Date: March 24, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Kidd

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JASON

Jason Kidd had 26 points and 12 assists for Dallas Tuesday night, his 37th birthday. Kidd is the seventh player in NBA history to have that many points and that many assists in a game played on his birthday. The others to do it were Oscar Robertson, Lenny Wilkens, Randy Smith, John Lucas, Kevin Johnson, and Andre Miller.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers

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Gooden

GOODEN'S BIG NIGHT GOES TO WASTE

Drew Gooden had 26 points, 20 rebounds, and went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line for the Clippers Tuesday night. Over the last 27 seasons, only one other player had at least 25 points and 20 rebounds and was 10-for-10 or better from the free-throw line in a game his team lost: Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points, 22 rebounds, and was 10-for-10 from the line for Dallas in a loss to the Lakers on April 3, 2003.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers

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Wallace

WALLACE IS A 15/15 MASTER

Gerald Wallace, who is listed at 6'7", scored 17 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for the Bobcats Tuesday night. It was the seventh time this season that Wallace had at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in a game. No other player listed at 6'8" or shorter has more than one such game this season. Over the last six seasons, only one other player that "short" has had seven 15/15 games in one season: Shawn Marion who did it three times (15 games in 2004-05, 19 in 2005-06, 7 in 2007-08).

Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards

LOWEST SCORING OVERTIME GAME THIS SEASON

Charlotte beat Washington in overtime, 95-86 (181 total points). It was the fewest points scored for both teams combined in an overtime game this season. Prior to this game, the lowest scoring overtime game was between Utah and Portland on February 21 (Utah won 93-89, 182 combined points).

Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, Portland Trail Blazers

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Anthony

'MELO LIKES MSG

Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points in Denver's lost to the Knicks in New York. Anthony raised his career scoring average at Madison Square Garden to 30.3 points per game. Only three other players who have played more than one game at the "World's Most Famous Arena" averaged at least 30 points per game there: Michael Jordan (31.8), LeBron James (30.4) and Kobe Bryant (30.3) .

Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

NO LONGER A PALACE

The Pistons 98-83 loss to the Pacers Tuesday night was their 20th home loss of the season. It's the second straight seasons that Detroit has had at least 20 home losses (20 last season). It's only the second time in team history that the Pistons lost 20 or more home games in consecutive seasons. They also did it in 1979-80 (28 home losses) and 1980-81 (27) .

Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers

NHL

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Blake

OLD-MAN BLAKE GETS THREE HELPERS

40-year-old Rob Blake assisted on three goals in the Sharks' 4-1 win at Minnesota. Blake is the third defenseman in NHL history to record three or more assists in one game after his 40th birthday. The others were Tim Horton, who had a four-assist game at age 42 for the Penguins in January 1972 and a three-assist game for the Rangers as a 41-year-old in February 1971, and Carl Brewer, who was 41 years old when he had three assists in a game for the Maple Leafs in January 1980.

San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Elliott

ELLIOTT BACK-TO-BACK BLANKINGS

Brian Elliott shut out the Flyers in Ottawa, 2-0, on Tuesday, after blanking the Canadiens in Montreal by the same score on Monday. He's the first NHL goaltender to record shutouts on consecutive days since Boston¿s Tim Thomas did that on Oct. 27-28, 2008. Elliott is the third goaltender in Senators franchise history with shutouts on two straight days, joining Ron Tugnutt (April 2-3, 1997) and Patrick Lalime (Feb. 12-13, 2003).

Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins

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Zajac

ZAJAC NETS TWO

Travis Zajac scored two goals for the Devils in their win over the Blue Jackets. Entering play on Tuesday, Zajac's 21 goals in 2009-10 tied him with Minnesota's Andrew Brunette for the league high among players who had not recorded a multiple-goal game this season.

New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild

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Kovalchuk

KOVALCHUK FOUR-POINT GAME FOR SECOND TEAM THIS SEASON

Ilya Kovalchuk had his most productive game since he was traded to New Jersey by Atlanta in early February, recording four points (one goal and three assists) in the Devils' win against the Blue Jackets. Kovalchuk had two four-point games for the Thrashers this season. Over the last ten years, the only other NHL players to notch four points or more in a game for two different teams in one season were Joe Thornton (Bruins and Sharks in 2005-06), Bill Guerin (Blues and Sharks in 2006-07), Ryan Smyth (Oilers and Islanders in 2006-07) and Mark Recchi (Lightning and Bruins in 2008-09).

Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Rask

RASK EARNS FOURTH SHUTOUT

Bruins rookie Tuukka Rask recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a 4-0 victory in Atlanta. Rask's four shutouts are the most by any rookie this season and they match the highest single-season total by a Boston rookie over the last 54 years. Don Simmons posted four shutouts as a rookie for the Bruins in 1956-57 as did Blaine Lacher in the lockout-shortended 1994-95 season.

Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers

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Downie

DOWNIE IS FIRST WITH 20/200 SINCE FLEURY

Steve Downie scored his 20th goal of the season in Tampa Bay's win over Carolina. Downie, who also has 200 penalty minutes this season, is the first NHL player with 20/200 since Theo Fleury for the Rangers in 2001-02 (24 goals, 216 penalty minutes).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers

STARS UNLIKELY WIN

The Stars posted a 3-1 victory in Nashville despite being outshot by the Predators, 35-14. It was only the second time in Stars history, including the team's years in Minnesota, that they won a game in which they had no more than 15 shots while allowing at least 35 shots on goal. The other instance was a 3-1 win at San Jose on Nov. 7, 2007, in which San Jose outshot Dallas, 39-12.

Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks

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Clemmensen

CLEMMENSEN MAKES 42 SAVES

Scott Clemmensen made a career-high 42 saves in his 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Clemmensen has won both games this season in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal (Tuesday's game in Toronto and Nov. 20 at Detroit), after losing all three games before this season in which the opposition sent 40-plus shots his way.

Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings


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