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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:
• Joe Johnson was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, replacing injured Jason Kidd. Kidd is one of five All-Stars who will be inactive for Sunday's game in Las Vegas, joining Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Carlos Boozer and Allen Iverson. The only other season in which as many five players were selected as All-Stars but did not participate in the game was 1996-97, when the absentees were Charles Barkley, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O'Neal.
• The Celtics ended their 18-game losing streak with a 117-97 rout of the Bucks. In NBA history there have been 11 other single-season losing streaks of at least 18 games, but none was snapped with a victory by such a wide margin (20 points). The only other team to end a losing streak of that length (or longer) with a double-digit win was the Nuggets, who ended a streak of 23 losses with a 99-81 triumph on the road against the Clippers on Jan. 24, 1998.
Five of the past seven teams to end a losing streak as long as the Celtics' did so against an opponent playing its second game in two days. The Bucks lost to the Mavericks on Tuesday.
• The Spurs defeated Detroit at Auburn Hills to finish their eight-game rodeo trip with a 4-4 mark. Over the past six seasons (since 2001-02) there have been only nine trips of that length (or longer) by NBA teams, with six of those clubs (including San Antonio three times) posting a .500 or better record on the trip.
With its victory over the Pistons, San Antonio improved to 7-5 this season against the six current division leaders (Raptors, Pistons, Wizards, Mavericks, Jazz and Suns). The only other clubs with a winning mark against those teams are the Jazz (8-2) and Mavericks (6-3). The Spurs are the only team in the league to beat each of those teams. Only two other clubs have defeated as many as five current first-place teams: the Bulls (all but Utah) and Lakers (all but Detroit).
• Francisco Elson grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds for the Spurs to complement Tim Duncan's 23 points. Only two other San Antonio teammates have ever had as many as 18 rebounds alongside Duncan in a regulation game: David Robinson (eight times) and Will Perdue (twice).
• The Wizards' triumph in Philadelphia dropped the Sixers' mark against the current division leaders to 0-10. The only other team that's winless against those teams is Boston (0-11).
• The Raptors extended their division lead by beating the Nets, holding Vince Carter to only 17 points in what was the second of back-to-back games for New Jersey. Carter's 22.0 points-per-game career average in the second of games on consecutive days is 2.6 PPG lower than his scoring average in other games (24.6). That's the largest such decrease for any current NBA player who's appeared in at least 50 pairs of back-to-back games.
• New Jersey's Clifford Robinson hit from 3-point range, as he's done in 10 different games since turning 40 in December. The only NBA player to make a 3-pointer in more than 10 games after his 40th birthday is John Stockton (28 games).
• Emeka Okafor had six blocks and 21 rebounds as the Bobcats mauled the Bulls 100-85. Over the past two seasons, the only other NBA player to block as many as six shots in a 20-rebound game is Marcus Camby (7 blocks and 22 rebounds vs. Minnesota on Nov. 13, 2005).
• The Grizzlies followed Tuesday's victory over the Hornets with a loss to the Pacers. Memphis is 0-16 this season in the second of games played on consecutive days. Only three other teams started a season with at least 15 straight losses in the second of "back-to-backs": the 2000-01 Bulls (20), 1984-85 Warriors (19), and 1990-91 Kings (17). The Warriors' and Kings' streaks spanned the entire season.
The Grizzlies are 0-11 all-time at Indiana. But that's nothing new for Vancouver/Memphis, a franchise that started its history with 11 straight road losses against Minnesota, 15 at Seattle and 18 versus the Lakers.
• Tyson Chandler posted double-digit rebounds for a 12th straight game, grabbing 15 in the Hornets' 115-93 win over the Kings. The only other NBA player with 10 or more boards in at least a dozen consecutive games this season is Kevin Garnett, who had a 13-game streak.
• The Jazz improved their record without Carlos Boozer this season to 6-1 with a 99-98 decision against the Cavaliers. No other NBA team is more than two games over .500 without its leading scorer. Cleveland is 2-0 without LeBron James and the Lakers are 3-1 without Kobe Bryant.
• Ray Allen scored a game-high 31 points in the Sonics' 114-90 win over the Suns. It was Seattle's 15th straight game in which Allen was its leading scorer (either tied or outright). The only other season in franchise history in which a player led the SuperSonics in as many as 15 straight games was 1972-73, when Spencer Haywood had separate streaks of 15 and 19 games.
• The Clippers lost to Atlanta at Staples Center after playing their previous seven games on the road. Since Jan. 1, NBA teams are 0-5 in home games immediately following a trip of at least seven games. The others to lose under those circumstances were the Sixers, Lakers, Cavaliers and Bulls.
• Sidney Crosby hasn't scored a goal in his past eight games, the longest drought of his two-season NHL career. Crosby's goal drought hasn't hurt the Penguins much. With Wednesday's shootout win over Chicago, Pittsburgh is 7-0-1 over than span, while Crosby has contributed a team-high 10 assists to the cause. The only NHL player with more assists than Crosby during that time (that is, since Jan. 30) is Joe Thornton (11).
• Martin Brodeur continued his home mastery over Montreal in the Devils' 5-2 victory. Brodeur's first game against the Canadiens was a 2-0 loss at the Meadowlands on Oct. 26, 1993, but he's lost only once in 24 regular-season games against Montreal in New Jersey since then, posting 19 wins and four ties. (Remember ties?) Brodeur also won all three home playoff games against the Canadiens during the Devils' first-round series victory in 1997.
• Brian Rafalski scored a pair of goals for the Devils in their win over the Canadiens. It was the first multiple-goal game by a New Jersey defenseman this season, and if recent history is any indicator, it will likely be the only one. The Devils had only one multiple-goal game from a backliner in each of the past three seasons: Scott Niedermayer did the honors in both 2002-03 and 2003-04, while Rafalski was the man last season.
• The Blues were outshot by Columbus 22-17, but they beat the Blue Jackets 4-2. It was the league-high fifth time this season that St. Louis won a game in which it had fewer than 20 shots on goal. Edmonton and Nashville each have four such wins this season.
• Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves for the Predators in their 5-0 win over the Sharks. It was Nashville's fifth shutout win by a five-goal (or greater) margin this season, more than twice as many as any other NHL team has posted. Anaheim and Atlanta each have two such shutout wins this season.
• Defenseman Sami Salo scored at 4:20 of overtime to give the Canucks a 3-2 triumph over the Wild in Minnesota. It was Salo's third overtime goal this season. Since 1983-84, when the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime period, the only other defensemen to score three or more overtime goals in one season were Scott Niedermayer, who had four with the Devils in 2001-02, and Joni Pitkanen, who had three for the Flyers in 2005-06.
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