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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.

Updated: January 9, 2007, 2:01 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:


Tracy McGrady
Tracy McGrady scored 31 points in the Rockets' 84-77 win in Chicago, his sixth consecutive game of at least 30 points. McGrady is only the second player in Rockets history to score 30 or more points in six straight games. Moses Malone had streaks of 13 games and six games, both in 1982.

It was the 47th time that McGrady has scored at least 30 points since joining the Rockets. Houston is 38-9 in those 47 games.

McGrady has averaged 34.3 points per game during this six-game stretch, which began on Dec. 29, the highest scoring average in the NBA since that date.

Dikembe Mutombo pulled down 16 rebounds in the Rockets' win. It was the seventh straight game in which Mutombo had at least 10 boards, the longest such streak by a Houston player since Kelvin Cato had a seven-game streak in 2001-02 and the longest by Mutombo since late in the 2000-01 season.

Dikembe Mutombo
Mutombo has averaged 13.6 rebounds per game during this seven-game stretch, which began on Dec. 27, the third-highest such average in the NBA over that span, behind Emeka Okafor (13.8) and Marcus Camby (13.7).

• Jeff Van Gundy won only three of his first 10 games against the Bulls, thanks mostly to a player named Michael Jordan. Since 1998-99, Van Gundy is 16-4 against Chicago. He has a better record against only one NBA team over that span: (ironically he's 7-1 vs. New York).

Sam Cassell
Sam Cassell had 31 points off the bench for the Clippers in their road win over the Hornets. It was the most points by a Clippers sub since Corey Maggette scored 34 points off the bench at Memphis on Jan. 3, 2003.

• The Milwaukee Bucks found out today that Michael Redd will miss four to six weeks due to an injured left knee. The Bucks are only 9-16 (.360) in the 25 games Redd has missed since 2001-02, his first full NBA season; they're 201-218 (.480) in the 419 games Redd has played over the same span.

Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson has scored at least 20 points in each of his first seven games with his new team. Only two other players in NBA history scored 20 or more points in each of their first seven games with a new team after a midseason switch: Dominique Wilkins for the Clippers in 1993-94 (first 19 games) and Ray Allen with Seattle in 2002-03 (eight).

Iverson has 46 turnovers and has missed 106 shots since he joined the Nuggets on Dec. 22. A.I. leads the NBA in turnovers, and he's tied with Rafer Alston and McGrady for the second-most missed shots behind only Kevin Garnett (109) since that date.

• One more final note on wild-card weekend. For only the second time since the NFL expanded its postseason format to include four wild-card games in 1990, all four home teams won on wild-card weekend. The other time was following the 2000 regular season: Baltimore over Denver, Miami over Indianapolis, New Orleans over St. Louis and Philadelphia over Tampa Bay.


Jarret Stoll
Jarret Stoll scored the first goal in the Oilers' 2-1 overtime victory over the Kings. The Kings have now allowed the first goal in 29 games this season, the most in the NHL.

The Kings have now allowed 56 goals in the second period. That's the second-most goals any NHL team has allowed in any period this season. The Flyers have allowed 61 goals in the second period this season.

Entering Monday night, the Oilers and Kings were two of five NHL teams that had not won a game in overtime this season. That list is now down to four: Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.