Date: January 23, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Posey

DEJA VU FOR POSEY

James Posey has scored game-winning baskets in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter in each of the Hornets' last two games. He's the first NBA player with game-winning field goals in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter (or overtime) of consecutive games since Jamal Crawford did it for the Knicks in April 2006.

New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Wade

32 POINTS AND 10 ASSISTS FOR WADE

Dwyane Wade had 32 points and 10 assists against the Wizards on Friday. It was Wade's 33rd career 30/10 (points/assists) game; the only player with more such games since Wade entered the NBA in 2003 is Allen Iverson, who has had 36 over that time.

Miami Heat, Washington Wizards

CELTICS NIP PORTLAND IN OT

With Friday's win over Portland the Celtics are now 20-9 (.690) in overtime games since Doc Rivers became their head coach in 2004. Friday's win moved the Celtics past the Spurs for the best record in overtime games over the last six seasons. (San Antonio is 15-7, .682.)

Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers

ROCKETS SCORE 116 IN SAN ANTONIO

The Rockets defeated the Spurs in San Antonio on Friday, 116-109. In the Gregg Popovich era only two opposing teams have scored that many points in a regulation game in San Antonio: The Raptors scored 125 against the Spurs in 1997 and 124 (in a loss) earlier this season.

Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs

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Randolph

RANDOLPH AND GAY LEAD MEMPHIS TO WIN

Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay each scored 25 points on Friday for the third consecutive game. The only other set of NBA teammates to each score 25 or more points in three straight games this season are Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette.

Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder

ANOTHER DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME LOSS FOR DETROIT

The Pistons' 105-93 loss to the Pacers was Detroit's seventh home loss by 10 or more points this season, equaling their highest total in any of the last 15 seasons. Detroit also lost seven home games by double digits last season after having only six over the three previous seasons combined.

Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers

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Bryant

BRYANT LEADS LAKERS TO WIN IN NEW YORK

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points against the Knicks on Friday, giving him 516 over his last 15 games against New York. The only Lakers player with that many points over 15 games against the Knicks is Elgin Baylor, whose best 15-game span was 560 points from 1960 to 1962.

Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks

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Young

LINEUP SHAKEUP LEADS TO WIN FOR PHILADELPHIA

Thaddeus Young came off the bench to score 22 points for the 76ers on Friday, after he had started each of the team's first 41 games of the season. Over the last 10 years only one other player has had a 20-point game off the bench, at least halfway through the season, after starting each of his team's games up to that point. In 2006 Dwight Howard was held out of the starting lineup in Orlando's 68th game after missing a team event, and came off the bench to score 23 points in a win over the Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks

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Crawford

CRAWFORD COMES OFF THE BENCH TO LEAD ATLANTA IN SCORING

Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with 24 points on Friday, marking the 15th time this season that he has led Atlanta in scoring despite not being in the starting lineup. That's the highest total for any NBA player this season.

Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats

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Howard

HOWARD SETS A PERSONAL RECORD

Dwight Howard made 11 of 12 free throws on Friday, 92 percent, his highest percentage in any NBA game in which he has gone to the line at least 10 times.

Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings

NETS THIRD DOUBLE-DIGIT LOSING STREAK

The Nets' loss on Friday gave them their third losing streak of 10 or more games this season. Only two other teams in NBA history had three double-digit losing streaks before the All-Star break: the 1997-98 Nuggets and 1993-94 Mavericks also had three apiece.

New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors

NHL

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Duchene

AN NHL FIRST

The Avalanche beat the Predators, 2-1, on Friday night and all three goals in the game were power play goals by rookies: Colorado's Matt Duchene and Brandon Yip, and Nashville's Cody Franson. It was the first game in NHL history with more than one total goal, in which all of the goals were power play goals scored by rookies.

Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators

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Darche

DARCHE'S FIRST GAME-WINNER

Journeyman forward Mathieu Darche, playing in only his second game with the Canadiens, scored the game-winning goal in Montreal's 3-1 victory over the Devils. It was only the ninth goal of Darche's NHL career and his first game-winner. Darche (age 33) is older than was any other active NHL player at the time of his first game-winning goal. The last Canadiens player to record his first game-winning goal in the NHL at such an advanced age was 36-year-old defenseman Herb Gardiner more than 82 years ago - back in December 1927.

Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils

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Brodeur

A RARE WIN IN NEW JERSEY FOR MONTREAL

The Canadiens' 3-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils in Newark was only their third victory in New Jersey since 1994. Montreal had been 2-23-5 in 30 regular-season games (and 0-3 in the playoffs) in the Garden State over the past 16 years. It was the Canadiens' first road win against the Devils by more than a one-goal margin since Oct. 26, 1993, when Patrick Roy beat then-rookie Brodeur 2-0 at the Meadowlands.

New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens

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Neal

NEAL GETS A LATE WINNER FOR DALLAS

James Neal's goal at 19:37 of the third period gave the Stars a 4-3 victory in Edmonton, less than 40 seconds after the Oilers' Sam Gagner tied the score at 3-3. Neal was the first Dallas player to score a tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the third period since Phillippe Boucher did that against the Blackhawks on Oct. 20, 2006 (goal at 19:20, Stars won 5-4).

Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers


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