Date: January 9, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Haywood

HAYWOOD ACCOMPLISHES NBA FIRST

Brendan Haywood's name was not mentioned in the Associated Press story about Friday night's Magic-Wizards game in which Washington overcame an 11-point Orlando lead to win, 104-97. Maybe that's no big deal, you say? We say he should have been mentioned: Haywood scored 18 points and had 15 rebounds, shooting 6-for-6 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the foul line.

It's the first game in NBA history in which a player took at least six field-goal attempts and at least six free-throw attempts and made all of them, and also collected at least 15 rebounds.

Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic

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Bosh

BOSH DOES IT ALL FOR RAPTORS

Chris Bosh led the Raptors in points (29), rebounds (9) and assists (6) in their win over the 76ers. It's only the fifth time in his career that Bosh led his team, outright, in points, rebounds and assists in a game. It's the first time Bosh has done it since April 15, 2007 against the Knicks (23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists).

Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers

LAKERS ALLERGIC TO ROSES

The Lakers have lost their last nine games in Portland. It's the Lakers' longest road losing streak against one opponent since they lost 10 in a row in Seattle from 1991 to 1994. The Lakers are 99-70 (.586) on the road against all other NBA teams since their losing streak in Portland began on April 20, 2005.

Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Bogut

BOGUT BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF KAREEM

Andrew Bogut scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots in the Bucks' win over the Bulls. Bogut is only the third player in Bucks history to reach those levels in all three categories in one game. The other two to do it were Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, who did it seven times for the Bucks; and Marques Johnson on December 16, 1977.

Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls

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Wade

WADE HAS A BIG DAY

Dwyane Wade scored 33 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out eight assists in Miami's win over Phoenix. Wade is only the third player this season to reach those levels in all three categories. Is it any surprise that the two other players to do that this season are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant? LeBron did it on Dec. 23 at Sacramento (34 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists). Kobe did it on Christmas Day against the Cavs (35 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists).

Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns

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Randolph

ZACH ATTACK

Zach Randolph had 29 points and 15 rebounds in the Grizzlies' win over the Jazz. Randolph has had at least 29 points and 15 rebounds in a game four times this season, tying him with Chris Bosh for the most such games in the NBA.

Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz

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Paul

CP3 FILLS HIS POCKET WITH 18 DIMES

Chris Paul had 18 assists in the Hornets' win over the Nets. There have been six games this season in which a player had 18-or-more assists, three by CP3 and three by Steve Nash.

New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets

T'WOLVES USE 17-0 RUN TO BEAT PACERS

The Timberwolves beat the Pacers on the strength of a 17-0 run in the third quarter. It's the most consecutive points scored in a game by Minnesota since they scored 17 in a row against Toronto on February 10, 2009.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Indiana Pacers

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Crawford

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO STARTS.....

Jamal Crawford came off the bench to lead the Hawks with 18 points in their win over the Celtics. It was the 13th time this season that Crawford came off the bench to lead the Hawks in points. Only one other player in the NBA has led his team in scoring that many times despite not starting: Houston's Carl Landry (also 13 times).

Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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Ellis

ELLIS IS ON FIRE

Monta Ellis has scored at least 20 points in each of his last 11 games. Over the last 17 seasons only one Warriors player has scored 20 or more points in 11 consecutive games in one season: Stephen Jackson, who had an 11-game streak late last season.

Ellis has scored 336 points over his last 11 games. That's the most points over an 11-game span for any Warriors player since Antawn Jamison scored 338 in December 2000.

Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings

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Nowitzki

DIRK GOES FOURTH

Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points in the fourth quarter in the Mavericks' win over intrastate rival San Antonio. It's the second-most points Nowitzki has scored in any quarter this season. Nowitzki scored 29 points in the fourth quarter on November 3 against Utah.

Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs

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Anthony

DENVER WINS DESPITE NO 'MELO

Denver beat Cleveland without the services of Carmelo Anthony. The Nuggets are now 25-26 (.490) in the 51 games 'Melo has missed since he joined the team in 2003-04; they're 283-194 (.593) in the 477 games Anthony has appeared in over the same span.

Denver Nuggets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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O'Neal

KARL HAS SHAQ'S NUMBER

Shaquille O'Neal now has a 14-15 career record in games against teams coached by George Karl. O'Neal has played at least 20 regular-season games against 16 different head coaches in his NBA career and he has a losing record against only two of them: Karl and Phil Jackson (9-13).

Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Cullen

CULLEN PILING UP THE HELPERS LATELY

Matt Cullen assisted on two goals by Ray Whitney and that was enough for the Hurricanes to eke out a 2-1 win over the Avalanche. It was the third time in six games since the NHL's Christmas break that Cullen recorded two assists. Cullen did not have more than one assist in any of his 37 games this season before Christmas.

Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche

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Garon

GARON DOUSES THE FLAMES

Mathieu Garon and the Blue Jackets posted a 3-2 win in Calgary on Friday night. Garon has an 8-4-0 record in 12 career games against the Flames, allowing three or fewer goals each of the last 11 times he's faced them. Garon's eight wins versus Calgary equal his highest victory total against any team; he also has eight wins versus St. Louis.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames

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Richards

RICHARDS REACHES 600 POINTS FOR CAREER

Brad Richards had one goal and one assist in the Stars' win over the Islanders, giving him exactly 600 points (in 662 games) in his NHL career. Richards, who made his NHL debut in October 2000, is the second player to enter the league in the 2000s and reach the 600-point plateau. Ilya Kovalchuk, who debuted in October 2001, has 604 points.

Dallas Stars, New York Islanders


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