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NBA - LeBron's Game vs Chicago
LeBron James scored 19 points in the Cavaliers' win over the Bulls. It's the fewest points James has scored in a playoff game won by the Cavs. James' previous low point total in a playoff win was 20 in Game 6 against Detroit in 2007. But James still averaged 31.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists for the Cavaliers in their five-game series win. It's the fifth time in NBA history that a player averaged at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a playoff series of any length. James did it once before (against Orlando in the 2009 playoffs); Oscar Robertson also did it twice (1963 vs. Boston and 1964 vs. Philadelphia) and Michael Jordan did it once (1989 vs. New York).
WADE CAN'T KEEP HEAT ALIVE
The Celtics eliminated the Heat in five games with their win Tuesday night but it wasn't due to lack of effort from Dwyane Wade. Wade scored at least 30 points, grabbed at least five rebounds and handed out at least five assists in each of the last three games of the series. Only three other players had 30/5/5 in three straight games within one playoff series against the Celtics: Oscar Robertson (1963), Jerry West (1968) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1974).
JAMES HAS ANOTHER BIG SERIES
LeBron James averaged 31.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 8.2 assists for the Cavaliers in their five-game series win over the Bulls. It's the fifth time in NBA history that a player averaged at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a playoff series of any length. James did it once before (against Orlando in the 2009 playoffs); Oscar Robertson also did it twice (1963 vs. Boston and 1964 vs. Philadelphia) and Michael Jordan did it once (1989 vs. New York).
JAMES SCORES 19 POINTS IN WIN
LeBron James scored 19 points in the Cavaliers' win over the Bulls. It's the fewest points James has scored in a playoff game won by the Cavs. James' previous low point total in a playoff win was 20 in Game 6 against Detroit in 2007.
CRAWFORD IS BEST OFF THE BENCH
Jamal Crawford won the NBA Sixth Man Award for the 2009-10 season. Crawford had 1425 points, 201 rebounds and 238 assists off the bench for Atlanta this season. The last player to have at least 1400 points, 200 rebounds and 200 assists off the bench in one season is Crawford's current coach, Mike Woodson. Woodson had 1414 points, 239 rebounds and 246 assists as a substitute for the Kansas City Kings in 1982-83. Woodson did not win the NBA Sixth Man Award that season. Bobby Jones of the 76ers did.
JIMENEZ HAS IMPRESSIVE APRIL
Ubaldo Jimenez, who threw a no-hitter on April 17, improved his record to 5-0 with a win Tuesday night. Jimenez is the second pitcher in major-league history to win five (or more) games and throw a no-hitter in April in the same season. The only other pitcher to do that is Jack Morris, who was 5-0 in April 1984 for the Tigers, including a no-hitter against the White Sox.
YANKEES HISTORIC LOSS
The Orioles, 3-16 entering the game, topped the Yankees Tuesday night. It was only the second time in franchise history that the Yankees lost a game in April to a team that was at least 13 games under .500. The only other time the Yankees did this was on April 30, 1969 against Cleveland. The Tribe, 1-15 entering the game, got a three-hit shutout from Sam McDowell.
A'S MIDDLE INFIELDERS DELIVER
Oakland got four hits from its starting shortstop (Cliff Pennington) and its starting second baseman (Adam Rosales) Tuesday night. It was the first time in A's history - including the franchise's time spent in Philadelphia and Kansas City - that both starting middle infielders had at least four hits.
FRANCISCO LONGEST SINCE JOHAN
Francisco Liriano extended his scoreless innings streak to 23 after pitching eight scoreless innings Tuesday night. Since 1993 only one other Twins starting pitcher had a streak that long: Johan Santana had a 33-inning scoreless streak in 2004.
BAY MAKES THE FANS WAIT
Jason Bay hit a home run for the Mets in their win over the Dodgers in the first game of the traditional doubleheader. For Bay, who hit 36 home runs for the Red Sox last season, it was his first home run of the season and it came in his 69th at-bat. The last player to wait that long for his first home run of the season after hitting at least 35 the season before was Carlos Delgado, who went 73 at-bats without a homer in 2007, also for the Mets, after hitting 38 the season before.
WRIGHT JOINS THE BABE, THE IRON HORSE AND JOE D.
David Wright went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in for the Mets in the back end of the doubleheader. Included in those three hits was the 1000th hit of Wright's career. Wright also has 143 home runs in his 868 career games. Only three players have recorded 1,000 hits for a New York team in as few games while having as many homers as Wright: Babe Ruth (795 games, 255 home runs), Lou Gehrig (826 games, 165 home runs) and Joe DiMaggio (711 games, 173 home runs).
LIVAN PITCHING LIKE A YOUNGSTER
Livan Hernandez is 3-1 with a 0.87 earned run average through his first four starts of the season. It's only the fourth time in his career that Hernandez won three of his first four starts of a season and his ERA is the lowest he has ever had through his first four starts in his 15-year major-league career.
TWO EARLY TRIPLES FOR NATS
Two of the first three batters hit triples for the Nationals Tuesday night - Nyjer Morgan led off the first inning with one and two batters later, Cristian Guzman hit one. It's the first time in five years that a team had triples from two of its first three hitters in a game. Tampa Bay did it against Detroit on July 7, 2005.
RED SOX WIN BY THE SLIMMEST MARGIN
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 2-1 Tuesday night, the fifth consecutive one-run game played by Boston. It's only the third time in the last 25 years that the Red Sox played five straight one-run games. They also did it in September 2000 and June/July 2007.
GREINKE TIES TEAM RECORD
Zack Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings against the Mariners Tuesday night. Greinke has not allowed a run in his last 29 innings pitched against the Mariners tying a record for scoreless innings pitched by a Royals pitcher against any one team. Paul Splittorff had a 29-inning scoreless streak against the White Sox from 1972 to 1973.
HOFFMAN ALLOWS FIRST SLAM
Ryan Doumit hit a grand slam off Trevor Hoffman in Pittsburgh's five-run ninth inning. It was the first grand slam ever allowed by Hoffman. Hoffman had faced more batters with the bases loaded (135 entering Tuesday night) than any active pitcher who had not allowed a grand slam.
DATSYUK SCORES TWO QUICK ONES
Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals in 1:41 in the Red Wings' Game 7 victory over the Coyotes, the fastest two goals in a Game 7 since Jeremy Roenick scored two in 1:25 for the Blackhawks against Minnesota on April 16, 1990.
OLD MAN LIDSTROM SCORES TWICE TOO
Nicklas Lidstrom scored two goals in the Red Wings win over the Coyotes. Lidstrom, one day shy of his 40th birthday, is the oldest player in NHL history to score more than one goal in a Game 7. Jeremy Roenick was the previous oldest when he scored twice for San Jose against Calgary in 2008 at the age of 38 years, 96 days.