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1/20/2007 - NBA NHL NFL + more

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


• The Miami Dolphins averaged only 16.3 points per game in 2006, ranking 29th in the league, and it was their lowest average since 1967, the second season in franchise history, when the team scored 15.6 points per game. That was Bob Griese's rookie season and Miami finished with a 4-10 record under head coach George Wilson.

The Dolphins named Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron their new head coach on Friday. Four other current NFL head coaches -- each very successful -- went directly from being an assistant coach on offense to an NFL head-coaching position, inheriting a team that ranked in the bottom five in the league in scoring in the previous season: Joe Gibbs (1981 Redskins), Andy Reid (1999 Eagles), Brian Billick (1999 Ravens) and Sean Payton (2006 Saints).


• Zach Randolph had 36 points and 15 rebounds in Portland's loss to Phoenix. Over the last 25 seasons, only one other Trail Blazers player had 35 points and 15 rebounds in one game: Clyde Drexler (41 and 16 on March 20, 1990 at Houston).

• The Knicks trailed the Nets by 12 points with less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, then took the lead before losing, 101-100, on a Clifford Robinson tap-in. It was the first time in more than three years that an NBA team overcame a deficit of at least 12 points with less than four minutes remaining in the game and took the lead, only to surrender it and lose the game in regulation. Golden State lost in that fashion at Detroit on Jan. 3, 2004.

The Knicks have now lost back-to-back games despite leading in each with less than three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The last NBA team to lose consecutive games of that type in regulation time was Seattle in December 2002.

• A night in Boston was the elixir for the struggling Kings, as Sacramento ended its seven-game losing streak with a 96-91 win against the Celtics. Earlier this season, Philadelphia broke a 12-game losing streak with a victory in Boston. Over the last 10 seasons, there was only one other instance of a team ending a losing skid of at least seven games with a win on the Celtics' home court: The Grizzlies broke a seven-game losing streak with a win at Boston on Nov. 26, 2000.

• Gerald Wallace, who had not played since Dec. 30 because of a shoulder injury, had 18 points and 15 rebounds in Charlotte's victory at Atlanta. The last NBA player with a 15/15 (points/rebounds) game after more than two weeks of inaction was Shaquille O'Neal for the Lakers in February 2002 (25 points and 17 rebounds after not playing the previous 15 days).

• The 76ers' 98-95 overtime victory over the Heat featured a balanced scoring attack from the winners. Willie Green, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala led Philadelphia with 16 points apiece. Since the start of the 2000-2001 season, there has been only one other overtime game in which the winning team did not have a player score more than 16 points: Chicago followed that blueprint in beating New York on April 11, 2002.

• Antawn Jamison scored 31 points and Gilbert Arenas had 30 in the Wizards' win at Orlando. It's the third time this season that they each scored at least 30 points in the same game, the most for any two teammates in the league.

• Washington did not attempt a free throw in the first half. Only one other team did not go to the foul line a single time in a first half this season: Indiana on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden.

• Carlos Boozer had 23 points and 19 rebounds in only 32 minutes in Utah's win at Toronto. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, only one other NBA player had that many points and that many rebounds while playing so few minutes in a game. Dwight Howard did it earlier this season, scoring 24 points and pulling down 21 rebounds in 30 minutes on Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte.


• The Blue Jackets won despite being outshot by the Red Wings 42-27. It was Detroit's league-high 11th game with 40 or more shots on goal this season, though the Wings have won only six of those 11 games (two regulation losses, three shootout losses).

• Adam Foote, long regarded as one of the best "defensive" defensemen in the NHL, had a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets -- both on power plays -- in their 3-1 win over the Red Wings. It was only the 38th multiple-point game of Foote's 15-season NHL career and just the eighth time that he had two power play points in the same game. Foote's last game with two power play points came almost three years ago, March 10, 2004, when he scored a pair of PPGs for Colorado at Edmonton.

• Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller foiled three of the Canucks' four shootout attempts to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 win over Vancouver. Miller has won seven games via shootouts this season (he's 7-2), tying Minnesota's Manny Fernandez (7-1) for the league lead. Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen and the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist are next with five shootout wins each.

• Marian Gaborik scored a pair of goals in Minnesota's 3-0 win in Chicago. Gaborik was out of action for 2½ months due to a groin injury, returning to the Wild's lineup on Jan. 6. Gaborik did not have a goal in his first two games back but he's scored seven goals in five games since then (including three two-goal games), the most goals that any NHL player has recorded over the last nine days (Jan. 11-19).