Date: November 8, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Smith

A VERSATILE DISPLAY BY JOSH SMITH

Josh Smith had 22 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and six blocked shots in Atlanta's win against Denver on Saturday night. Smith was the first NBA player to reach all four of those statistical levels in one game since the Pacers' Jermaine O┬┐Neal in February 2007 against Phoenix.

Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

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Rondo

AN UNUSUAL WIN FOR THE CELTICS

Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo each scored a team-high 16 points in Boston's 86-76 win at New Jersey on Saturday night. It was the first time in more than 50 years that the Celtics won a road game by at least 10 points despite none of their players scoring more than 16 points. That had last happened on January 8, 1958, when Boston beat the Minneapolis Lakers, 107-87, led by Tom Heinsohn's 16 points.

Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets

THE CELTICS' WINNING STREAK AGAINST THE NETS REACHES DOUBLE FIGURES

Boston's victory was its 10th straight against New Jersey, the second-longest streak for either team in the history of their rivalry. The Celtics beat the Nets 11 consecutive times spanning 1980 to 1982.

Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets

ANOTHER BAD FIRST QUARTER FOR THE KNICKS

The Knicks lost to the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, 100-91, and were defeated, 102-87, in Milwaukee on Saturday night. In each of those games New York allowed 40 points in the first quarter and fewer than 40 points in the second half. No other team in NBA history allowed 40 or more points in the first period and fewer than 40 points after halftime in each of back-to-back games. In fact, the only other team to do that twice in one season was the 1991-92 Seattle SuperSonics.

New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Noah

NOAH ACES THE BOBCATS

Joakim Noah had 21 points and 16 rebounds in Chicago's win against Charlotte on Saturday night. It was the first time in six seasons that the Bulls' starting center had at least 20 points and 15 or more rebounds in one game. That had last been done by Marcus Fizer, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds against Indiana on April 14, 2004.

Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers

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Evans

A ROOKIE LEADS THE KINGS

Tyreke Evans scored 32 points in Sacramento's win at Utah on Saturday night. That was the most points scored by a Kings rookie in more than 15 years - since Walt Williams had 35 points in an overtime loss to Portland on March 25, 1993.

Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers

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Barea

BAREA PROVIDES A BIG ASSIST OFF THE BENCH

Jose Juan Barea had 12 assists off the bench in the Mavericks' win against the Raptors on Saturday night. That was the most assists in one game by a Dallas reserve since Derek Harper had 13 against Philadelphia in February 1987.

Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks

NHL

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Ellis

ELLIS LOVES L.A.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to lead the Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Kings at Staples Center. Ellis has won all three of his career starts against the Kings in Los Angeles, including his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars on Feb. 18, 2004, allowing only five goals in those three games.

Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars

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Parise

THE DEVILS RALLY IN OTTAWA

New Jersey overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 at Ottawa with power play goals by Zach Parise, David Clarkson and Andy Greene. It was only the second time in the last two seasons that the Devils scored three power play goals in a road game. They also did that in a 5-1 win at Los Angeles on January 10 last season.

Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings

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Chara

CHARA ENDS HIS GOAL DROUGHT

Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of the season in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Sabres. Chara scored 19 goals last season, fourth-most among NHL defensemen, but he had been goalless in 15 games this season before Saturday. It was Chara's longest goal drought since he failed to score in 23 consecutive games spanning the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins

A RARE FAST START FOR THE ISLANDERS

The Islanders outscored the Thrashers, 3-1, in the first period en route to a 6-3 win over Atlanta on Saturday night. It was a rare first-period offensive outburst for the Isles, who had not scored more than one goal in the first period of a game since they scored twice in the first 20 minutes at Toronto on March 10 last season. The Islanders played 31 games in the interim without scoring more than one first-period goals in any game. It was the third-longest such streak in Islanders history, behind a 37-game stretch in 2001 and one of 33 games in 2007.

Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders

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Nash

NASH CAPS RALLY WITH SHORT-HANDED GOAL

The Blue Jackets beat the Hurricanes, 3-2, on Saturday night, with all of their goals coming in a 2:41 span early in the third period. That stretch was capped off by Rick Nash's unassisted goal, his first solo tally this season. Nash led all NHL players with 10 unassisted goals last season.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes

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Knuble

KNUBLE TIES CAREER HIGH WITH FOUR POINTS

Mike Knuble had two goals and two assists for the Capitals in their 7-4 win over the Panthers. Knuble's four points matched his career high for one game. Knuble did that once before, against the same opponent, with two goals and two assists for the Bruins in their 6-5 win at Florida on Valentine's Day in 2003.

Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins

TORONTO TROUNCES DETROIT

The Maple Leafs' 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night was their largest margin of victory against Detroit since Nov. 2, 1996, when Toronto won 6-2 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings

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Niittymaki

THIS IS NOT THE NIITTYMAKI THAT MONTREAL REMEMBERS

A change of teams may have been what Antero Niittymaki needed to have some success against the Canadiens. Niittymaki, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent last summer, beat the Canadiens, 3-1, in his first game versus Montreal in a Lightning uniform. Niittymaki was 1-8-1 in 10 games against the Canadiens during his five seasons playing for the Flyers.

Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers


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