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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:
• Dallas won at Los Angeles on Sunday night 108-72. The last time that the Lakers lost a home game by 30 or more points was on Nov. 23, 1969, when the Baltimore Bullets took a 129-97 decision at the Forum. (Lakers stars Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor both missed that game with injuries.) Sunday night's loss ended the longest streak of regular-season home games without a loss by 30 or more points by any team in NBA history: 1,521 games. No other NBA team has even reached the 1,000 mark.
Sunday's loss was the second-largest margin of defeat in a home game in the history of the Lakers. On Nov. 1, 1959, the St. Louis Hawks, led by 28 points from Bob Pettit, beat the Minneapolis Lakers by 37 points, 138-101, at the Minneapolis Armory.
And if you assumed that this was the worst loss of Phil Jackson's NBA coaching career -- home or road -- you were wrong: It was the second-worst. On Nov. 28, 1992, Jackson's Bulls lost to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 112-75.
• The Mavericks' victory was their 17th in a row. Only one other team in NBA history extended a winning streak to 17 or more games by such a decisive margin. The 1971-72 Lakers hold the NBA record with 33 consecutive wins and the 33rd win in that streak was by 44 points -- a 134-90 win at Atlanta.
• The Wizards, who lost on a buzzer-beater by the Knicks' Steve Francis on Saturday night, are the second NBA team this season to lose back-to-back games, each on a field goal made with less than one second remaining. The Nets lost consecutive games of that type in January. But before this season, only team in the previous six seasons suffered two straight losses of that kind: Charlotte in February 2005.
• Eight different Heat players scored at least 10 points; it's the first time in 16 years -- since Valentine's Day of 1991 -- that Miami had as many as eight players in double figures.
• The Sonics' loss was their seventh game this season decided by a one-point margin, tying them with the Knicks for the league high. (Seattle is 3-4 in those seven one-point games.)
• The Bulls beat the Celtics 94-78 but made only 11 of their 22 free-throw attempts in the victory. It was the first time in the post-Jordan era that Chicago won a game despite making no more than half of its foul shots. The Bulls' last win under those conditions came on April 11, 1998, when the team was 6-for-16 in a victory over Orlando. (Michael Jordan had 37 points but was only 4-for-10 from the line in that game.)
• Brandon Roy scored a game-high 26 points in Portland's win against Golden State. It's the fifth time this season that Roy has scored 25 or more points in a game, the most for a Trail Blazers' rookie since Kelvin Ransey did it 10 times in the 1980-81 season.
• The Nuggets beat the Kings 113-101, ending their 20-game losing streak in Sacramento. It was the longest current road losing streak for any NBA team against a particular opponent. That distinction now falls to the Bucks, who have lost their last 19 games at Phoenix.
• Denver had an impressive collaborative rebounding effort in the victory, with six players pulling down at least six boards: Marcus Camby (10), Eduardo Najera (9), Linas Kleiza (8), Carmelo Anthony (6), Nene (6) and Allen Iverson (6). It's the only game in the last seven seasons in which six different Nuggets players had six or more rebounds. They last did that on April 8, 2000, vs. Seattle.
• Camby had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, but he did not attempt a single foul shot. Only one NBA starting center had both more points and more rebounds in a non-OT game this season without a trip to the free-throw line: Mehmet Okur (18 points and 12 rebounds) on Nov. 24 against the Lakers.
• Donte' Stallworth signed with New England on Sunday, potentially giving the Patriots the type of consistent deep-threat receiver they have not had in decades. Stallworth had 38 receptions at an average of 19.1 yards per catch in 2006 with the Eagles. The last New England player to average more than 19 yards per catch in a season of at least 35 receptions was the Steamer, Stanley Morgan, who averaged 19.5 yards per catch in 1985.
• Detroit lost to Boston 6-3, snapping the Red Wings' streak of 19 consecutive games without a loss against other "Original Six" teams. Detroit was 18-0-1 during that stretch.
The Red Wings' loss ended their streak of 18 consecutive home games in which they earned at least one point, one shy of the franchise record set during the 2000-01 season.
• The Rangers posted a 2-1 shootout win over the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers' four home games in March have all been decided in shootouts: a loss to Pittsburgh and wins over St. Louis, the Islanders and Carolina. New York's four consecutive home games ending in a shootout is the longest streak of its kind in the two seasons the tiebreaker has been in effect.
• Minnesota's Mikko Koivu scored two goals against Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj in the Wild's 3-2 overtime win over the Avalanche. Koivu has scored 22 goals in his two seasons in the NHL and seven of those 22 goals were scored against Budaj. Koivu hasn't scored more than two goals against any other goaltender.