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• The players voted to start the NBA All-Star Game next month were announced Thursday night, and four of the five individuals selected for the Eastern Conference are 25 years old or younger: Gilbert Arenas and Dwyane Wade are both 25; Chris Bosh and LeBron James are both 22. In the past 50 years there has been only one NBA All-Star Game in which four (or more) starters from one conference were no older than 25. The 2002 West team had a quartet of starters each 25 or younger: Kevin Garnett, Steve Francis, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant.

• The Bulls beat the Mavericks 95-85 on Thursday night, ending Dallas's eight-game winning streak. In the past 25 years, Chicago stopped only one winning streak longer than that. On Jan. 4, 1985, the Bulls beat the Bucks 106-101 ending Milwaukee's nine-game winning streak. Quintin Dailey led the Bulls with 26 points in that game and rookie Michael Jordan chipped in with 22.

• The Mavericks were 29-for-93 (.312) from the field, their second-lowest field-goal percentage in any game in the past eight seasons; they were 28-for-96 (.292) on Nov. 9, 2004, at Orlando.

Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki were the two main culprits. Howard was 4-for-20 (.200) from the field. Only one player in Mavericks' history had a lower shooting percentage in a game in which he took at least 20 shots: Cedric Ceballos was 3-for-20 (.150) on Nov. 29, 1999, against the Knicks.

Nowitzki scored 28 points, despite making only 7 of 22 shots from the field (he was 12-for-13 from the foul line). It's the most points that Nowitzki has ever scored in an NBA game in which he made fewer than one-third of his field-goal attempts.

It's the first time this season that two NBA teammates each took at least 20 shots in a game while converting fewer than one-third of them.

• Nowitzki had 11 rebounds, marking his seventh straight game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also had a seven-game streak earlier this season. No other NBA player has had even one streak of five or more consecutive games with 20 or more points and 10 or more rebounds this season.

Cuttino Mobley's 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining gave the Clippers a 102-101 victory over New Jersey. In was the Nets' third consecutive one-point loss, equaling the longest streaks in NBA history. Three other teams lost three straight games by one point: the Pacers (1999), Lakers (1995) and Bulls (1987).


Jason Garrett was hired by the Cowboys on Thursday to serve most likely as offensive coordinator or, possibly, as head coach. Garrett is a former NFL quarterback, who played the majority of his pro career with Dallas.

Only two current NFL offensive coordinators played quarterback in the NFL (or AFL): the Ravens' Rick Neuheisel (whose sole NFL experience as a player was as a quarterback for the Chargers during the 1987 players' strike) and the Redskins' Don Breaux (who played QB for the Broncos and Chargers in the mid 1960s).

Two current NFL head coaches are former NFL quarterbacks: Sean Payton, who, like Neuheisel, only played during the 1987 players' strike, and Gary Kubiak, who backed up John Elway with the Broncos from 1983-91.

• Multiple published reports Thursday stated that Ken Anderson will be named quarterbacks coach of the Steelers. Anderson played all 16 of his NFL seasons with the Bengals (1971-1986) and he started 23 career games against Pittsburgh, the most for any NFL quarterback vs. the Steelers over the last 50 years.


• Rookie Brandt Snedeker shot a 61 on Thursday at the Buick Invitational. In the past 15 years, only one other rookie on the PGA Tour shot a 61 (or better) in a first round: Tag Ridings in 2004 carded a 61 at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas.

• Snedeker shot a 9-under 27 on the back nine. It's the lowest nine (front or back) recorded by a rookie on the PGA Tour in the last 25 years. Ironically, the previous low over the last quarter century also occurred at the Buick Invitational. In 1996, rookie Jeff Julian carded an eight under-par 28 on the back nine in his opening round.

David Duval opened the Buick Invitational with four consecutive birdies. This is the first time in Duval's PGA Tour career that he has started a Tour event with four consecutive holes under par. The last player to open the front nine of the first round of the Buick Invitational with four straight holes under-par was Jerry Kelly in 1996. Kelly went on to miss the cut.