Stats & Info: Metta World Peace

Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories.


1. ANOTHER GAME 7: The New Jersey Devils stayed alive and forced a Game 7 with their 3-2 OT win against the Florida Panthers. Travis Zajac scored the game-winning goal, his third goal of the series. He only had two goals in the regular season. This is already the third playoff series that has gone to seven games, all in the Eastern Conference. The first of those Game 7s will be played Wednesday as the Boston Bruins host the Washington Capitals, with the Bruins looking to win their sixth straight game when facing elimination.

2. YU GOT IT: Yu Darvish pitched 8 1/3 IP and struck out 10 New York Yankees batters in a 2-0 Texas Rangers win. FROM ELIAS: Since divisional play began in 1969, only two other pitchers have hurled at least eight shutout innings with 10-or-more strikeouts in their first career start against the Yankees: Baltimore’s Bob Milacki on September 28, 1988 and Cleveland’s Bartolo Colon on September 21, 1998. Darvish is also the second Japanese-born starting pitcher to start 3-0 in his MLB career.

3. CHELSEA MOVES ON: Chelsea advanced to the UEFA Champions League Final (3-2 on aggregate) over defending champion Barcelona. Barcelona completed almost 1,200 more passes than Chelsea and took 34 more shots. Chelsea only put four shots on goal in the two games, but three of them went in. They will face the winner of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. That semifinal takes place at 2:45 ET and the final takes place on May 19.

4. ALL THAT JAZZ: The Utah Jazz beat the Phoenix Suns to clinch the final playoff spot. It will be the Jazz’s 1st playoff appearance since the 2009-10 season. All 16 playoff spots have been clinched. Other clinchings on Tuesday included the Chicago Bulls winning the East for the second straight season, and the Los Angeles Lakers winning the Pacific division. It is the 32nd division title for the Lakers, the most of any team.

Metta World Peace
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5. MISSING METTA: Lakers forward Metta World Peace was suspended seven games (including playoffs) for hitting James Harden in the head with an elbow. It is the second time that World Peace has been suspended as a Laker. He was suspended for one game after smacking J.J. Barea in the face during the playoffs last season. World Peace was averaging 14.1 PPG on 47.3 FG pct in April (both season-highs) after averaging just 6.1 PPG from December to March.
Stats & Info insights into this morning's top sports stories.

1. LAKERS BEAT THUNDER IN WILD GAME: The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma Thunder, 114-106, in double overtime. One of the best games of the season was marred by an incident late in the second quarter. Metta World Peace was ejected after he hit Thunder guard James Harden in the head with his elbow. The Lakers forward has been suspended 13 times, totaling 111 games, in his career.

2. KINGS COMPLETE HUGE UPSET: The Los Angeles Kings shocked the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, in overtime to win the Western Conference Quarterfinals in five games. According to Elias, Vancouver is the first Presidents' Trophy-winning team to be knocked out in the first round of the playoffs in fewer than six games.

3. YOUNG SEGUIN SAVES THE DAY: The Boston Bruins defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, behind the first career playoff OT goal of 20 year-old Tyler Seguin. Each game in this series has been decided by one goal. According to Elias, the Bruins-Capitals series is the first in NHL playoff history in which each of the first six games were decided by a one-goal margin.

4. HAMLIN WINS AT KANSAS: Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway. It’s Hamlin’s second win of 2012, and 19th of his Cup Series car. The win also marked the 199th Cup win for the #11 car, making it the winningest car in series history.

5. KENNEDY WINS AGAIN: The Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-4, as Ian Kennedy improved to 3-0 this season. According to Elias, Kennedy has won his last nine regular-season decisions, tying him with Clayton Kershaw for the second-longest current winning streak in the majors, behind Ivan Nova (15).
Both of Sunday afternoon's ABC games provided unique and historically significant statistical achievements and results. Below is a quick-hit look at the best of the best from the New York Knicks at Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers.




• Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo provided one of the great individual games in NBA history. Rondo (18 points, 17 rebounds, 20 assists) became just the third player in NBA history to record at least 15 points, 20 assists and 15 rebounds in a single game, joining Oscar Robertson in 1961 and Wilt Chamberlain in 1968, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• The last Celtics player to tally 15 points, 15 assists, and 15 rebounds was Larry Bird on April 1, 1987, in a regulation win against the Bullets.

• The Celtics have won their last 11 home games against the Knicks (since Feb. 28, 2007). According to Elias, its Boston's longest current home winning streak against any opponent.

• Jeremy Lin had 14 points, 5 assists and 6 turnovers, his 3rd game since becoming a starter in which he recorded more turnovers than assists.



• LeBron James recorded his 16th double-double of the season, which came in his 36th game. Last season, he had 31 double-doubles in 79 games. In other words, last season he averaged a double-double in 39 percent of his games; this year, that number is up over 44 percent.

• While James did record a double-double, his effectiveness declined considerably when he was guarded by Metta World Peace. Against World Peace, James shot 4-13 with eight points and two turnovers; in all other situations, he was 8-13 with 17 points and one turnover.

• Dwyane Wade fouled out of a game for the first time since October 29, 2008.

•  Not only did Wade foul out, but, like James, he found one matchup to be particularly frustrating. When Kobe Bryant guarded Wade, he made just one-third of his shots (3-9), while racking up almost as many turnovers (four) as points (six). Against all others, he shot 50 percent from the field (4-8), had 10 points and just one turnover.

• Bryant, on the other hand, was much the opposite. When guarded by Wade, he was made four shots on six attempts, had nine points and committed zero turnovers; when guarded by all others, he missed 7 of 17 shots taken and had three turnovers.


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