Date: October 31, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Jennings

JENNINGS MAKES OSCAR ROBERTSON-LIKE DEBUT

Brandon Jennings registered 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in his NBA debut in Milwaukee's loss to Philadelphia last night. Only one other player in NBA history recorded at least 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in their NBA debut: Oscar Robertson (21 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds on October 19, 1960).

Jennings led the Bucks in points, rebounds and assists Friday night. Jennings is the first player to lead (or tie for the lead) his team in each of those categories in his NBA debut since John Drew did it for Atlanta on October 18, 1974 (32 points, 12 rebounds and three assists).

Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers

HAWKS ON TARGET FROM THE FREE-THROW LINE

The Hawks converted 91.2 percent of their free throw attempts (31-of-34) in the team's victory over Washington Friday night. That is the highest free-throw percentage the Hawks have recorded in a game in which they made at least 30 shots from the charity stripe since converting 39 of 40 free throw attempts (97.5 percent) on December 8, 1992 vs. Chicago.

Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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Durant

DURANT IS OFF TO A HOT START

Kevin Durant recorded 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to a victory over Detroit Friday night. Durant scored 25 points and hauled down 11 rebounds in the Thunder's season opening win. Only one other player in the Thunder's franchise history has recorded 25 or more points and double-digits in rebounds in each of the team's first two games of a season: Bob Rule in 1968-69. Rule recorded 31 points and 11 rebounds in the then Seattle SuperSonics' opening night game and followed that up with a 34 point, 11 rebound performance in the team's second game of the season.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons

PACERS DROP FIRST TWO GAMES BY 10 OR MORE POINTS

The Pacers lost by a 13-point margin to the Heat Friday night after dropping their season opening game by 11 points to Atlanta. This marks only the second time in Indiana's franchise history that the team has lost its first two games of a season, each by 10 or more points. The Pacers also dropped their first two games, both by a double-digit margin, in 1983-84.

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat

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Nash

NASH REGISTERS 20 ASSISTS

Steve Nash handed out 20 assists in the Suns' victory over the Warriors Friday night. Nash became only the fourth player in NBA history to register a 20 assist game within his team's first two games of a season. The others to do that were Chicago's Guy Rodgers on October 18, 1966 (21 assist in team¿s second game), Philadelphia's Maurice Cheeks on October 30, 1982 (21 assists in team's second game) and the Lakers' Magic Johnson on November 6, 1990 (22 assists in team's second game).

Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns

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Howard

HOWARD IS THE KING OF 20 POINT/20 REBOUND GAMES

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 22 rebounds in Orlando's victory over New Jersey Friday night. That marked the 24th time that Howard has recorded 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in the same game since joining the NBA in 2004-05. Not only is that the highest total for any player over that span, no other player has more than eight such games since Howard entered the league (Kevin Garnett is next on list with eight).

Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics

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Pierce

PIERCE SCORES 20 OF HIS 22 POINTS IN ONE QUARTER

Paul Pierce scored 20 of his 22 points in the third quarter to help lead the Celtics to a 118-90 pasting of the Bulls Friday night. Only two other players over the past 10 seasons have finished with as few as 22 points in a game despite scoring 20 in one quarter: Dallas' Devin Harris on November 5, 2005 (20 of 22 points in fourth quarter) and New Jersey's Kerry Kittles on January 31, 2002 (20 of 21 points in first quarter).

Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics

CLIPPERS CONTINUE LOSING WAYS IN UTAH

The Clippers dropped a 111-98 decision to the Jazz in Utah Friday night. The Clippers have dropped their last 13 games against the Jazz in Utah, the last seven of which have been by 10 or more points. No other team in the league has lost each of its last seven games on the road, all by a double digit margin, against a particular opponent. The Clippers have a 1-39 road record against the Jazz since the start of the 1989-90 season.

Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers

NHL

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Perry

PERRY'S TWO GOALS LEADS DUCKS TO VICTORY

Corey Perry had two goals and one assist in the Ducks' 7-2 win over the Canucks. Perry has scored two goals in a game seven times since January 1 (in 51 games). That's one more two-goal game than Perry had from the time he made his NHL debut in October 2005 through the end of calendar year 2008 (six, in 246 games).

Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks

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Reinprecht

REINPRECHT'S HAT TRICK LEADS PANTHERS

Steve Reinprecht scored three goals n a 5:11 span of the first period to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead in their game at Dallas. He's the first NHL player to score the first three goals of a game since April 5, 2008, when Thomas Vanek scored every goal in Buffalo's 3-0 win over Boston. Reinprecht is the first to player to record three consecutive goals at any point in a game since Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had a natural hat trick against Chicago on February 17 last season.

Reinprecht is also the first player in Panthers history to score three goals in the first period of a game. The only other Florida player to score three goals in one period was Pavel Bure, who had a pair of three-goal third periods in the 1999-2000 season.

Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Streit

ISLANDERS FINALLY LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARD

Mark Streit scored 53 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 victory in Washington last night. It was the first time that the Islanders scored more than three goals in a game since a 5-4 loss at Carolina on March 20th last season. Before Friday, the Islanders were the only NHL team that had not scored four-or-more goals in a game this season.

New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes

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Crosby

CROSBY REMAINS PERFECT IN SHOOTOUTS

Sidney Crosby was the only player to score in the shootout that gave the Penguins a come-from-behind win over the Blue Jackets on Friday night. (Pittsburgh trailed Columbus, 3-1, with under three minutes left in the third period but goals 39 seconds apart by Ruslan Fedotenko and Alex Goligoski tied the score). Crosby has scored on all four of his shootout attempts this season, after he converted only five of his 17 shots in shootouts over the last two seasons combined.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Miller

RYAN MILLER OWNS THE MAPLE LEAFS

Ryan Miller made 33 saves and Tim Connolly scored a power play goal in overtime to give the Sabres a 3-2 win against the Maple Leafs. Miller has won all six games he's played against Toronto in calendar year 2009 and his victory on Friday night was his 18th career win versus the Maple Leafs. That makes Miller the active leader in victories against the Leafs, one ahead of Martin Brodeur and Chris Osgood (17 each).

Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs

WILD FINALLY RECORD A REGULATION WIN

The Wild recorded their first regulation win of the season when they edged the Rangers, 3-2, on Friday night. Minnesota had two overtime victories and one shootout win in its 12 previous games this season. Only three other teams in NHL history went at least 12 games into a season without posting a 60-minute victory: the 1999-2000 Flames (first 19 games), 1943-44 Rangers (first 15 games) and 1927-28 Pittsburgh (first 13 games).

Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers

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Huet

HUET LIFTS BLACKHAWKS OVER FORMER TEAM

Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet, who played three seasons with the Canadiens (2005-06 to 2007-08), beat his former team for the first time in his career on Friday night when Chicago slipped by Montreal, 3-2. That leaves Huet winless against only two NHL teams: the Kings (0-2-0) and Sharks (0-3-2).

Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks


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