Date: May 1, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

ANOTHER THRILLING GAME BETWEEN BOSTON AND CHICAGO...

Five of the six games in the Celtics-Bulls series have been decided by no more than three points. The only other postseason series in NBA history with that many games decided by three or fewer points was the 1981 Eastern Conference Finals between the Celtics and 76ers.

Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

...THIS TIME IN THREE OVERTIME PERIODS

The Celtics and Bulls played three overtimes on Thursday after playing two overtime periods on Sunday. It's only the second NBA postseason series to feature more than one double-OT game. The 1957 NBA Finals, featuring the Celtics against the St. Louis Hawks, also had two double-OT games.

Thursday's game was the fifth triple-OT game in NBA postseason history, and three of the previous four also involved either the Celtics or the Bulls.

Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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Allen

ALLEN SCORES 51 IN LOSS

Ray Allen scored 51 points in the Celtics loss. Only three other players have had 50 points in a postseason loss: Billy Cunningham, Michael Jordan (twice, including a 63-point effort in a double-OT loss to the Celtics in 1986) and Kobe Bryant.

Boston Celtics

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Rondo

RONDO TIES NBA RECORD

Rajon Rondo had 19 assists without a turnover on Thursday, tying the NBA playoffs record in that category. Norm Nixon had 19 assists without a turnover for the Lakers in 1979.

Boston Celtics

MAGIC BLOW OUT 76ERS IN PHILADELPHIA

The 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs by the Magic, 114-89. That's the largest margin of defeat in an elimination loss in a home game in 76ers franchise history and it's the largest for any NBA team in an elimination game at home since the Grizzlies were bounced from the 2006 playoffs by the Mavericks in a 26-point game.

Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers

MLB

CARDINALS FINISH APRIL WITH BEST RECORD IN MAJOR LEAGUES

The Cardinals finished April 16-7, the best record in the major leagues. The last time the Cardinals had the best record in the majors at the end of April was in 1968, when they were 13-5, en route to their second consecutive World Series appearance.

St. Louis Cardinals

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Buck

BUCK MORE LIKE A GAZELLE

John Buck legged out two triples and had five RBIs for the Royals on Thursday. He's the first catcher to have a 2-triple, 5-RBI game in 48 years, since Haywood Sullivan did it for the Kansas City Athletics on April 25, 1961.

Kansas City Royals

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Garza

GARZA PERFECT THROUGH 6 INNINGS

Matt Garza did not allow a baserunner through six innings against the Red Sox on Thursday. Prior to Garza, the last pitcher who was perfect through six or more innings against the Red Sox was Mike Mussina, who had his perfect game vs. Boston broken up by Carl Everett with two outs in the 9th inning on September 2, 2001 at Fenway.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Holliday

HOLLIDAY ENDS HOMER DROUGHT

Matt Holliday ended a streak of 107 at-bats without a home run on Thursday. That was his second-longest career drought, behind a 138-AB skid spanning the 2004-05 seasons. With Holliday's homer, five players who hit 25 or more homers last season have still not hit one in 2009: Adrian Beltre, Troy Glaus, Xavier Nady, Alex Rodriguez and Marcus Thames.

Oakland Athletics

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Scherzer

SCHERZER STILL WINLESS

Max Scherzer did not allow a run in six innings, but was removed after 107 pitches and was unable to record his first career win. Scherzer is still winless in 11 career starts, despite a 3.43 ERA in those games. Only one pitcher in major league history, also winless in his first 11 starts, has posted a lower ERA in those games: a guy named Guy Morton, for the 1914 Indians (3.33).

Arizona Diamondbacks

CUBS CAN'T WIN THE LOW-SCORING ONES

The Cubs lost to the Marlins on Thursday, 8-2, in 10 innings. Chicago is now 0-10 when scoring fewer than four runs; the only team with a larger 0-for this year is the Rays, who are 0-13 when scoring fewer than four runs. The Cubs are 10-1 this season when scoring four or more runs, the best record in the major leagues in those games.

Chicago Cubs

DODGERS PERFECT AT HOME

The Dodgers ended April with a 7-0 record at home, courtesy of their 8-5 win over the Padres on Thursday. It's the first time since moving to Los Angeles that the Dodgers were undefeated at home in April. The last time the franchise did it was when the Brooklyn Dodgers went 5-0 at Ebbets Field in April 1946.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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Speier

YANKEES KNOCK AROUND FAVORITE TARGET

Justin Speier took the loss for the Angels at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. In five games for the Angels against the Yankees, Speier has a 14.29 ERA and the Yankees have hit .444 against him.

Anaheim Angels

NHL

CANUCKS LOSE LEAD, THEN WIN

The Canucks blew a three-goal lead in the third period, and then rallied to defeat the Blackhawks, 5-3. Only three other teams in NHL postseason history have won in regulation after frittering away a three-goal lead in the third period. The last to do so was Vancouver in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final against the Rangers.

Vancouver Canucks

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Demitra

DEMITRA BEDEVILS BLACKHAWKS

Pavol Demitra scored Vancouver's first goal on Thursday. Demitra had 24 regular-season goals against Chicago since 1997-98, tying him for the most goals against the Blackhawks over that span; Paul Kariya and Brendan Shanahan also have 24.

Vancouver Canucks

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Khabibulin

CANUCKS BEDEVIL KHABIBULIN

With Chicago's loss to Vancouver on Thursday, Nikolai Khabibulin is now 0-10-2 with a 3.47 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in his last 12 games against Vancouver (regular season and playoffs combined). Khabibulin has not won a game against the Canucks since January 26, 1998.

Chicago Blackhawks


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