Date: April 17, 2014

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Heat Set Franchise Record In Field-Goal Percentage

From Elias: The Heat made 30 of 73 field-goal attempts in the regular-season finale against Philadelphia, and finished the season having made a franchise-record 50.10 percent of shots from the floor. Miami became the first NBA team to make at least half of its field-goal attempts in a season since the Suns did that in both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons (50.01 percent and 50.38 percent, respectively). Those Suns teams were the only other teams in the last 17 seasons to crack the 50-percent barrier.

Miami Heat


Love Reaches 25 Points/12 Rebounds Mark Again

From Elias: Kevin Love collected 19 points and 10 rebounds in the Timberwolves' season finale against the Jazz, finishing the season with averages of 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Love is the only NBA player in the last 12 seasons to average at least 25 points and 12 rebounds per game over the course of a season¿and he's now done it twice. In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, Love averaged 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. The last player other than Love to achieve 25-and-12 averages in an NBA season was Tim Duncan, who averaged 25.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game in the 2001-02 season.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Suns Win 48 Games, Miss Playoffs

From Elias: The Suns ended their playoff-less season with a 48-34 record after beating the Kings on Wednesday night. It is only the fourth time in NBA history that a team has won at least 48 games in a season and failed to qualify for the playoffs, and the Suns have been the victims in three of those instances. Phoenix missed the postseason after posting a 48-34 record in 1970-71 and did so again in 1971-72 with a 49-33 mark. The only other team to miss the playoffs in that fashion was Golden State in 2007-08 (48-34).

Phoenix Suns

76ers and Lakers Each End Season With Win

From Elias: The last day of the NBA season can produce some strange results. The 76ers and Lakers each ended their miserable seasons with big wins on the road against a league power on Wednesday - Philadelphia with a 100-87 win in Miami and Los Angeles with a 113-100 victory in San Antonio. Prior to Wednesday night there were only two other instances in NBA history in which a team won a game on the road by a double-digit margin against a team that was at least 35 games better in the standings entering the contest. On March 27, 1981, the 20-60 Pistons beat the 61-19 Celtics by 25 points at the Boston Garden, and on April 18, 1997 the 24-56 Nets beat the 60-20 Heat by a 12-point margin in Miami.

Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

First-Year Head Coach Wins Last 14 Home Games

From Elias: The Grizzlies beat the Mavericks in overtime on Wednesday night. Memphis ended the 2013-14 regular season by winning each of their last 14 home games under first-year head coach David Joerger. Only one other rookie head coach in NBA history ended a season with at least 14 consecutive home wins: the St. Louis Hawks' Ed Macauley (16 straight home wins to close the 1958-59 season).

Memphis Grizzlies


Zeller Has Big Game Coming Off Bench

From Elias: Tyler Zeller came off the bench and registered 22 points and 11 rebounds and made 9 of his 11 field-goal attempts in the Cavs' victory over the Nets on Wednesday night. Zeller became the first Cavalier player to come off the bench and record at least 20 points and 10 rebounds while making at least 80 percent of his shots from the field in over 33 years. On January 9, 1981, Richard Washington had 20 points and 10 rebounds and made 8 of 10 shots from the field in a reserve role against the Hawks.

Cleveland Cavaliers


Smith Improves Scoring Output Each Month

From Elias: J.R. Smith scored 30 points to lead the Knicks to a 95-92 win over the Raptors at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Smith finished the season strong, averaging 23.4 points per game in the month of April. In fact, Smith's scoring average increased in each successive month this season. After missing the first five games of the season, he averaged 11.7 points per game in November, 12.4 in December, 12.9 in January, 14.6 in February, 15.5 in March and 23.4 in April. No other player in the league increased their scoring average in each month from November to April this season (minimum: 5 games played in each month).

New York Knicks


Durant Scores 21 In The Fourth

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 21 of his 42 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Thunder to a 112-111 win over the Pistons in their season finale on Wednesday night. It is the fifth time that Durant scored 20 or more points in the fourth quarter of a game since he entered the league in 2007, the highest total for any player in the league over that span.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Minnesota and Utah Seeing Double

From Elias: The Timberwolves and Jazz ended the season with a double overtime game, a contest won by Minnesota, 136-130. It is only the fifth game in NBA history that went multiple overtimes with both teams playing their final game of the season. The other instances occurred in 1999 (Charlotte vs. Boston), 2004 (Portland vs. Lakers), 2006 (Memphis vs. Minnesota) and 2010 (Miami vs. New Jersey).

Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz

Another Big Win For Indiana

From Elias: The Pacers beat the Magic by a score of 101-86 on Wednesday night. It was the 19th game that Indiana won by 15 or more points this season, which set the franchise record in that category. The Pacers previous mark for most wins by 15 or more points in a single season was 18 in 1999-2000.

Indiana Pacers


Jefferson Sets a Team Record In Points Per Game

From Elias: Al Jefferson scored 10 points and hauled down 18 rebounds to help lead the Bobcats to an overtime win over the Bulls on Wednesday night. Jefferson finished up the 2013-14 season - his first with the Bobcats - with a club record 21.84 points per game average (minimum: 50 games played), which just barely beat Charlotte's previous best of 21.80 by Jason Richardson in 2007-08.

Charlotte Bobcats


Pitchers Rule The Day

From Elias: Wednesday was only the second day in major-league history on which 15 or more games were played¿and there have been more than 2,500 of those¿with no team scoring more than six runs in a game. The other was the next-to-last day of the 2012 season.


Tanaka Dominates Cubs

From Elias: Masahiro Tanaka has 28 strikeouts and two walks after three starts in the major leagues. The only other pitcher to debut in the major leagues since 1900 and have at least 25 more strikeouts than walks in his first three major-league games was Stephen Strasburg (32 strikeouts, 5 walks). Tanaka is the first Yankees rookie with double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games.

The Cubs had only two hits off Tanaka in eight innings on Wednesday, both of which were bunt singles. Over the last 10 seasons, the only other pitcher who had a game in which he threw eight or more innings with the only hit(s) against him coming on bunts was Chris Tillman against the Red Sox in 2012. Scott Podsednik led off that game with a bunt hit for the Red Sox, who did not collect another that day against Tillman.

New York Yankees


Cubs Shut Out Twice

From Elias: The Cubs lost 3-0 and 2-0 to the Yankees on Wednesday. The last time a team was shut out in two games on one day was on June 26, 1988, when the Athletics lost 11-0 and 5-0 to the Twins.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched eight shutout innings, and Michael Pineda followed up that performance by not allowing a run over six innings. The last time Yankee starting pitchers each tossed at least six shutout innings on one day was on April 19, 1987 against the Royals at Yankee Stadium. Charles L. Hudson had a complete game shutout in the first game, and Tommy John hurled seven shutout innings in the second (the Yankees won those games 5-0 and 1-0, respectively).

Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees


Gattis's Solo Shot Is All The Braves Need

From Elias: The Braves defeated the Phillies on Wednesday, 1-0, on a home run by Evan Gattis off an 0-2 pitch from Cliff Lee. Déjà vu? Last year on September 27, the Braves defeated the Phillies, 1-0, on a home run by Chris Johnson off an 0-2 pitch from Lee. There hasn't been another major-league game over the last three seasons (2012 to date) that ended 1-0 on an 0-2 homer.

Lee has allowed 15 home runs on 0-2 pitches over the last 10 seasons, tying Mark Buehrle for the highest total in the major leagues in that time frame.

Gattis was only the second player since 1900 to go 4-for-4 with a home run in a 1-0 win. The other was "A"-List Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby in a Cubs victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field in 1929. That was Hornsby's 39th and final home run of the season, tying the team record that Hack Wilson had set earlier in the month (and which Wilson would break a year later).

Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies


Teheran and Lee Toss Complete Games

From Elias: Julio Teheran and Cliff Lee each pitched complete games of nine innings at Citizens Bank Park. The last game in which both starters tossed complete games of at least nine innings was on August 27, 2012, when the Mariners' Felix Hernandez did so against the Twins' Liam Hendricks at Target Field; Seattle ultimately came out on top, winning 1-0.

Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies


Cueto Shuts Down The Pirates

From Elias: Johnny Cueto blanked the Pirates on Wednesday afternoon, 4-0, striking out 12 batters without issuing a walk. He's the only Reds pitcher since 1900 to toss a shutout with no walks and at least a dozen strikeouts.

Cincinnati Reds

Texas Rallies Late To Win

From Elias: The Rangers, down 2-1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Mariners, rallied to score two unearned runs after a Brad Miller throwing error prolonged the game. The last game in which Texas was down to its last out in the ninth and came back to win in that same inning was on July 9, 2011 at home versus Oakland. In that game, with the Rangers down 6-5, Josh Hamilton connected for a two-out, two-run walkoff home run off Andrew Bailey.

Texas Rangers

Red Sox With 15 Walks, 6 Hits

From Elias: In their extra-inning win versus the White Sox, the Red Sox walked 15 times but could only muster six hits. The last time a team had at least nine more walks than hits in a game was on May 12, 2001, when the Padres had no hits but walked nine times against the Marlins. The last time Boston had a game of this type was on May 7, 1992, also versus the White Sox. Similar to Wednesday night, the Red Sox walked 15 times and collected six hits; however, that game resulted in a nine-inning White Sox victory.

Boston Red Sox

Diamondbacks' Struggles At Home Continue

From Elias: The Diamondbacks dropped to 1-11 at home this season after their 5-2 loss to the Mets. Over the last 25 seasons (since 1990), only three other teams have won one (or none) of their first 12 home games of a season: 1994 Cubs (0-12), 2003 Tigers (1-11), and 2012 Royals (1-11). Entering this season, Arizona's worst start through its first 12 home games of a season was 4-8 in 1998 (the franchise's inaugural season).

Arizona Diamondbacks


Ramirez Rakes Against The Redbirds

From Elias: Aramis Ramirez was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Brewers' 5-1 win over the Cardinals. Ramirez, who now has four hits in 11 at-bats versus the Redbirds this year, batted at least .325 against St. Louis in each of the previous seven seasons (2007-2013). That's the longest such streak versus the Cardinals (min: 25 plate appearances every year) since Honus Wagner had a .325 or better average against them in every season from 1905 to 1911.

Milwaukee Brewers


Another Stellar Outing For Britton

From Elias: Zach Britton came out of the Orioles bullpen to throw three scoreless innings on Wednesday in Baltimore's win over Tampa Bay. It's already the fifth time this season that Britton has thrown two scoreless innings out of the `pen. No other pitcher has had five such games this early in a season (14 team games) since Paul Assenmacher for the Cubs in 1990.

The Rays ended their eight-game road trip by being shut out, finishing their jaunt with a total of 14 runs scored. It's the first time in team history the Rays have averaged fewer than two runs per game on a trip of seven or more games.

Tampa Bay has scored 14 runs over its last nine games, the lowest total for that franchise over a nine game span since July 4-15, 1998 (also scoring 14 runs).

Baltimore Orioles


Gomes' Triple Gives The Indians The Victory

From Elias: Yan Gomes delivered a second-inning, two-run triple to put the Indians ahead for good in their 3-2 win over the Tigers. Gomes had two triples last season; he was one of only four players with multiple triples as a catcher in the 2013 campaign, along with Jonathan Lucroy (6), Salvador Perez (3), and Jose Lobaton (2).

Cleveland Indians


Moustakas's extra-inning blast propels the Royals to victory

From Elias: Mike Moustakas hit an 11th inning solo home run in the Royals' 6-4 victory over the Astros. Entering Wednesday night, Moustakas was 4-for-27 (.148) in extra innings since his major-league debut in 2011. In addition, he had just one hit in his last 13 extra-inning at-bats; that was a solo homer off the Mariners' Chance Ruffin on September 5 last season.

Kansas City Royals



Weise's first playoff goal is a big one

From Elias: Dale Weise's first Stanley Cup Playoff goal was the overtime winner for the Canadiens in their series-opening victory against the Lightning. Weise is the first player to record the first postseason goal of his NHL career with an overtime tally for the Canadiens since 1986, when Brian Skrudland did so only nine seconds after the puck was dropped to begin extra time in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Calgary. Last year, three NHL players notched their first career playoff goal with an overtime decider: Gustav Nyquist, Jason Zucker and Brooks Orpik.

Montreal Canadiens

Brandon Lives Up To His Family Name

From Elias: Brandon Sutter's tiebreaking goal at the 8:18 mark of the third period was the game-winner for the Penguins in the first game of their playoff series against the Blue Jackets. It was the first game-winning goal of Sutter's NHL playoff career and the first by any member of the Sutter family since 1992, when Brandon's father, Brent, scored the Blackhawks' goal in a 1-0 victory that wrapped up Chicago's four-game sweep of the Norris Division Final series against the Red Wings. That was the last of Brent's family-high eight playoff game-winning goals and the only one that he didn't score for the New York Islanders. Brandon's five uncles who played in the NHL each scored at least one game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Darryl (5), Duane (5), Rich (2), Brian (1) and Ron (1).

Pittsburgh Penguins


Selanne Ranks Among Oldest To Play In Playoffs

From Elias: When Teemu Selanne took his first shift for the Ducks in Game 1 of their series against the Stars, he became the oldest man to play in a Stanley Cup playoff game (age 43 years, 287 days) since Chris Chelios appeared in his final postseason game at age 47 years, 122 days in 2009 (Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 5 of the Western Conference Final). The only other individuals to play in a Stanley Cup playoff game at an older age than Selanne are Gordie Howe (age 52), Johnny Bower (44), Lester Patrick (44) and Jacques Plante (44).

Anaheim Ducks