Date: December 12, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Hansbrough

ROOKIE LEADS PACERS IN VICTORY

Tyler Hansbrough led the Pacers with 21 points off the bench in their win over the Nets. Hansbrough is only the fifth rookie in Pacers' NBA history to lead the team in scoring off the bench in a win. The others to do it were Louis Orr (twice in 1980-81), Vern Fleming (Nov. 19, 1984), Reggie Miller (three times in 1987-88) and Danny Granger (twice in 2005-06).

Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets

DALLAS SWEEPS THIS SEVEN-GAME SERIES AGAINST HEAT

Dallas is now 7-0 against Miami since losing the NBA Finals to the Heat in 2005. The last NBA team to win its first seven regular-season games against an opponent immediately after a loss to that team in the Finals was the Jazz, which won 10 straight against the Bulls after the 1997 Finals. (Oddly, Utah's streak spanned a loss to Chicago in the 1998 Finals.)

Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

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Kidd

KIDD AND BAREA EACH DISH OUT 10 ASSISTS

Jason Kidd and Jose Juan Barea had 10 assists each in the Mavericks' win over the Heat. It's the first time in exactly - and we mean exactly - 10 years that Dallas had two players reach double figures in assists in a regulation-length game. Robert Pack (11 assists) and Michael Finley (10) did it on Dec. 11, 1999 against Phoenix in a 120-115 victory.

Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

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Gasol

GASOL HAS BIG GAME

Pau Gasol scored 17 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and handed out 7 assists for the Lakers Friday night. Only one Laker player over the last 30 years reached those levels in all three categories in one game: Vlade Divac on February 24, 1995 (25 points, 24 rebounds, 8 assists).

Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves

KNICKS: 18-0 RUN TO END GAME

The Knicks scored the final 18 points of the game to turn a 96-95 deficit into a 113-96 win over the Hornets. That's the second-longest "run" to end a game in the NBA this season. On November 29, the Clippers scored the final 22 points in a 98-88 win over the Grizzlies.

New York Knicks, New Orleans Hornets

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James

JAMES IS KING

LeBron James scored 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out seven assists in the Cavaliers' win over the Blazers. It's the fourth time this season that James has reached those levels in all three categories. No other player in the league has done that even once this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Hibbert

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HIBBERT

Roy Hibbert scored 20 points on his 23rd birthday in Indiana's win over New Jersey. Hibbert is the youngest player in Pacers' NBA history to score 20-or-more points on his birthday. Four Pacers scored 20 or more points on their 25th birthday: Alex English in 1979 (30 points), Johnny Davis in 1980 (30), Herb Williams in 1983 (22) and Ron Artest in 2004 (22).

Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets

ROCKETS' SUBS LEAD THE WAY

The Rockets' bench outscored the 76ers' subs by 40 points (46-6) in their win Friday night. It's the largest favorable bench-point differential for Houston since April 23, 1995, when Houston's bench outscored Utah's, 69-23. The players the Rockets had coming off the bench that night were Vernon Maxwell (26 points), Tracy Murray (17), Sam Cassell (14), Tim Breaux (7), Zan Tabak (3) and Charles Jones (2).2

Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

HAWKS HAVE FIVE WINS BY AT LEAST 20 POINTS

The Hawks beat the Raptors by 22 points Friday. It's the fifth time this season that Atlanta has won a game by at least 20 points, matching their total of 20-point wins for the last two seasons combined (two in 2007-08 and three last season). The last season in which the Hawks won five or more games by at least 20 points was 1997-98, when they had 10 such wins.

Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors

SPURS SMOTHER BOBCATS

The Spurs have held the Bobcats to 95-or-fewer points in 11 consecutive games. That's the third-longest current such streak for one team against another in the NBA. The Spurs have allowed no more than 95 points in 15 consecutive games against the Nets, and the Rockets have done that in 12 straight games against the Nets.

San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats

WARRIORS AND BULLS LOG LOTS OF MINUTES

Both Golden State and Chicago used eight players in their overtime game Friday night. The last time both teams used eight or fewer players in an NBA overtime game was March 24, 2008: Lakers at Warriors.

Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

NHL

OILERS' WIN BRINGS BACK MEMORIES

The Oilers trailed, 3-0, in the final minute of the second period but Edmonton scored five unanswered goals to beat the Blues in St. Louis, 5-3. It was the Oilers' first win in a road game in which they trailed by three goals since Nov. 14, 1987, also in St. Louis, when they overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third period to win in overtime, 6-5. To give you an indication of how long ago that was, consider that Hall-of-Famers Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr all played for Edmonton in that game!

Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues

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Clemmensen

FORMER UNDERSTUDY BEATS BRODEUR

Florida's Scott Clemmensen, who played 65 games in goal for the Devils over five seasons, faced his old team for the first time on Friday and beat New Jersey and Martin Brodeur, 4-2. It's only the fifth time that a former backup to Brodeur has won a game in which the future Hall-of-Famer was the goaltender of record on the other side. The others to do that were Chris Terreri, Craig Billington and Mike Dunham (twice). Coincidentally, Terreri (with San Jose) and Billington (with Boston) did it in consecutive Devils games in January 1996. Dunham beat Brodeur with Nashville in January 1999 and with the Rangers in February 2004.

Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils

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Wolski

AVS COUNT ON WOLSKI

Wojtek Wolski scored the Avs' only goal in regulation time and the only goal in the shootout in Colorado's win over Tampa Bay. Over the five seasons in which shootouts have been used by the NHL, the only other players to score the winning team's lone goal in both regulation time and the shootout were the Devils' Viktor Kozlov (March 1, 2006 vs. Philadelphia) and the Kings' Pavol Demitra (April 15, 2006 vs. Calgary).

Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Semin

THE OTHER ALEX IS GREAT FOR CAPS

Alexander Semin scored two goals for the Capitals in their overtime win against the Hurricanes. Semin has scored 21 goals in 25 career games vs. Carolina, including 12 goals in his last 10 games against the Canes.

Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes

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Lalime

MILLER RESTS, SABRES WIN

Ryan Miller got a rare night off and it worked out well for the Sabres as his backup, Patrick Lalime, made 39 saves for his first win of the season, 2-1, against the Blackhawks. Entering play on Friday, Miller was the only NHL goaltender to have recorded every one of his team's wins this season.

Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks

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Bertuzzi

BERTUZZI TIES IT AND WINS IT

Todd Bertuzzi scored halfway through the third period to tie the Red Wings' game against the Ducks at 2-2 and then scored the overtime goal that gave Detroit a 3-2 victory. It was the first time this season that an NHL player scored the final goal in regulation during the third period and the OT winner in the same game. Before Bertuzzi, the last Detroit player to do that was Brendan Shanahan against Nashville on March 14, 2004.

Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks

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Havlat

HAVLAT OFF TO A SLOW START

Martin Havlat scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Wild Friday night. Havlat has scored only three goals in 25 games this season, the fewest he has ever scored in his first 25 games of a season. His previous low was six goals in his first 25 games of the 2007-08 season.

Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames

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Nabokov

NABOKOV VS. TURCO AGAIN

Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco have started against each other 28 times, tying the highest total of head-to-head starts for any pair of active goaltenders. Turco and J.S. Giguere have also started against each other 28 times.

San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars

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Heatley

HEATLEY IS FASTEST SHARK TO 20 GOALS

Dany Heatley has scored 20 goals in 33 games for the Sharks. That's the fewest games to 20 career goals for any player in Sharks' history. The previous "record" belonged to Ray Sheppard, who scored his 20th career goal for San Jose in his 34th game.

San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars


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