Date: November 25, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Ellis

SIX WARRIORS TAKE ON MAVERICKS

The Warriors used only six players in their win over the Mavericks on Tuesday -- Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis, Mikki Moore, Anthony Morrow and Vladimir Radmanovic started with Anthony Randolph coming off the bench. It was the first time since 1952 that a team used only six players and won. The last team to do it was the Baltimore Bullets on February 10, 1952 in an 82-77 win against the Fort Wayne Pistons, in which they did not use a substitute. Their five ironmen that night were Don Barksdale, Frank Kudelka, Stan Miasek, Dave Minor and Kevin O'Shea.

Three Warriors players (Ellis, Morrow and Radmanovic) played all 48 minutes. It was the first time that a team had three players on the floor for an entire game since Dale Ellis, Ervin Johnson and Antonio McDyess did it for the Nuggets on April 17, 1997. The last time the Warriors had three ever-present players was almost exactly 45 years ago, on November 25, 1964, when Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rodgers and Nate Thurmond didn't take a breather. Chamberlain had 37 points and 32 rebounds in that game; Thurmond had 22 and 21. And somehow, that team had a 5-15 win-loss record after that game.

Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks

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Durant

DURANT IN GREAT COMPANY

Kevin Durant scored 28 points on Tuesday, giving him 407 in 15 games this season. Only three other players in league history had as many as 400 points over the first 15 games of a season at age 21 or younger: LeBron James (twice), Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz

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Anthony

ANTHONY EXTENDS STREAK

Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points on Tuesday, giving him at least 20 points in each of Denver's 14 games this season. That ties the longest start-of-season streak of 20-point games for the Nuggets; Alex English scored at least 20 in each of the first 14 games in the 1984-85 season.

New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets

NETS STILL WINLESS

The Nets fell to 0-14 with their loss in Denver on Tuesday. Over the last 15 seasons the only other NBA team to start a season with a losing streak of 14 or more games was the Clippers, who set an NBA record with 17 straight losses to open the abbreviated 1998-99 season (which began in February 1999).

New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

LAKERS CONTROL BOARDS VS. KNICKS

The Lakers outrebounded the Knicks by 24 on Tuesday (60 to 36). That was the Lakers' largest margin in that category in a game versus the Knicks since January 21, 1977, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and company had 26 more rebounds than New York.

Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

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Jamison

JAMISON OFF TO HOT START

Antawn Jamison had 32 points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards on Tuesday, giving him 100 points and 43 rebounds in four games after he missed Washington's first nine games of the season. It's the most rebounds Jamison has had over his first four games of a season in his 12-year career and the only season in which he had more points was 2002-03 (104 for the Warriors).

Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

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Jack

JACK PERFECT OFF THE BENCH

Jarrett Jack came off Toronto's bench to make all seven of his field goals on Tuesday. No other NBA player has gone 7 for 7 (or better) off the bench this season and the only other player in Raptors history to do so was Kris Humphries in Houston in 2007 (also 7 for 7).

Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets

MLB

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Pujols

PUJOLS WINS THIRD MVP

Albert Pujols, who was named the 2009 National League MVP today, is the second three-time MVP in Cardinals history. Pujols also won the award in 2005 and 2008; Stan Musial was the NL MVP in 1943, 1946, and 1948.

The only other team with more than one three-time MVP is the Yankees: Joe DiMaggio (1939, 1941, 1947), Yogi Berra (1951, 1954, 1955), and Mickey Mantle (1956, 1957, 1962).

St. Louis Cardinals

NHL

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Bergeron

BERGERON BAGS A BRACE

Marc-Andre Bergeron scored two goals, including the tiebreaking game-winner in the third period, as the Canadiens came from behind to beat the Blue Jackets, 5-3. It was the seventh multiple-goal game of Bergeron's NHL career and his first for Montreal. Bergeron was the first Canadiens defenseman to score two goals in one game since Dec. 18, 2007, when Andrei Markov scored both of Montreal's goals in a 3-2 loss to the Panthers.

Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers


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