Date: May 25, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

FINALLY AN OVERTIME GAME IN THE NBA

The Magic-Celtics game on Monday was the 70th playoff game in 2010, but it was the first overtime game of this year's playoffs. Every playoff year that has had at least 50 games has had at least two overtime games.

Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

MAGIC AVOID BEING SWEPT

The Magic, who won all four games of their series against both Charlotte and Atlanta earlier in this postseason, avoided being swept by Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Only one team has ever won two or more series sweeps and then in turn was swept in a series any time later in that same postseason. The Lakers did that in 1989, sweeping Portland (3-0), Seattle (4-0) and Phoenix (4-0), before losing all four games to Detroit in the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic

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Howard

HOWARD'S 30/15 GAME

Dwight Howard scored 32 points with 16 rebounds in Orlando's win on Monday. He's the first player with a 30/15 (points/rebounds) postseason game against the Celtics since Patrick Ewing had 33 points and 19 rebounds against them on May 2, 1990.

Orlando Magic

MLB

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Buchholz

BUCHHOLZ CONTINUES ROAD STREAK

Clay Buchholz has won each of his last eight road starts, dating back to last season, while posting an ERA of 1.80 in those eight games. The only other pitchers in Red Sox history to win eight straight road starts are Roger Clemens (three separate streaks), Lefty Grove (1937-38) and Babe Ruth (1916-17).

Boston Red Sox

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Masterson

HERE¿S TO THE NEXT 20...

Justin Masterson took the loss on Monday after allowing five runs in four innings. Masterson is now 1-12 with a 5.26 ERA in 20 games for the Indians after being acquired in the trade that sent Victor Martinez to Boston. The only other pitcher in major-league history with at least 12 losses, no more than one win and an ERA over 5.00 in his first 20 games with a team was Troy Herriage, in his only season in the major leagues, for the 1956 Athletics (1-12, 6.15).

Cleveland Indians

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Cordero

CORDERO NOTES 15TH SAVE

Francisco Cordero recorded his 15th save of the season on Monday in the Reds' 45th game of the year. The only other Reds pitcher with as many as 15 saves in the first 45 games of a season is Danny Graves, who did it in 2002 and 2004 (when he had 21 in the first 45 games, a major-league record).

Cincinnati Reds

NHL

TOO LITTLE, TOO EARLY

Brian Gionta, who gave the Canadiens 1-0 lead 59 seconds into Monday's game, scored three first-minute goals in the 2010 playoffs (at :60 or earlier in the first period), becoming the first player in NHL history to do that three times in one playoff year. Gionta has four such goals in his NHL career (he also had one in 2006 for the Devils). That's the most such goals for any player in NHL history. Many other players had three career goals in the first minute of a playoff game.

Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens


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