Date: March 19, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Anthony

ANTHONY THRIVES IN THE CLUTCH

Carmelo Anthony's three-point play with 33.2 seconds left capped the Nuggets' 111-109 comeback win at Memphis. Anthony has now made five of six field goal attempts (83%) this season in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime with his team tied or trailing by up to three points. That's the best percentage in the NBA (minimum 5 FGA) in 2008-09. The Spurs' Roger Mason (4-for-5, 80%) is second.

Denver Nuggets

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Rose

DERRICK ROSE'S PERFECT SECOND HALF

Derrick Rose made all ten of his second-half field goal attempts in the Bulls' 103-96 win at Oklahoma City. Rose is the first player to go 10-for-10 or better in the second half of a game since Dwight Howard (10-for-10) on March 14, 2007.

Chicago Bulls

HEAT COMMITS ONE FIRST-HALF TURNOVER

The Heat committed only one first-half turnover in its 112-108 overtime loss at Boston. Miami has had only one other game in the last eight years with that few turnovers in the first half. On February 6, 2008, the Heat turned the ball over once before halftime at Detroit.

Miami Heat

SYRACUSE ASKS "WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?"

Miami has now played six overtime periods in its last five games (triple-overtime win over Utah Saturday, double-OT win over Chicago March 9). Since the NBA adopted the shot clock for the 1954-55 season, only three other teams have played that much basketball over a five-game span: The Knicks in December 2006, the Suns in January 2006 and the SuperSonics in November 1989.

Miami Heat

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Paul

PAUL'S TRADEMARK STATISTICAL LINE

Chris Paul had 26 points, 10 assists and five steals in the Hornets' 94-93 win over the Timberwolves in New Orleans. It was Paul's fourth game this season with 25 points, 10 assists, and 5 steals. Only one other NBA player has even one such game in 2008-09 - Nate Robinson on February 11.

New Orleans Hornets

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Howard

HOWARD DOES MORE IN 33 MINUTES THAN MOST PLAYERS DO IN A GAME

Dwight Howard had 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in less than 33 minutes of play in the Magic's 106-80 win at Milwaukee. The last player with that many points, rebounds and assists in that little playing time was Tim Duncan, who had 30/12/7 in 32 minutes at Denver on January 5, 2004.

Orlando Magic

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McCants

MCCANTS SCORES 30 IN FIRST START FOR KINGS

Rashad McCants, making his first start for the Kings, scored 30 points in Sacramento's 104-88 loss at Charlotte. That's the most points any player has scored in his first Kings start since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985. The previous high was 27 points by Spud Webb in 1991.

Sacramento Kings

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER'S 35/10

Danny Granger had 35 points and 10 rebounds in the Pacers' home loss to the Blazers. Due to a foot injury, Granger hadn't played as many as 20 minutes since February 17. In the last 35 years, only one other player has had 30 points and 10 rebounds despite not having played 20 minutes in a game in over a month (excluding players making their season debut). Brad Miller had 32 points and 13 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets in the last game of the 1998-99 season.

Indiana Pacers

NETS' OFFENSE DOMINATES MIDDLE OF GAME

The Nets scored 35 points each in the second and third quarters of their 115-89 win at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey hadn't scored at least 35 in each of the "middle two" quarters since November 11, 2000 against Seattle. The Nets hadn't done it on the road since November 25, 1983 against the Lakers.

The Nets' defense also had a great night. The Knicks shot 44.2% from the field, 11.8% from three-point range and 57.9% from the free throw line. The last New Jersey opponent to perform that poorly in all three categories was the Washington Bullets on March 6, 1980.

New Jersey Nets

A BAD STREAK FOR PACERS

The Pacers lost 95-85 to the Trail Blazers in Indianapolis. It was Indiana's fourth straight loss, all by at least ten points. The Pacers have lost four straight games by double-digits only one other time in the last 20 years - a five game streak in February/March 2007. The only teams with fewer such streaks over that span are the Jazz (1), Suns, (1), Rockets (1) and Pistons (0).

Indiana Pacers

CLIPPERS BLOW OPEN TIE GAME

The Clippers and Wizards entered the fourth quarter tied at 93 at STAPLES Center, but Los Angeles outscored Washington 30-15 in the final period to win 123-108. That matches the largest win in Clippers franchise history in a game that was tied after three quarters. Los Angeles won 117-102 at Boston on April 4, 1997.

Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards

NHL

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Kiprusoff

ANOTHER MILESTONE WIN FOR AN NHL GOALTENDER

One night after Martin Brodeur earned his 552nd career win to pass Patrick Roy as the all-time leader, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff earned his 200th career victory in the Flames' 2-1 win over the Stars. It was Kiprusoff's 374th career game. How many games did it take Brodeur to get to 200 wins? Exactly 374 games.

Calgary Flames

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Vermette

VERMETTE SCORES IN OT

Exactly two weeks after he was traded to Columbus from Ottawa, Antoine Vermette scored the overtime winner to lead the Blue Jackets past the Blackhawks, 4-3. Vermette becomes the first player dealt at the NHL trade deadline (March 4th) this season to score an overtime goal. Vermette played 359 career games with Ottawa without ever scoring an overtime goal. He has seven points in six games with Columbus after recording only 28 points in 62 games with the Senators earlier this season.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Selanne

SELANNE'S OVERTIME GOAL

Teemu Selanne scored his 9th career regular-season overtime goal Wednesday night to give the Ducks a 4-3 win over the Predators. The 38-year-old is one of five players this season aged 38-or-older to net a game-ender. The other long-toothed heroes include Nicklas Lidstrom (38), Mike Modano (38), Sergei Fedorov (39) and Mathieu Schneider (39) .

Anaheim Ducks

DEVILS SHOOTING MORE THAN USUAL

The notoriously defensive-minded Devils had 43 shots on goal in their 4-2 loss at Carolina. It's the third time since March 1st that New Jersey has had that many or more shots on goal in one game. The last time the Devils had 43-or-more shots on goal three times in a calendar month was in December 2000.

New Jersey Devils


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