Date: January 16, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

SPURS FALL TO BOBCATS

The Spurs' loss to the Bobcats on Friday was only San Antonio's second this season to a team that currently has a losing record. The only other loss, in 19 games for Gregg Popovich's squad, was in Chicago in their second game of the season.

San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats

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Crawford

CRAWFORD WINS GAME FOR ATLANTA

Jamal Crawford's game-ending three-pointer against the Suns on Friday was the second buzzer beater of his career. Crawford also hit a walk-off three for the Knicks against the Rockets on November 18, 2004, in Houston.

Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns

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Wade

37 POINTS WADE'S WAY

Dwyane Wade scored 37 points on Friday -- it was the 74th game of Wade's career in which he scored at least 30 points without making a three-point basket. That's the most 30-point/no-three games for any NBA player since Wade entered the league in the 2003-04 season. Next-most: Amar'e Stoudemire (68), Carmelo Anthony (54).54

Miami Heat, Houston Rockets

LAKERS AT 40 GAMES

The Lakers' win on Friday gave them a 31-9 won-lost record through 40 games, one game behind last season's 40-game mark (32-8). The Lakers have won more than 30 of their first 40 games in consecutive seasons two other times, when they had a three-year run from 1985-86 through 1987-88.

Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

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Wallace

FIRST 20-REBOUND GAME IN A WHILE FOR WALLACE

Ben Wallace had 21 rebounds for the Pistons on Friday, which was his first 20-rebound game in more than three years, since December 15, 2006. But despite that gap Wallace still has the most 20-rebound games since 2000 (42), ahead of Dwight Howard (37) and Marcus Camby (36).36

Detroit Pistons, New Orleans Hornets

MAVERICKS CONTINUE REMARKABLE STREAK

The Mavericks' 99-98 win on Friday was their eighth consecutive win in a one-point game, dating back to January 2007. That's tied for the third-longest streak in NBA history. The St. Louis Hawks won 10 straight one-point games from 1959 to 1960 and the Kings had a nine-game streak from 2002 to 2005. (Many other teams have won eight straight games decided by one point.)

Dallas Mavericks, Oklahoma City Thunder

WIZARDS STARTERS RUN OUT OF STEAM

The Wizards bench contributed only 37 minutes, 15 seconds in Washington's double-overtime loss in Chicago on Friday. Over the last 10 years only one team has gotten fewer minutes from substitutes in a double-OT game: the Knicks bench played 36:44 on December 20, 2006.

Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

GRIZZLIES SINK 55 SHOTS

The Grizzlies set a team record and tied the NBA season high by making 55 field goals against Minnesota on Friday. The only other team to make 55 shots in one game this season is the Mavericks, who made 55 baskets on November 25 at Houston.

Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Dalembert

DALEMBERT PERFECT FROM FLOOR

Samuel Dalembert went 7 for 7 from the floor and collected 12 rebounds on Friday. He's the third player in 76ers history to take at least seven shots, make them all, and collect at least a dozen rebounds in one game. Wilt Chamberlain had seven such games (1966-67) and Darrall Imhoff did it in 1968.

Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings

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Murphy

MURPHY'S REBOUNDING STREAK

Troy Murphy has had at least 14 rebounds in each of his last four games, including a 14-rebound night against the Nets on Friday, tying the longest streak in Pacers history. Murphy also had 14 or more rebounds in four consecutive games last February and Dale Davis had a four-game streak in December 1992.

Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets

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Gallinari

ITALIAN NIGHT AT MSG

Friday's game at Madison Square Garden was the fourth in NBA history to feature an Italian-born player for each team, and it was the first in which each player scored at least 20 points: Danilo Gallinari had 26 points on Friday and Andrea Bargnani had 24. Bargnani was in the three previous games as well (against Gallinari in 2009 and facing Marco Belinelli in 2007 and 2008).

New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors

NHL

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Hornqvist

HORNQVIST STAYS HOT

Patrick Hornqvist scored the only goal in Nashville's 1-0 win in Calgary on Friday. Hornqvist has 13 goals in his last 16 games, since December 14, the most in the NHL over that time.

Nashville Predators, Calgary Flames

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN IN ON THE ACTION

Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's first goal on Friday and then assisted on the Capitals' next four goals. Three other players have scored or assisted on five consecutive goals for their team in one game this season: Nashville's J.P. Dumont and Edmonton's Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner; and all three did it on the same night (October 22).

It was Ovechkin's fourth career five-point game and they've all come against Northeast Division teams (Ottawa, Montreal, Boston and now Toronto).

Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs


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