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Sunday, March 11, 2007
Elias Says ...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NBA

• Dallas won at Los Angeles on Sunday night 108-72. The last time that the Lakers lost a home game by 30 or more points was on Nov. 23, 1969, when the Baltimore Bullets took a 129-97 decision at the Forum. (Lakers stars Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor both missed that game with injuries.) Sunday night's loss ended the longest streak of regular-season home games without a loss by 30 or more points by any team in NBA history: 1,521 games. No other NBA team has even reached the 1,000 mark.

Sunday's loss was the second-largest margin of defeat in a home game in the history of the Lakers. On Nov. 1, 1959, the St. Louis Hawks, led by 28 points from Bob Pettit, beat the Minneapolis Lakers by 37 points, 138-101, at the Minneapolis Armory.

And if you assumed that this was the worst loss of Phil Jackson's NBA coaching career -- home or road -- you were wrong: It was the second-worst. On Nov. 28, 1992, Jackson's Bulls lost to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden 112-75.

• The Mavericks' victory was their 17th in a row. Only one other team in NBA history extended a winning streak to 17 or more games by such a decisive margin. The 1971-72 Lakers hold the NBA record with 33 consecutive wins and the 33rd win in that streak was by 44 points -- a 134-90 win at Atlanta.

 Udonis Haslem
Haslem
• Miami took a 16-point lead over Washington and then fell behind by 12 points before rallying to win 106-104 on Udonis Haslem's basket with less than one second remaining in the fourth quarter. The last NBA game in which the winning team amassed a lead of at least 16 points and subsequently trailed by at least 12 points was also lost by Wizards. On April 9, 2005, Philadelphia led Washington by 21 points, then fell behind by 13 points, before prevailing 112-106.

• The Wizards, who lost on a buzzer-beater by the Knicks' Steve Francis on Saturday night, are the second NBA team this season to lose back-to-back games, each on a field goal made with less than one second remaining. The Nets lost consecutive games of that type in January. But before this season, only team in the previous six seasons suffered two straight losses of that kind: Charlotte in February 2005.

• Eight different Heat players scored at least 10 points; it's the first time in 16 years -- since Valentine's Day of 1991 -- that Miami had as many as eight players in double figures.

 T.J. Ford
Ford
T.J. Ford scored 25 points and had 13 assists for Toronto on Sunday afternoon and every one of those points and assists was needed in the Raptors' 120-119 overtime victory over Seattle. It's been more than seven years since an NBA player had 25 or more points and at least 13 assists in a one-point victory for his team. Michael Finley was the last player to do that; he had 33 points and 13 assists in Dallas' 111-110 win at Phoenix on Dec. 23, 1999.

• The Sonics' loss was their seventh game this season decided by a one-point margin, tying them with the Knicks for the league high. (Seattle is 3-4 in those seven one-point games.)

• The Bulls beat the Celtics 94-78 but made only 11 of their 22 free-throw attempts in the victory. It was the first time in the post-Jordan era that Chicago won a game despite making no more than half of its foul shots. The Bulls' last win under those conditions came on April 11, 1998, when the team was 6-for-16 in a victory over Orlando. (Michael Jordan had 37 points but was only 4-for-10 from the line in that game.)

 Richard Hamilton
Hamilton
Richard Hamilton converted his first eight field-goal attempts and finished with a game-high 23 points in Detroit's win over the Clippers. It was the first game in Hamilton's NBA career in which he made his first eight shots from the field.

Brandon Roy scored a game-high 26 points in Portland's win against Golden State. It's the fifth time this season that Roy has scored 25 or more points in a game, the most for a Trail Blazers' rookie since Kelvin Ransey did it 10 times in the 1980-81 season.

 Yao Ming
Yao
Yao Ming scored 37 points in Houston's victory over Orlando. That equals the most points scored by a starting center against the Magic in the last five seasons. The other 37-point performance was also by Yao, on Jan. 25, 2004, in Orlando.

• The Nuggets beat the Kings 113-101, ending their 20-game losing streak in Sacramento. It was the longest current road losing streak for any NBA team against a particular opponent. That distinction now falls to the Bucks, who have lost their last 19 games at Phoenix.

• Denver had an impressive collaborative rebounding effort in the victory, with six players pulling down at least six boards: Marcus Camby (10), Eduardo Najera (9), Linas Kleiza (8), Carmelo Anthony (6), Nene (6) and Allen Iverson (6). It's the only game in the last seven seasons in which six different Nuggets players had six or more rebounds. They last did that on April 8, 2000, vs. Seattle.

• Camby had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Denver, but he did not attempt a single foul shot. Only one NBA starting center had both more points and more rebounds in a non-OT game this season without a trip to the free-throw line: Mehmet Okur (18 points and 12 rebounds) on Nov. 24 against the Lakers.

Golf

 Mark Calcavecchia
Calcavecchia
Mark Calcavecchia, completing his recovery from a poor first round, won the PODS Championship on Sunday. Calcavecchia is the first golfer in more than a decade to capture a four-round PGA Tour event despite shooting four or more over par in the opening round. The last to man do that was Steve Jones at the 1996 U.S. Open.

NFL

Donte' Stallworth signed with New England on Sunday, potentially giving the Patriots the type of consistent deep-threat receiver they have not had in decades. Stallworth had 38 receptions at an average of 19.1 yards per catch in 2006 with the Eagles. The last New England player to average more than 19 yards per catch in a season of at least 35 receptions was the Steamer, Stanley Morgan, who averaged 19.5 yards per catch in 1985.

MLB

 Jeromy Burnitz
Burnitz
• Through his agent, Jeromy Burnitz announced his retirement on Sunday. Burnitz hit 315 career home runs but never appeared in a postseason game. He is the only player to enter the major leagues in the expansion era (1961 to date), hit 300 or more home runs, and never play in a postseason game.

NHL

• Detroit lost to Boston 6-3, snapping the Red Wings' streak of 19 consecutive games without a loss against other "Original Six" teams. Detroit was 18-0-1 during that stretch.

The Red Wings' loss ended their streak of 18 consecutive home games in which they earned at least one point, one shy of the franchise record set during the 2000-01 season.

• The Rangers posted a 2-1 shootout win over the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers' four home games in March have all been decided in shootouts: a loss to Pittsburgh and wins over St. Louis, the Islanders and Carolina. New York's four consecutive home games ending in a shootout is the longest streak of its kind in the two seasons the tiebreaker has been in effect.

 Marc Savard
Savard
Marc Savard had three assists in the Bruins' 6-3 win over the Red Wings. It was Savard's 11th game with three or more points this season, third-most of any NHL player, behind Sidney Crosby (12) and Joe Thornton (12).

• Minnesota's Mikko Koivu scored two goals against Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj in the Wild's 3-2 overtime win over the Avalanche. Koivu has scored 22 goals in his two seasons in the NHL and seven of those 22 goals were scored against Budaj. Koivu hasn't scored more than two goals against any other goaltender.

 Sergei Zubov
Zubov
• Defenseman Sergei Zubov had three assists for the Stars in their overtime win over the Kings. Zubov's first assist was his 500th career point for Dallas. The only other active NHL defenseman who's scored at least 500 points for his current team is Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom (865).