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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 Nets scored the first 18 points of the game in their 92-90 loss to the Celtics. The last NBA team to start a game with a run of 18-0 or better was Portland against Boston on Feb. 21, 2004. The Blazers scored the first 22 points of that game and held on to win 105-84.
Curry has now scored 20 or more points and has made at least half of his shots in each of his last nine games. Only two players in Knicks' history had a longer such streak: Bernard King in February 1985 (11 games) and Patrick Ewing in November/December 1989 (10).
• Gilbert Arenas scored 41 points in Washington's 114-109 loss to Houston. Arenas has scored at least 40 points four times in 20 games this season. Over the last 20 years, only three other NBA players had four games of 40 or more points in their first 20 games of a season: Michael Jordan (six times), Kobe Bryant (2002-03) and Allen Iverson (2005-06).
• Donyell Marshall had 17 rebounds off the bench for Cleveland in its 107-75 win over Indiana. That matches the most rebounds for a non-starter in an NBA game this season. Sean May had 17 boards for the Bobcats at Atlanta on Nov. 29.
• All six goals in the Red Wings' 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs were power-play goals. It was the fifth game in NHL history in which the teams combined for at least six goals, all scored on the power play. It happened once before this season, on Oct. 19, when the Red Wings were on the wrong side of a 5-1 score in San Jose.
• Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist in the Rangers' 3-1 win in Ottawa. It was Jagr's 34th career goal (in 52 games) versus the Senators, nine more than any other player has scored against them (Peter Bondra and Eric Lindros are tied for second at 25), but just his second goal in his last 13 games against the Sens.
• Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin all scored goals on Saturday night. It was second time this season that the three "Young Guns" of the NHL all scored on the same day. They all lit the lamp on Nov. 13 as well.
• The Blue Jackets beat the Blues 5-1 behind 24 saves by Fredrik Norrena. Norrena was 0-4-0 with a 2.80 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in his first six career NHL games (four starts), but he's 4-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .964 save percentage and two shutouts over his last four games (all starts).
It was Parrish's fifth career hat trick, second-most in NHL history by a Minnesota-born player behind Neal Broten who had six. Dave Christian is third with four.
The North Stars had 11 hat tricks from Minnesota natives, scored by three different players (Broten 6, Scott Bjugstad 3, Steve Christoff 2), but only one of those 11 hat tricks was scored in what the Wild call the "State of Hockey." That was Broten's three-goal game against Toronto on Feb. 6, 1986.