Date: January 5, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Miller

MILLER'S SWISHING AND DISHING IS NOT ENOUGH

Andre Miller had 22 points and 16 assists in Portland's loss to the Clippers on Monday night. Miller is the first Trail Blazers player with a 20/15 (points/assists) game since Kenny Anderson had 22 points and 15 assists in a win at Phoenix on January 24, 1997.

Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Durant

DURANT'S STREAK CONTINUES (NO, NOT THAT ONE)

Kevin Durant's streak of seven consecutive games with at least 30 points ended on Monday night when he was held to 25 in Oklahoma City's win at Chicago. But Durant committed five turnovers in the game and that continued a different pattern. He has turned the ball over at least five times in five consecutive games, tying the longest streak by any NBA player over the last two seasons. Stephen Jackson had five or more turnovers in five straight games in February 2009.

Oklahoma City Thunder

SCRATCH A 30-POINT GAME OFF DEVIN BROWN'S BUCKET LIST

Devin Brown, playing in his 443rd NBA game, scored a career-high 30 points in the Hornets' 91-87 win against the Jazz on Monday night. Only two active players played more games before scoring 30 or more points for the first time: Rafer Alston (scored 31 points in his 531st game) and DeShawn Stevenson (33 points in his 523rd game).

New Orleans Hornets, Utah Jazz

MIAMI CRUISES AFTER DOMINANT FIRST HALF

Miami forged a 48-23 lead in the second quarter and cruised to a 92-75 win against Atlanta on Monday night. It was the first time in almost two years that the Heat led a game by at least 25 points in the first half. That had last happened on January 30, 2007 when Miami had a 31-point advantage during the second quarter against Milwaukee.

Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat

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Magloire

A TEAM EFFORT ON THE BOARDS

Five Miami players had at least eight rebounds in the win against Atlanta: Jamaal Magloire and Quentin Richardson each had 10, while Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley had eight apiece. It was the first non-overtime NBA game this season in which a team had at least five players with eight or more rebounds.

Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat

NHL

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Doughty

SIX DIFFERENT SCORERS AND FOUR ASSISTS FOR DOUGHTY

Six different Kings players scored a goal in the team's 6-2 win against the Sharks on Monday night. That tied the most goals scored by any NHL team this season in a game in which none of its players tallied more than one. Chicago did that in a 6-5 overtime win against Calgary on October 12.

Drew Doughty had four assists for Los Angeles, joining Matt Carle (October 6 vs. Washington) and Tomas Kaberle (October 26 at Anaheim) as the only defensemen with four assists in a game this season.

Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks

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Higgins

HIGGINS ENDS DROUGHT WITH GAME-WINNING GOAL

Christopher Higgins ended his 11-game goal drought when he scored with 1:29 left in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and earn the Rangers a 3-2 win over the Bruins in New York on Monday night. It was the latest third-period game-winning goal scored by a Rangers player since March 19, 2007 when Jaromir Jagr snapped a 1-1 tie against Pittsburgh with 34 seconds remaining.

Higgins, who was traded to the Rangers by the Canadiens last summer, scored the first goal of his NHL career in his first game at Madison Square Garden (Oct. 6, 2005 for Montreal) but he was goalless in 26 games at MSG after that until Monday night: five more games with Montreal and the Rangers' first 21 home games this season.

New York Rangers, Boston Bruins


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