Date: March 29, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Udrih

LEBENO LOOKS LIKE KING JAMES ON VISIT TO CLEVELAND

Beno Udrih recorded a triple-double (18 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds) in the Kings' 97-90 loss at Cleveland. Udrih became only the second player to post a TD when facing LeBron James. The first was Mike Bibby, also playing for Sacramento, more than five years ago (Jan. 20, 2005).

Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Redick

REDICK STARS IN CARTER'S PLACE

J.J. Redick stepped in for injured Vince Carter and put up the kind of numbers that Carter produced in his heyday, leading the Magic to a 103-97 win over the Nuggets. Redick scored 23 points, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. Carter hasn't reached those totals in the same game this season, and he did it only once in each of the past two seasons.

Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

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Garnett

BLOWOUT IN BOSTON

The Spurs routed the Celtics, 94-73, posting the largest margin of victory by any visiting team at Boston in the three seasons since Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joined the team. It was the Celtics' lowest point total at TD Garden since a 78-68 loss to the Pistons on January 5, 2004.

Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons

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Randolph

RANDOLPH EXCELS IN LOSS AT MILWAUKEE

Zach Randolph scored 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Grizzlies' 108-103 overtime loss at Milwaukee. It was Randolph's seventh 30/15 game this season, surpassing the previous franchise career high of five by Pau Gasol.

Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks

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Horford

HORFORD'S 8TH STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLE AIDS IN WIN OVER PACERS

Al Horford posted his eight consecutive double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) in the Hawks' 94-84 win over the Pacers. That's the longest such streak by a Hawks player since Antoine Walker had nine in a row during the 2004-2005 season.

Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers

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Miller

WHO NEEDS SIEGFRIED? BLAZERS HAVE MILLER & ROY

Andre Miller led the Trail Blazers with 26 points and Brandon Roy added 20 in a 92-87 victory at Oklahoma City. Portland has posted a 31-12 record in the 43 games that Miller and Roy have started together this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers

NHL

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Crosby

CROSBY DOUBLES IN PENGUINS' VICTORY

Sidney Crosby scored two goals in the Penguins' shootout win over the Maple Leafs. Crosby leads all NHL players with 14 multiple-goal games this season. Pittsburgh won all six of his multi-goal games this season through the end of December, but Sunday's victory was only the fourth for the Pens in Crosby's eight multiple-goal games in 2010.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Kessel

KESSEL HITS THE 30-MARK IN FIRST SEASON WITH LEAFS

Phil Kessel notched his 30th goal of the season in the Maple Leafs' loss at Pittsburgh. Kessel is the fourth player this season to score at least 30 goals in his first season with a new team. Marian Gaborik has scored 39 goals for the Rangers, Dany Heatley 39 for the Sharks and Mikael Samuelsson 30 for the Canucks.

Kessel is only the third NHL veteran-that is, a player with prior NHL experience and without rookie status-to score 30 goals in his first season with the Leafs. Tom Fergus scored 31 goals in 1985-1986 and Ed Olczyk scored 42 goals in 1987-1988.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks

FLAMES START FAST IN WIN AT WASHINGTON

The Flames led 4-0 after the first period and cruised to a 5-3 victory at Washington. It was only the fifth road game in franchise history in which the Flames scored four or more goals in the first period while holding their opponent scoreless and Calgary became the first visiting team ever to do so at Verizon Center, the home of the Capitals since 1997.

Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN REACHES 100 POINTS IN JUST 65 GAMES

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and added an assist on Sunday to raise his point total to 100 in his 65th game of the season. The only other active player ever to record at least 100 points within his first 65 games of a season is Sidney Crosby, who reached the 100-point mark in his 65th game of the 2006-2007 season.

Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames

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Tkachuk

TKACHUK BLOWS OUT 38 CANDLES, LIGHTS ONE LAMP

Keith Tkachuk celebrated his 38th birthday by scoring the tie-breaking goal in the third period of the Blues' 2-1 win over the Oilers. The only other NHL player to score a game-winning goal on his birthday at age 38+ was Ron Francis.

St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers

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Boucher

BOUCHER TOPS DEVILS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1999

Brian Boucher was in goal for the Flyers' 5-1 victory over the Devils. It was the 98th regular-season victory of Boucher's 10-year NHL career, but his first against New Jersey since his first NHL win on October 30, 1999. Note that Boucher beat the Devils three times in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final (but he and the Flyers lost that series in seven games).

Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, and Lukas Krajicek all scored in the Flyers' win over the Devils, marking the first time since October 2005 that three different Flyers defensemen scored in the same game. Derian Hatcher, Joni Pitkanen, and Mike Rathje were the last three Philadelphia D'men to do that.

Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils

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Mason

MASON WINS ONE ON THE ROAD

Steve Mason made 33 saves to earn the first star in the Blue Jackets' 4-2 win at Chicago. Mason had only one victory in his previous 17 road games. From November 21, 2009 through March 23, Mason posted a 1-9-4 record with a 3.44 goals-against average on the road.

Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Greiss

GREISS SHINES WHILE NABOKOV RESTS

Thomas Greiss stopped 42 of Colorado's 45 shots on goal in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Avalanche. Greiss is the first Sharks goaltender other than Evgeni Nabokov to make 40 or more saves in one game since Vesa Toskala stopped 47 shots in a 5-5 tie at Boston on November 6, 2003.

Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks

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Mueller

MUELLER MATCHES HIS PHOENIX OUTPUT IN ONE MONTH WITH AVS

Peter Mueller, who scored a pair of goals in the Avalanche's loss at San Jose, has picked up 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games since he was acquired at the trading deadline (March 3). That equals Mueller's point total in 54 games for the Coyotes earlier this season (4 goals, 13 assists).

Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes


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