Date: December 2, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

ONE FOR THE AGES

The Knicks hosted the Suns on Tuesday night; the Knicks entered the game with a 3-14 record while the Suns came in at 14-3. So, of course, New York dominated from the early minutes of the game and ran off to a 126-99 victory at the Garden.

It was the first time in NBA history, at least 10 games into a season, that a team with a winning percentage below .200 defeated a team playing over .800 ball by a margin of 20 or more points. The Knicks' 27-point victory decisively broke a record that had stood for nearly 61 years; back on Dec. 7, 1948, the Indianapolis Jets (3-13 entering the game) defeated Red Auerbach's Washington Capitols (15-0 coming in), by 16 points, 94-78.

Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks

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Oden Jr.

ODEN HAS BIG GAME BUT BLAZERS LOSE

Greg Oden's 13 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks were wasted as the Trail Blazers dropped a 107-100 decision to the visiting Heat. But we have to take notice of that kind of performance. Oden became only the third different Trail Blazers player with 20 rebounds, double-digit points and at least four blocks in a game since 1973, when the NBA started keeping track of blocks. The others who did it were Bill Walton (seven times from 1974 to 1977) and Joel Przybilla (in 2005).

Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat

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Bynum

BYNUM MAKES HIS MARK

Andrew Bynum led the Lakers in both points (21) and rebounds (nine) as Los Angeles defeated the visiting Hornets, 110-99. It was the first time this season, and just the fourth time in Bynum's 228 regular-season games as a pro, that he led the Lakers, outright (no ties), in both of those categories.

Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets

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Perkins

C'S HAVE HIT 50% OF SHOTS IN 50% OF GAMES

The Celtics made 36 of 66 field-goal attempts in an easy 108-90 victory in Charlotte, the third straight game in which Boston has made at least half of its shots and the ninth time it has happened in 18 games this season. Here's something to shoot for: The last season in which the Celtics shot at least 50 percent from the floor in at least 50 percent of their games was back in 1990-91.

Kendrick Perkins connected on nine of 10 field-goal attempts against the Bobcats, lifting his season shooting percentage to .643 and narrowly taking the league lead in that category over Dwight Howard.

Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats

WIZARDS' FIRST 4TH-QUARTER COMEBACK WIN

The Wizards made 10 of 15 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter to overcome a seven-point Raptors lead and take a 106-102 decision north of the border. It's the first time this season that Washington has won a game in which it trailed by any margin in the fourth quarter, leaving the Trail Blazers and (of course) the Nets as the only NBA teams with no such wins this season.

Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets

NUGGETS' HIGH-SCORING WAYS CONTINUE

After 12 minutes of play, the Warriors led the Nuggets, 28-25, but after an additional 24 minutes on the court, Denver had taken a 107-84 lead, en route to a 135-107 victory. The Nuggets' total of 82 points in the second and third quarters is a season high for any NBA team in two consecutive quarters of a game.

It was the third time this season that the Nuggets have reached the 130-point mark; no other NBA team has visited that plateau more than once.

Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Marleau

MARLEAU SCORES 2 AT HOME

San Jose fans got to share in the Patrick Marleau experience on Tuesday night when Marleau scored two goals in the Sharks' 5-2 win over the Senators. Prior to that game, Marleau had scored 13 of his 17 goals in road games, and the name of Gerry O'Flaherty was certainly close to the lips of most Sharks fans.

OK, so maybe most Sharks fans have never heard of O'Flaherty, but he's the only player in NHL history who, in a season of 20 or more goals, scoring at least 80 percent of his goals on the road. Playing for the Canucks in the 1974-75 season, O'Flaherty scored 21 of his 25 goals away from Vancouver.

San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators

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MacDonald

RARE SHUTOUT FOR LEAFS IN MONTREAL

Toronto goaltenders Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald combined for a 3-0 win over the Canadiens at Bell Centre. (Gustavsson left the game after the first period suffering from heart palpitations.) It was only the second Maple Leafs shutout in Montreal since Toronto won its last Stanley Cup in 1967, a span covering 95 regular-season games and four playoff games. The other shutout was a 1-0 win by Ed Belfour on Oct. 18, 2003.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens

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Versteeg

CHICAGO GETS A SHORTY AND A LATE, LATE GAME-WINNER

The Blackhawks beat the Blue Jackets in an 11-round marathon shootout in Chicago. That equaled the longest previous tiebreaker in the NHL this season: the Capitals' 11-round victory against the Islanders in Washington on November 11.

Earlier, the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg scored a first-period shorthanded goal; Chicago now leads the NHL with six shorthanded goals this season. It was the Blackhawks 33rd "shorty" since the start of the 2007-08 season (most by any team in the NHL over that time).

Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, New York Islanders


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