Date: November 19, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Butler

LIKE OLD TIMES FOR "BIG THREE" WIZARDS

Antawn Jamison scored 31 points in his season debut while Caron Butler had 19 points and Gilbert Arenas added 18 as the Wizards defeated the Cavaliers. It was the first time that Jamison, Butler and Arenas each scored at least 18 points in the same game in more than two years (since Nov. 11, 2007).

Washington Wizards

CAVALIERS FALL AGAIN IN WASHINGTON

The Cavaliers dropped their fifth straight game at Verizon Center (since Dec. 5, 2007). It matches Cleveland's longest current regular-season losing streak in road games against any opponent. The Cavs have dropped their last five games in Boston.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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Gasol Saez

GASOL ON THE MARK

Marc Gasol made his first seven field-goal attempts for the Grizzlies in their victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night, after he hit his last eight shots from the floor against Minnesota on Saturday. Gasol's streak of 15 consecutive successful field-goal attempts was the longest for any NBA player since Dwight Howard made 16 in a row in February 2007.

Memphis Grizzlies

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Harrington

HARRINGTON SCORCHES HIS FORMER TEAM

Al Harrington contributed 26 points in the Knicks' win over the Pacers. Harrington, who spent his first six NBA seasons with Indiana, has a career average of 22.9 points per game against the Pacers, his highest mark, by far, against any team. Harrington has also posted more 20-point games against Indiana (12 in 15 games) than he has against any other opponent.

New York Knicks

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER: 30 POINTS IN FIRST HALF, 3 IN SECOND HALF

Danny Granger scored a game-high 33 points in the Pacers' loss to the Knicks, but he netted only three during the second half. Granger's 30 points before the intermission set his career high for points in a half, but his second-half total was the second-lowest in the last five seasons for an NBA player who dropped at least 30 in the first half. Kobe Bryant scored 30 of his 31 points in the first half against the Warriors on April 11, 2006.

Indiana Pacers

YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN MILWAUKEE

The Bucks erased a seven-point halftime deficit in Milwaukee to hand the Nets their 12th loss of the season without a win. No visiting NBA team has ever snapped a double-digit losing streak at Milwaukee, including four seasons that the Hawks made their home there in the 1950s. Teams on losing streaks of ten or more games are 0-15 in visits to Milwaukee.

New Jersey Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

TIMBERWOLVES' SLIDE REACHES 11

The Rockets handed the Timberwolves their 11th straight defeat with a 97-84 decision at Minnesota. The T-wolves, whose only victory was against New Jersey in their first game of the season, became the second team in NBA history to lose as many as 11 consecutive games immediately following a season-opening win. The Magic lost 19 in a row after winning its opener in 2003.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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Brand

BRAND SCORES, REBOUNDS AND BLOCKS

Elton Brand had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots for the 76ers in their two-point win over the Bobcats. Brand was the first NBA player to post a double-double with as many as six blocks this season, something that no one had done for the Sixers since Samuel Dalembert on Dec. 19. 2007.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Rondo

WELL ROUNDED RONDO

Rajon Rondo had 18 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists for the Celtics when they topped the Warriors on Wednesday night. It was the second game in Rondo's career in which he accumulated such high totals in each of those categories. He had 19 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists in a 99-92 win at Dallas on Feb. 12, 2009.

Boston Celtics

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Johnson

30 POINTS WITHOUT A TURNOVER

Joe Johnson scored 30 points to lead the Hawks to a 105-90 win over the Heat. Johnson became the eighth different player to score 30 points without a turnover in an NBA game this season. The only player to do it twice is Dirk Nowitzki. It was Johnson's eighth career 30-point/no-turnover game for the Hawks, second-most in franchise history (since the league began tracking turnovers in 1977), behind Dominique Wilkins (27).27

Atlanta Hawks

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Harden

ROOKIE SUB HOT FROM DOWNTOWN

James Harden came off the bench to score a career-high 24 points on the strength of 6-of-7 shooting from three-point range in the Thunder's loss at Orlando. Harden was the third rookie in NBA history to make at least six three-pointers while missing no more than one in a game he didn't start. The others were Seattle's Richie Frahm (6-for-7) in 2003 and Memphis's Juan Carlos Navarro (8-for-9) in 2007.

Oklahoma City Thunder

SPURS SLOW OUT OF THE GATE

The Spurs are 4-5 this season after their overtime loss at Dallas. San Antonio hasn't finished a season with a losing record since 1996-97 (20-62). Since then, the Spurs have been below the .500 mark this late in a season only two other times: 1998-99 (7-8) and 2008-09 (5-6).

Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs

NHL

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Auld

AULD AT HOME ON THE ROAD

Alex Auld made 31 saves in his 3-1 win at Detroit on Wednesday night. It was the third win of the season for the Stars' backup goaltender and all three have come on the road. That's not unusual for the journeyman netminder, who's posted 40 of his 77 career victories in the NHL in road games. Auld is one of only five active NHL goaltenders with at least 50 career wins who's won more games on the road than at home. The others are Vesa Toskala, Brian Boucher, Antero Niittymaki and Carey Price.

Dallas Stars

PANTHERS SCORE FOUR IN THIRD AT BUFFALO

The Panthers outscored the Sabres, 4-1, in the third period in their 6-2 win at Buffalo. It was only the second time in the last six seasons that Florida scored as many as four goals in the third period of a road game. The Panthers scored four times in the final period in their 8-0 victory at Toronto on Feb. 5, 2008.

Buffalo Sabres

COYOTES IMPROVE ROAD RECORD

The Coyotes' 3-2 victory over the Wild in St. Paul was their sixth win in ten road games this season (6-4-0). Phoenix did not get its sixth road win last season until the day after Christmas (6-10-3).

Phoenix Coyotes


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