Stats And Trends: Inside The Numbers

Heat 114, Lakers 111 (OT)

Kobe Bryant hits a game-tying shot with less than 4 seconds left to force overtime, but the Heat prevail in the extra session, 114-111. Each of the last four games between these teams has been decided by three points or less. Dwyane Wade racks up a season-high 14 assists and records his ninth 20-point, 10-assist game of the season. There were 31 lead changes, the most in an NBA game this season. Bryant's 39 points were the most he scored since dropping 44 on the Grizzlies on Feb. 1.

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After the jump, inside the race for the Big 10 regular season conference title, Seton Hall's tournament resume, the numbers that led to Jake Delhomme's departure in Carolina and the front-runner to win the NHL MVP award.

12 Michigan State 67, Penn State 65

BREAKING DOWN THE BIG TEN: Penn State might be a football power, but when it comes to the hardwood - not so much. With the victory Thursday, Michigan State improves to 4-4 in their last 8 conference games. Penn State lost for the 8th straight time against ranked opponents. Ohio State has clinched at least a share of the regular-season title and the 1 seed in the conference tournament. Michigan State would clinch a share of the regular-season title with a win vs Michigan (Sunday) and Purdue would clinch a share of the regular-season title with a win at Penn State. Ohio State, Purdue, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois have clinched the 5 1st-round byes in the Big Ten tournament.

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Seton Hall 85, Rutgers 74

STILL KICKING: Seton Hall is able to keep its bubble hopes alive with a 11 point win at Rutgers. The Pirates have won 5 of their last 7 games. Herb Pope tied a career-high with 22 points to lead Seton Hall and Jeremy Hazell finished 19 points (17 in 2nd half). Rutgers has lost 4 straight to Seton Hall. When looking at the Pirates tournament resume, they do have quality wins over Pittsburgh, Louisville and Cornell with the 22nd ranked strength of schedule. If the Pirates can beat Providence Saturday night, they will post a .500 record in the toughest conference in college basketball.

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THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES: Thursday the Panthers released QB Jake Delhomme after seven seasons. He holds the Panthers team records for touchdown passes (120) and passing yards (19,258). Originally undrafted out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1997, Delhomme is 108 passing yards shy of 20,000 for his career. By releasing Delhomme, the team will eat one of the worst contracts in recent history as the QB is still owed almost 13 million guaranteed dollars as a part of the five-year, $42.5 million extension he signed just one year ago. Delhomme led Carolina to its only Super Bowl appearance in 2003 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005, but underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and missed the final five games of 2009 with a broken finger.

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BEST OF THE BEST: They are the 2 best players in the NHL: Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. The 2 are tied for the league lead with 42 goals. Look at Ovechkin's plus-minus. He is at PLUS 43. Ovi's Capitals also lead the NHL with a 94 points. Last night Ovechkin and the Caps beat the Lighting 5-4 and Alexander-the-Great posted 1 assist. Sid-the-Kid and the Penguins needed overtime to beat the Rangers 5-4, and he also had one assist.

Recap: Capitals 5, Lightning 4 | Recap: Penguins 5, Rangers 4 (OT)