Date: November 7, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

THE KING OF BROADWAY

LeBron James scored 33 points as Cleveland romped over the Knicks in the Cavaliers' only scheduled visit to Madison Square Garden this season. James has 334 points in 11 career games at the Garden (30.4 PPG), 26 points shy of the highest total by any player through his first 11 NBA games in that building. That distinction belongs to Michael Jordan (360 points, 32.7 PPG).

Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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Howard

HOWARD PASSES SHAQ

Dwight Howard blocked two shots in Orlando's win over Detroit, passing Shaquille O'Neal as the franchise's all-time leader in that category. O'Neal, who blocked 824 shots in 295 games with Orlando (2.8 per game), had been the franchise leader in that category since Jan. 23, 1993 (34 games into his NBA career), when he eclipsed Greg Kite's total of 141. Friday night's game was the 413th of Howard's NBA career, all with the Magic; he's averaged exactly two blocks per game.

Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Bryant

KOBE DOES IT BY HIMSELF

Kobe Bryant scored 41 points while handing out only one assist as the Lakers beat the Grizzlies in Los Angeles. Bryant has scored at least 40 points in a game with no more than one assist 12 times in his career, the second-most among active players, behind Shaquille O'Neal (16) and the most for any starting guard since George Gervin (14).

Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Hibbert

BIG PART FOR HIBBERT

Roy Hibbert played big for the Pacers in their victory over the Wizards. Hibbert collected 11 rebounds (including six off the offensive glass) and five blocked shots in only 28 minutes of playing time. Two other NBA players have had at least five offensive rebounds, five defensive rebounds and five blocked shots in a game this season (Brook Lopez and Marcus Camby, both against the Timberwolves). Hibbert was the first to do it for the Pacers since Jermaine O'Neal in December 2003.

Washington Wizards, Indiana Pacers

WORST START FOR NETS

The Nets are 0-6 after losing in Philadelphia on Friday night, the longest losing streak to begin a season in franchise history. Only five teams that have been in the NBA for as long as the Nets (since 1976-77) have never started a season with more than five straight losses: Boston, Milwaukee, Portland, San Antonio and Washington.

New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards

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Bosh

BOSH MAKES ALL NINE OF HIS FIELD-GOAL ATTEMPTS

Chris Bosh went 9-for-9 from the floor and scored 27 points to lead the Raptors to victory in New Orleans. Bosh was the first player to go 9-for-9 or better from the floor in an NBA game since Nene went 12-for-12 on Jan. 25, 2009. Bosh tied the Raptors single-game record for field-goal attempts without a miss set by Keon Clark against the Hawks on April 12, 2002.

New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets

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Richardson

RICHARDSON LEADS SUNS TO VICTORY IN BOSTON

Jason Richardson scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Suns handed the Celtics their first loss of the season. It was only the second game in which a player reached those levels in points and rebounds while starting alongside Steve Nash in the backcourt. Michael Finley had 42 points and ten rebounds starting next to Nash for the Mavericks in a 20-point win at Detroit on Nov. 27, 2002.

Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

CLIPPERS WIN BY 28 POINTS

The Clippers' 118-90 win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena was the third-largest margin of victory in a road game in franchise history, dating back to the 1970-71 Buffalo Braves. The Clippers had a 31-point win at Dallas (March 18, 1992) and a 34-point win over the Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Nov. 10, 2004).

Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers

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Anthony

ANTHONY OUTSCORES WADE IN NUGGETS' FIRST LOSS

Carmelo Anthony outscored Dwyane Wade, 30-22, while Miami knocked Denver from the ranks of the undefeated. The Nuggets had won the last seven head-to-head matchups between the third and fifth selections in the 2003 NBA draft, with Wade outscoring Anthony in four of those losses.

Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat

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Flynn

ROOKIE SCORES GAME-HIGH 20 POINTS

Minnesota's Jonny Flynn scored a game-high 20 points in the Timberwolves' 87-72 loss to the Bucks. Flynn was the third rookie to be the outright leading scorer in an NBA game this season, joining Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings (Nov. 3) and Denver's Ty Lawson (Nov. 4).

Minnesota Timberwolves, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets

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Murray

A NEW START FOR MURRAY

Flip Murray came of the bench in his debut with Charlotte and contributed 15 points to a 103-83 win over the Hawks. The only player with more bench points in his first game for the Bobcats than Murray was Keith Bogans, who scored 28 points against Utah on Nov. 16, 2004.

Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks

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Danis

YANN CAN WIN

Yann Danis, who beat the Bruins in his Devils debut last week, made it two wins in two games for New Jersey with a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Friday night. Danis is the fourth goaltender to win each of his first two (or more) games with the Devils. The others were John Vanbiesbrouck (who won his first four games for New Jersey), Alain Chevrier (first two) and Martin Brodeur (first two).

New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders

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Emery

EMERY BEATS FLYERS

Ray Emery and the Flyers beat the Sabres, 5-2, in Buffalo on Friday night. Emery is 11-4-1 in 17 games against the Sabres since the start of the 2005-06 season. Emery has more wins versus Buffalo over the last five seasons than any other goaltender (Martin Brodeur is second with eight) even though he did not play in the NHL last season.

Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils

CAROLINA EXTENDS WINLESS STREAK

The Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, in a contest between the teams with the two worst records in the NHL. Carolina's loss extended its winless streak to 11 games (0-8-3). It's the longest winless stretch for the Canes in any season since they went 0-9-2 over their final 11 games in 2002-03. They're the first NHL team to go winless in 11 consecutive games within a season since the Oilers had a 12-game drought in February/March 2007 (0-11-1).

Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs

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O'Reilly

YOUTH IS SERVED

Colorado rookie Ryan O'Reilly recorded his first two-goal game in the NHL in the Avalanche's shootout win over the Blackhawks. The 18-year-old O'Reilly is the youngest player in Quebec/Colorado franchise history to score two goals in one game, breaking the record set by Joe Sakic (age 19 years, 94 days) in his third game in the NHL, on Oct. 9, 1988, when he scored twice for the Nordiques against the Minnesota North Stars.

Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks


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