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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:
• San Antonio beat Golden State by 40 points on Dec. 4 (129-89) and by 37 points on Monday night (126-89). It's the first time in 10 years that one NBA team had two wins by 37 or more points against another NBA team in the same season. In 1996-97 Portland had two such wins over Denver (by 40 and 44 points) and Seattle did it to Golden State (40- and 37-point wins).
• The Spurs have now won 50 or more games for eight straight seasons. That's the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. The Lakers had 12 straight 50-win seasons from 1979-80 to 1990-91. Boston had a 10-season streak from 1958-59 to 1967-68 and a nine-season streak from 1979-80 to 1987-88.
• Over the last three weeks, the Knicks -- supposedly pursuing a playoff berth -- have now played four home games against opponents with a winning percentage below .460 -- and they have lost them all. They lost to the Sonics (whose record entering that game was 24-35), the Hornets (28-36), the Trail Blazers (27-40) and now the Magic (32-38). It's the second time in the last 20 years that the Knicks lost four straight home games against teams with a winning percentage below .460 entering the game. They also had a four-game streak late last season.
• The Suns-Grizzlies game Monday night was the 78th in NBA history matching a team at least 35 games over .500 against a team at least 35 games under .500. The team at least 35 games under .500 has won only seven of the 78 such games.
• The Hawks (32 fouls) were whistled for 18 more fouls than the Heat (14) Monday night. That matched the largest difference in personal fouls for two teams in an NBA game this season. On Jan. 17, Portland (33) committed 18 more fouls than Cleveland (15).
• A Miami win and a Washington loss catapulted the Heat into first place in the NBA's Southeast Division. It's the first time Miami is alone in first place this season. Washington had been in first place (or tied for first place) for the last 69 days.
• Two significant winning streaks continued tonight. Miami has now won 11 straight home games against Atlanta, and Detroit has won 11 straight home games against Denver.
• Dominik Hasek was the winning goaltender in the NHL's only game Monday night. It was the ninth 1-0 victory of Hasek's career, third-most among active goaltenders, behind Martin Brodeur (19) and Ed Belfour (16).
• Daisuke Matsuzaka threw five no-hit innings for the Red Sox Monday. Dice-K is the second pitcher this spring to throw five or more no hit innings, joining Jeff Suppan, who did it on March 15 (also five innings). The last Red Sox pitcher to allow no hits in a spring training appearance of at least five innings was Frank Viola on April 2, 1993. Viola pitched seven no-hit innings that day.