Date: February 25, 2008

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

PISTONS BUILD INSURMOUNTABLE LEAD, THEN CRUISE PAST SUNS

The Pistons opened an 86-52 lead in the third quarter at Phoenix and coasted to a 116-86 victory over the Suns. The last time the Suns trailed by as many as 34 points in a home game was more than seven years ago and Shaquille O'Neal was part of that game as well, as Phoenix fell to the Lakers, 115-78, on December 28, 2000.

Detroit Pistons

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Stoudemire

STOUDEMIRE SCORES 30 IN BIG LOSS

Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points in the Suns' loss, becoming the second player this month to reach the 30 mark in a loss by 30 or more points. LeBron James scored 30 in the Cavs' 113-83 loss to the Nuggets on February 10. There had been only two such games in the previous 10 NBA seasons.

Phoenix Suns

GOOD PITCHING STOPS GOOD HITTING, EVEN IN THE NBA

The Suns scored 85 and 86 points in consecutive games against the first- and second-ranked defensive teams in the NBA, the Celtics and Pistons. It was the first time since January 17-19, 2005 that Phoenix failed to reach the 90 mark in two straight games.

Phoenix Suns

GASOL SCORES 22 IN VICTORY OVER SONICS

Pau Gasol maintained his 22-PPG scoring average in the Lakers' 111-91 win at Seattle, his 10th game with the Lakers. Only five other players averaged at least 22.0 points over their first 10 games with the Lakers: Elgin Baylor (24.1) and four legendary centers-George Mikan (29.0), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (28.8), Shaquille O'Neal (24.8), and Wilt Chamberlain (24.5).

Los Angeles Lakers

WALLACE SNAPS OUT OF SLUMP IN CAVS DEBUT

Ben Wallace scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his Cavaliers debut, a 109-89 win over the Grizzlies. It snapped Wallace's streak of 21 games without a double-double, his longest in seven years (since Jan. 10-Mar. 2, 2001).

Cleveland Cavaliers

KIDD DOES IT AGAIN, 11 YEARS LATER

Jason Kidd recorded 17 assists in the Mavericks' 99-83 win at Minnesota after posting 15 assists against the Grizzlies on Friday night. It was only the second time in franchise history that a Mavs player had at least 15 assists in consecutive games. Kidd previously did it in 1996 (Nov. 29-Dec. 2), less than a month before he was traded to the Suns.

Dallas Mavericks

ELIAS' FUN WITH NUMBERS, NBA-STYLE

Dallas's 16-point win was by far the largest margin of victory in the NBA's shot-clock era in a game that was tied at the end of the first, second, and third quarters. The previous high was set in a 123-113 win by the Nuggets over the Sonics on March 26, 1987.

Dallas Mavericks

CELTICS DOWN EARLY, BUT RALLY FOR WIN AT PORTLAND

The Celtics trailed, 32-16, after one period but rallied for a 112-102 victory at Portland. It was the first road game in which Boston trailed by at least 15 points at the end of the first quarter since December 9, 2006, and the Celtics won that game as well (92-90 at New Jersey). The Celtics had only three such wins in their history prior to that.

Boston Celtics


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