Date: February 21, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Durant

DURANT SCORES 36 POINTS AT MSG

Kevin Durant scored 36 points in Oklahoma City's overtime win against New York on Saturday night. Durant, who turned 21 last September, is the second-youngest NBA player to score 35 or more points in a game at the current Madison Square Garden (where the Knicks have been playing since 1968). LeBron James scored 36 points at MSG on April 5, 2006 when he was 48 days younger than Durant was on Saturday night.

New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder

MCGRADY AND HOUSE COMBINE FOR 50 POINTS

Tracy McGrady (26) and Eddie House (24) combined for 50 points in the Knicks' overtime loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday night. The last time two teammates each making their debuts for a team combined for 50 or more points was in November 1992, when Charles Barkley (37) and Danny Ainge (20) produced 57 points in the Suns' Opening-Night win against the Clippers.

McGrady and House were the first tandem in NBA history to join a team during the midst of a season, make their debuts in the same game, and each score at least 20 points in that game.

New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers

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Kidd

THE KIDD'S STILL GOT IT

Jason Kidd scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Mavericks to a victory against the Heat on Saturday night. That's the most points Kidd has scored in any quarter in any game over the last two seasons.

Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

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Jackson

BUCKS ALLOW 35 POINTS TO JACKSON, STILL BEAT BOBCATS

Milwaukee defeated Charlotte 93-88 on Saturday night, despite allowing 35 points to Stephen Jackson. It was the third win in Bucks history in which they held the opposing team below 90 points, but still permitted an individual player to score 35 or more points.

The first of those victories was in January 1976, when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had been traded by the Bucks in the prior offseason to the Lakers, scored 35 points in a 95-89 decision. The second was an 81-76 win against Houston in December 1996, in which Hakeem Olajuwon scored 37 points.

Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets

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Gibson

A ROOKIE DEEP-SIXES THE SIXERS

Taj Gibson had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls' win against the 76ers on Saturday night. The only other rookie with 20 or more points and at least 13 rebounds in a game this season is DeJuan Blair, who had 28 points and 21 boards in an overtime win against the Thunder last month.

Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Iverson

SIXERS SUFFER SECOND DECISIVE LOSS IN FIVE NIGHTS

The 76ers, who lost to the Heat by 27 points on Tuesday night, suffered a 122-90 defeat in Chicago on Saturday night. The last time Philadelphia lost two games by 25-or-more points within a span of five days was in February 1997, Allen Iverson's rookie season.

Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat

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Jack

JACK SWISHES AND DISHES IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES

Jarrett Jack had a team-high 23 points and eight assists in Toronto's win against Washington, one night after he also led the Raptors in those same two categories in a victory at New Jersey. Prior to Friday night, Jack had led his team outright in both points and assists only five times in 375 career NBA games.

Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets

ROCKETS SURRENDER 12-POINT LEAD IN HOME LOSS

The Rockets forged a 12-point lead in the second quarter, but the Pacers rallied to win at the Toyota Center, 125-115. It's the second time this season that Houston lost a home game by a double-digit margin after holding a lead of at least 12 points. The Rockets had only one home loss of the type in the previous five seasons.

Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers


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