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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:
• Andre Iguodala had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the 76ers defeated the SuperSonics 92-89. It was the second time this season that Iguodala registered a triple-double while scoring at least 25 points; the only other NBA player with two such games is Kevin Garnett. Four others players have done it once this season: Chris Paul, Jason Kidd, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
• The Heat enjoyed some revenge with a 103-70 rout of the Bulls. Chicago had won each of the teams' previous three meetings this season, including a 108-66 romp on opening night. The last season series in which a pair of NBA teams exchanged victories by a margin of more than 30 points was in 1987-88, when the Celtics and 76ers did it (Boston 124-87, Philadelphia 116-85).
• Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points despite missing all five of his free throws. O'Neal was the fifth NBA player to go 0-for-5 from the foul line in a game this season, but no one has gone 0-for-6 (or worse). The other players to miss all five of their free throws in a game were Ronald Dupree, Eduardo Najera, Eddie Jones and Speedy Claxton.
• The Bucks defeated the Kobe-less Lakers, 110-90, despite only 10 points from Michael Redd. Redd has now followed his 52-point performance against the Bulls on Sunday with games of 15 and 10 points. The only other player in NBA history to score 25-or-fewer points over a two-game span immediately following 50-point game was Vernon Maxwell (23 points after a 51-point effort for the Rockets in 1990-91).
• Despite playing without Joe Johnson, the Hawks overcame an 11-point deficit to beat the Wizards 100-97. Washington began the night with only two losses this season in games which it built a double-digit lead, the fewest for any NBA team.
• LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points and had a hand in 25 of the Cavaliers' 43 field goals (17 FG, 8 assists) in their 101-97 overtime win against the Pistons. The Cavaliers' bench contributed only six points to the victory, the fewest by non-starters for any NBA team in an overtime game this season. James has either scored or assisted on 43 percent of his team's field goals this season, the highest percentage for any NBA player.
James became the 25th different NBA player to score at least 40 points in a game this season, surpassing the number of player who did it all of last season (24). The last time that as many as 25 different players had 40-point games in a season was in 2000-01 (28).
• The Raptors increased their lead in the Atlantic Division with a 94-87 victory over Memphis. The Grizzlies had won their previous eight games against Toronto, the longest winning streak against any one team in franchise history.
• The Rockets did something they had never done before in their 111-80 win at Boston. It was the first time in franchise history (which dates back to 1967-68 in San Diego) that the Rockets won a road game in which they outscored their opponent by at least five points in every quarter. They've won 10 home games in that fashion (two in San Diego and eight in Houston).
• The Jazz improved their record to 42-19 with a 94-72 win over the Pacers. The victory gave Jerry Sloan his 18th winning season as an NBA head coach. The only coaches with as many winning seasons in the NBA as Sloan are Lenny Wilkens (21), Pat Riley (20), Don Nelson (19), Red Auerbach (18) and Larry Brown (18). Riley and Nelson have yet to add the current season to their totals.
• Deron Williams was Utah's high scorer with 17 points; no Jazz player has scored as many as 20 points in any of the team's last seven meetings with the Pacers. Since 1960, only one other team failed to produce a 20-point scorer in seven consecutive regular-season games against a particular opponent (the Pistons vs. the Spurs, 2002-2004).
• Mehmet Okur was 0-for-2 from downtown, snapping his streak of 13 straight games with at least one three-pointer. Okur's streak was the longest of its kind this season for a player of his height (6-foot-11 or taller).
• The Suns defeated the Bobcats in overtime, with James Jones going 4-for-4 from the line (including two late in the fourth quarter) to extend his streak of consecutive free throws made to 39 (the longest current streak for any NBA player). Only two players have fashioned longer streaks than Jones this season: Kobe Bryant (43 in a row) and Dirk Nowitzki (42).
• Five teams faced one of the NBA's toughest challenges on Wednesday night, playing on the road in the second of two games on consecutive days against a home team that didn't play on the previous day. All five of those teams lost: the Wizards (at Atlanta), Sonics (at Philadelphia), Grizzlies (at Memphis), Lakers (at Milwaukee), and Nuggets (at Golden State). The combined record of teams in that situation this season is 70-147 (.323).
• Colorado rookie Wojtek Wolski scored his 20th goal of the season to give the Avs a 3-2 win in Buffalo. Wolski's rookie teammate Paul Stastny has 22 goals this season, marking the third time that the Nordiques/Avalanche franchise has had two rookies each score 20 or more goals in the same season. In all three instances at least one member of the Stastny family was involved.
In 1980-81, Paul Stastny's father, Peter, and his uncle, Anton, each scored 39 goals in their first season in the NHL with Les Nordiques. The next season (1981-82) Paul's uncle, Marian, entered the league and scored 35 goals for Quebec while fellow rookie Miroslav Frycer scored 20 goals for the Nordiques before he was traded to Toronto.
• Paul Stastny assisted on the Avalanche's first goal to extend his point-scoring streak to 17 games, tying the NHL rookie record set by Teemu Selanne with Winnipeg in 1992-93. It also extended Stastny's streak of consecutive road games with at least one point to 13, which also ties an NHL rookie record. That mark was set by Paul's uncle Marian with the Quebec Nordiques in 1981-82.
• Joe Sakic's assist on Wolski's game-winning goal was his 50th assist of the season. It's the 14th time that Sakic has reached that milestone, the most of any active player and tied for third-most in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky had the most seasons with 50-plus assists (18), followed by Ron Francis (16), Marcel Dionne (14), Paul Coffey (14) and Sakic.
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