Date: March 16, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Gasol

GASOL'S PERFECT 10 IS NEWS... EVEN IN L.A.

Pau Gasol shot 10-for-10 from the field in the first half and finished with 25 points (12-for-13) in the Lakers' 107-100 victory over the Mavericks. That kind of shooting is special even when you wear a Lakers uniform. Over the last 10 seasons, the only other Lakers player to make his first 10 or more field-goal attempts in a game was Kobe Bryant (Dec. 21, 2000 at Houston) .

Los Angeles Lakers

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Ariza

ARIZA TURNS 2 STRONG HALVES INTO A PERSONAL BEST

Trevor Ariza scored a career-high 26 points in the Lakers' win--15 in the first half, 11 in the second half. Ariza scored more than 10 points in a half only three other times this season.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Allen

BUCKS GIVE ALLEN A RUDE HOMECOMING IN WIN OVER CELTS

The Bucks held Ray Allen, the all-time third-leading scorer at Bradley Center, to eight points in an 86-77 win over the Celtics. Allen scored in double-figures in each of his previous 93 games at Bradley Center, dating back to December 2000. The last time Allen scored fewer than 10 points at Milwaukee, the jerseys were reversed with the Celtics holding Allen, of the Bucks, to nine points.

Boston Celtics

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Howard

HOWARD'S 20/20 GAME IS A RARITY AGAINST THE JAZZ

Dwight Howard scored 28 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in the Magic's 105-87 win over the Jazz. Howard followed Amar'e Stoudemire as the second player to post a 20/20 game against Utah this season--one more than the Jazz had allowed over the previous 17 seasons combined. From the 1991-1992 season through 2007-2008, only Chris Gatling had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in the same game against Utah.

Orlando Magic

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Calderon Borrallo

CALDERON SWISHES & DISHES IN RAPTORS' WIN

Jose Calderon scored 15 points and registered 12 assists in the Raptors' 110-87 win over the Pacers. It was Calderon's seventh double-dozen this season. The only other players with at least 12 points and 12 assists in as many games as Calderon are the point-guard elite: Chris Paul (26), Deron Williams (14), Steve Nash (12), and Dwyane Wade (10) .

Toronto Raptors

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Wade

WADE'S NOT EVEN HALF THE MAN HE USED TO BE

Dwyane Wade scored at least 40 points in five of his last eight games coming into Sunday, but he couldn't reach even half that total in the Heat's 85-77 loss at Philadelphia. Wade was held to 18 points by the Sixers, snapping his streak of 21 consecutive games with at least 20 points. That was the longest such streak in the NBA this season and the longest in franchise history.

Miami Heat

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Milicic

MILICIC RETURNS TO DETROIT, SHOWS WHAT HE'S LEARNED

Darko Milicic scored 12 points and recorded 11 rebounds off the bench in the Grizzlies' 89-84 win at Detroit. Milicic played 96 games without a double-double during his three seasons with the Pistons, but he's posted 22 of them since leaving the team three years ago. The only other former Pistons player with a double-double against Detroit this season was Mehmet Okur (26 points, 12 rebounds on Dec. 19) .

Memphis Grizzlies

BLAZING SUNS SCORE BIG ON THE ROAD

The Suns defeated the Warriors, 154-130, posting the highest point total in a regulation-time road game since the Rockets beat the Nuggets, 156-133, at Denver on January 10, 1991.

Phoenix Suns

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O'Neal

SHAQ SCORES MORE THAN A POINT A MINUTE VS. WARRIORS

Shaquille O'Neal scored 26 points in 24 minutes in the Suns' victory at Golden State. It was the 72nd time in his 17-year NBA career that Shaq scored at least one point per minute, but only his third such game in the past two seasons.

Phoenix Suns

WHAT'S A TEAM GOTTA DO FOR A HALFTIME LEAD?

The Warriors trailed, 74-72, at halftime of their loss to the Suns. It was only the second time in the last 18 seasons that a team trailed at the half despite scoring at least 72 points. The Grizzlies trailed, 76-72, at the half on January 15, 2007, also against the Suns.

Golden State Warriors

NHL

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Avery

AVERY STARS ON BROADWAY

Steve Avery scored a pair of power-play goals in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over the Flyers. It was the sixth time that Avery scored two or more goals in 92 games for the Rangers, compared to two multiple-goal games in 316 games for his other NHL teams (the Red Wings, Kings, and Stars). Avery has now recorded as many multi-goal games for the Rangers as Wayne Gretzky (6 in 234 games), Brendan Shanahan (6 in 140), and Marcel Dionne did (6 in 118) .

New York Rangers

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Osgood

OSGOOD REBOUNDS FROM KO TO BLANK BLUE JACKETS

Chris Osgood stopped 23 shots in the Red Wings' 4-0 road victory over the Blue Jackets, the same team that KO'd Osgood with seven goals in 43 minutes at Detroit on March 7. Over the last 50 years, the only other goaltender to post a shutout on the road within 10 days of allowing at least seven goals to the same team at home was Billy Smith of the Islanders against Gretzky's Oilers in 1981 (March 3-12) .

Detroit Red Wings

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Mannino

MANNINO MAKES 40 SAVES IN 1ST NHL START

Peter Mannino stopped 40 of 42 shots in his first NHL start, giving the Islanders a 4-2 victory at Chicago. Over the last 10 seasons, the only other goaltenders to make at least 40 saves in winning their first career start were Johan Hedberg of the Penguins (2001) and Roberto Luongo of the Islanders (1999) .

New York Islanders

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Moen

MOEN IS QUICK TO MAKE HIS FORMER TEAM PAY

Travis Moen, who was acquired earlier this month from the Ducks, scored late in the second period to give the Sharks a 1-0 victory at Anaheim. Only two other players in NHL history scored in a 1-0 win against a team for which they played earlier in the season: Alexei Kovalev (Rangers vs. Penguins, Feb. 14, 2003) and Bill Thoms (Black Hawks vs. Maple Leafs, Jan. 8, 1939) .

San Jose Sharks

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Crosby

CROSBY MATCHES LEMIEUX WITH 21ST 3-ASSIST GAME

Sidney Crosby assisted on three goals in the Penguins' 6-4 victory over the Bruins. Crosby has recorded only two hat tricks in his four-year NHL career, but this was the 21st time he was credited with three or more assists in one game--as many such games as Mario Lemieux recorded in his first four seasons. Wayne Gretzky had more three-assist games in his first four seasons in the NHL than Crosby and Lemieux combined (49).

Pittsburgh Penguins

PENS POST 11TH THIRD-PERIOD COMEBACK WIN OF SEASON

The Penguins scored four goals in the third period of their 6-4 win over the Bruins. It was Pittsburgh's 11th victory of the season in which they trailed during the third period, tying the Red Wings for the NHL high.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Tkachuk

TKACHUK PASSES SAKIC IN POWER-PLAY GOALS

Keith Tkachuk's power-play goal in the Blues' 5-3 win over the Wild was the 206th of his career. That broke a tie with Joe Sakic for the second most among active players, trailing only Brendan Shanahan (237) .

St. Louis Blues


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