Date: March 18, 2008

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Paul

PAUL GORES BULLS

Chris Paul scored 37 points and dished out 13 assists in the Hornets' win over the Bulls. Paul is averaging 23.5 points and 11.5 assists per game in six career appearances against the Bulls. Paul is the only player in NBA history with career averages of at least 20 points and 10 assists per game versus Chicago. Magic Johnson fell one point shy of that distinction; he finished with career averages of 19.96 points and 10.0 assists in 27 games against the Bulls.

New Orleans Hornets

CELTICS WIN FIRST GAME OF BRUTAL FOUR-GAME STRETCH

The Celtics beat the Spurs (44-23) Monday night, the first game of a brutal four-game stretch for Boston. The Celtics play Houston (46-20) Tuesday, Dallas (44-23) Thursday and New Orleans (45-21) Saturday. When it's all done, Boston will be the second team in NBA history to play four straight games, all on the road against teams that are at least 20 games over .500. The Mavericks did that in 2001 (from March 26 to April 1), winning three out of four on the road against the Jazz, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Kings.

Boston Celtics

SPURS BLOW 22-POINT LEAD TO CELTICS

The Spurs blew a 22-point lead in their loss to the Celtics Monday night. It was the first time in eight years that San Antonio blew a lead that large. The Spurs lost at Dallas, 97-96, on March 21, 2000 despite leading by 22 points in that game.

San Antonio Spurs

JAZZ WIN 19TH CONSECUTIVE HOME GAME

Utah beat Toronto for its 19th consecutive home win. Only one team in the last six seasons had a home winning streak that long: Dallas won 23 straight home games in 2006-07

Utah Jazz

MAGIC MAKE 14 THREE-POINTERS

Orlando was 14-for-32 from three-point range in its win over Cleveland Monday night. It was the sixth time this season that the Magic made that many threes in a game. Golden State (seven) is the only team with more such games than the Magic this season.

Orlando Magic

PACERS WIN THREE IN A ROW AT HOME FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON

Indiana's win over New York was the Pacers third straight home victory. It's the first time this season that the Pacers won three in a row at home. There are now only three NBA teams that have not won three in a row at home this season: the Clippers, Heat and Grizzlies.

Indiana Pacers

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Dunleavy

ANOTHER BIG GAME FOR DUNLEAVY

Mike Dunleavy scored 36 points in Indiana's win over the Knicks. It was the fifth time in his last 13 games - dating back to Feb. 22 that Dunleavy scored at least 32 points in a game. Only two players have as many games of 32-or-more points since that date as Dunleavy: LeBron James with eight and Kobe Bryant with five.

Indiana Pacers

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Randolph

RANDOLPH ANOTHER DOUBLE/DOUBLE IN A LOSS

Zach Randolph had 21 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks in their loss at Indiana Monday night. It was Randolph's 21st double/double this season in a loss, tying him with Dwight Howard and Chris Kaman for the second most such games in the NBA, behind Minnesota's Al Jefferson (35 double/doubles in losses this season).

New York Knicks

NHL

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Sakic

SAKIC TIES GRETZKY

Joe Sakic scored a power play goal for Colorado Monday night. It was the 204th career power-play goal for Sakic, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for 12th all-time in that category.

Colorado Avalanche

WILD TIE TEAM RECORD

The Wild has not scored more than three goals in any of its last 14 games (Feb. 19 to date). That ties the longest such single-season streak in Minnesota franchise history. They had 14-game streaks in both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Minnesota Wild

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Backstrom

BACKSTROM IMPRESSIVE SINCE HE JOINED THE NHL

Niklas Backstrom is 51-21-13 (.676) with a 2.21 GAA and .922 SV% in his two seasons in the NHL. Among goaltenders who played 75+ games, Backstrom ranks first in save percentage over the last two seasons, third in points percentage (Hasek .725, Giguere .688) and fifth in goals-against average (Hasek 2.10, Brodeur 2.17, Giguere 2.19, Nabokov 2.20).

Minnesota Wild

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Sedin

DANIEL SEDIN TO HENRIK SEDIN TWICE

Henrik Sedin scored two goals for Vancouver Monday night, both assisted by his brother Daniel. It was the ninth and tenth time this season that Daniel assisted on goals scored by Henrik. Henrik has assisted on 19 goals scored by Daniel this season.

Vancouver Canucks


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