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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
This season marks the first time since 1983-84 that the NBA had a different scoring leader in November, December, January and February. In that season, Adrian Dantley led the league in November (30.2 PPG for the Jazz), Mark Aguirre in December (32.3 for the Mavericks), George Gervin in January (30.6 for the Spurs) and Bernard King in February (32.9 for the Knicks). Dantley ended that streak by becoming a repeat leader in March.
• The 76ers defeated Phoenix 99-94, jumping to a 10-0 lead before fending off a game-tying fourth-quarter surge by the visitors. The Suns had held a lead in each of their previous games this season, as had the Rockets, before Wednesday's loss to the Raptors (but more on that later). That leaves San Antonio as the only NBA team to have a lead in every one of its games this season.
• Philadelphia was 18-for-18 from the foul line, becoming the third NBA team this season to make at least that many free throws in a game without a miss. (Dallas was 24-for-24 on Nov. 14 and Washington went 18-for-18 on Feb. 11.) It was the Sixers' "most perfect" game from the charity strip since they hit all 19 of their free throws in a win at Orlando on April 14, 2002.
• Phoenix suffered its first, and only, road loss against an Eastern Conference team in its last such game of the season, finishing with a 14-1 interconference road record, the best in NBA history. The previous NBA record was an 11-1 mark by the 1982-83 Sixers.
• It's been a long time since the Celtics last fashioned a multiple-game winning streak. Boston's victory over the Knicks ended a 33-game streak in which the Celtics hadn't won two in a row, the club's longest in any season since the final 51 games of the 1996-97 campaign.
• Despite their loss on Wednesday the Knicks posted a 6-5 mark during February, ending their streak of 13 consecutive calendar months with a losing record (since January 2005). The Trail Blazers own the NBA's longest current streak of that kind; February was Portland's 15th straight losing month.
• The Hornets defeated Atlanta 107-100 while outrebounding their opponent for the 13th straight game. That's the longest such streak during for an NBA team in any season since 2003-04, when the Pistons had more rebounds than their opponent in 13 consecutive games (Dec. 29 to Jan. 20).
• The Raptors made 57.1 percent of their field-goal attempts in a 106-90 win at Houston, with Toronto's bench players combing for a 68.4 field-goal percentage, making 26 of 38 their shots from the floor. The last NBA game in which a team's substitutes combined for such a high field-goal percentage with more than 35 attempts was on Nov. 13, 1999, when Portland's bench made 29 of 40 field-goal attempts (72.5 percent) in a 131-95 win against the Hawks.
• The Nuggets climbed back to the .500 mark with a 111-101 victory over the Magic. Denver's win evened its home record at 15-15 to go along with a 13-13 mark on the road. No NBA team has ever finished a season with winning percentages of exactly .500 in both home and road games.
• Gerald Wallace led Charlotte in points (31), rebounds (6), assists (9), steals (2) and blocked shots (2) in the Bobcats' loss at Sacramento. Wallace was the first NBA player to post his team's game-high totals all five of those categories since Andrei Kirilenko did it for Utah on March 11, 2005, also in defeat (vs. the Grizzlies).
• The Senators defeated the Hurricanes 2-0 in Ottawa on Wednesday after beating them 4-2 in Carolina on Tuesday. The Senators are only the second team in the last 15 years to sweep a defending Stanley Cup winner in a home-and-home series. The only other time that happened during that period was in February 2003, when the Avalanche did it to the Red Wings.
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