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Updated: December 13, 2005, 1:57 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NBA

• Pat Riley replaced Stan Van Gundy as head coach of the Miami Heat on Monday. In Riley's last three seasons on the bench for the Heat, their record dropped from 50-32 in 2000-01 to 36-46 in 2001-02 and 25-57 in 2002-03. That's when Van Gundy came in and improved the club's record to 42-40 in 2003-04 and, with the arrival of Shaquille O'Neal, 59-23 in 2004-05.

The only NBA coach besides Riley to have his team win 10 fewer games than the previous season in consecutive years (strike seasons excluded) was Bill Sharman for the Lakers in the 1970s. His team went 60-22 in 1972-73 (when they lost in the NBA Finals to the Knicks), 47-35 in 1973-74 (Wilt Chamberlain had retired) and 30-52 the following season (Jerry West had retired). Riley played for Sharman on the Lakers in each of those three seasons.

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