Date: November 14, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL

New York (1-9), New Jersey (0-9) and Minnesota (1-9) all lost Friday night. It's only the fifth time in NBA history that at least three teams started 1-9 or worse in the same season. Memphis (1-8) can join the club with a loss Saturday night against Minnesota. Hey, and if Memphis loses Saturday night, be sure to hurry to the Sunday morning version of "Elias Says" to see if there has ever been a season in which four teams won no more than one of their first 10 games.

New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic

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Howard

SUPERMAN CONQUERS NETS

Dwight Howard had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in Orlando's win over New Jersey. It was the sixth time in his career that Howard had 25+ points, 10+ rebounds and at least five blocks in game, all coming since the start of the 2007-08 season. No other player has more than two such games over that span. Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki both have two 25/10/5 games since 2007-08.

New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic

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Barnes

LUCKY 13 FOR BARNES

We hope that Matt Barnes is not a superstitious person. Barnes had 13 points and 13 rebounds Friday night, which happened to be the 13th day of the month. Barnes is the sixth player in NBA history to have exactly 13 points and 13 rebounds on Friday the 13th. The five others to do it were Walt Bellamy (November 1970), Neal Walk (December 1974), Cliff Levingston (April 1984), Anthony Mason (December 1996) and Marc Jackson (April 2007).

New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic

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Alston

TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR "SKIP TO MY LOU"

Rafer Alston recorded his first career triple-double in his 629th game. Only one active player waited longer before recording his first career triple-double: Dirk Nowitzki got his first career triple-double in his 730th game.

Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets

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Johnson

JOHNSON IS ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 points in their win over the Celtics. Johnson, who was drafted by the Celtics and played for them in 2001-02, has scored 10,585 points since leaving the team via a trade in February 2002. Only two players have scored more points than Johnson for other NBA teams after leaving the Celtics: Chauncey Billups scored 12,227 and Paul Westphal scored 11,173.

Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks

SEVEN WITH A BAKER'S DOZEN

Seven players scored at least 13 points for the Jazz in their win in Philadelphia Friday night. It was only the second time over the last 15 seasons that Utah had seven players score 13-or-more points in a game. They also did it on March 1, 2008 at Memphis (Boozer, Okur, Korver, Brewer, Kirilenko, Millsap and Williams).

Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz

WARRIORS WELL-BALANCED

Four Golden State players scored at least 22 points in the Warriors win at Madison Square Garden. None of those four players had more than 23 points. It's only the fifth time in NBA history that a team had four players with 22-or-more points in a game with none of them scoring more than 23. The last time something like that happened was February 20, 1995 when Charlotte did it against Chicago (Larry Johnson 23, Hersey Hawkins 23, Scott Burrell 23 and Alonzo Mourning 22).22)

New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors

YOU NEED AN "O" TO SPELL BOWER

The Hornets scored only 78 points for their new head coach Jeff Bower. That's the fewest points scored in a game for a coach in his first career NBA game since the Warriors scored 75 points for Mike Montgomery in his first game as an NBA head coach on November 3, 2004.

Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Hornets

NUGGETS HAMMER LAKERS IN THIRD QUARTER

The Nuggets outscored the Lakers 28-9 in the third quarter Friday night. The last time a team outscored the Lakers by at least 21 points in any quarter was January 9, 2007 when Memphis outscored Los Angeles 46-22 in the third quarter.

Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets

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Evans

EVANS OFF TO A GOOD START

Tyreke Evans scored 20 points in the Kings win over the Rockets. Evans has 151 points in nine games this season. The last Kings rookie to score that many points in his first nine games of a season was Walt Williams, who scored 158 in 1992-93.

Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings

NHL

ISLES SCORING EARLY AND OFTEN

The Islanders scored three first-period goals for the third straight game when they outscored the Hurricanes, 3-0, in the first 20 minutes of their game in Raleigh on Friday night. They're the first NHL team to score at least three goals in the first period in each of three consecutive games since the Penguins did that in March 1996. It's only the second time that the Islanders have ever turned that trick. The Isles did that in March 1980, shortly after they acquired Butch Goring in a trade from the Kings.

Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

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Kovalchuk

KOVALCHUK SCORES TWO┬┐.AGAIN

Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and assisted on two others in the Thrashers 7-0 rout of the Kings. Kovalchuk, who returned to Atlanta's lineup this week after missing six games due to a broken foot, has scored two goals in five of the ten games he's played this season. Kovalchuk is the first NHL player with five multi-goal games in his first ten games of a season since Brett Hull did that for the Blues in 1990-91.

Los Angeles Kings, Atlanta Thrashers

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Miller

MILLER LOVES THE WEST

Ryan Miller, who made 25 saves in his 2-1 shootout win over the Flames on Friday night, is 5-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average in five games against Western Conference teams this season, allowing a total of five goals on 129 shots in those five games.

Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres

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Green

WILD SEE THE POWER OF GREEN

Mike Green scored his first power-play goal of the season for the Capitals in their 3-1 win against Minnesota on Friday night. Green had six power-play goals at the same juncture last year (his 18th game) and he finished the season with 18 PPG, fourth-most in the NHL and the highest total among defensemen.

Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals


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