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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 Nets beat the Hawks 87-85 on Wednesday night. It was the eighth time in the past 12 games that the Nets played a game that was decided by one or two points. Only one other team in NBA history had such a stretch of tight games. The Pistons had eight of 12 games decided by two points or fewer in 1957-58. It was the Pistons' first year in Detroit after the franchise played its first nine seasons in Fort Wayne, Ind.
• Toronto beat Orlando, making the Raptors 13-4 (.765) since Jan. 5. That's the third-best record in the NBA since that date, behind only Phoenix (16-2, .889) and Dallas (14-2, .875).
Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford had 11 assists each for the Raptors. It's only the second time in team history that two players had double-digit assists in a game. The other game was April 8, 1997 (Damon Stoudamire and Doug Christie).
Dwight Howard was 13-for-14 from the field in Orlando's loss. The last player to shoot that well from the field with that many attempts in a loss was Charles Barkley. Barkley went 14-for-15 from the field for the 76ers in a loss against the Knicks on Nov. 18. 1988.
• Four Cleveland players scored more points than LeBron James on Wednesday night (11 points in 36 minutes). It's the ninth time in his career that James had four or more teammates outscore him in a game, and the first time since Dec. 23, 2005. The Cavaliers are 3-6 in those nine games.
• Andre Brown hit the game-winning basket with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter in Seattle's win in Indiana. Brown is the fourth rookie this season to hit the game-winning field goal in the final 30 seconds of a game. Rudy Gay did it for Memphis at Boston on Dec. 6; Andrea Bargnani for Toronto at Portland on Dec. 22; and Randy Foye for Minnesota vs. Chicago on Dec. 26.
• Dirk Nowitzki was 7-for-7 from the field in the first quarter of the Mavericks' victory over Memphis. Nowitzki is the fourth player this season to go 7-for-7 or better in the opening quarter of an NBA game. The others: Peja Stojakovic on Nov. 14 (7-for-7); Shawn Marion on Dec. 5 (7-for-7); and Grant Hill on Dec. 6 (7-for-7).
• Minnesota beat Golden State by 28 points Wednesday night (121-93) after losing its previous game to Houston by 28 points Monday night (105-77). The last NBA team to win a game by 28 or more points after losing its previous game by at least 28 points was the Bulls in December 2005. The Bulls lost at Detroit 110-82 on Dec. 16, then beat Boston at home the next night 118-86.
• Dominik Hasek and the Red Wings beat the Coyotes in Detroit 4-2 on Wednesday night. It was Hasek's 30th win of the season, marking the seventh time he's reached that plateau. Hasek got to 30 wins in his 42nd game, the fewest games he's ever needed to reach that mark. Hasek's previous low was 46 games with Detroit in 2001-02, the season in which he set his career high for wins (41).
• The Red Wings put 48 shots on goal against Curtis Joseph in their win over the Coyotes. It was the most shots Joseph has faced in one game since Oct. 9, 1999, when Ottawa threw 50 his way. Cujo is used to seeing a lot of rubber: Wednesday's loss was the 91st time he faced 40 or more shots on goal in a regular-season game during his career, far and away the highest total among active NHL goaltenders. Sean Burke is next on the list with 69 such games.
• Detroit won on the strength of a two-goal third period. It's the fifth straight game in which the Red Wings have scored at least two goals in the final period, the longest such streak for this team since March 1995 (also a five-game streak).
• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek scored the first goal of the game and the goal that broke a 2-2 deadlock with four minutes left in the third period to help the Sabres earn a 3-2 win over the Senators in Buffalo. It was Vanek's ninth two-goal game in his two seasons in the NHL, eight of which have come in home games, including all five of his multiple-goal games this season.
• The U.S. Men's National Team defeated Mexico 2-0 to give interim coach Bob Bradley his second consecutive win. Bradley is only the second of the 32 head coaches in team history to win each of his first two matches. The other was Bob Millar, with wins over Belgium and Paraguay in the 1930 World Cup before a loss to Argentina.
• Goalkeeper Tim Howard, who recorded the shutout, made only his seventh start in the U.S. team's past 50 games. But Howard lowered his career goals-allowed average to 0.58 per 90 minutes, the lowest in team history (minimum: 10 games).
• Jimmy Conrad opened the scoring with a header early in the second half. Conrad scored nine goals over the past four MLS seasons, seven on headers. The only MLS players with more header goals during that time were Taylor Twellman (20), Brian Ching (14), Clint Dempsey (11) and Carlos Ruiz (9).
• Landon Donovan's insurance goal in stoppage time was his third against Mexico. The only other U.S. player with three or more goals vs. Mexico is Aldo Donelli, who scored all four goals in a 4-2 victory on May 24, 1934 -- the first-ever U.S.-Mexico match and the only one in which Donelli ever played.
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