Date: March 23, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Howard

BOTH CENTERS HAVE BIG GAMES IN PHILLY

Dwight Howard shot 9-for-11 (82%) from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds, while opposing center Samuel Dalembert was 6-for-7 (86%) with 14 boards in the Magic's 109-93 win at Philadelphia. It was the first game in over 12 years in which both starting centers shot at least 80% while pulling down double-digit rebounds. On February 2, 1998, the Heat's Alonzo Mourning was 10-for-12 with 17 rebounds and his former college teammate, Dikembe Mutombo of the Hawks, was 6-for-7 with 15 boards.

Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks

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Durant

DURANT SCORES 45 VS. SPURS

The Spurs defeated the Thunder 99-96, despite Kevin Durant's 45 points. No player had scored that many points against San Antonio in 11 years, since Allen Iverson scored 46 on February 12, 1999, 932 games ago. That had been the longest active streak of consecutive games without allowing a player to score 45 or more. The Pistons (617 games since allowing 46 to Tracy McGrady on Christmas, 2002) now have the longest current streak.

Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons

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Salmons

SALMONS ON A SCORING RUN

John Salmons led all players with 32 points for the Bucks in their 98-95 win over the Hawks. Salmons has scored 349 points in 17 games since being traded from Chicago to Milwaukee last month. At the time of the trade, Salmons' career scoring average was 9.1 through 571 NBA games. But only three players have scored more points in their first 17 games for the Bucks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) scored 446 points in 1969. Terry Cummings scored 374 in 1984. And Brandon Jennings scored 368 earlier this season.

Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls

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Wade

WADE DOES IT ALL IN WIN

Dwyane Wade scored 27 points, shooting 9-for-13 (69%) from the field, and added seven rebounds and 12 assists in the Heat's 99-89 win at New Jersey. Only one other player has reached those levels of points, rebounds, assists, and field-goal percentage in a game this season: Deron Williams (35-7-13-76%) on February 27 against the Rockets.

New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Utah Jazz

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Lopez

THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A CENTER'S LINE

Nets center Brook Lopez scored 26 points but grabbed only one rebound in New Jersey's 99-89 loss to Miami. The last starting center to score 25+ points with one-or-fewer rebound was the Knicks' Eddy Curry (26 pts, 1 reb) on January 20, 2007 at Indiana.

New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers

RAPTORS WIN 12TH STRAIGHT OVER T-WOLVES

The Raptors beat the Timberwolves, 106-100. It was Toronto's 12th straight win over Minnesota, the second-longest winning streak against any opponent in team history. The Raptors won 16 straight games over the Bulls from 1999 to 2002.

Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls

JAZZ COME BACK TO BEAT CELTICS

The Jazz trailed at halftime, 54-49, but stormed back to beat the Celtics, 110-97. Boston has 12 losses this season in games it led by at least five points at the half, the most in the NBA. Utah is now 10-10 (.500) in games it trailed by 5+ at halftime, which is tied with the Cavaliers (6-6) for the best such record in the league.

Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers

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West

WEST DOES MORE DISHING THAN REBOUNDING

David West had six rebounds and 10 assists in the Hornets' 115-99 win over the Mavericks. It's the third time in the last five games that West has had more assists than rebounds. Before March 15, West had done this only four times in 353 NBA starts.

New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks

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Randolph

ZACH RANDOLPH 25-10

Zach Randolph had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 102-85 win at Sacramento. It was Randolph's 16th game this season with 25+ points and 10+ rebounds, third-most in the NBA behind Chris Bosh (23) and Kevin Durant (20).20

Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings

DEL NEGRO DOESN'T SEE END OF BULLS' BIG WIN

Bulls' head coach Vinny Del Negro was ejected after his second technical foul in the Bulls' 98-88 win over the Rockets. The last head coach to receive two technicals in a double-digit win was Jerry Sloan of the Jazz on December 17, 2008 in a 103-92 win at New Jersey.

Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, New Jersey Nets

LOTS OF SCORING IN EVERY QUARTER IN OAKLAND

The Suns and Warriors both scored at least 30 points in each quarter of Phoenix' 133-131 win at Golden State Monday night. It was the first time that happened in an NBA game since a Warriors-Grizzlies contest at Memphis on January 3, 2007.

Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies

NHL

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Zetterberg

ZETTERBERG'S RARE BIG GAME VS. EAST

Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals in the Red Wings' 3-1 win over the Penguins. Zetterberg entered play on Monday with only two goals in 16 games this season against Eastern Conference teams. He's scored 18 goals in 47 games versus Western Conference clubs this season.

Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Howard

HOWARD THRIVING SINCE OLYMPICS

Jimmy Howard, who made 26 saves in his victory against Pittsburgh, is 8-2-1 in 11 games since the NHL resumed play after the Olympics. Howard's eight wins tie him with Nashville's Pekka Rinne (8-1-0) for the league high since the Olympic break.

Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators

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Alfredsson

ALFREDSON VS. HABS

Daniel Alfredsson was credited with an assist on both goals in the Senators' 2-0 win at Montreal. Alfredsson is the active leader in goals (29), assists (70) and points (99) against the Canadiens, having amassed those totals in 75 games versus Montreal. The only active players with even half as many points against the Canadiens as Alfredsson are Rod Brind'Amour (57) and Dany Heatley (50) .

Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators

SENATORS ARE FOURTH NORTHEAST OPPONENT WITH A SHUTOUT IN MONTREAL

The Canadiens' 2-0 loss to Ottawa Monday marked the fifth time that they've been shut out at home this season. Calgary was the first team to blank them in Montreal this season but the last four have been by the Canadiens' four Northeast Division rivals: Toronto, Buffalo, Boston and Ottawa. Montreal had never before suffered home shutouts by four different division opponents in a season.

Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins

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Galiardi

GALIARDI TIES IT LATE IN THIRD

T.J. Galiardi forced overtime by scoring with seven seconds left in regulation in the Avalanche's 4-3 overtime loss in Los Angeles. Since the team relocated from Quebec to Colorado, the only other Avs player to tie up a game with less than ten seconds left in the third period was Joe Sakic, who did it twice against the Oilers (in 1997 and 2008).

Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers


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