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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:
• Dwyane Wade scored 41 points on Thursday and outscored the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter 24-23. That was Wade's career high for fourth-quarter points; his previous most was 21, set last April 1, also against Cleveland. The only other NBA player with that many in a game this season is Michael Redd, who had 25 fourth-quarter points in his 57-point game Nov. 11.
Wade scored his 41 points despite being charged with 12 turnovers (no, those don't count toward a triple-double). That's the most turnovers in a 40-pont game since the NBA began charging individuals with turnovers in the 1977-78 season; the previous most was 11 turnovers by Hakeem Olajuwon in a 52-point overtime game in 1990.
Wade has had at least 20 points in each of his past 13 games, the longest streak in Heat franchise history. Wade had three previous 12-game streaks, including one earlier this season, and Alonzo Mourning had one in 2000.
• Steve Nash had 11 assists Thursday, and he's had at least 10 assists in each of his past 10 games. It's the fourth time in his career that Nash has had at least 10 assists in 10 straight games. The last NBA player other than Nash to have a streak like that was Mark Jackson, who had a 14-game streak in December 1996/January 1997.
• Amare Stoudemire had 23 rebounds against the Spurs on Thursday, the most by any San Antonio opponent in the Tim Duncan era in Texas. The last Spurs opponent with that many rebounds was Dennis Rodman, who had a 26-rebound game against the David Robinson-led Spurs in 1993.
• With their win Thursday, the Suns became the first team in NBA history to play the first 46 games of a season without suffering a double-digit loss. The 1995-96 Bulls reached the 45-game mark but lost game No. 46 by 10 points to none other than the Suns (106-96).
• Zach Parise scored a game-tying goal at 19:28 of the third period in the Devils' overtime win over the Flyers on Thursday. It was New Jersey's fifth game-tying goal in the last minute of regulation this season, tying a NHL record set by the 1983-84 Flames and matched by the 1986-87 Islanders and the 1999-2000 Blackhawks.
• Rookie defenseman Alexandre Picard assisted on all five Flyers goals in their 6-5 overtime loss to the Devils. Picard is only the second rookie defenseman in NHL history to register five or more assists in one game. Gary Suter had six assists, the single-game record for rookies -- forwards or defensemen -- on April 4, 1986, in a 9-3 Calgary win over Edmonton.
• Martin Brodeur made nine saves against the Flyers in overtime, a career high for overtime saves. His previous most was six overtime saves, done three previous times.
• Tampa Bay's Johan Holmqvist recorded his first career shutout Thursday against the Hurricanes. In the past 10 years, the only other goaltender to record his first career shutout against the defending Stanley Cup champions was San Jose's Vesa Toskala, who did it against the Red Wings on March 27, 2003.
• Evgeni Malkin, who scored his 25th goal of the season Thursday, is the ninth Penguins rookie to score as many as 25 goals in a season, joining such luminaries as Sidney Crosby (39 last season), Jaromir Jagr (27 in 1990-91) and Mario Lemieux (43 in 1984-85). Since Pittsburgh joined the NHL for the 1967-68 season, the only other NHL teams that have had nine different rookies score 25 or more goals in a season are the Rangers (13) and Red Wings (9).
• Atlanta's Marian Hossa did not score on a second-period penalty shot in the Thrashers' loss to the Islanders. It was the ninth penalty-shot attempt of Hossa's career, the most of any active player and second-most in NHL history, behind Pavel Bure (11). Unfortunately for Hossa, it was his seventh penalty-shot miss, the most in league history.
• The Bruins lost to the Sabres on Thursday night 3-1, extending their losing streak to five games. Boston was shut out in the first game of its losing streak and held to one goal in each of the last four games. It's only the third time in Bruins history that they've lost five or more consecutive games while scoring no more than once in each game. They had a six-game losing streak of that kind in November/December 1955 and a five-game streak in December 1963.
• Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to 13 games with a goal Thursday. That's the most consecutive games with at least one point for any NHL player this season; six players had streaks of that length last season.
• The Canucks and Oilers each went 0-for-7 on the power play Thursday. It's the second time this season that opponents have gone 0-for-7 (or worse) on the power play in one game. On Dec. 14, the Canucks were 0-for-7 and the Flames were 0-for-8.
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