Date: March 29, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wade

WADE MARCHES ON

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points in Miami's win over Milwaukee. Wade has scored 463 points in March, the most he has scored in any calendar month in his NBA career. Wade's previous high points total in a month was 454 in December 2005. Wade and the Heat still have one game left this month: Monday against Orlando.

Miami Heat

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Thomas

THOMAS MATCHES ARTIS GILMORE

Tyrus Thomas blocked seven shots in the Bulls' 112-106 win over the Pacers; he had blocked eight shots in a loss to the Timberwolves back on January 3. Thomas became the first Bulls player with seven-or-more blocks in two different games in the same season since Artis Gilmore had two such games in the 1981-82 season.

Chicago Bulls

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Arenas

ARENAS HANDS OUT 10 ASSISTS IN HIS SEASON DEBUT

Gilbert Arenas, who made his long-delayed season debut 74 games into the season, had 10 assists for Washington Saturday night. No player in NBA history recorded 10 assists in his season debut that occurred this late in a season. The previous "record" for such a thing belonged to Charlie Criss. Criss handed out 11 assists in his season debut for Atlanta in 1984-85 in the team's 49th game of the season.

Washington Wizards

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Hamilton

HAMILTON BETTER FROM BEHIND THE ARC THAN WITHIN

Richard Hamilton had a most unusual game in his first game back from a groin injury after missing the Pistons' last six games. Hamilton scored 31 points, making five of his nine shots from three-point range while hitting on only six of 20 attempts from within the arc.

That's the most two-point attempts missed this season by any NBA player in the same game in which he hit at least five three-pointers. The last NBA player to have such a game was Hamilton's current teammate, Allen Iverson, on Feb. 6, 2008 while with the Nuggets (five three-pointers made, 16 two-pointers missed).

Detroit Pistons

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Wallace

WALLACE'S BIG GAME

Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists in the Bobcats' victory over the Knicks. It was Wallace's fifth 20/8/8 game (pts/reb/ast) since he joined Charlotte in their first season in the NBA in 2004-05. All other Bobcats players have combined for only three such games since then.

Charlotte Bobcats

BLAZERS SCORE 86, WIN BY 20

Portland beat Memphis 86-66 Saturday night. This was only the third game over the last five seasons in which an NBA team won by at least 20 points despite not scoring more than 86 points in the game. Indiana beat Utah in November 2005 (84-60) and San Antonio beat Charlotte in February 2008 (85-65).

Portland Trail Blazers

SUNS DONT SHINE IN UTAH

The Suns made only 39 of 105 field-goal attempts -- that's 37.1 percent -- in their 104-99 overtime loss to the Jazz in Salt Lake City. That's bad shooting for any team but especially so for the Suns, who connected on 50.01 percent of their field-goal attempts last season and came into the Utah game leading the NBA by having made 50.7 percent of their shots this season. No NBA team has shot 50 percent or better from the floor in each of two successive seasons since Michael Jordan's first two Bulls championship teams, in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

Phoenix's 37.1-percent shooting against the Jazz was its second-lowest percentage in any game this season. The Suns shot 36 percent from the floor in a 98-76 loss at Charlotte on January 23.

Utah Jazz

WARRIORS ALLOW 129 POINTS

Denver beat Golden State 129-116 Friday night. It was the 12th time this season that the Warriors allowed 125-or-more points in a game, twice as many as any team in the NBA (Sacramento is next with six such games). The Warriors are 1-11 in those 12 games.

Golden State is the first NBA team to allow 125+ points in a game at least 12 times in a season since 1992-93 when four teams did it (Dallas, Golden State, Philadelphia and Sacramento).

Golden State Warriors

NHL

CANES DON'T PANIC

Before this season, the Carolina Hurricanes, including their years as the Hartford Whalers, had never won a game in regulation time in which they were losing while being shut out in the last ten minutes of the third period. But they've done that twice this season, including Saturday night's 2-1 victory in New Jersey, in which the Hurricanes trailed 1-0 with fewer than seven minutes left to play. They had a similar 2-1 win on November 7 at home against Ottawa (trailed 1-0 with under nine minutes left).

It was only the second time in New Jersey Devils history that they got no points from a game in which they were leading and shutting out their opponent in the last ten minutes of the third period. The previous instance was a 2-1 loss to Florida at the Meadowlands on Oct. 22, 2003 (led 1-0 with less than six minutes left in the third period).

Carolina Hurricanes

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Fedotenko

FEDOTENKO THREE POINTS AT EVEN STRENGTH

Ruslan Fedotenko had one goal and two assists - all at even strength - for the Penguins in their 4-3 win over the Rangers. It was the second time this season that Fedotenko recorded three even-strength points in one game; he also did that at Philadelphia on February 21 (2 goals, 1 assist). That matches the number of games with three-or-more even-strength points this season by NHL scoring leader Evgeni Malkin.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Brodeur

BRODEUR FACES LOTS OF RUBBER

Martin Brodeur faced 48 shots on goal in his 2-1 loss to Carolina, tying his career high for a regular-season game. He set that mark earlier this season in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs on October 29. He's faced 48 or more shots on goal in a postseason game three times, but they were all multiple-overtime losses in the 1994 playoffs, when Brodeur was a rookie.

New Jersey Devils

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Erat

ERAT HELPS ON ALL FOUR PREDATOR GOALS

Martin Erat assisted on all four goals by the Predators in their 4-3 overtime victory against the Kings. Erat was the fifth player to get at least four assists while assisting on every one of his team's goals in a game this season. The other players to do that are Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Getzlaf (a five-assist game), Dion Phaneuf and Slava Kozlov.

Nashville Predators

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Kovalchuk

KOVALCHUK SCORES 40 GOALS IN FIVE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 40th goal of the season in Atlanta's victory over Ottawa. Kovalchuk has now scored at least 40 goals in each of the last five seasons. Kovalchuk is the first NHL player in nine years to score 40+ goals in five consecutive seasons. John LeClair had a five-season streak from 1995-96 to 1999-2000.

Atlanta Thrashers

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Enstrom

ENSTROM LEADS DEFENSEMEN IN POINTS SINCE FEB. 24

Tobias Enstrom had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) for the Thrashers in their win over Ottawa. Enstrom had only 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) through his first 60 games this season but he leads all NHL defensemen with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists in 16 games) since then (Feb. 24 to date).

Atlanta Thrashers

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Recchi

RECCHI LEADS BRUINS IN GOALS SINCE TRADE DEADLINE

Mark Recchi scored a pair of goals for the Bruins in their 7-5 win in Toronto. The 41-year-old Recchi leads the Bruins with six goals (in 10 games) since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trading-deadline day deal.

Boston Bruins

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Connolly

CONNOLLY THIRD CONSECUTIVE MULTI-POINT GAME

Tim Connolly had his third consecutive two-point game with one goal and one assist for Buffalo in its shootout win in Montreal. He's the second Sabres player to record three straight multiple-point games this season; Thomas Vanek did that in October. The only other time that Connolly had two points in each of three consecutive team games was nine years ago, in March 2000, during his rookie season with the Islanders.

Buffalo Sabres

ST. LOUIS NOT SINGING THE BLUES RIGHT NOW

The Blues had the worst record in the Western Conference through games of January 14 (16-23-3), 11 points out of a playoff spot. Since then, St. Louis is 20-7-6 (.697), the best record for any Western Conference team since that date and third-best in the NHL, behind Pittsburgh (20-7-4, .710) and New Jersey (22-9-1, .703).

St. Louis Blues

NCAA Men's Basketball

FROSH CARRIES HUSKIES

Freshman Kemba Walker came off the bench to score 23 points in Connecticut's win over Missouri. The last UConn freshman to score that many points in an NCAA Tournament game was Khalid El-Amin, who scored 24 points against North Carolina in 1998. Over the last 15 years only one other frosh scored that many points off the bench in a NCAA Tournament game: Justin Gray of Wake Forest in 2003 against Auburn (26 points).

Connecticut Huskies

BIG EAST MATCHUP IN ELITE EIGHT GAME

The Villanova-Pittsburgh game Saturday night was only the third over the last 15 years in which two teams from the same conference played each other with the winner advancing to the Final Four. It also happened in 2000 (a Big 10 matchup between Purdue and Wisconsin) and 2002 (Oklahoma vs. Missouri of the Big 12).

Only once before have two Big East teams played each other in an Elite Eight game: Providence beat Georgetown in 1987.

Pittsburgh Panthers, Villanova Wildcats


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