Date: March 16, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Bryant

KOBE CONTINUES TO PILE UP WINS

Kobe Bryant's 29 points led the Lakers to a 124-121 victory over the Warriors in Oakland. It was the 670th regular-season victory in which Kobe has played - matching the total of wins in which Magic Johnson played, which is the second highest in team history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's total of 743.

Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers

LAKERS SET TEAM MARK FOR REBOUND PERCENTAGE

The Lakers had a commanding 56-25 advantage in rebounds in their victory over Golden State; we'll do the math for you - Los Angeles collected 69.1 percent of the rebounds. That's the highest rebound percentage that the Lakers have ever had in any game since the NBA introduced the 24-second clock in 1954.

The Lakers' percentage was also the second-highest by one team in an NBA game this season; Philadelphia had 69.4 percent of the rebounds in a 117-101 win over the Warriors back on December 14.

Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers

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Anthony

THE END OF A 43-GAME LEAGUEWIDE LOSING STREAK

The Nuggets and the Rockets played one of the most entertaining games of the season in Houston with the Rockets winning, 125-123, as Carmelo Anthony produced an airball on a potential game-winning three-point attempt in the closing seconds.

Houston led by as many as 16 points (58-42) in the second quarter, but Denver roared back and held an 11-point lead (104-93) with nine minutes remaining in the game. But the Rockets managed to reverse the momentum and outscored the Nuggets, 32-19, over those nine minutes. And to find out just how stunning that is, read on.

This was the 25th game in the NBA this season in which a team led by at least 15 points during the first half but fell behind by double-digits in the fourth quarter. But it was the first of those 25 games in which that team then bounced back to win the game. And that's no fluke: last season, NBA teams went 1-19 in games in which they encountered a fourth-quarter double-digit deficit after having led by 15-or-more points in the first half. And the one such win, by the Bucks over the Wizards, came back on Nov. 5, 2008, in the first such game of that season. So Houston's win over Denver was the first in the last 44 NBA games in which a team followed that pattern.

Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

ROCKETS: OH SO CLOSE TO A LINE IN THE RECORD BOOK

The Rockets' fourth-quarter comeback prevented the Nuggets from earning a spot in NBA history. Denver had won each of the three previous games on its road trip despite having trailed at halftime in each of those games. After trailing by 11 points at halftime in Houston, the Nuggets, with a win, would have become only the second NBA team in the shot-clock era (beginning in 1954) to win four consecutive games on one road trip, having trailed at the half in each of them. But still, the only team to do that was Utah in March 1997.

Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

HORNETS FIND ODD WAY TO WIN GAME

The Hornets made 56.5 percent of their field-goal attempts in taking a 108-100 decision from the Clippers in Los Angeles - and it was a good thing that they shot that well. For New Orleans took only five free-throw attempts in the game, making three.

How rare is that? Well... totally rare. The Hornets' total of 108 points was the highest in NBA history in a road win while scoring as few as three points from the foul line!

New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

BASKETBALL STATISTICAL RIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Seven Celtics players scored in double-figures but none scored more than 15 points in Boston's game against the Pistons on Monday night. OK, basketball fans... consider this carefully. In the history of the NBA, do teams that follow that particular formula - at least seven players with 10-or-more points but none scoring more than 15 points - win more games than they lose?

Think about it. Seven guys in double figures, none scoring as many as 16 points. We'll give you a hint: it's not a trick question where we answer, "it's 50/50: same number of wins as losses." Rather, the answer isn't even close to 50/50; the answer is decisive. Take your time. Don't peek.

OK, the Celtics' 119-93 victory over Detroit gave them an early opportunity to clear the bench and led to the seven-in-double-figures-but-none-over-15 boxscore. But that's the exception, not the rule. Over the history of the NBA, teams have won only 32 percent of games in which they produced that kind of scoring distribution.

Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

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Williams

WILLIAMS DISHES, JAZZ ROUT WIZARDS

Deron Williams was credited with 11 assists in 30 minutes the Jazz's easy win over the Wizards, enough to bump his season average to 10.33 assists per game, third best in the NBA. The unusual thing about Williams is that his assists average is fractionally higher in road games (10.40) than in home games (10.26). Among the NBA's top ten in assists average this season, only one other player, Dwyane Wade, has a higher average on the road than at home.

Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards

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Lee

LEE REBOUNDS WHILE HIS TEAMMATES SCORE

David Lee was held to eight points but his 16 rebounds helped the Knicks to a 94-84 win at Philadelphia in a game played between teams that each entered the game at 23-43. Lee was the only one of New York's five starters who did not score in double figures - only the second time in his 196 NBA starts that each of his fellow starters scored 10-or-more points but he did not.

New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers

NHL

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Holmstrom

HOLMSTROM'S 20TH WINS IMPORTANT GAME FOR WINGS

Tomas Holmstrom's 20th goal of the season could hardly have been more important. It was a game-winner with 1:19 remaining in the third period against the Flames, who are the Red Wings' chief competitors for a Western Conference playoff spot. It was the 209th goal of Holmstrom's NHL career, but only the second time that he has scored a go-ahead goal with less than two minutes left in the third period. (He scored a late game-winner vs. Dallas on April 17, 2006.)

Holmstrom became the 15th player in Red Wings history to put together five seasons of at least 20 goals. Now, just 17 more seasons like that and he'll tie Gordie Howe's team record of 22 seasons scoring 20-plus goals!

Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames

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Brodeur

BRODEUR HELPS HIMSELF WITH KEY ASSIST

Martin Brodeur made 34 saves in his 3-2 win over the Bruins and he also was credited with an assist on New Jersey's second goal. It was Brodeur's third assist of this season and the 34th in regular-season play during his NHL career. That's the highest assist total, by far, for any active goaltender (Marty Turco is second with 22) and it ties Ed Belfour for sixth-most all-time among NHL goaltenders. Brodeur's record in games in which he has recorded an assist is 24-3-6 (with one no-decision).

New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins

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Huselius

HUSELIUS LIKES 2010

Kristian Huselius set his season high for points in one game with four (one goal, three assists) in the Blue Jackets' 5-3 win against the Oilers. Huselius finished 2009 in a major slump, recording no goals and four assists over his final 14 games of the calendar year, but he has averaged better than a point per game since New Year's Day, with 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 24 games.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers


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