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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:
• Dwight Howard scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in Orlando's loss to Detroit on Friday night. It's the fifth straight game in which the 21-year old Howard has had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Howard is the second-youngest player in NBA history to record five consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound games. The youngest also did it for the Magic: Shaquille O'Neal during the 1992-93 season.
• After a video review put him at the foul line with 0.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Channing Frye made two free throws to give the Knicks a 95-93 win over Milwaukee. The only other NBA player to make a game-winning free throw with less than one second remaining in a game this season was Indiana's Darrell Armstrong, in a 93-92 win at Detroit on Dec. 29.
• Memphis won at Portland 103-102, thanks in large part to some sharp free-throw shooting. The Grizzlies were 31-for-33 (.939) from the foul line. Only one team in NBA history had a higher free-throw percentage on at least 30 attempts in a game it won by only one point: on Jan. 8, 1992, Orlando beat Seattle 104-103 while shooting 32-for-33 (.970) from the foul line.
• Tyson Chandler had 19 rebounds in the Hornets' 98-97 win against Seattle, the 15th straight game in which he pulled down at least 12 rebounds. Over the past 10 seasons, the only other NBA players with at least 12 boards in each 15 consecutive games are Dennis Rodman (15 games in a row in 1997-98) and Ben Wallace (17 straight games in 2002-03).
• Ray Allen scored 32 points in Seattle's loss at New Orleans. It's the tenth consecutive game in which Allen has scored at least 25 points. The only other player with ten straight 25-point games this season is Carmelo Anthony, who had a 14-game streak spanning November and December.
• Jason Kidd had 22 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in only 33 minutes in the Nets' victory over Sacramento. It was the 84th triple-double of Kidd's NBA career. Kidd played fewer minutes in only two games in which he had a triple-double: 29 minutes in April 1995 for Dallas and 29 minutes in January 2001 for Phoenix.
• The Lakers ended a six-game losing streak with a 122-96 win over Boston. Since 1970, the only regular-season game between those two teams with a larger margin of victory was a 134-105 win for Los Angeles in December 1976. With the victory, Phil Jackson still joins Red Auerbach as the only two head coaches in NBA history to never have a losing streak of at least seven games in a career spanning at least 800 games.
• The Raptors were 13-for-20 (.650) on 3-point field-goal attempts in their win against the Pacers, the third-highest percentage from long distance this season for any team that attempted at least 20 shots from behind the arc. The Bulls were 14-for-20 (.700) on Dec. 6 and Boston was 15-for-23 (.652) on Feb. 14.
• The Patriots traded for Corey Dillon in April 2004 and after three seasons in New England it was reported Friday that he will either retire or continue his NFL career with a different team. Dillon's performance and the team's success combined for this legacy: He's the only player in NFL history to lead a team in both rushing yards and total touchdowns in each of his first three seasons with a team -- with that team winning at least one playoff game in each of those three seasons.
• The Bruins' 6-2 win over Tampa Bay was their third consecutive win by a margin of three goals (or more). It's the first time that Boston has strung together three consecutive wins by at least a three-goal margin since April 1999.
• Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg scored the first goal of the game in the Red Wings' shootout loss to the Oilers at Joe Louis Arena. The goal extended Zetterberg's home point streak to 16 games, during which he has recorded 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists). It's the longest home point streak by an NHL player within one season since Todd Bertuzzi scored in 17 consecutive games at General Motors Place for the Canucks in 2002-03. It's also the second-longest home point streak ever by a Detroit player, behind Steve Yzerman's 17-game streak in 1988-89.
• Jere Lehtinen scored his 20th goal of the season for the Stars in their 4-1 win over Anaheim. For Lehtinen, who has spent his entire NHL career with Dallas, it's the seventh time that he's scored 20 or more goals in a season. The only other players in Stars franchise history -- Minnesota or Dallas -- with as many 20-goal seasons as Lehtinen are Mike Modano (14), Brian Bellows (10), Bill Goldsworthy (7), Steve Payne (7) and Dino Ciccarelli (7).
• Anson Carter was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Hurricanes on Friday. Carter has already played for six different NHL teams since the start of the 2002-03 season: Edmonton, the Rangers, Washington, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Columbus. When Carter makes his debut for Carolina (most likely Saturday at Atlanta) he'll tie Jon Sim for the most teams played for over the last four NHL seasons (seven: Dallas, Nashville, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Florida and Atlanta). No other NHL forward, defenseman or goaltender has played for more than five clubs over the past four seasons.
• Geoff Ogilvy, last year's WGC-Accenture Match Play champion, advanced to the fourth round after beating Niclas Fasth on Friday. Ogilvy has won all nine matches he's played in this event. Only Tiger Woods has won more consecutive matches in this tournament's history than Ogilvy: 13 straight (2003-05).
• Nick O'Hern weathered Tiger Woods' comeback on the back nine Friday and defeated him on the 20th hole to advance to the quarterfinals. In doing so, he knocked out the last remaining No. 1 bracket seed. This was the second time that O'Hern defeated Tiger in this tournament -- he also beat him in 2005. Coupled with his win as a No. 63 seed over Hal Sutton in 2001, O'Hern is the first player in the history of the tournament to defeat three No. 1 bracket seeds.
• Four Americans lost on the day: Tiger Woods, David Toms, Stewart Cink and Shaun Micheel, leaving Chad Campbell as the lone remaining American of the 23 who started the tournament. The previous low for U.S. players in the quarterfinals was three, in 2001 and 2005.
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