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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:
• With their 98-90 win in Milwaukee, the Suns have won 16 of their past 17 road games after starting the season 0-4 on the road. Only three other teams in NBA history have won 16 of 17 road games, the 2002-03 Spurs, 1999-2000 Lakers and 1971-72 Lakers.
• Jamal Crawford scored 52 points in only 39 minutes Friday. It was the 14th time a Knicks player had a 50-point game, but only the third time one did it while playing fewer than 40 minutes. Richie Guerin had 57 points in 38 minutes in 1959 and Bernard King had 52 in 36 minutes in 1984.
Crawford's 52 points were the second-most ever against the Heat; Willie Burton had 53 for the 76ers against Miami in 1994.
Crawford now has more 50-point games (2) than all of the following combined: Paul Arizin, John Havlicek, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony. Of those players, only Pierce scored 50 or more points in an NBA game.
• The Hawks won in Orlando after overcoming a 14-point deficit in the second half. It's the fourth time this season Atlanta has won on the road by overcoming at least a 10-point margin in the second half. Over the previous six seasons (2000-01 through 2005-06) the Hawks won only one road game by overcoming at least a 10-point margin in the second half (in Orlando in 2004).
• Deron Williams had 12 assists Friday, and he has 48 over his past three games. That's the most assists over a three-game span since Andre Miller had 48 over three games in April 2005. Over the past 15 seasons, the only player with that many assists over three games -- in either his first or second season in the NBA -- was Anfernee Hardaway, who had 49 assists over three games in April 1995, in his second NBA season.
• Regarding the Wizards' 99-96 win in Detroit: It was the Pistons' fifth loss at home this season in a "one-possession game" -- that is, a game decided by three or fewer points. The only other NBA team with so many losses at home in three-point games this season is the Celtics (also five).
• Mark Recchi, who turns 39 on Thursday, scored the 500th goal of his career Friday. Only three players were older than Recchi at the time of their 500th goal: Johnny Bucyk (40 in 1975), Joe Mullen (40 in 1997) and Jean Beliveau (39 in 1971).
• Martin Brodeur allowed six goals in one period in the All-Star Game on Wednesday, but he stopped all 28 Lightning shots on goal to lead the Devils to a 2-0 win at Tampa Bay on Friday night. It was Brodeur's league-high ninth shutout this season and his fifth in 14 games since the Christmas break. Brodeur has more shutouts since Dec. 26 than all but three NHL goaltenders (Dominik Hasek, Miikka Kiprusoff and Chris Mason) have for the entire season.
• St. Louis was outshot by Detroit 29-20 but beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. The Blues are 13-2-2 since Dec. 19, the best record in the NHL over that span, despite putting no more than 20 shots on goal in five of those 13 victories and no more than 25 shots on target in ten of them. (The NHL average this season is 30 shots on goal per game.)
• The Predators beat the Blackhawks 3-1 on Friday, giving them a 9-1-0 record since Jan. 5. Nashville has scored the first goal in each of its past 10 games. It's the longest such streak by any NHL team this season and it matches the Predators record for consecutive games scoring the first goal, set in March 2006.
• The Thrashers jumped to a 3-0 lead over the Islanders on goals in the first 5:35 of the game by Shane Hnidy, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jon Sim. It was the fastest three goals from the start of a game in Atlanta's seven seasons in the league (previous mark was 8:28 in an 8-4 win over St. Louis on Jan. 21, 2003).
• Six NHL games went to overtime Friday, tying for the second-most on one day in league history. The only day with more was March 27, 2004, when there were seven OT games; there have been six on seven other occasions.
• PGA Tour rookie Brandt Snedeker leads the Buick Invitational by three shots after two rounds. The last time a tour rookie led that tournament by that many shots at the halfway point was in 1986, when Davis Love III had a three-shot lead before finishing in a tie for fifth place.
The last time a rookie led any tournament after the second round by at least three shots was when Pat Perez did it at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2002.
• Jose Maria Olazabal shot a 7-under 65 Thursday, but a 7-over 79 Friday at the Buick Invitational. That 14-shot swing was the largest increase from one round to the next in Olazabal's 601 rounds on the PGA Tour. His previous largest increase was 12 shots at the BellSouth Classic in 2004.
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