Date: October 28, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wade

WADE THE FIRST OPTION FOR MIAMI

From Elias: Dwyane Wade took 20 shots to LeBron James's 12 in the Heat's win over the 76ers on Wednesday. James has played only one other game in his career in which a teammate took at least eight shots more than him while LeBron played as much time as he did tonight (37:33). That was in James's second career game, in which he played 41 minutes and took 17 shots while his teammate Ricky Davis took 25.

Miami Heat

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Paul

PAUL HELPS HIS MATES

From Elias: Chris Paul assisted on 16 of his teammates' 28 field goals on Wednesday, 57 percent. The only other players in NBA history to record an assist on at least 55 percent of his teammates' field goals in a season opener are Bob Cousy in 1953 (15 of 25, 60%) and Rajon Rondo on Tuesday (17 of 30, 57 percent).

It's the third time since the start of last season that Paul assisted on at least 55 percent of his teammates' field goals in one game; all other NBA players have combined for five such games since the start of the 2009-10 season (one each for Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Tyreke Evans, Devin Harris and Rajon Rondo).

New Orleans Hornets

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Mozgov

UNHERALDED ROOKIES MAKE KNICKS STARTING LINEUP

From Elias: The Knicks had two rookies in their opening-night starting lineup, neither of whom was a first-round pick this year: Landry Fields was a second-round pick and Timofey Mozgov went undrafted. It's the first time since 1993 that a team had a pair of rookies who were not first-round picks in the first-game starting lineup. That season both the Mavericks (Darren Morningstar and Popeye Jones) and the Lakers (Nick Van Exel and Antonio Harvey) each did it.

New York Knicks

MAVERICKS EXTEND WIN STREAK

From Elias: The Mavericks defeated the Bobcats on Wednesday to extend their winning streak over Charlotte to 13 games. That's tied for the second-longest current team vs. team winning streak-the Spurs have won 16 straight against the Clippers and the Hornets have won 13 in a row against the Clippers.

Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks

HAWKS SOAR IN SEASON OPENER

From Elias: The Hawks won their season-opener in Memphis, 119-104. It was only the second time in Hawks franchise history that they won their season opener by at least 15 points on the road. Atlanta started the 1984-85 season, also with a 119-104 win, that time in New Jersey, led by 34 points from Dominique Wilkins.

Atlanta Hawks

GAME #1, DECIDED BY 1

From Elias: The Kings defeated the Timberwolves in each team's season opener on Wednesday by one point, 117-116. There's been only one other season-opening game (for each team) in NBA history which was decided by one point in regulation in which the teams scored more points: in 1978 the Nuggets defeated the Spurs, 118-117, in each team's first game of the campaign.

Memphis Grizzlies

NETS RALLY LATE TO WIN

From Elias: The Nets defeated the Pistons on Wednesday after New Jersey trailed by seven points with less than two minutes to play. The Nets had only two wins over the previous four seasons after facing a deficit of that size with under two minutes remaining (against the Raptors in 2008 and the Bulls this April).

Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets

MLB

GIANT OUTBURST

From Elias: The Giants scored five runs with two outs in the fifth inning of their World Series Game 1 win over the Rangers. Only two other teams have scored five or more runs with two outs in an inning in Game 1 of a World Series-the Red Sox did it against the Rockies in 2007 and somehow the Reds managed it against the "Black Sox" in 1919.

San Francisco Giants

WHO NEEDS PRODUCTIVE OUTS?

From Elias: San Francisco scored 11 runs and had 12 strikeouts in Game 1 of the World Series. The only other team with more than 10 runs and strikeouts in a World Series game was the Yankees, who struck out 11 times in a 16-3 win over the Pirates in Game 2 of the 1960 World Series.

San Francisco Giants

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Sanchez

SANCHEZ DOUBLES HIS FUN

From Elias: Freddy Sanchez had three doubles off Cliff Lee, equaling the number of extra-base hits Lee had allowed over his previous three starts this postseason. Only three players have had three extra-base hits off Lee in a regular-season game (and no one else has done it in the postseason): Adrian Gonzalez this season, Alberto Gonzalez in 2009 and Mark Teahen in 2006.

San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers

NHL

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Thornton

THORNTON'S HAT TRICK

From Elias: On Wednesday Joe Thornton recorded the first hat trick allowed by Martin Brodeur since Minnesota's Marian Gaborik scored three times against Brodeur on Feb. 17, 2004. It's the 12th hat trick that Brodeur has allowed, and no player has gotten him more than once.

San Jose Sharks

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Ellis

ELLIS COMES OFF BENCH TO BLANK PENGUINS

From Elias: The Lightning overcame a 3-1 deficit to beat the Penguins, 5-3, led by goaltender Dan Ellis, who picked up the win by holding Pittsburgh goalless after he replaced starting netminder Mike Smith at the 12:15 mark of the first period. Ellis is the first goaltender in Lightning history to win a game in relief while playing at least 40 minutes and allowing no goals. He's the first goaltender on any NHL team to pick up a relief "shutout" win while playing at least 47 minutes since Chris Mason did so for Nashville on April 1, 2008, in relief of... Dan Ellis!

Tampa Bay Lightning

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Neuvirth

NEUVIRTH SETS CAPITALS ROOKIE MARK

Washington rookie Michal Neuvirth recorded the first shutout of his NHL career (and the first shutout by a rookie goaltender in the NHL this season) with a 3-0 win at Carolina on Wednesday. Neuvirth's victory was his sixth of the season, breaking the Capitals record for most October wins by a rookie goaltender, a mark set by Semyon Varlamov with five one year ago.

Washington Capitals

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Byfuglien

THE BYFUGLIEN DUCKLING

Dustin Byfuglien's power play goal just over five minutes into the third period turned out to be the game-winner for the Thrashers against the Rangers on Wednesday night. Byfuglien, who was acquired from the Blackhawks in a trade over the summer and moved from right wing to defense, has scored three goals for Atlanta, all on power plays. Though this season is only three weeks old, Byfuglien has already matched the highest power play goal total by a Thrashers defenseman for the entire 2009-10 season: three by Zach Bogosian.

Atlanta Thrashers

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Plekanec

PLEKANEC DELIGHTING HOME FANS

From Elias: Tomas Plekanec scored one goal and assisted on another to help the Canadiens beat the Islanders in Montreal. Plekanec has recorded four goals in five home games this season. Plekanec did not score his fourth goal at Bell Centre last season until January 16, in his 25th game on home ice.

Montreal Canadiens

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Turco

PEPPERED TURCO

From Elias: Marty Turco, who made 33 saves in his 3-1 win over the Kings on Wednesday, is 5-0-1 this season in games in which he's faced at least 30 shots on goal.

Chicago Blackhawks


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