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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:
• Eddy Curry's dunk with 7.1 seconds remaining gave the Knicks a 107-106 win against the Lakers. In the last 10 years, only one other player made a field goal in the last 10 seconds of the game to give his team a one-point victory on the road against the Lakers: Antoine Walker hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Boston a 109-108 win at the Staples Center on Feb. 19, 2002.
• Dirk Nowitzki had 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the Mavericks' win at Milwaukee. Over the last six seasons, only one other NBA player reached those totals in all three categories in a non-overtime game: LeBron James had 47 points 12 rebounds and nine assists on April 1, 2006 against Miami.
• Milwaukee led Dallas 68-52 midway through the third quarter but lost 99-93. It was the first time in more than seven years that the Bucks' home crowd saw the team lose a game in which it led by more than 15 points with fewer than seven minutes remaining in the third quarter. Milwaukee's last home defeat of that kind was on Dec. 11, 1999 against Denver.
• The Heat beat the Trail Blazers 104-85 to head into the All-Star break with a 26-26 record. With the victory, Miami avoided becoming the first defending champion in 30 years to hit the All-Star break with a losing record. The last team to do that was the 1976-77 Celtics, who were 26-27 at that point in the season.
• Dwyane Wade injured his shoulder in the third quarter, but returned and scored a game-high 35 points for the Heat. Wade scored 16 points in the fourth quarter after scoring 18 in the final quarter on Sunday against San Antonio. Only one other player in the league scored more than 15 points in the fourth quarter in back-to-back games this season: Vince Carter on Jan. 27 and Jan. 29.
• Chris Bosh made two free throws with 2.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Toronto a 112-111 win at Chicago. The last NBA player to make two foul shots in the last five seconds of a game to turn a one-point deficit into a one-point victory was Bosh himself, who did that to beat Milwaukee on March 17, 2006.
• The Spurs jumped out to a 53-26 lead in the second quarter and cruised to a 107-82 win over New Jersey. Over the last seven seasons there were only two other instances in which San Antonio took a lead of at least 27 points in the first half of a road game: at Toronto in April 2003 and at Golden State in November 2005.
• Rookie Marcus Williams replaced Jason Kidd in the New Jersey lineup and had 10 assists in his first start. That's the most assists that any Nets player has ever had in his first career NBA start. Two players who were previously with other NBA teams had 10 or more assists in their first NBA start for the Nets: Maurice Lucas in February 1980 and Micheal Ray Richardson in February 1983.
Nine other active NBA players had 10 or more assists in their first career start, including Kidd, who did it November 1994 for Dallas against the Nets.
• The Grizzlies beat the Hornets 108-104 improving Memphis' record in division games to 1-13 this season. It's the third straight season that an NBA team started 0-13 or worse in division games (Houston began 0-13 last season and New Orleans lost its first 14 division games in 2004-05).
• Tyson Chandler had 23 rebounds in the loss for the Hornets, giving him 61 over the last three games. Over the last four seasons, only one NBA player had more rebounds over a three-game span: Ben Wallace had 62 in a three-game stretch in December 2006.
• Houston trailed Sacramento 80-77 at the end of three quarters, but the Rockets went on to win in overtime 109-104. That ended Houston's streak of 13 consecutive losses in games it trailed heading into the fourth quarter, which was the Rockets' longest drought of that kind since they dropped 19 straight early in the 2001-02 season.
• On Tuesday, Allen Iverson became the fourth Western Conference player to drop out of this weekend's NBA All-Star Game because of injury; he joins Steve Nash, Yao Ming and Carlos Boozer. That will be the most players ever from one conference to be selected but not play in an NBA All-Star Game. The previous high was three from the West in 1997 (Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler and Shaquille O'Neal) and three from the East in 2001 (Grant Hill, Alonzo Mourning and Theo Ratliff).
• Bill Guerin scored three goals for the Blues in their 6-5 loss to the Sharks. It was Guerin's first hat trick for St. Louis and the seventh of his career. Guerin had one hat trick with New Jersey, two with Boston and three with Dallas. Besides Guerin, the only active players to notch a hat trick for at least four different NHL teams are Brendan Shanahan (five: New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, Rangers) and Pierre Turgeon (four: Buffalo, Islanders, Montreal, St. Louis).
• Peter Budaj stopped all 39 Anaheim shots on goal in the Avalanche's 2-0 win over the Ducks. Budaj's 39 saves were the fourth-most in a shutout by a goaltender in Quebec/Colorado franchise history and the most since Patrick Roy had a 41-save shutout at Anaheim on Nov. 15, 2000.
• Paul Stastny has now scored a goal in four straight games for the Avalanche. Since the team moved to Colorado, only one other Avs rookie scored a goal in four consecutive team games: Marek Svatos, who did that last season. The franchise record for longest goal-scoring streak by a rookie is held by Paul's uncle Anton (five games for Quebec in December 1980).
• Tampa Bay's Johan Holmqvist beat Phoenix's Mikael Tellqvist 5-3 in a battle of Swedish netminders on Tuesday night. Holmqvist is 11-2-0 in 13 games since Jan. 7, giving him the most wins over that span of any NHL goaltender, one more than New Jersey's Martin Brodeur and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.
• Ed Belfour and the Panthers blanked the Canadiens in Montreal 1-0. Belfour's shutout was the 76th of his career but his first since April 3, 2004, ending a career-high 81-start drought. Before this, Belfour had never gone more than 48 consecutive starts without a shutout.
• Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored the only goal in Florida's victory. It was the ninth 1-0 shutout win in Panthers history but the first in which a defenseman scored the lone goal. Two other defensemen have had the only goal in an NHL game this season: Chicago's Lasse Kukkonen (Nov. 12 vs. Columbus) and New Jersey's Brad Lukowich (Jan. 16 vs. the Rangers).
• The Islanders' Miroslav Satan reached the 20-goal plateau for the 10th consecutive season in the Isles' game in Toronto on Tuesday night. The only other players to score at least 20 goals in each of the last 10 (or more) NHL seasons are Brendan Shanahan (18 in a row), Jaromir Jagr (16), Mats Sundin (16) and Joe Sakic (11). Peter Bondra, who scored 20 or more goals in each of the past 14 seasons, has only five goals in 22 games for Chicago this season.
• Frans Nielsen and Viktor Kozlov scored in the shootout to give the Islanders a win in Toronto. It was certainly a surprise when Nielsen took the first attempt in the shootout, considering that he has no goals and no points in nine career games in the NHL. Nielsen is the fourth player to score a shootout "goal" before scoring his first real goal in the NHL. The others to do that were Thomas Vanek and Ryan Shannon last season, and Jaroslav Balastik earlier this season.
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