Date: March 15, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Stackhouse

STACKHOUSE RIDES AGAIN

Jerry Stackhouse led the Bucks with 20 points in Sunday's 98-94 win over the Pacers. It was the first time that the 35-year-old Stackhouse led his team in scoring in a victory since January 25, 2006, when he led the Mavericks with 23 points in a 102-93 win at Golden State.

Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors

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James

JAMES POSTS ANOTHER 30-POINT GAME VS. CELTICS

LeBron James scored 30 points in the Cavaliers' 104-93 win over the Celtics. It was the 14th time that James scored at least 30 points in 22 regular-season games against Boston in his seven seasons in the NBA. The only player with even half as many 30-point games against the Celtics as James during that time is Dwyane Wade (8) .

Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Howard

NAME THIS CATEGORY, WIN A PRIZE

Dwight Howard scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it was his 3-for-10 foul-shooting that might have cost the Magic a victory in Sunday's 96-89 loss to the Bobcats. It was the sixth time this season that Howard's missed free throws accounted for the margin of defeat for Orlando. That breaks a tie with Brook Lopez for the league lead in this category-without-a-name.

Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats

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Durant

DURANT & WESTBROOK COOL JAZZ

Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Russell Westbrook added 30 in the Thunder's 119-111 win over the Jazz. It was the first time that two players scored 30 or more points in a regulation, 48-minute game against Utah since the Anthony-Iverson honeymoon, when Melo and AI did it twice in a span of four weeks (Jan.-Feb. 2007).

Oklahoma City Thunder, Utah Jazz

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Stoudemire

STOUDEMIRE CONTINUES HIS SCORING SURGE

Amar'e Stoudemire scored 36 points in the Suns' 120-106 victory over the Hornets. Stoudemire has averaged 30.7 points over his last seven games. That's his highest average over any seven-game span since he posted a 32-PPG average late in the 2007-2008 season (Mar. 22-Apr. 1).

Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets

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Evans

THE BIG O, MICHAEL, AND KING JAMES ... AND TYREKE

Tyreke Evans fell one rebound short of a triple-double, scoring 29 points in the Kings' 114-100 win over the Timberwolves. With his performance on Sunday night, Evans maintained season per-game averages just slightly above 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Only three NBA players finished their rookie season with averages that high in each of those categories: Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James.

Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves

BLAZERS KEEP ERRORS TO A MINIMUM

The Trail Blazers committed only eight turnovers in their 109-98 win over the Raptors. Portland committed fewer than 10 turnovers only once in its first 30 games this season. But the Blazers have done so in 14 of 39 games since then, dating back to December 23. That's the most games with fewer than 10 giveaways by any team during that time.

Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors

NHL

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Backstrom

CAPS RALLY FOR OVERTIME WIN AT CHICAGO

The Capitals erased a 3-0 deficit with three goals in the third period and Nicklas Backstrom scored in overtime-his first unassisted goal of the season to give the Caps a 4-3 victory at Chicago. It was the first time since March 11, 2001 that Washington won a game in which it trailed by three or more goals at the end of the second period.

The Hawks have failed to win twice in the past 10 weeks in games that they led by at least three goals heading to the third period. Minnesota posted a 6-5 overtime win against Chicago on January 9 after trailing 5-1 at the end of the second. Over the previous 51 seasons, dating back to 1957, Chicago failed to win only two such games, one in 1975, the other in 1991.

Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild

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Avery

AVERY SCORES IN PAIRS

Sean Avery scored two goals in the Rangers' 3-1 victory over the Flyers. It was Avery's ninth multiple-goal game for the Rangers since he began his first tenure with them three years ago. That's the highest such total on the team during that time-two more than the runner-up, Ryan Callahan-even though Avery played in less than two-thirds of the Rangers' games (167 of 262) and ranks only fourth in total goals for the Blueshirts during that time.

New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers

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Anderson

ANDERSON MATCHES ROY'S RECORD AGAIN

Craig Anderson stopped 48 shots in the Avalanche's 5-3 victory at Dallas, tying the franchise record for saves in a win for the second time this season. Patrick Roy set the mark in 1997 with 48 saves in a 6-2 victory at Edmonton. Anderson also recorded 48 saves in a 3-1 win over the Red Wings on October 24.

Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings

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Rinne

RINNE OWNS SOCAL

Pekka Rinne of the Predators beat the Kings, 3-2, at Los Angeles on Sunday, after posting a 1-0 victory against the Ducks at Anaheim on Friday night. Rinne is the second NHL goaltender this season to go to Southern California and win consecutive games against the Ducks and Kings (in either order). Jaroslav Halak of the Canadiens did that earlier this month (March 6-7).

Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, Montreal Canadiens

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Kulemin

ISLES RECOVER FROM EARLY LEAFS GOAL FOR WINNING WEEKEND

The Islanders shrugged off a goal in the first minute by Nikolai Kulemin to post a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. It was only the second time in the last 10 years that the Isles shut out an opponent for the remainder of a game after conceding a goal in the first 60 seconds of play.

The Islanders, who defeated the Devils, 4-2, on Saturday, posted multiple-goal wins on consecutive days for the first time since December 2-3, 2006.

Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils

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Gonchar

GONCHAR HITS DOUBLE-FIGURES FOR 12TH TIME

Sergei Gonchar's 10th goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period, and it held up as the game-winner in the Penguins' 2-1 victory at Tampa. Gonchar has scored at least 10 goals in 12 of his 15 seasons in the NHL. The only other active defensemen with a dozen or more seasons with 10-plus goals are Nicklas Lidstrom (15), Rob Blake (13), and Mathieu Schneider (13).13

Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Stempniak

STEMPNIAK TIES GARTNER'S RECORD FOR FAST-STARTING COYOTES

Lee Stempniak, who scored in the third period of the Coyotes' 3-2 shootout victory at Atlanta, has scored six goals in five games since joining Phoenix at the trade deadline. Stempniak is only the second player in franchise history (for either the Coyotes or the Winnipeg Jets) to score more than five goals in his first five games with the team. The first was Mike Gartner in October 1996 (6 goals).

Phoenix Coyotes, Atlanta Thrashers

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Selanne

SELANNE REPRESENTS THIS SEASON'S 39'ERS

Thirty-nine year-old Teemu Selanne notched his 20th goal of the season in the Ducks' 4-2 win over the Sharks. Players of that age reaching the 20-goal mark is a new millennium phenomenon. Over a span of 20 seasons from 1980-1981 through 1999-2000, no player age 39 or older at season's end scored at least 20 goals. But there has been at least one such player in every season since then: Mark Messier in 2000-2001, Ron Francis in 2001-2002, Dave Andreychuk and Francis in 2002-2003, Dave Andreychuk and Brett Hull in 2003-2004, Joe Nieuwendyk in 2005-2006, Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts in 2006-2007, Brendan Shanahan in 2007-2008, and Mark Recchi in 2008-2009.

Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks


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