Date: December 23, 2009

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wallace

WALLACE'S ALL-AROUND EXCELLENCE

Gerald Wallace had 29 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and four three-point field goals in the Bobcats' 88-76 home win over the Pistons. Only two NBA players have ever met all those levels in a game. Bill Laimbeer had 31 points, 23 rebounds, four blocks and five three-pointers for the Pistons on January 26, 1990. And Walt Williams had 33-12-4-6 for the Raptors on February 1, 1997.

Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons

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Lee

REBOUND FEST AT MSG

Starting centers Joakim Noah and David Lee each tied a career-high with 21 rebounds in the Knicks' 88-81 win over the Bulls. It's the first time that opposing players both had more than 20 boards in a game since February 28, 2000, when the Hawks' Dikembe Mutombo had 22 and the Warriors' Donyell Marshall had 21. The last time two starting centers each had at least 21 rebounds in a non-overtime game was on November 17, 1978, when the New Orleans Jazz's Rich Kelley had 25 and the Lakers' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 23.

Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

CONSECUTIVE BAD HALVES FOR BULLS

The Bulls were outscored by 28 points in the second half of their epic collapse against the Kings on Monday night. Then on Tuesday night, Chicago trailed by 21 points at the end of the first half at New York. It was only the second time in franchise history that the Bulls were outscored by at least 20 points in consecutive halves, spanning two games. It also happened in November 2003, in the second half of a loss at Milwaukee and the first half of a home loss to Houston.

Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

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Randolph

ZACH RANDOLPH IS ON A ROLL

Zach Randolph scored 33 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 121-108 home win over the Warriors. In his last game, Randolph had 32 points and 24 rebounds against the Nuggets. He's the first player in Grizzlies' franchise history with back-to-back 30-point, 15-rebound games, and the first NBA player to do it since Dwight Howard in December 2007.

Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies

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Arenas

ARENAS 7, 76ERS 0

Gilbert Arenas scored the game's first seven points, on his way to 31, in the Wizards' 105-98 win over the 76ers in Washington. Arenas became the first NBA player to open a game with a personal 7-0 or better run since David West opened on an 8-0 run for the Hornets, also against the Sixers, last March 2.

Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

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Roy

ROY'S 11TH STRAIGHT 20-POINT GAME

Brandon Roy led the Trail Blazers with 23 points in Portland's come-from-behind 85-81 win at Dallas. Roy has scored at least 20 points in 11 straight games, the longest current streak by an NBA player.

Portland Trail Blazers

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Westbrook

WESTBROOK ENJOYS RETURN TO L.A.

Russell Westbrook, who played his college ball at UCLA, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the Thunder's 111-108 road loss to the Lakers. It's only the fifth time that a former Bruins player has had 20-10-5 points-assists-rebounds in an NBA road game in the Los Angeles area. The other games were by Gail Goodrich against the Lakers in 1969, Pooh Richardson versus the Lakers in 1991, and Baron Davis against the Clippers in 2005 and 2007.

Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Landry

LANDRY RETURNS FROM DENTIST, SCORES 27

Carl Landry returned after missing one game following his collision with Dirk Nowitzki, and scored a team-high 27 points off the bench in the Rockets' 108-99 win over the Clippers. It was the 12th time this season that Landry scored at least 20 points as a substitute, most in the NBA. The last Houston player with that many 20-point games off the bench in a season was Cuttino Mobley, who had 23 in 1999-2000.

Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

PACERS BLOW ANOTHER ONE

The Pacers couldn't hold a 15-point halftime lead and lost in Boston, 103-94. It was the second time this season that Indiana lost a game it led by 15 points at halftime (November 18 vs. New York). The other 29 NBA teams have combined for only three such losses this season.

Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers

T-WOLVES GET BLOWN OUT AT HOME AGAIN

The Timberwolves' 112-87 loss to the Hawks was Minnesota's fourth loss this season by at least 20 points at the Target Center. No other NBA team has lost more than two home games by 20+.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks

NHL

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Thornton

JOE THORNTON IS A ROAD WARRIOR

Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. Thornton has scored points in each of his last 17 road games (7 goals, 18 assists). It's the longest single-season road point streak by an NHL player since the Islanders' Pat LaFontaine in 1989-90 (22 games).

San Jose Sharks

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Nabokov

SHARKS WIN DESPITE HUGE SHOT DEFICIT

The Sharks won 3-2 in Chicago despite being outshot 47-14 by the Blackhawks. San Jose's 33-shot deficit was the largest for any game - regular-season or playoffs - in franchise history. (The previous high was 31 in a 5-3 Sharks win at Colorado on March 5, 1996, in which the Avs outshot San Jose 57-26.) Evgeni Nabokov's 45 saves on Tuesday night represent his second-highest total in a regular-season NHL game. Nabokov stopped 46 shots in a win at Washington on Nov. 19, 2002.

San Jose Sharks

AVS BLOW LATE LEAD

The Avalanche led the Ducks, 2-0, with less than eight minutes remaining in the third period in Denver, but Anaheim rallied for four late goals to win, 4-2. It's only the second time in the franchise's NHL history that the Avs have failed to earn at least a point in a game they led by at least two goals that late in the third period. On January 13, 1991, the Nordiques led the Islanders 3-1 with less than six minutes left, but the Isles scored three late goals to win 4-3 (in regulation) at Quebec City.

Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks


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