Date: January 12, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

HAWKS HAVE THE CELTICS NUMBER

The Celtics have lost only 10 games this season, but three of them have been to the Hawks. It's the first time since the 1972-73 season that three of Boston's first 10 losses have been to one team; that season, when Boston went 68-14, the Knicks gave the Celtics three of their first 10 losses.

The Hawks also defeated Boston, 93-85, at Atlanta on Friday night. The last three teams to beat the Celtics twice in a span of four days (it's hard to believe this group of teams did it) were the Wizards (2008), Bulls (2007), and Nets (2006).

Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls, New Jersey Nets

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Johnson

JOHNSON SCORES 36 IN BOSTON

Joe Johnson scored 36 points against the Celtics on Monday, the second-most by an opposing player in Boston over the last three seasons. Caron Butler had 39 points at the TD Banknorth Garden in the final game of the 2008-09 regular season.

Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks

SUNS EXTEND WINNING STREAK

With a victory on Monday the Suns have now won 22 consecutive home games against Milwaukee. That's the second-longest home winning streak Phoenix has ever posted against one opponent. The Suns won 24 straight home games against the Kings from 1988 to 1998. The Bucks' last win at Phoenix was a 115-107 victory on February 21, 1987.

Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

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Nash

STELLAR PERFORMANCE BY NASH

Steve Nash scored 30 points, had 11 assists and made 12 of 18 field goals in Phoenix's win on Tuesday. It's only the second game of Nash's career in which he had 30 points, 10 assists and made at least two-thirds of his shots. He also did it in a win over Minnesota in 2006 (31 points, 11 rebounds, 12 for 18 shooting).

Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Williams

BOOZER AND WILLIAMS EACH HAVE 20/10

Monday's game was the 25th game in which Carlos Boozer had at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and Deron Williams had at least 20 points and 10 assists. The only teammates with a higher total since Williams joined Boozer in Utah for the 2005-06 season are Steve Nash and Shawn Marion (28, even though they have not played together for 2 1/2 seasons).

Utah Jazz, Miami Heat

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James

JAMES DOMINATES WARRIORS

LeBron James had 37 points and 11 assists against the Warriors on Monday, making him the fourth player to have a 35/10 (points/assists) game this season. Two of the previous three players to do it (Gilbert Arenas and Kobe Bryant) also did so against Golden State; Deron Williams had a 35/10 game against Minnesota.

Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves

BULLS BLOW OUT OLD RIVAL

The Bulls defeated the Pistons on Monday by 33 points, 120-87. That was Chicago's largest win over their long-time rivals since a 125-92 win at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1981.

Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons

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Durant

DURANT TOO MUCH FOR KNICKS

Kevin Durant and Danilo Gallinari could not have had more different games in the Thunder's win over the Knicks on Monday. Durant scored 30 points in 33 minutes, Gallinari did not score any in 32 minutes. It was the first game since December 2007 in which one starting forward had at least 30 points and one of his counterparts on the other team played 30 minutes without scoring; the last time was in a Memphis-Golden State game in which Rudy Gay scored 32 points and Matt Barnes didn't have any in 30 minutes.

Gallinari played 32 minutes and took seven shots without making any of them on Monday. He's the first Knicks player in nearly 10 years to play 30 or more minutes while going 0 for 7 or worse; the last to do it was Charlie Ward, who was 0-for-7 in 33 minutes on Feb. 1, 2000.

Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies

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Jefferson

YOUNG WOLVES SHOWING TALENT

On Monday, for the second time in less than a week, Kevin Love and Al Jefferson had 20 or more points and at least 14 rebounds in the same game. No other pair of teammates has had a game this season in which each had at least 20 points and 14 rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets

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Dalembert

DALEMBERT 12 REBOUNDS IN FIRST QUARTER

Samuel Dalembert had 12 rebounds in the first quarter on Monday, the most by any player in the first quarter of a game since the Warriors' Andris Biedrins had 13 on March 17, 2007.

Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors

NHL

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Latendresse

LATENDRESSE PART OF EACH GOAL FOR MINNESOTA

Guillaume Latendresse had three assists and then the game-winning goal in Minnesota's 4-3 win over Pittsburgh on Monday. He's only the third player in Wild history to have either a goal or an assist on each of the team's goals in a game in which Minnesota scored at least four times while also scoring the game-winning goal: Pierre-Marc Bouchard did in 2006; Marian Gaborik did it twice, in 2002 and 2004.

Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Burrows

BURROWS CONTINUES GOAL RUN

Alexandre Burrows scored two goals Monday, giving him eight goals in his last four games: he was held scoreless on Saturday but had hat tricks in each of his two games before that one. The only other NHL player to score eight goals over four games this season is Sidney Crosby (November/December); the last Canucks player to do it was Alexander Mogilny in 1995-96.

Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators

SHARKS PENALTY KILLERS ARE ROAD WARRIORS

The Sharks killed off all five Kings power plays without allowing a goal on Monday and over their last seven road games the Sharks have allowed only two goals on 39 power-play chances.

Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks


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