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O'NEAL IS ICE COLD FROM THE FIELD
Jermaine O'Neal shot 1-for-7 from the field in Miami's Game Three loss to the Celtics on Friday. O'Neal has made fewer than 25 percent of his shots from the field in each of the first three games of the 2010 playoffs. Over the last 30 years, only three other players have shot below 25 percent from the field with at least seven attempts in three straight playoff games within one postseason: Chucky Atkins in 2002, Josh Howard in 2004 and Mehmet Okur in 2007.
DUNCAN AND PARKER TEAM UP AGAIN
Tim Duncan scored 25 points and Tony Parker chipped in 23 points in the Spurs' Game Three victory over the Mavericks on Friday night. That marked the 40th time that Duncan and Parker have each scored 20-or-more points in the same postseason game. That is by far the highest total for any current pair of teammates in the NBA (second highest: 25 by Duncan and Manu Ginobili).
MILLSAP HAS BIG GAME OFF THE BENCH
Paul Millsap had 22 points and 19 rebounds off the bench to help lead the Jazz to a Game Three victory over the Nuggets of Friday night. Over the last 40 years, only one player has registered at least 20 points and 19 rebounds off the bench in a postseason game: Roy Tarpley on May 27, 1988 (21 points and 20 rebounds).
ANDRUW JONES CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY IN STYLE
Andruw Jones celebrated his 33rd birthday with two home runs, including a game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning, to lead the White Sox to a 7-6 victory over the Mariners on Friday night. Only two other players in major-league history have hit two home runs, one of which ended the game, on his birthday: the Mets' Jim Beauchamp against the Astros on August 21, 1972 and Texas' Alex Rodriguez against the A's on July 27, 2002 (his game winning home run was a grand slam).
ELVIS' WALK-OFF HIT SHAKES UP TIGERS
Twenty-one year old Elvis Andrus drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single in the Rangers' victory over the Tigers on Friday night. Prior to Andrus, the last Texas player with a walk-off base hit prior to turning 22 years old was Ivan Rodriguez on May 24, 1992. Pudge beat the Royals with a game-winning single in the bottom of the 13th at 20 years old.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
The Brewers dropped an 8-1 decision to the Cubs on Friday night, the day after beating the Pirates by a score of 20-0. Only two other teams since 1900 have lost by at least seven runs the game after winning by a 20+ run margin: Cincinnati in 1940 (beat Brooklyn 23-2 on June 8th; lost to Brooklyn 9-1 on June 9th) and Kansas City in 2004 (beat Detroit 26-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on September 9th; lost the second game 8-0).
NATIONALS ROOKIE BEATS DODGERS IN DEBUT
Luis Atilano hurled six innings and earned a victory in his major league debut in Washington's win over the Dodgers on Friday night. Atilano is the fifth pitcher since divisional play began in 1969 to start and win and pitch at least six innings against the Dodgers in his major-league debut. The others were Wayne Simpson (Reds) in 1970, Lee Tunnell (Pirates) in 1982, Tom Browning (Reds) in 1984 and Jason Middlebrook (Padres) in 2001.
TAKAHASHI IS STELLAR IN RELIEF
Hisanori Takahashi registered seven strikeouts in three innings of relief in the Mets' victory over the Braves on Friday night. Only two other pitchers in the Mets' franchise history have recorded seven-or-more strikeouts while pitching three-or-fewer innings in a game: Galen Cisco on May 25, 1965 (7 strikeouts in 3 IP vs. Philadelphia) and Skip Lockwood on September 19, 1976 (7 strikeouts in 3 IP vs. Pittsburgh).
Takahashi also recorded his first major-league hit in this game and it came off Japanese born Kenshin Kawakami. This marks the first time that a Japanese-born player recorded his first career hit off another Japanese-born player.
ORIOLES SLOW START CONTINUES
The Orioles lost a 4-3 decision to the Red Sox on Friday dropping their record to 2-15 on the season. That is the second-fewest wins the Orioles have had at the time of their 15th loss of the season in the team's franchise history. Baltimore had zero wins at the time of their 15th loss in 1988.
DEJESUS HITS THIRD INSIDE THE PARK HOME RUN
David DeJesus hit an inside-the-park home run in Kansas City's loss to Minnesota on Friday night. DeJesus has now hit three inside-the-park home runs in his career which ties him for the most among active players. Five other active players have hit three inside-the-park homers: Randy Winn, Bobby Abreu, Jimmy Rollins, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Carl Crawford.
JOHNSON'S TWO HOME RUNS POWERS DIAMONDBACKS
Kelly Johnson hit two home runs to lead the Diamondbacks to a 7-4 victory over the Phillies on Friday. It was the second time this season that Johnson has hit two home runs in a game, tying Andruw Jones and Albert Pujols for the major-league lead in that category.
CANADIENS STAVE OFF ELIMINATION WITH ROAD WIN
The Canadiens stayed alive in their series against the Capitals with a 2-1 win in Game Five at Washington on Friday. It was only the second time in the last 22 years that Montreal was trailing in a series and avoided elimination with a road win. The Canadiens only other such playoff victory since 1988 was in Game Five of their first-round series against the Bruins in 2004. Montreal won that game in Boston, 5-1, then evened the series with a Game Six victory on home ice, and won it with a 2-0 shutout in Game Seven at Boston.
HOLMSTROM'S THIRD PERIOD GOAL LEADS RED WINGS TO VICTORY
Tomas Holmstrom scored to snap a 1-1 tie with just under nine minutes left in the third period and the Red Wings added two more goals for a 4-1 win in Game Five of their series against the Coyotes. It was the 40th goal of Holmstrom's playoff career but it was the first time in his last 47 postseason games that he scored in the third period or in overtime.
CANUCKS LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME
The Canucks took a three-games-to-two lead in their series against the Kings with a 7-2 win on home ice in Game Five, after posting a 6-4 victory in Game Four at Los Angeles. It's only the second time in Canucks history that they've scored at least six goals in each of two consecutive playoff games. Vancouver did that in Games Five and Six of its 1992 first-round series against the Winnipeg Jets, winning 8-2 and 8-3.
SEVEN OF EIGHT SERIES WILL GO AT LEAST SIX GAMES IN NHL
With Montreal and Buffalo winning on Friday night, seven of the eight first-round series in the NHL will go at least six games (only the Flyers-Devils series ended in fewer than six games). Since 1987, when the first round went to a best-of-seven format, only twice before have at least seven first-round series lasted at least six games. It happened in 1991 and 1992, when all eight series went at least six games.