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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:
• LeBron James had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in Cleveland's victory over Washington, giving the Cavaliers a four-game sweep. It's been 16 years since an NBA player reached all three of those statistical levels in a game that won a postseason series for his team. The last to do it was Scottie Pippen, who had 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals against the Lakers.
• Antawn Jamison scored 32.0 points per game in the four games against Cleveland, the second-highest average for any player in NBA history in a series in which his team was swept 4-0. The record is held by George Gervin, who averaged 32.3 in the Western Conference finals against the Lakers in 1982.
• Tim Duncan had 22 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in San Antonio's win at Denver. It was the 20th time Duncan led his team (or tied for the team lead) in all three of those categories in a postseason game. That's one shy of the NBA record; Larry Bird led Boston in points, rebounds and assists in 21 playoff games.
• Tracy McGrady had 26 points and 16 assists, while Yao Ming had 21 points and 15 rebounds in Houston's win against Utah. It's the first time teammates each produced a 20-15 performance in the same postseason game since Charles Barkley (30 points and 20 rebounds) and Kevin Johnson (21 points and 16 assists) did it for Phoenix on April 28, 1996, at San Antonio.
• Kansas City lost to the Angels 3-1 dropping its record to 8-18. It's the third straight season in which the Royals have ended April at least 10 games under .500 (they were 6-18 in 2005 and 5-17 in 2006). No other team in major league history entered May 10 or more games below .500 in even two straight seasons.
• The Pirates beat the Cubs 3-2, dropping Chicago's record to 0-6 in games decided by the minimum margin in 2007. That ties the franchise record for consecutive losses in one-run games to begin a season. The Cubs also began the 1972 and 1981 seasons with six straight losses in games of that type.
• Freddy Sanchez went 2-for-4 in the Pirates victory raising his batting average to .224 (15-for-67) this season. That's the lowest average for a reigning National League batting champion through the end of April since Willie McGee entered May with a .222 average in 1986.
• Washington's Felipe Lopez went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against San Diego. It's already the third time this season that a leadoff batter went 0-for-4 with four Ks in one game (Kelly Johnson and Willy Taveras also did it). In the entire 2006 season it happened only twice (Ryan Freel and Gary Matthews, Jr.).
• Chris Young hit two home runs in Arizona's 9-1 win over the Dodgers. He's the third leadoff hitter with a multi-homer game this season, joining Jimmy Rollins and Kelly Johnson, who each did it against the Mets.
• Daniel Cabrera hit Gary Sheffield with a pitch in the third inning and Sheff responded by hitting a home run off Cabrera in the fifth inning. It was the third time in his career that Sheffield was hit by a pitch and then hit one out of the park his next time up in that game. He also did that for Atlanta on July 26, 2003 against Montreal's Zach Day and on July 8, 2004 for the Yankees, getting plunked by Tampa Bay's Victor Zambrano and then going deep off Travis Harper.
• Jeff Suppan beat the Cardinals for the second time this season on Monday night, while Jason Marquis is also already 2-0 vs. St. Louis this season. It's the first time in major league history that two different pitchers each had at least two wins before May 1 against the team for which they played at the end of the previous season.
• Roy Halladay pitched a complete game in Toronto's 6-1 victory over Texas, increasing his innings pitched to 47 1/3 this season. That's the highest total for any major league pitcher through the end of April since 2001, when Brad Radke entered May with 48 1/3 innings under his belt.
• David Wright entered Monday night having reached base in all 23 games this season, but that streak ended when he went 0-for-5 in the Mets' loss to the Marlins. Wright is batting .244 with no home runs this season. Among the 16 major league players who batted at least .300 and hit 25 or more home runs in 2006, Wright is the only one with both fewer than three homers and a batting average under .250 this year.
• Andruw Jones hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Phillies 5-2. It was Atlanta's first walk-off win against Philadelphia since May 5, 2000, when Andruw hit a two-run homer off Wayne Gomes for a 6-5 victory. Between that game and Monday night, the Braves won 38 regular-season games in walk-off fashion, but none against the Phils.
• Joe Thornton had one assist in San Jose's 2-1 victory over Detroit, extending his scoring streak to six games. That's the longest streak he's ever had in one postseason and it matches the longest streak of the 2007 playoffs. Buffalo's Thomas Vanek and Daniel Briere each had six-game streaks earlier in this postseason.
• The Sharks were behind 1-0 at the end of the first period. With their victory, NHL teams are now 4-29 in the 2007 playoffs when trailing entering the second period and San Jose has two of those four victories.
• The Senators beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils 2-0 at Scotiabank Place to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Brodeur is 17-7-2 in 26 career regular-season games in Ottawa but only 2-6 in eight career playoff games in the Canadian capital.
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