Date: March 27, 2008

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Thomas

NO POINTS IN 35 MINUTES FOR TIM THOMAS

Tim Thomas played 35 minutes on Wednesday but he didn't score a point. The only other forward to have a scoreless game of at least 35 minutes this season is Bruce Bowen, who's done it twice.

Los Angeles Clippers

CLIPPERS OUTREBOUNDED AGAIN, LOSE AGAIN

The Clippers have lost their last nine games and have had fewer rebounds than their opponent in each of those games. The Clippers matched the longest such losing streak in franchise history (outrebounded in each of nine straight losses from Nov. 8-23, 1997).

Los Angeles Clippers

CLIPPERS ARE THE NBA'S WORST IN SECOND OF BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

The Clippers' loss at San Antonio dropped their record this season to a league-worst 2-15 in the second of games played on consecutive days. The Clippers are on pace to post the worst single-season record in the second of back-to-back games in franchise history (3-20 in 1987-88 is their worst to date). Last season, the Clips had their best such mark in franchise history (129).

Los Angeles Clippers

FOUR PLAYERS SCORE 20+ POINTS FOR NEW JERSEY

Josh Boone (26), Vince Carter (22), Devin Harris (22) and Richard Jefferson (20) all scored at least 20 points as New Jersey beat the Pacers, 124-117. It was the first time that four Nets each accumulated at least 20 points in a regulation game since Jan. 31, 2002, when Jefferson (21), Jason Kidd (21), Kerry Kittles (21) and Todd MacCulloch (20) did it in a 125-120 win over Milwaukee.

New Jersey Nets

HEAT WINLESS IN OVERTIME THIS SEASON

Miami is 0-6 in overtime games this season after Wednesday's loss in New York to match the longest single-season OT losing streak in franchise history. The Heat, which now owns the league's longest current losing streak in non-regulation contests, dropped its first six overtime games in 1992-93.

Miami Heat

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Miller

ANDRE MILLER LEADS THE STREAKING SIXERS

The Sixers defeated Chicago to improve their record since February 5 to 19-5, second-best in the NBA over that span, behind the Rockets (213). Andre Miller had 18 assists, the most in one game by a Philadelphia player since Dana Barros had 19 at Phoenix on Jan. 4, 1995.

Philadelphia 76ers

KINGS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE OF GRIZZLIES

The Kings defeated the Grizzlies for the 19th straight time in Sacramento to match the second-longest home winning streak against any particular opponent in franchise history (which dates back to the 1948-49 Rochester Royals). The Kings won 20 straight home games against the Nuggets, from 1997 to 2007.

Sacramento Kings

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Paul

ANOTHER 20-ASSIST GAME FOR CHRIS PAUL

Chris Paul notched his 20th assist of the night on David West's two-point jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining, giving the Hornets a one-point win at Cleveland. It was the fifth time this season that an NBA player had at least 20 assists in a game and it was the second such game for Paul; the other players to do it are Deron Williams (twice) and Steve Nash. That's the most 20-assist games for NBA players in any season since there were six such performances in 1993-94: Sherman Douglas (two), Kevin Johnson, Scott Skiles, John Stockton and Rod Strickland.

New Orleans Hornets

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Richardson

RICHARDSON BURNS THE LAKERS

Jason Richardson had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bobcats to an unlikely win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. Richardson was the first backcourt player to go 34/10 (points/rebounds) against the Lakers since Houston's Clyde Drexler (35/10 in double overtime on Nov. 14, 1997) and the first guard to do it versus the Lakers in a regulation game since Drexler, almost a year earlier (34/10 on Dec. 6, 1996).

Charlotte Bobcats

SUNS CONTINUE STREAK OF HOT SHOOTING

The Suns still managed to make 55.9 percent of their field-goal attempts in Wednesday's loss, the eighth straight game in which they shot 50 percent or better from the field. It's the longest streak of that kind for any NBA team in more than 10 years, since the Charlotte Hornets did it in eight consecutive games, Feb. 21-Mar. 8, 1998.

Phoenix Suns

CELTICS SLOW DOWN PHOENIX'S OFFENSE

The Celtics posted a convincing 20-point win over the Suns in Boston, holding Phoenix to only two fast-break points, and none during the first half. The Suns hadn't played a first half of basketball without scoring on the fast break since a 109-89 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles on April 16, 2006, a game in which Phoenix was without the services of Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Raja Bell.

Boston Celtics

MLB

A SLOW START FOR ORTIZ

David Ortiz went 0-for-7 without an RBI in the Red Sox' two-game series in Japan. Over the last 60 years, only one other player recorded neither a hit nor an RBI in the first two games for a defending champion, coming off a .300/100-RBI season for that team: Manny Ramirez in 2005.

Boston Red Sox

HARDEN FANS NINE IN SIX INNINGS

Rich Harden struck out nine batters in six innings in the A's 5-1 win over the Red Sox. Over the last four seasons, only four pitchers recorded at least nine strikeouts pitching no more than six innings in their season debut: Ian Snell (11 SO in 6 IP) and Brett Tomko (9 SO in 6 IP) in 2007, Oliver Perez (9 SO in 5 1/3 IP) in 2006, and Pedro Martinez (12 SO in 6 IP) in 2005.

Oakland Athletics

NHL

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Roloson

ROLOSON DOESN'T IMPRESS FORMER MATES

Dwayne Roloson and the Oilers lost 3-1 to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. Roloson, who played nearly four full seasons for the Wild, was traded to Edmonton by Minnesota on March 8, 2006. He's had very little success against his former team, posting a 5-10-2 record in 17 games versus the Wild since the trade. The only other goaltender with even half as many losses to Minnesota over that span as Roloson is Roberto Luongo, with six.

Edmonton Oilers

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Norrena

BLUE JACKETS MATCH NHL HIGH FOR SHUTOUTS

Fredrik Norrena's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night was his second shutout of the season and the 11th for the Blue Jackets (Pascal Leclaire has the nine other shutouts for Columbus). The 11 shutouts by the Blue Jackets tie them with the Rangers for the league high this season. It's also one more shutout than Columbus recorded over the previous three seasons combined (five in 2003-04, one in 2005-06, four in 2006-07).

Columbus Blue Jackets


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