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Last week’s sports results were peppered with crazy stats – can anyone say an 83-20 Wisconsin win over Indiana in Big Ten football or Kobe becoming the youngest player ever to reach 26,000 points? – but we couldn’t help but notice a lot of first-timers stuck in the mix. Such as? Well, let’s get to the stats and find out.
First — 400-yard performance in a winning game turned in by Brett Favre in a 27-24 overtime win over the Cardinals Sunday. That’s something 73 different NFL players have done, but Favre had yet to do until last Sunday. He had passed for 400+ yards once before, in a loss to the Bears in 1993.
First — Player in Bulls history to average 15 or more points and rebounds over the first six games of the season, an honor that belongs to Joakim Noah after his 13-point, 19-rebound performance Monday night. Only two other active players have turned in numbers like that – Kevin Garnett in 2007 and Shaq in 1992.
First — Coach in Cowboys history to be fired mid-season, a distinction now held by Wade Phillips, who was axed by Jerry Jones Monday. The firing came after the Cowboys suffered their fifth straight loss and surrendered 121 points over a three-game stretch (the third-worst three-game stretch in franchise history).
First — NBA game of the season in which a pair of teammates each scored more than 30 points thanks to a 31-point performance from both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in a win over the 76ers Wednesday night.
First — NBA player to turn in a 30-30 game since Moses Malone did it in 1982 in Kevin Love, who had 31 points and 31 rebounds in the Timberwolves' win over the Knicks Friday.
First — Eight division champion in boxing after Manny Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito to win the WBC’s 154-pound title Saturday night. The win was Pacquiao’s 13th straight.