Date: December 15, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NFL

CARDINALS GET SLOPPY

The Cardinals had seven giveaways and committed 11 penalties on Monday; they had the same numbers in those categories in a loss to the Jets last season. No other team has had a game with at least seven turnovers and 11 penalties since Detroit in 2001.

San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions

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Smith

SMITH LEADS 49ERS TO END ZONE

Alex Smith, who threw two touchdowns tonight, has thrown more than one TD pass in each of his last four games and in seven of his eight games this season. No 49ers player has thrown multiple TD passes in four consecutive games since Jeff Garcia did it in his final four games for San Francisco in 2003.

San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals

NBA

76ERS CONTROL THE GLASS

The 76ers had a +33 rebound margin against the Warriors on Monday, their largest in one game since 1972, when they had 35 more rebounds than Seattle in a 115-100 win.

Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors

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Nowitzki

DER DRUCKENHERR

Dirk Nowitzki hit a game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds to play on Monday. It's the third time this season that Nowitzki has made a game-winner in the final two seconds of a game; Dirk had only five game-winning shots in the final two seconds before this season began.

Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets

CELTICS DON'T NEED A 20-POINT SCORER TO WIN

The Celtics have won seven games this season, including Monday, in which their high scorer had fewer than 20 points. No other NBA team has more than three such wins this year. And over the last three seasons the Celtics have 25 wins without a 20-point scorer, the most in the NBA.

Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

AN UNLIKELY HOME LOSS FOR UTAH

The Timberwolves improved to 4-21 with their win over the Jazz on Monday. Minnesota's .125 winning percentage entering the game is the lowest for any team to get a win in Utah at least 20 games into a season. The previous low was set by the Clippers; they were 6-37, a .140 winning percentage, prior to a win over the Jazz in 1987.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers

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Anthony

CARMELO AT 25 GAMES

Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points on Monday, giving him 759 through 25 games this season. It's the second time that he's averaged 30 points per game through 25 games of a season; he had 795 points at this juncture in the 2006-07 season. The only other active player to have at least 750 points through 25 games of a season twice is Allen Iverson (1999-00 and 2005-06).

Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Howard

A DIFFERENT KIND OF 20/20 FOR HOWARD

Dwight Howard had 23 rebounds and took 22 foul shots on Monday. The only other active NBA player to have that kind of a 20/20 game is Shaquille O'Neal, who has done it three times (1994, 1999 and 2000).

Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers

NHL

FLYERS GET OFF THE SCHNEID

The Flyers trailed, 1-0, heading into the third period of their game in Boston but they scored three unanswered goals in the third period, the last one into an empty net in the final minute, to pull out a 3-1 victory. Entering play on Monday, Philadelphia (0-10-0) and the Rangers (0-12-0) were the only NHL teams that had not earned a point from a game in which they trailed at the end of the second period this season.

Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers

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MacArthur

SABRES FIRST PLAYER IN DOUBLE DIGITS IN GOALS

Clarke MacArthur became the first Sabres player to score 10 goals this season with his game-winning tally at the 14:41 mark of the third period in Montreal on Monday night. MacArthur reached double-figures in Buffalo's 31st game. The Sabres never had to wait that many games to have a player score 10 goals in any of their previous 38 seasons. The previous high was Miroslav Satan in 28 games during 2002-03 then J.P. Dumont again in 2003-04.

Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens

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Sullivan

A HAT TRICK FOR SULLIVAN

Steve Sullivan scored three times for the Predators in their 5-3 victory at Columbus. It was the seventh hat trick of Sullivan's NHL career and his first in exactly three years (his last was against Ottawa on Dec. 14, 2006). This was Sullivan's first hat trick in a road game. The previous six all came on home ice: one for Toronto, two with Chicago and three for Nashville.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks

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Horton

HORTON HAS A HAT TRICK

Nathan Horton scored three goals in the Panthers' 7-1 rout of the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It was the second hat trick of Horton┬┐s NHL career and the second this month by a Florida player (Stephen Weiss scored three goals against Colorado on December 2). It's the first time that the Panthers have had two hat tricks in one calendar month since January 2007, when Olli Jokinen (vs. Pittsburgh) and Weiss (vs. Washington) had three-goal games four days apart.

Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals

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Beauchemin

BEAUCHEMIN DOESN'T SCORE OFTEN, BUT WHEN HE DOES...

Defenseman Francois Beauchemin scored at the 6:02 mark of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and the Maple Leafs preserved their one-goal lead the rest of the way to earn a 3-2 win over the Senators. Beauchemin has scored only ten goals over the last three seasons but five of them have been game winners.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators

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Hedberg

A CAREER BEST FOR HEDBERG

Atlanta's Johan Hedberg set a regular-season career high with 46 saves in his shootout win against the Rangers in New York. Since 2001, the Thrashers have won all seven games in which one of their goaltenders stopped at least 46 shots, including Ondrej Pavelec's 50-save, 3-1 victory in Ottawa on October 31 this season.

Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators


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