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

Updated: January 31, 2006, 2:00 AM ET
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc. | Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NBA

• Six of the seven players involved in last week's trade between the Celtics and Timberwolves appeared against their former team Monday in the Timberwolves' 110-85 win over the Celtics. It's the first time in NBA history that as many as six players appeared in a game against a former team within a week of playing for that team. There have been three previous instances in which as many as four players appeared in a game against a former team within a week of playing for that team.

• Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady played together Monday for the 15th game of the season, but it was not enough to lift the Rockets to victory. Houston is 9-6 when both Yao and McGrady have appeared this season, 0-5 when neither player has appeared, and 6-18 when one or the other has played (0-8 with Yao and without McGrady; 6-10 with McGrady and without Yao).

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