Date: March 2, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Thornton

THORNTON A FORCE OFF THE BENCH

Marcus Thornton scored 30 points off the bench for the Hornets in their loss to the Spurs on Monday. It was the second game this season in which Thornton, a rookie, scored 30-plus points off the bench; the other was six days ago when he dropped in 37 at Cleveland. The last rookie to produce 30-point games off the bench within one week was Michael Brooks of the San Diego Clippers in October 1980.

New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs

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Collison

COLLISON 15 ASSISTS IN LOSING CAUSE

Darren Collison had 15 assists on Monday, the most by a rookie against the Spurs since the Bullets' Doug Overton had 18 assists on Dec. 1, 1992.

New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs

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Nelson

NELSON RETURNS HOME

Jameer Nelson scored 22 points for Orlando in Philadelphia on Monday, the most points in a game in Philly by an NBA player out of St. Joseph's since Mike Bantom had 22 for the 76ers against the Bulls on Feb. 7, 1982.

Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic

ALL STARTERS SCORE AT LEAST 12 POINTS

The Magic-76ers game on Monday was only the second this season in which each of the ten starters scored at least a dozen points. The other game was on January 27 when New Orleans defeated Golden State at ORACLE Arena. There was only one game all last season in which all 10 starters in a game scored at least a dozen points each.

Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic

HAWKS BLOW OUT BULLS IN FOURTH QUARTER

The Bulls allowed 41 fourth-quarter points to the Hawks on Monday, the highest total by a Bulls opponent in the fourth quarter of a game in Chicago in more than 13 years, since the Nuggets had a 44-point fourth quarter on Feb. 18, 1997.

Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls

HAWKS CONTROL THE BOARDS VS. BULLS

The Hawks out-rebounded the Bulls by 26 on Monday, Atlanta's largest rebound margin in nearly 12 years, since a game on Apr. 17, 1998 in which the Hawks had 27 more rebounds than the Hornets.

Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls

CAVALIERS CONTROL THE BOARDS VS. KNICKS

The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Knicks by 29 in Cleveland's win on Monday, the second-largest rebound differential for any team in one game this season. The 76ers had a plus-33 differential in a win over Golden State on December 14.

Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

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O'Neal

SHAQ TO MISS PLAYOFFS?

Shaquille O'Neal had thumb surgery on Monday and it's unclear whether he will return in time for the playoffs. O'Neal has played in 203 of 205 possible career postseason games, having missed only two games due to a deep thigh bruise in Miami's second-round series against Washington in May 2005.

Cleveland Cavaliers

MAVERICKS EXTEND STREAK VS. CHARLOTTE

The Mavericks defeated the Bobcats Monday and they have now won all 12 games they have played against Charlotte. The last NBA team to win each of its first 12 games against one opponent was the Pacers against the Grizzlies from 1996 to 2002.

Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks

PORTLAND TAKES 4 OF 5 ON ROAD TRIP

The Trail Blazers defeated the Grizzlies in Memphis on Monday to complete a 4-1 road trip. Portland had also won four of five games on a road trip back in November. The only other teams to win at least four games on two different road trips this season are the Lakers and Suns.

Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies

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Martin

MARTIN'S FIRST SIX GAMES FOR HOUSTON

Kevin Martin scored 28 points on Monday, giving him 139 in his first six games for the Rockets. The only player with more points in his first six games for the franchise is Elvin Hayes, who scored 161 points in his first six games for the team in 1968 when the Rockets were based in San Diego.

Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors

NUGGETS LOSE AGAIN IN ARIZONA

The Suns have won each of their last 10 home games against the Nuggets, including a win on Monday. The only team against which the Suns have a longer current home winning streak is the Bucks, who have lost their last 22 games in Phoenix.

Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns

NHL

CONSECUTIVE WINS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS APART

The Red Wings, who won their last game before the Olympic break (Feb. 13 vs. Ottawa, 4-1), defeated the Avalanche on Monday. It's the first time Detroit has won consecutive games since they beat the Kings and Sharks on the road nearly two months ago (Jan. 7-9). The Red Wings' streak of 17 games without posting consecutive wins was their longest since 2002-03 (20 games, 7-10-3, Dec. 29 through Feb. 10).

Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings


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