Date: March 27, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Felton Jr.

FELTON ON FIRE

Raymond Felton made eight of 10 shots and had 11 assists on Friday after he went eight for 10 with eight assists on Wednesday. Felton is only the fourth player in NBA history to have consecutive games with eight or more assists while taking at least 10 shots and making at least 80 percent of them. The others to do it are Wilt Chamberlain (twice, in 1966 and 1968), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1976) and Terry Porter (1991).1991

Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards

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James

SPURS BEAT CAVALIERS DESPITE BIG GAME FROM JAMES

The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers on Friday despite 27 points and 10 assists by LeBron James. The Cavaliers are now 48-10, an .828 winning percentage, in games in which James has had at least 25 points and 10 assists.

San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Holiday

HOLIDAY STEALS FROM HIS FOES AND GIVES TO HIS FRIENDS

Jrue Holiday had 12 assists and seven steals for the 76ers on Friday. He's only the second rookie to reach those totals in one game since the NBA began compiling steals in the 1973-74 season. Golden State's Winston Garland on April 20, 1988 (13 assists, 8 steals).

Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks

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Rondo

RONDO KNOWS ABOUT ASSISTS AND STEALS

Rajon Rondo had 18 assists and three steals on Friday, which was his sixth game this season with at least 15 assists and three steals. That's more than one-third of the total for the entire NBA this season (17 such games).

Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings

NETS FIRST WINNING STREAK OF THE SEASON

The Nets defeated the Pistons on Friday after beating the Kings on Wednesday, giving them their first winning streak of the season. Only three teams in NBA history have gone through an entire season without winning consecutive games: the 1947-48 Providence Steamrollers (who finished 6-42), 1986-87 Clippers (12-70) and 2004-05 Hawks (13-69).

New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons

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Durant

DURANT FINALLY GETS BEST OF BRYANT

Kevin Durant outscored Kobe Bryant on Friday, 26 to 11. Bryant had outscored Durant in nine of their 10 previous meetings, with the exception being a Lakers' blowout win in 2009 in which Bryant played only 29 minutes.

Before being held to 75 points on Friday the Lakers had won 12 consecutive games against the Thunder/Sonics and they had scored at least 100 points in all 12 games.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers

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Anthony

ANTHONY BEATS THE BUZZER

Carmelo Anthony's game-winning shot on Friday was his first buzzer beater (a shot that went in as time expired in the fourth quarter or overtime) in his NBA career (either in the regular season or postseason).

Anthony is 12 for 24 in his career on lead-giving field goals in the last 10 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime (50 percent). That's the highest field-goal percentage in the NBA on those shots over the last seven seasons.

Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors

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Haslem

HASLEM FILLS IN FOR O'NEAL

Udonis Haslem had 18 rebounds off the bench after Jermaine O'Neal was injured, tying a Heat record. Two other Miami players had 18 rebounds as a substitute: Kevin Willis in 1995 and Chris Gatling in 1996.

Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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Howard

HOWARD DOMINATES THE GLASS

Dwight Howard had 19 rebounds on Friday after having 24 in his previous game and 15 in the game before that. That total of 58 rebounds is his third-most in a three-game span. He had 64 over three games in 2007 and 59 in a three-game span in 2008.

Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER SETS CAREER HIGH IN POINTS

Danny Granger scored 44 points on Friday, tying the second-most by a Pacers player over the last 15 years. Jermaine O'Neal had a 55-point game in 2005 and Rik Smits had a 44-point game in 1995.

Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

NHL

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Spezza

SPEZZA LOVES TO SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO

Jason Spezza recorded a goal and an assist for the Senators in their win at Buffalo. Spezza has scored points in each of his last 10 road games against the Sabres (with 10 goals and 10 assists in total) and over the last five seasons he's registered 31 points in 17 games at HSBC Arena (13 goals, 18 assists).

Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators

SENATORS FOIL THE SABRES

Ottawa has won its last nine games against Buffalo. Only three NHL teams have longer current winning streaks against another team: Flyers against Islanders (15), Bruins over Thrashers (10) and Sabres over Maple Leafs (10).

Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators

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Perry

PERRY GETS A GAME-WINNER

Corey Perry scored two goals in a 95-second span in the third period, including the game-winner, in the Ducks' 3-2 victory at Edmonton. Perry's goals were his 25th and 26th of the season, but until Friday he was the only NHL player with 20 or more goals but no game-winning goals this season.

Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers

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Franzen

FRANZEN COMES ALIVE

Johan Franzen set a career high for points in one game (four) when he scored two goals and assisted on two more in the Red Wings' 6-2 win over the Wild. Franzen's previous high for points in one game was three, which he'd done only twice in 310 regular-season games before Friday. However, Franzen has had five three-point games in his 63-game NHL postseason career.

Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild


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