He scored 53 points with 32 rebounds and 14 assists for the 76ers in a 158-128 win over the Lakers in 1968. The only other players ever to do so were Elgin Baylor (1961) and Oscar Robertson (five times).

• The Pistons defeated the Mavericks 92-82 at Dallas. It was the first double-digit victory by an Eastern Conference team at American Airlines Center in two years and a day -- since Detroit topped Dallas 101-85 on Dec. 6, 2004.

• The Bruins rallied for three goals in the final 10 minutes of Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. It was Boston's first win since 1989 in which they scored at least three times after being shut out for the first 50 minutes.

• The Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to be outscored by as many as 16 goals in the third period over a span of five games. Toronto has been outscored 17-1 in the third period of their last five games (all losses, one in a shootout).

For only the third time in franchise history, the Leafs entered the third period with a lead in three straight games and failed to win any of those games. They previously did so in February 1978 and October 1985.

• The Lightning snapped the Thrashers' five-game winning streak with an 8-0 rout. That was one goal short of the largest shutout margin ever recorded against a team on a winning streak of five or more games. The record was set by Atlanta with a 9-0 win over the Hurricanes last season, to snap Carolina's nine-game winning streak.

Vincent Lecavalier scored the first three goals in the Lightning's victory. Prior to Thursday's game, Lecavalier had scored 14 goals this season, the most of any player without a multiple-goal game. Jason Pominville of the Sabres inherits that title (12).

Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal in the shootout of the Rangers' 3-2 victory over the Penguins after tying the game with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation. It was Shanahan's 74th game-tying or go-ahead goal in the third period, one fewer than Jaromir Jagr, who leads all active players.

Saku Koivu scored two goals in the Canadiens' 4-2 victory over the Islanders, matching his career total in 25 previous games against the Isles. Those were Koivu's first two goals in 14 games at Nassau Coliseum.

Mikko Koivu scored the opening goal of the Wild's 3-2 shootout victory over the Flames. It was the second time in the last six days that Mikko and his brother, Saku, scored on the same day (which had never happened prior to that).

• The Wild continue to play their best hockey after the 60th minute. Minnesota has a 6-11 record in games decided in regulation time this season but has won nine of 11 games that were tied after three periods. The Wild has won twice in overtime and posted a 7-2 mark in shootouts.

• The Red Wings had Dominik Hasek's back on Thursday night, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Blues 4-3 in overtime. It was the 55th time that Hasek allowed the first three goals of a game, but only the third time that he escaped with a victory.