November 22nd, 2010
11:49 AM ET

SI.com: Jimmie Johnson's win streak, Islanders losing streak

Jimmie Johnson hoists his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Jimmie Johnson made it five-for-five Sunday at Homestead when he beat out Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title. As SI.com’s Tom Bowles explains, it wasn’t just Jimmie Johnson’s on-track skills or crew chief Chad Knaus’ know how that locked in the historic victory. Johnson managed to capitalize on the mistakes of his two biggest rivals to outrace them in the final 69 laps.

The defending champ went into the concluding race of the Chase for the Championship 15 points behind 30-year-old Hamlin, who had notched an impressive eight victories during the season. Hamlin looked poised for quite the heated title battle until his No. 11 car made contact with Greg Biffle and was sent spinning into the grass. From that point on, Hamlin was never able to inch back into the top-5 or back into contention for the title. Harvick, who faced the greatest challenge in coming back from a 46 point deficit, saw his title hopes slip away after he received a penalty for speeding on pit road. With his main competitors ostensibly out of the running, Johnson was able to coast to a second-place finish behind Carl Edwards and win his fifth-straight championship. Though some will certainly complain about yet another Johnson championship, his fifth title undoubtedly solidifies him as one of the greatest drivers of his generation.

Here's a look at the action coming your way today:

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers (8:30 p.m., ET) – The 4-5 Chargers will try to salvage their season tonight when they face off against the Denver Broncos.

Duke Blue Devils vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (7:30 p.m., ET) – No. 1 ranked Duke will take on Marquette tonight at the Sprint Center. The Blue Devils have won 25-straight November games, so look for them to dominate once again tonight.

By The Numbers

2 – Number of points Allen Iverson scored in his Besiktas Cola Turka debut. The former NBA star didn’t score any points until the third quarter during the team’s loss to Fenerbahce Ulker.

10418 – Number of laps lead by now five-time champ Jimmie Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series. Johnson took second place at Homestead on Sunday, giving him the title over rivals Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

12 – Number of consecutive losses suffered by the New York Islanders. The team’s most recent rout came at the hands of the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

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  1. Voigt

    "The Blue Devils have won 25-straight November games"
    The Blue Devils also have an easy schedule against what might as well be jr. and community colleges every year in november. If they actually have to play a ranked team in the first part of the season it's an accident.

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