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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:
• Kobe Bryant continued his scoring tear Friday night, getting 50 points in the Lakers' 111-105 win at New Orleans. He has 225 points over his past four games. The only NBA player ever to score as many points over a four-game span was Wilt Chamberlain. The Big Dipper topped 225 several times during the 1961-62 and 1962-63 seasons, his highest total coming from Feb. 25 to March 2, 1962, when he scored an amazing 67, 65, 61 and 100 for a total of 293.
Chamberlain is also the only other player in the history of the league to score at least 50 points in each of four straight games. He had five streaks of at least four games, all in the 1961-62 season, when he averaged an NBA-record 50.4 points per game.
The Lakers have won all four games during Bryant's recent scoring explosion, matching Wilt's achievement of scoring 50 or more points in four straight Philadelphia Warriors wins from Feb. 27 to March 4, 1962.
• Tyson Chandler scored 22 points and pulled down 22 rebounds for the Hornets in the loss to the Lakers. Only one other Hornets player has had a 20-point, 20-rebound game since the team left Charlotte after the 2001-02 season. Jamaal Magloire had 23 points and 21 rebounds at Toronto on March 7, 2004.
• The Pacers led the Heat 33-9 at the end of the first quarter en route to a 95-70 win at Conseco Fieldhouse. That was the second-largest lead that the Pacers have held through a game's first 12 minutes since entering the NBA in 1976 (they led the Knicks 42-12 after one period Feb. 20, 1980) and the largest end-of-first-quarter deficit ever for Miami.
It was also the first time Shaquille O'Neal has ever played in a game in which his team failed to score at least ten points in the opening period.
• The Raptors led the Nuggets 36-15 after the first quarter in Toronto. Friday was the ninth day in NBA history on which two teams were up by at least 20 points after one quarter.
Denver missed its first 15 field goal attempts. The last team to start a game on a longer cold streak was Philadelphia, which started 0-for-16 on Nov. 18, 2004, vs. San Antonio.
• Kevin Garnett had 22 rebounds but just 10 points in the Timberwolves' 85-82 loss at Seattle. It was the 33rd game of Garnett's career in which he had at least 20 rebounds, but his first this season. The only active players with more such games are Dikembe Mutombo (52), Ben Wallace (41) and Shaquille O'Neal (35).
Garnett had never scored fewer than 14 points in any of his previous 20-rebound games.
• The Jazz (44-23 entering Friday's action) lost to the Clippers (32-36 coming into Friday) 104-72 in Los Angeles. That was the largest margin of defeat by an NBA team at least 20 games over .500 to a team under .500 since the Rockets lost in Orlando 114-82 on March 30, 1991.
The Clippers had beaten the Jazz by as large a margin only once in franchise history: 131-97 at the old Los Angeles Sports Arena on Jan. 18, 1986.
• The Warriors beat the Wizards 135-128 in Oakland, Calif. The total of 263 points was the third-highest in any regulation game in the NBA this season. The Warriors were also involved in the top two: a 144-135 loss at Memphis on Jan. 3 and a 140-129 loss at Denver on Nov. 24.
• The desperate Maple Leafs skated into Buffalo and peppered Ryan Miller with 21 shots on goal in the first period. That's the most first-period shots on goal by Toronto since Dec. 3, 1987, when they put the rubber on Mike Vernon 21 times at Calgary.
The Maple Leafs led 4-1 with five minutes gone in the third period, but the Sabres scored four unanswered goals in less than nine minutes to beat Toronto 5-4. It was the fourth time this season that an NHL team won a game in regulation time after trailing by three goals (or more) in the third period -- Tampa Bay, Columbus and Carolina were the other teams to do it -- and it was only the fourth such win in Sabres history. Buffalo's other comeback wins of this nature were in 1976 at Pittsburgh, 1988 at Montreal and 2003 vs. Atlanta.
The last time Toronto walked away without a point despite having a three-goal lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in the third was Oct. 27, 1989, also at Buffalo.
• The Avalanche outshot the Oilers 46-22 but earned just one point after losing a shootout. It was the 14th time this season that Colorado has recorded at least 40 shots on goal, second most in the NHL to Detroit (16), but the Avs are just 5-8-1 in those games.
• The average margin of victory was just 4.6 points in the eight round-of-16 games of the NCAA Tournament. That broke the record for the closest Sweet 16 games; in 1966, the games were decided by an average margin of 5.8 points.
• The Elite Eight will consist of four No. 1 seeds, three 2s and a 3. The combined "total: of 13 is only one higher than the lowest possible, and it is by far the lowest since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979. The previous "low" was 18, set in 1993 and 1995.
• Georgetown and North Carolina both advanced despite trailing at halftime. The Hoyas and Tar Heels were the sixth and seventh No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in this year's tournament to win a game in which they trailed after 20 minutes, matching the most ever in a year. There were also seven in 1989.
• Curt Schilling pitched seven innings in the Red Sox' 3-2 win over the Orioles in Fort Myers, Fla., becoming the first pitcher go at least seven in a Grapefruit League or Cactus League game this year.
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