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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 Magic, minus Grant Hill, cruised to a 119-86 win over the Nets. According to reports, Hill will be sidelined for the next two weeks, but that's nothing new for Orlando. Hill has played only 174 of 539 (32 percent) regular-season games since signing with the Magic prior to the 2000-01 season, without ever playing as many as 20 games in a row. Over that span, Orlando's winning percentage without Hill (.460, 168-197) is slightly higher than its mark with him (.454, 79-95).
• Jason Kidd had no points and five assists for New Jersey. It was the seventh game in Kidd's NBA career in which he failed to score a point and the first time that he had fewer than seven assists in a scoreless game since March 28, 1997.
• The Warriors' 102-101 win at Philadelphia was their third victory without a loss this season in games decided by a single point. The only other teams with as many one-point wins as Golden State are the Clippers, Kings and Wizards (all 3-0 in such games).
• Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the Sixers' loss. Iguodala's triple-double was the fourth in the league over the past 15 days in a regulation (non-overtime) game. The others were by Jason Kidd (of course), Andre Miller and LeBron James, each in a losing cause. The previous seven triple-doubles in regulation NBA games were all posted by players on the winning team. Kidd had four of the seven; the others were by Boris Diaw, Mo Williams and John Salmons.
• The Raptors improved their division-leading record to 24-23 with a 103-91 victory in Atlanta. It marks the first time that an Atlantic Division team has had a winning record since New Jersey was 5-4 (through games of Nov. 19).
• Chris Bosh made his first two field-goal attempts after hitting his last 15 shots from the floor in his previous game (Wednesday vs. Washington). Bosh's streak of 17 field goals was the longest for any NBA player since Alonzo Mourning made 19 in a row for Miami over a two-game span in February 2000.
• The Pacers erased a five-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Lakers 95-84. Over the past six seasons (since 2001-02), the Lakers lost only one other game by double-digit margin after owning a five-point lead in the fourth quarter. That was a 108-97 loss to the Suns at Staples Center on April 11, 2005.
• Kobe Bryant scored 22 points in the Lakers' loss, two more than Smush Parker. It was the 13th time in his career that Parker scored at least 20 points in a game he started alongside Bryant, the most for any of Kobe's backcourt mates, surpassing the total of 12 such games by Chucky Atkins.
• The Celtics' 100-89 loss to the Clippers in Boston was their 14th straight loss (establishing a franchise record) and their 11th straight defeat at TD Banknorth Garden. Boston's home losing streak is the longest for any NBA team since the Hawks lost 11 in a row in Atlanta in the spring of 2005. No team has lost 12 straight home games since the 1996-97 Sixers.
• The Bucks' loss to the Pistons dropped their record since Jan. 1 to 2-14, the second-worst for any NBA team during the 2007 calendar year, ahead of the Celtics (2-15). Both teams have struggled this season since losing their leading scorer. Milwaukee is 2-12 without Michael Redd and Boston is 2-20 without Paul Pierce.
• The Trail Blazers lost an overtime thriller in Denver, and for the 11th straight game Portland had fewer free-throw attempts than its opponent. Over that span, the Trail Blazers have taken 91 fewer foul shots than their opponents. Portland's 11-game streak is the second-longest streak of its kind for any NBA team this season (Dallas had fewer free-throw attempts that its opponent in 12 straight games) and the longest single-season streak in Portland's franchise history.