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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:
• The Warriors beat the Jazz on Friday, 125-105. It's the fifth straight game in which the Warriors have scored at least 110 points, the longest postseason streak for any team since the 1992 Trail Blazers scored at least 110 points in seven straight games.
• Golden State had at least 30 points in each of the first three quarters before scoring 21 in the final period. Of the past 20 teams to score at least 30 in each of the first three quarters of a postseason game, only four also scored 30+ in the fourth quarter.
• Baron Davis had 32 points Friday, his fourth 30-point game of this postseason. The last Warriors player with four 30-point games in one postseason was Chris Mullin in 1989; the last before him was Rick Barry in 1977.
• The Red Wings won 2-1 on Friday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Ducks. It was the ninth consecutive game for the Red Wings in which they allowed two or fewer goals, tying a franchise playoff record set in 1952 and 1953.
• Anaheim is 2-19-5 (a .173 points percentage) in 26 regular-season games in Detroit and 2-5 in seven playoff games there. The Ducks' regular-season points percentage in Detroit matches the lowest for any NHL team on the road against a particular opponent since 1993-94, when they entered the league (minimum: 20 games). San Jose is 3-20-3 (.173) in Detroit and Montreal is 2-19-5 (.173) in New Jersey.
• Four Norris Trophy winners are in the Western Conference finals: Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. It's only the third playoff series in NHL history featuring four or more Norris winners. The others: Colorado-St. Louis in 2001 (Rob Blake, Ray Bourque, Al MacInnis, Pronger) and Detroit-St. Louis in 2002 (Chelios, Lidstrom, MacInnis, Pronger).
• The Ducks struggled again on the power play Friday. Anaheim was 0-for-7 on power play, the fourth time this postseason they've been 0-for-7 or worse. The other NHL playoff participants have combined for four games of 0-for-7 or worse on the power play this year.
• Four teams with pitchers' parks threw shutouts at home Friday: the Mariners, Dodgers, Padres and Nationals. It's the first time this season that four teams have thrown shutouts at home on the same day. It happened four times last season, most recently on Sept. 5.
• Jake Peavy had at least 10 strikeouts while throwing no more than seven innings for the fourth consecutive game. He's the only major-league pitcher since 1900 to have of at least 10 strikeouts in no more than seven innings in four straight games.
No pitcher has had four straight double-digit strikeout games regardless of his number of innings pitched since Randy Johnson did it for the 2004 Diamondbacks.
• The Nationals' Shawn Hill held the Marlins hitless for five innings Friday before being removed from the game with an apparent elbow injury. It's the second time this season a pitcher has been removed after at least five innings without allowing a hit; the Yankees' Phil Hughes came out with a hamstring injury after 6 2/3 hitless innings May 1. Two pitchers exited a game with a no-hitter through at least five innings last season: Greg Maddux, in his Dodgers debut Aug. 3, after six innings because of a rain delay; and Mark Prior on July 26, when he was pulled after 103 pitches in 5 2/3 hitless innings against the Mets.
• Jon Garland has pitched at least seven innings without walking more than one batter in each of his last five starts, the longest streak of that kind for any White Sox pitcher since Tom Seaver had a five-start streak in 1984.
• The Braves' streak of 276 at-bats without a home run ended Friday with back-to-back home runs by Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur. That was the longest home run drought by a team to end with two in a row since the Marlins ended a 293 at-bat skid in 1999 with consecutive home runs by Ramon Castro and Danny Bautista.
• Gary Matthews Jr., who was the Angels' leadoff hitter until a week ago, started in the cleanup spot for the first time in his career Friday night. Four other major leaguers have started a game in the leadoff spot and the cleanup spot this season: Eric Byrnes, Josh Hamilton, Brandon Phillips and Scott Spiezio.
• The Diamondbacks' Chris Young, who was born in Houston, had two home runs against the Astros at Minute Maid Park on Friday. He's only the second Houston-born player to have a multiple-homer game against the hometown team; Curt Flood had a multiple-homer game against the Astros in 1965 in St. Louis.
• The Red Sox didn't take advantage of several bases-loaded opportunities in their loss to the Orioles on Friday. The Red Sox left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, the first time they've done that in a loss since May 7, 1992, against the White Sox.
• Stephen Ames, the defending champion at the Players Championship, missed the cut by seven strokes, finishing 12 over par for his two rounds of play. Of the five previous defending champions to miss the cut at that tournament, none missed by as much as Ames. In 1988, Sandy Lyle missed the cut by six strokes; in 1991, Jodie Mudd missed by five strokes; in 1994, Nick Price missed by five strokes; in 1992, Steve Elkington missed by two strokes; and in 1986, Calvin Peete missed by two strokes.