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Tiki Barber rushed for a franchise-record 234 yards in the Giants' 34-28 win over the Redskins. If Tiki stays true to his retirement word, that would represent the most rushing yards for a player in the final regular-season game of his NFL career. The old record stood for 69 years. Hall-of-Famer Cliff Battles ran for 165 yards for the Redskins in his last regular-season game, on Dec. 5, 1937 against the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

• It was the fifth game in which Barber rushed for 200-or-more yards in his pro career, the second-highest total in NFL history. O.J. Simpson had six.

More than that, this was Barber's fourth 200-yard rushing game since he turned 30 years old. In NFL history, only two other 30-or-older players ever had a 200-yard rushing game, and each did it just once: John Henry Johnson at age 34 in 1964, and James Brooks at 31 in 1990. Barber's 234 yards was the highest single-game total in NFL history by a player 30-or-older.

• Barber had touchdown runs of 15, 55 and 50 yards. He's the first player in Giants history to have two TD runs of at least 50 yards in the same game and he's the first NFL player in more than half a century to do that against the Redskins. In November 1954 the Cardinals' Ollie Matson scored on runs of 62 and 79 yards in one game against Washington. Aside from Tiki, two other active NFL players have had two touchdown runs of 50-or-more yards in one game: Clinton Portis and Jamal Lewis, each of whom did it in 2003.

• The Redskins took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Antwaan Randle El to Santana Moss. It was the third straight season in which Randle El has thrown a TD pass, the longest streak by any non-quarterback in the NFL since current Washington running backs coach Earnest Byner did that in three consecutive seasons (as a Redskins running back) from 1990 to 1992.


Adam Morrison and Raymond Felton, each 22 years old, led Charlotte to a 113-102 win against Indiana. Morrison scored 30 points and Felton had 19 assists. It was only the second game in NBA history in which one player, younger than age 23, scored 30+ points while a teammate, also under age 23, had 15+ assists. Michael Jordan (38 points) and Ennis Whatley (21 assists) did that for the Bulls on Feb. 23, 1985, in a win against Golden State.

• Chicago's 103-96 win at Cleveland was highlighted by a 24-point run by the Bulls in the second half. That's the most consecutive points scored by one team in any NBA game this season.

LeBron James, on his 22nd birthday, scored 33 points for the Cavaliers. Two players in NBA history scored more points on their birthday at age 22 or younger: Terry Dischinger (37 points for Chicago on his 22nd birthday in 1962) and Amare Stoudemire (34 points for Phoenix on his 22nd birthday in 2004).

• Tony Barone made his NBA head coaching debut on Saturday night and the Grizzlies treated him to a 39-point first quarter, en route to a 110-104 win over Toronto. That's the second-most points ever scored by an NBA team in the first quarter of its head coach's first career game. The record is held by Paul Westhead. On Nov. 11, 1979, the Lakers scored 43 points in the first quarter of Westhead's coaching debut, on the way to a 140-126 win against Cleveland.

Mikki Moore made all nine of his field-goal attempts in New Jersey's 100-92 win over Minnesota. Over the last six seasons, only two NBA players had a perfect night from the field while taking more shots than Moore did on Saturday night: the Nets' Nenad Krstic was 11-for-11 in February 2006 against the Knicks and the Spurs' Fabricio Oberto was 11-for-11 earlier this season against Phoenix.

• The Heat scored only 14 points in the paint in its 97-68 loss to Orlando. It had been more than six years since Miami scored fewer points in the paint in one game. The team had 12 in a 90-73 loss at Detroit in April 2000.


Curtis Joseph backstopped the Coyotes to a 8-0 victory over San Jose, extending his career record against the Sharks to 34-9-1 in 45 games. Cujo's 34 wins versus San Jose tie him for the most wins by an active NHL goaltender against a particular opponent. Martin Brodeur has 34 wins against the Rangers.

• St. Louis shut out Colorado, 2-0, extending the Blues' point streak to eight games (5-0-3). The Blues have not allowed more than two goals in any of their last eight games. In their first 30 games this season the Blues held their opponent to two-or-fewer goals only six times, a key factor in their 7-19-4 record over that span.

• St. Louis has not allowed a first-period goal in its last ten games. It's only the fourth time in the last 40 years that an NHL team has held its opponents without a goal in the first period for at least ten consecutive games. The Kings had a 12-game streak in 1974-75, the Canadiens had an 11-game streak in 1971-72 and the Oilers did that in 10 straight games in 2000-01.

• Martin Brodeur and the Devils beat the Islanders, 2-0, on Saturday night. It was Brodeur's league-high 11th regular-season shutout in calendar year 2006. (Cristobal Huet and Miikka Kiprusoff are tied for second with nine shutouts each since January 1.) Brodeur had a double-figure shutout total in two other calendar years: 2003 (13) and 1997 (11).

• Ottawa goaltender Ray Emery stopped 43 of 45 shots on goal in the Senators' 3-2 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Emery has faced 40-or-more shots in a game three times this season and won all three games. Before Saturday's game he beat Minnesota (Nov. 20) and Detroit (Dec. 12) while also facing exactly 45 shots on goal.

Jeremy Roenick scored three goals in the Coyotes' rout of the Sharks. Roenick's hat trick ended a career-long 22-game goal drought. (He's scored only one other goal this season, in Edmonton on Oct. 23.) Roenick's longest prior stretch of games without a goal within one season was 13 games in October 1989 (his first 13 games in 1989-90).