Date: January 21, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Durant

DURANT CONTINUES SCORING STREAK

Kevin Durant scored 31 points to lead the Thunder to a 94-92 win at Minnesota. It was the 16th straight game in which Durant scored at least 25 points. That's the longest streak of its kind by an NBA player since LeBron James did so in 21 straight games in the spring of 2008. Durant's streak is the second-longest in SuperSonics/Thunder history. He's halfway to the franchise mark of 32 straight games by Spencer Haywood, spanning the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Crawford

SUPER-SUB CRAWFORD LEADS HAWKS

Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench as the Hawks defeated the Kings. It was the 14th game this season in which Crawford was Atlanta's leading scorer (either tied or outright). No other NBA player has come off the bench to lead his team in scoring this season in as many games as Crawford. Houston's Carl Landry has done it 13 times.

Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

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Howard

HOWARD OVERCOMES MISSED FREE THROWS

Dwight Howard scored 32 points despite making only 16 of 24 free throws in Orlando's win over the Pacers. No NBA player had scored that many points in a game in which he missed as many as eight foul shots since Dec. 14, 2007, when Howard netted 33 points while going 11-for-20 from the line in a victory at Charlotte.

Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats

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Miller

MILLER ENJOYS RETURN TO PHILADELPHIA

Andre Miller scored a game-high 24 points against his former team as the Trail Blazers posted a 98-90 road win against the 76ers. Miller was the first player to score that many points in his first game in Philadelphia as an ex-Sixer since Allen Iverson scored 32 points for the Nuggets in a Denver loss on March 19, 2008. The last former 76er to score 24+ points to beat the Sixers in his return to Philadelphia was the Suns' Charles Barkley (35 points on March 28, 1993).

Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns

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Maggette

UNIQUE STREAK FOR MAGGETTE

Corey Maggette made all 12 of his free throws in the Warriors' overtime loss to the Nuggets. Maggette has taken at least ten foul shots while shooting 80 percent or better from the line in each of his last ten games, the longest streak of its kind in NBA history. The next-longest streak was eight games by Rick Barry, in his first eight games of the season for the San Francisco Warriors in 1966.

Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

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Bosh

RAPTORS LOSE DESPITE CAREER HIGH FOR BOSH

Chris Bosh scored a career-high 44 points in the Raptors loss to the Bucks. Three of the last five NBA players to score at least 44 points in a game did so in a loss: Bosh (Jan. 20), Dwyane Wade (Jan. 6) and David West (Dec. 29). Over that span, the only players to score that many points in a game that his team won were Kobe Bryant (Dec. 29) and LeBron James (Dec. 30).

Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks

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Lopez

20-POINT GAME FOR BOTH LOPEZ BROTHERS

The Suns defeated the Nets as the Lopez twins went head-to-head; Robin scored 20 points for Phoenix and Brook scored 26 for New Jersey. They were the NBA's first pair of brothers to each score at least 20 points in the same game since Dominique and Gerald Wilkins did it 11 times during their careers (from 1987 to 1994).

Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks

CELTICS BLOW 12-POINT LEAD FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME

The Celtics blew a 12-point lead in their 92-86 loss to the Pistons, after relinquishing a lead of a dozen points in their previous game, a 99-90 loss to the Mavericks on Monday. Only one other time this season had an NBA team lost consecutive games, each by a margin of at least eight points, after leading in both games by at least 12 points. The Grizzlies suffered back-to-back defeats of that nature on November 2 and 4.

Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies

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Perkins

PERKINS EXTENDS NBA RECORD

Kendrick Perkins made 4 of 7 field-goal attempts in the Celtics' loss. It was the 17th consecutive road game in which Perkins made more than half of his shots from the floor, extending his own NBA record. Perkins had shared the previous record of 15 in a row with Shaquille O'Neal.

Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

BOBCATS SWEEP HOMESTAND

The Bobcats disposed of the Heat to complete a sweep of their six-game homestand. Charlotte went 3-0 on a homestand earlier this season (Nov. 22-27), and that was the first time that the Bobcats recorded a perfect homestand of more than two games. It was only the second time that an NBA team coached by Larry Brown swept a homestand of at least six games; Brown's Pistons did that in the spring of 2004.

Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats

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Wade

WADE FIZZLES IN SECOND OF BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

Dwyane Wade scored only 16 points in Miami's loss at Charlotte, after posting 32 points against the Pacers on Tuesday. Wade is averaging 21.4 points per game in the second of games played on consecutive days this season (a total of seven games). That's 6.6 fewer points per game than he's averaged in all other games (28.0), the largest such decrease among players with more than two pairs of back-to-back games this season.

Miami Heat, Charlotte Bobcats, Indiana Pacers

MAVERICKS SNAP WIZARDS' WINNING STREAK

The Wizards' modest two-game winning streak came to an end with a one-point loss to the Mavericks. Washington hasn't put together three straight wins since April 2008. Every other NBA team has posted at least one three-game winning streak in the interim.

Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks

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Camby

REBOUNDS AND MORE FOR CAMBY

Marcus Camby had 25 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots in the Clippers' win over the Bulls. The only other active NBA player who has ever reached each of those statistical thresholds in a regulation (non-overtime) game is Ben Wallace (Dec. 15, 2006).

Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

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Posey

HORNETS RALLY LATE

James Posey's last-second game winner capped a fourth-quarter comeback for the Hornets, who had trailed the Grizzlies by nine points with 4:20 remaining in the game. The Hornets hadn't posted a victory after erasing such a large deficit so late in a game since Feb. 7, 2007 at Denver and it was their first such win in a home game since relocating to New Orleans in 2002.

New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

JAZZ SWEEP SPURS

The Jazz won in San Antonio to complete its season series against the Spurs with a 4-0 advantage. Utah became the first team to sweep a season series of at least four games against the Spurs since the Lakers went 4-0 against them in 1997-98, Gregg Popovich's first full season as San Antonio's head coach.

Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers

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Brodeur

ANOTHER SHUTOUT FOR BRODEUR

Martin Brodeur's 2-0 win over the Panthers was the 108th shutout of his career and his sixth against Florida. That ties him with Olaf Kolzig for the most shutouts versus the Panthers by any goaltender. Brodeur is also the all-time leader (or co-leader) in shutouts against six other NHL franchises: Atlanta (6), Hartford/Carolina (7), the Islanders (10), Ottawa (6, tied with Dominik Hasek), Philadelphia (9) and Tampa Bay (5).

New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Conklin

BLUES POST RARE WIN AT MONTREAL

Ty Conklin and the Blues beat the Canadiens, 4-3, in overtime at Bell Centre, after squandering a 3-1 lead in the third period. The Blues have been in the NHL for 42 seasons and they've won only 13 games in Montreal. Glenn Hall got St. Louis' first two road wins against the Canadiens (both in 1969-70) but the Blues' 11 victories in Montreal since then have been recorded by 11 different goaltenders.

St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens


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