Date: January 14, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

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Johnson

TITANS' JOHNSON NAMED OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tennessee running back Chris Johnson was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday afternoon. Only three other players have won that award within their first two seasons in the league: Terrell Davis (1996; second season), Dan Marino (1984; second season) and Earl Campbell (1978 and 1979; first two seasons).

Tennessee Titans

NBA

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Dalembert

FOUR PLAYERS WITH 20-OR-MORE REBOUNDS

Four players registered 20-or-more rebounds on Wednesday night: Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert (21), the Clippers' Marcus Camby (20), San Antonio's DeJuan Blair (21) and Minnesota's Al Jefferson (26). It is the first time in nearly 29 years that as many as four players each recorded 20-or-more rebounds on the same night. The last time that happened was on March 8, 1981, when Kansas City's Reggie King (20), Golden State's Larry Smith (23), Philadelphia's Caldwell Jones (20) and San Diego's Swen Nater (20) all posted 20+ rebounds.

Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Blair

SPURS ROOKIE DOES IT ALL

Rookie DeJuan Blair registered 28 points, 21 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in San Antonio's overtime win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Since the NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973-74, only one other rookie has reached those levels in those four categories in the same game: Hakeem Olajuwon against New York on February 14, 1985 (30 points, 25 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots).

San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder

ADELMAN IS THE MASTER OF TRIPLE OVERTIME GAMES

The Rockets topped the Timberwolves in a triple overtime thriller in Houston on Wednesday night. This marked the fourth time that Rick Adelman has won a game that went at least three overtimes in his career as a head coach, the highest total for any coach in NBA history.

This was the first time that the Timberwolves ever played a triple-overtime game in their franchise history. That leaves the Clippers as the only active franchise that has never participated in a triple overtime game.

Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves

SUNS BLOW 24-POINT LEAD IN LOSS TO PACERS

The Suns blew a 24-point lead and lost to the Pacers in Indiana on Wednesday night. That marked the first time in nearly nine years that the Suns have lost a game in which they led by at least 24 points. The last time that happened was on March 7, 2001 against Sacramento (Phoenix led by 28 points at one point in that game). The Suns had won 94 consecutive games in which they held a 24-point lead entering Wednesday's action.

Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers

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Nowitzki

NOWITZKI SCORES 20,000TH POINT

Dirk Nowitzki scored his 20,000th career point in the Mavericks' loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night, becoming the 34th player in NBA history to reach that milestone. Only three other players born outside the United States have scored 20,000+ points: Patrick Ewing (Jamaica), Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) and Dominique Wilkins (France).France

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

NETS LOSE FOR 35TH TIME THIS SEASON

The Nets lost a 111-87 decision to the Celtics on Wednesday night dropping the team's record to 3-35 on the season. Only five other teams in NBA history have suffered their 35th loss of a season in as few as 38 games: Dallas in 1992-93 (38th game) and 1993-94 (37th game), Denver in 1997-98 (37th game), Cleveland in 1970-71 (38th game) and Philadelphia in 1972-73 (38th game).

New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics

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Crawford

CRAWFORD SHINES OFF THE BENCH

Jamal Crawford scored 22 points off the bench to help lead the Hawks to a victory over the Wizards on Wednesday night. That is the 15th time this season that Crawford has scored 20-or-more points off the bench. Only one other Hawks player over the last 40 seasons has had as many 20-point games off the bench as Crawford has this season: John Drew (27 in 1975-76).

Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards

BLAZERS' STARTERS HAVE GOOD SHOOTING NIGHT

The five players in Portland's starting lineup combined to convert 68.8 percent of their field goal attempts in the Blazers' victory Wednesday night (33-for-48). That marked the first time that Portland's starting five combined for that high a field goal percentage in a game in nearly 22 years. The Blazers' starters combined to make 70.7 percent of their field goal attempts against Golden State on April 15, 1988 (29-for-41).

Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Brown

TWO PLAYERS 0-FOR-7 FROM DOWNTOWN IN HORNETS-CLIPPERS GAME

The Hornets' Devin Brown and the Clippers' Eric Gordon each shot 0-for-7 from three-point range in New Orleans' victory Wednesday night. Since the NBA instituted the three-point field goal in 1979, there has been only one other game in which two players each shot 0-for-7 or worse from beyond the arc. On March 30, 1993, New York's John Starks and Sacramento's Walt Williams each went 0-for-7 from three-point range in the Knicks' victory over the Kings at Madison Square Garden.

New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

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Wade

WADE IS PERFECT FROM THE LINE IN MIAMI'S WIN

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points and converted all 15 of his free-throw attempts in Miami's win over Golden State on Wednesday night. The 15 free throws are the most Wade has ever made without a miss in a regular season game in his career (his previous best was 13-for-13 on March 18, 2006).

Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors

NHL

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Crosby

CROSBY NOTCHES 30TH GOAL OF THE SEASON

Sidney Crosby opened the scoring in the Penguins' game at Calgary with his 30th goal of the season. He reached the 30-goal mark in his 47th game. Crosby scored 30-plus goals in three of his previous four seasons in the NHL but it took him at least 63 games to do so each time (63 games in 2005-06; 68 in 2006-07; 72 in 2008-09).

Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames

CAPITALS OVERCOME THREE-GOAL DEFICIT AND WIN IN SHOOTOUT

Washington overcame a 4-1 deficit late in the second period to post a 5-4 shootout victory against the Panthers. It was the first time that the Capitals earned points from a game in which they trailed by three goals or more since December 23, 2008, when they beat the Rangers 5-4 in overtime, after falling behind 4-0.

Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers

WILD TIE TEAM RECORD

The Wild extended their winning streak to four games with a 5-2 victory against the Canucks on Wednesday night. Minnesota has scored at least four goals in each of its last four games. Though that may seem like a modest feat, only once before in the Wild's nine seasons in the NHL did they score four-or-more goals in four consecutive games (November 28-December 3, 2008).

Minnesota scored two goals in the first 3:32 of the game (Kyle Brodziak and Mikko Koivu). Entering play on Wednesday, the Wild had scored only two goals in the first five minutes of games this season, the fewest by any NHL team.

Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks


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