Date: May 9, 2008

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Ginobili

PAUL, PARKER AND GINOBILI EACH TOP 30 POINTS

Chris Paul scored 35 points, Tony Parker had 31 and Manu Ginobili also had 31 in the Spurs' win over the Hornets in Game 3 of their series.

Regarding Parker and Ginobili, it was the first time that a team's starting guards each had more than 30 points in a playoff game since May 19, 1992, when Terry Porter scored 41 points and Clyde Drexler had 36 for the Trail Blazers.

The last time that three starting guards had more than 30 points in a postseason game was also in 1992, when the Trail Blazers beat the Suns in double overtime, and Porter (31), Drexler (33) and Kevin Johnson (35) all scored more than 30 points.

New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs

CELTICS STIFLE LEBRON AGAIN IN GAME TWO

The Celtics held LeBron James to 6 for 24 from the field in Game 2 of their series, after he went 2 for 18 in Game 1. His two-game shooting percentage -- 19.0 percent (8 for 42) -- is the lowest in the shot-clock era in the NBA playoffs among players who attempted at least 40 shots over two games in one postseason. (For emphasis: We're not limiting the scope of that note merely to the first two games in a playoff series, nor even to two consecutive games within one playoff series. We're talking about any two consecutive games within one playoff year.)

The previous low was 19.5 percent (8 for 41), set in 1961 by a man who was at courtside on Thursday night, current Celtics broadcaster Tom Heinsohn.

Boston Celtics

MLB

WEBB STARTS 8-0...AGAIN

Brandon Webb won again Thursday, improving his record to 8-0 on the season. Webb, who also won his first eight decisions in 2006, is only the fourth pitcher in major league history to win his first eight decisions of a season as a starting pitcher more than once. The others to do that: Roger Clemens (14-0 in 1986, 11-0 in 1997, 9-0 in 2004), Boo Ferriss (8-0 in 1945, 9-0 in 1946) and Eddie Lopat (8-0 in 1951 and 1953).

Arizona Diamondbacks

YOUNG MAN GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY AND HE DELIVERS

Justin Upton, 20, started in the cleanup spot in the Diamondbacks batting order and hit a home run on Thursday. Over the last 10 years only two other players have started a game in the cleanup spot before their 21st birthday: Ryan Zimmerman (twice in 2005) and Miguel Cabrera (once in 2003).

Over the last 25 years only two other players under 21 have hit a home run as a starting cleanup hitter: Andruw Jones in 1997 and Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1990.

Arizona Diamondbacks

GIANTS: 5+ RUNS ALLOWED = LOSS

The Giants lost to the Pirates Thursday, 5-4. San Francisco is now 0-16 this season in games in which they have allowed five or more runs (the worst record in the major leagues) and going back to last year, they've lost 23 consecutive games in which they've allowed five or more runs.

San Francisco Giants

IT'S GOING TO BE HARD TO SCORE 1,000 RUNS THIS WAY

The Red Sox defeated the Tigers on Thursday, 5-1, the 11th game this season in which the Tigers scored no more than one run. That's the highest total for any major league team this season.

Detroit Tigers

BRAVES FINALLY WIN A ONE-RUN GAME

The Braves won their first one-run game of the season Thursday on Matt Diaz's walkoff single. The Braves were one of only five teams in major league history to start a season by losing their first nine games decided by a single run. And their 10-game losing streak in one run games (dating back to last season) was the longest of Bobby Cox's managerial career.

Atlanta Braves

CONSECUTIVE SHUTOUTS FOR THE RANGERS

The Rangers shut out the Mariners for the second consecutive game on Thursday. Over the last 10 years the Rangers have had consecutive shutouts only one other time, against the Angels on Sept. 18-19, 2004.

Texas Rangers

EXTRA INNINGS IS NAVARRO TIME

Dioner Navarro came through in extra innings again, hitting a grand slam in the 13th inning of the Rays' 8-3 win over the Blue Jays. Navarro is now 6 for 12 with three home runs in extra innings in his career. Although Navarro has only 19 home runs since 2005, his three extra-inning home runs over that time are tied for sixth-most in the major leagues over the last four seasons!

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

KEVIN SLOWEY: THE 21ST CENTURY'S BOB TEWKSBURY?

Kevin Slowey lost to the White Sox on Thursday, but once again he did not walk a batter, and in 75 career innings he's walked only 11 batters. Over the last 10 years only two other pitchers have walked as few batters as Slowey in their first 75 innings in the major leagues: Matt Capps (8) and Josh Towers (10) .

Minnesota Twins

GIAMBI ENDS HOMERLESS STREAK AT YANKEE STADIUM

Jason Giambi's home run at Yankee Stadium on Thursday was his first there since last August 17, when he hit two against the Tigers. His streak of 72 homerless at-bats at Yankee Stadium was his longest since joining the Yankees.

New York Yankees

DANIEL CABRERA LOVES FACING THE ROYALS

Daniel Cabrera threw a three-hitter against the Royals on Thursday, improving his record against Kansas City to 4-0 in seven starts, while posting a 2.25 ERA and holding the Royals to a .206 batting average. Against all other teams Cabrera is 39-50 with a 5.06 ERA and a .250 average.

Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals

NHL

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Franzen

FRANZEN COMES ALIVE

Johan Franzen scored his 12th goal in 11 playoff games this year in the Red Wings' win over the Stars on Thursday. That's the most goals over the first 11 games of a playoff year since Joe Sakic had 12 goals in Colorado's first 11 games in 1996.

Detroit Red Wings


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