Date: March 25, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

SPURS 22 CONSECUTIVE HOME WINS AGAINST WARRIORS

The Spurs have now won 22 consecutive home games against the Warriors after their victory Tuesday night, a streak that started in November 1997. That's the longest current home winning streak by one NBA team against another and the longest such streak for any NBA team since the Lakers won 26 straight home games against the Mavericks from 1991 to 2003.

The last Golden State win in San Antonio was on Valentine's Day in 1997. Latrell Sprewell (32 points), Joe Smith (20) and Chris Mullin (18) led the Warriors to a 108-94 win at the Alamodome. The Spurs leading scorer that day was Dominique Wilkins, who scored 22 points off the bench.

San Antonio Spurs

LAKERS NEVER TRAIL FOR NINTH TIME THIS SEASON

The Lakers beat the Thunder Tuesday and did not trail at all in the game. It was the ninth time this season that the Lakers played a game that they never trailed, third-most such games in the NBA this season, behind Orlando (13) and Cleveland (12).

Los Angeles Lakers

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Durant

ONLY DAVID ROBINSON IS BETTER THAN DURANT

Kevin Durant scored 24 points in Oklahoma City's loss to the Lakers. Durant has averaged 23.7 points in seven games against the Lakers. Over the last 30 years, only one player posted a scoring average that high against the Lakers during his rookie and sophomore seasons (minimum: 5 games): David Robinson (25.6 PPG from 1989 to 1991).

Oklahoma City Thunder

UTAH IS 18-4 OVER ITS LAST 22 GAMES

Utah beat Houston Tuesday night and is now 18-4 (.818) over its last 22 games since February 2. Only one team has a better record than the Jazz since that date: Cleveland (20-4, .833).

Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz

NHL

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Joseph

CUJO WINS ONE IN RELIEF

Curtis Joseph came off the bench to replace Martin Gerber in goal for the Maple Leafs after Gerber was given a game misconduct following the Washington goal which tied the score at 2-2 with 57 seconds left in the third period. Joseph made one save in regulation time, eight in overtime, and he stopped all three shootout attempts by the Capitals to earn a 3-2 victory for Toronto. It was the 453rd regular-season win of Cujo's 19-year NHL career but it was his first win ever in a regular-season game he did not start. Joseph has won once as a reliever in the playoffs, for the Flames in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Sharks in 2008.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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Tanguay

TANGUAY'S FIVE-POINT GAME

Alex Tanguay had two goals and three assists in the Canadiens' 6-3 win over Atlanta. Tanguay was the first player to score five-or-more points in one game for the Canadiens since Jan. 10, 2004, when Sheldon Souray had six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in an 8-0 victory in Pittsburgh. Tanguay is the first Canadiens player to score five points in one game in Montreal since Oct. 21, 2000, when Martin Rucinsky (1 goal, 4 assists) and Brian Savage (3 goals, 2 assists) both did it.

Montreal Canadiens

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Weber

ANOTHER DEFENSEMAN REACHES 20-GOAL MARK THIS SEASON

Shea Weber became the third defenseman to reach the 20-goal plateau this season when he scored the only goal for the Predators' in their shootout loss to the Ducks. (Washington's Mike Green has scored 28 goals and Edmonton's Sheldon Souray has 21.) This is the first season in which three defensemen have scored 20-or-more goals since 1998-99, when Adrian Aucoin (Vancouver, 23 goals), Sergei Gonchar (Washington, 21) and Al MacInnis (St. Louis, 20) did so.

Nashville Predators

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Sedin

BOTH SEDIN BROTHERS LIGHT THE LAMP

Both Henrik (two) and Daniel (one) Sedin scored goals in Vancouver's win over Dallas. The Canucks are now 13-3-2 in the 18 games in which both Sedin brothers score a goal since the twins joined the league in 2000-01.

Vancouver Canucks

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Mason

MASON HAS TURNED HIS SEASON AROUND

Chris Mason was 3-13-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average, .902 save percentage and one shutout in his first 19 games of the season. Mason is 17-7-5 with a 2.00 GAA, .927 save percentage and four shutouts over his last 29 games since January 19. Mason leads the NHL in goals-against average since that date and he's tied with Cam Ward and Evgeni Nabokov for the league lead in shutouts over that span. Cam Ward (18) and Roberto Luongo (17) are the only goaltenders with as many wins as Mason since January 19.

St. Louis Blues

JACQUES NOT WILD ABOUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Jacques Lemaire and the Wild lost to the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Lemaire has won only three of is 19 regular-season games at MSG (3-10-6). Lemaire's record at MSG: 0-1-1 with the Canadiens (1984), 2-5-5 with the Devils (1993-1998), 1-4-0 with the Wild (2001-present).

Minnesota Wild


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