Date: January 7, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Crawford

CRAWFORD STEALS THE SHOW IN CAMEO APPEARANCE

Jamal Crawford scored a game-high 29 points in 24 minutes off the bench in the Hawks' win over the Nets. Only four other active NBA players have ever scored as many 29 points in a game in which they didn't start and played fewer than 25 minutes. Michael Redd did it in 2002 (29 points), Ben Gordon in 2005 (35), Eddy Curry in 2005 (29) and J.R. Smith in both 2007 and 2009 (29 each).

Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks

HAWKS COAST AFTER FAST START

The Hawks were never tested in their victory over the Nets after they built a 32-13 lead late in the first quarter. It was Atlanta's largest lead during the first period of a game in either of the last two seasons 9since a 21-point first-quarter lead at Memphis on March 31, 2008).

Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks

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Rondo

25 POINTS FOR RONDO IN ROAD WIN

Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 25 points, including a game-tying bucket at the buzzer to end the fourth period, in a 112-106 overtime win at Miami. Rondo's scoring average in road games this season (15.8 PPG) is 5.2 points per game higher than his scoring average at home (10.6), the largest such discrepancy for any NBA player (minimum: 10 games).

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

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Maggette

NO REST FOR MAGGETTE

Corey Maggette scored 28 points in the Warriors' road win over the Timberwolves, after he registered 35 points the previous night in a loss at Denver. Maggette hadn't scored as many as 63 points over a span of two games played on consecutive days since March 7-8, 2005, when he had back-to-back games of 37 and 30 points for the Clippers.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors

LIFE WITHOUT ARENAS

The Wizards suffered a 121-98 defeat at Cleveland after learning of the indefinite suspension of Gilbert Arenas. Since Arenas's first season with Washington (2003-04), the club has a .470 winning percentage (158-178) in games that he's played and a .360 winning percentage (68-121) in games that he's missed.

Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Howard

GIVEAWAYS DOOM MAGIC

Dwight Howard had nine turnovers in Orlando's loss to the Raptors. It was the third time that Howard turned the ball over at least nine times in a game during his NBA career, tying Shaquille O'Neal for the most such games as a starting center among active players. The last NBA center with more than three nine-plus turnover games was Hakeem Olajuwon (nine games).

Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

HORNETS TAKE THEIR TIME

The Hornets defeated the Thunder without scoring any points on fast breaks. It was the second game this season in which New Orleans failed to register a fast-break point (the other was a loss in New York on Nov. 2). Only one other NBA team has had played a game without posting a fast-break point this season. The Spurs did it in a victory at Washington on January 2.

Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets

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Brooks

TEAMMATES EACH SCORE 30+ POINTS IN A LOSS

Aaron Brooks scored 34 points and Carl Landry added another 31 but it wasn't enough for the Rockets in their 118-110 loss at Phoenix. It was the eighth NBA game this season in which teammates each scored at least 30 points and their teams have a losing mark in those games (3-5).

Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns

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Brewer

BREWER DOESN'T NEED TO SCORE

Ronnie Brewer scored only three points for Utah in its win over the Grizzlies, but he contributed 10 assists and four steals. Over the last four seasons, the only other player with double-digit assists, at least four steals and no more than three points in an NBA game was Jason Kidd, who did it twice, both against Memphis (Feb. 22 and Dec. 23, 2008).

Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz

MLB

WHAT DOES A STARTING PITCHER HAVE TO DO?

It was a case of "Close, but no cigar." for Bert Blyleven. The Baseball Writers Association of America hasn't elected a former major-league starting pitcher to the Hall of Fame (one whose primary credentials were fashioned as a starter) since Nolan Ryan was inducted in 1999. It's the longest span in the Hall's history without the election of a pitcher who started more games than he relieved during his big-league career. Three pitchers who were exclusively or predominantly honored for their relief pitching have been elected since Ryan's induction: Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter and Dennis Eckersley.

Minnesota Twins

NHL

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Briere

BRIERE FIRST IN CLASS TO REACH 500 POINTS

Danny Briere scored two goals for the Flyers in their 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Briere's two goals give him exactly 500 points in his 12-year NHL career (220 goals, 280 assists). Briere, who was a first-round pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1996 draft, is the first player from that draft class to reach the 500-point plateau. J.P. Dumont, a former teammate of Briere┬┐s with the Sabres, ranks second among 1996 draftees with 485 career points.

Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Hecht

QUICK STRIKE AGAINST LIGHTNING

The Sabres led 3-0 only 2:11 into their game against the Lightning on goals by Tyler Myers, Jochen Hecht and Clarke MacArthur. It was the fastest three goals by one team from the start of an NHL game since Dec. 4, 1987, when the Red Wings got two goals from Tim Higgins and one by Steve Yzerman in the opening 1:48 of a 12-0 win against Chicago.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Buffalo Sabres

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Avery

AVERY BURNS FORMER MATES

Sean Avery recorded the second four-point game of his NHL career when he scored the Rangers' first goal and assisted on three other goals in New York's 5-2 win over his old team, the Dallas Stars. (His other four-point game was for the Rangers versus Boston on March 17, 2007.) Avery, who entered play on Wednesday with no goals and two assists over his last 14 games, is the first former Dallas player to score four points in a game against the Stars.

New York Rangers, Dallas Stars

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Belanger

TWO-GOAL GAME FOR BELANGER

Eric Belanger scored two of the Wild's four goals in their victory over the Flames. Belanger, who also scored two goals in Minnesota's win at Los Angeles on December 28, is the only Wild player with two multiple-goal games this season.

Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames

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Schremp

SCHREMP TAKES ADVANTAGE

Rob Schremp scored a highlight-reel power play goal for the Islanders in their 3-2 win at Colorado. The Islanders have scored only four power play goals over their last 13 games and three of the four were by Schremp. They're the only three goals of his 29-game NHL career.

New York Islanders, Colorado Avalanche


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