Date: March 17, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

A RARE LOSS FOR SPURS

Oklahoma City defeated San Antonio on Monday, 78-76, ending the Spurs' 49-game winning streak in games in which they allowed fewer than 80 points. That was the fourth-longest current streak of that kind and the sixth-longest in NBA history. The Spurs' just-ended streak was on the heels of a 54-game winning streak when allowing fewer than 80 points, making them 103-2 when allowing 80 or fewer points since late in the 2001-02 season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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Paul

HORNETS DON'T CAPITALIZE ON BIG GAME BY PAUL

The Hornets lost to the Rockets on Monday despite 29 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul. Before Monday New Orleans had won 12 of the last 13 home games in which Paul had at least 25 points and 10 assists. The Hornets' 84 points on Monday were their fewest in a game in which Paul had at least 25 points and 10 assists, home or away.

New Orleans Hornets

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Artest

ARTEST STARTS COLD BEFORE GETTING ON TRACK

Ron Artest missed his first 11 shots on Monday and went 0 for 9 on three-point attempts before finishing with 18 points. Three other players have missed their first 11 or more shots in a game this season (Vince Carter, Russell Westbrook, Jason Terry); and only one other player went 0 for 9 or more on three-point attempts (Ray Allen). Artest had gone that many shots into a game without making one once previously, in his 21st career game, when he went 0 for 13 in 1999.

Houston Rockets

NUGGETS CONTROL THE GLASS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME

The Nuggets outrebounded the Nets on Monday, 51-31, while grabbing as many offensive rebounds as New Jersey had on the defensive glass (25). In their previous game, against the Clippers on Saturday, the Nuggets had a margin of +26 (56 to 30). They are the first team this season to outrebound their opponent by at least 20 in successive games. And it's the first time in the Nuggets' NBA history that they've outrebounded their opponent by at least 20 in successive games.

Denver Nuggets

BIG WIN FOR BOBCATS

Charlotte defeated Toronto on Monday, 112-86, marking the third-largest margin of victory in Bobcats history. They had a 32-point win over Indiana in 2005 and a 29-point win in Memphis earlier this season.

Charlotte Bobcats

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Conley Jr.

GRIZZLIES LOSE BUT YOUNG STARS SHINE

Rookie O.J. Mayo scored 21 points and sophomore Mike Conley had 20 for the Grizzlies on Monday. It's the second time in the last two seasons that a team's starting guards, neither of whom had been in the NBA for more than two seasons, scored 20 or more points in the same game. Ten days ago the Bucks' Ramon Sessions and Luc Mbah a Moute did it against Chicago.

Memphis Grizzlies

MLB

K-ROD WORKING OVERTIME

Francisco Rodriguez has recorded a four-out save in each of Venezuela's last two games, Monday against Puerto Rico and Saturday against the Netherlands. None of Rodriguez's 62 saves last season were of more than three outs and only two of his 40 saves in 2007 were longer than one inning.

New York Mets

NHL

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Lehtonen

A BUSY NIGHT FOR LEHTONEN

Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen made 49 saves in his 5-1 win over the Capitals on Monday night. Lehtonen's 49 saves were the most ever by a Thrashers goaltender in a regulation victory, breaking the old mark of 47 by Milan Hnilicka against the Devils on Jan. 24, 2002.

Atlanta Thrashers

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN PEPPERS LEHTONEN TO NO AVAIL

Alex Ovechkin had 10 of the Capitals' 50 shots on goal in their 5-1 loss in Atlanta. Ovechkin has had 10 or more shots on goal in a game nine times this season but the Capitals have won only four of those nine games (four regulation losses, one shootout loss). The only other players with more than one game with double-digit shots this season are Evgeni Malkin and Eric Staal, with a mere two each.

Washington Capitals

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Kopitar

DER KOPITAR'S IN TOWN

Anze Kopitar's first-period goal on Monday gave him 25 goals and 60 points this season. Over the last 15 years, the only other Kings player with three consecutive 60-point seasons was Luc Robitaille from 1998-99 to 2000-01.

Los Angeles Kings


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