Date: November 3, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

NFL - Moss would be 1st

From Elias: No player in NFL history has ever caught a TD pass for 3 different teams in the same season.

NBA

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Wall

WALL: FIRST HOME GAME, FIRST EVER WITH 29 POINTS, 13 ASSISTS & 9 STEALS

From Elias: John Wall made his home debut a most memorable one, and not only because he led the Wizards to a 116-115 overtime victory over the winless 76ers. Get this: the first overall pick in this year's draft finished with 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals, making Wall the first player in NBA history (rookie, veteran or other) to reach each of those levels in one game.

Wall, who had nine assists in each of his first two games, also became only the second player in history to be credited with at least nine assists in each of the first three games in the NBA. He joins Damon Stoudamire, who did that with the Raptors in 1995.

Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers

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Rondo

RONDO SETS NBA RECORD FOR ASSISTS IN FIRST 4 GAMES

From Elias: Rajon Rondo had 17 assists in the Celtics' 109-86 road victory over the Pistons (the third time in four games this season that Rondo has been credited with at least that many assists). Rondo has already accumulated 67 assists (the most in NBA history by a player in the first four games of a season; he broke the mark of 65 assists previously shared by Magic Johnson (in the fall of 1988) and John Stockton (the following year).

Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons

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James

LEBRON: TWO-THIRDS OF A TRIPLE-DOUBLE, ONE-THIRD OF A TRIPLE-ZERO

From Elias: LeBron James, who had 28 triple-doubles with the Cavaliers, had 20 points and 12 assists in the Heat's 129-97 win over the Timberwolves (but collected nary a rebound). It was only the third game in his career, and the first since he was a rookie in 2004, in which LeBron had a doughnut under the rebounds column. If you look at the wide swath of NBA history, you'll find many players shorter than the 6'8" James who had rebound-less games in which they collected at least 20 points and at least 12 assists; but only two players as tall as 6'8" had such games¿Grant Hill (31 points, 12 assists) for the Pistons at Milwaukee in 1999 and Jalen Rose (35 points, 12 assists) for the Pacers at Washington in 2001.

Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards

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Gasol

GASOL'S START EVOKES LAKERS' LEGENDS

From Elias: Pau Gasol had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the Lakers' win over the Grizzlies. Through the first four games of the season, he has 97 points and 44 rebounds and is shooting 53.3 percent from the floor. Since the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960, only four other players had 90 points and 40 rebounds and shot over 50 percent from the floor over the Lakers' first four games in a season. Perhaps you have heard of them: Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal, who last did it in 2001.

Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

BUCKS LOSE EARLY LEAD AT HOME

From Elias: The Bucks jumped off to a 14-2 lead, but the Trail Blazers went ahead to stay in the closing minutes of the first half and came away earning a 90-76 decision. With that loss, the Bucks matched the number of home losses they had all last season after holding a lead of 12-or-more points; last November 28, Orlando overcame a 17-point deficit to win at Milwaukee, 100-98.

Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic

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Horford

HORFORD LEADING HAWKS TO HOT START

From Elias: Al Horford had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the undefeated Hawks won in Cleveland, 100-88. Horford, who had 51 points and 50 rebounds in the Hawks' first four games last year, now has 59 points and 41 rebounds in the Hawks' four games this season. The last Atlanta player to start two consecutive seasons with 40 and 40 over the team's first four games? Kevin Willis, back in 1991 and 1992.

Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

NHL

LEAFS AVOID COMPARISON WITH 1926, BUT NOT SO WITH 1927

From Elias: The Senators jumped to a three-goal lead and held on for a 3-2 victory in Toronto, ending the Maple Leafs' five-game winning streak against their provincial rival. From the Leafs' point of view, the good news was that with two third-period goals, they avoided being shut out in a third straight game for the first time since December of 1926. The bad news? Their scoreless streak of 167 minutes, 39 seconds was still the longest the Leafs have endured since December of 1927.

Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Karlsson

KARLSSON KEEPS ON SCORING

From Elias: Second-year defenseman Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist for the Senators in their 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Karlsson had scored only one goal in his first 50 NHL games but he has tallied seven times in 22 games since then (March 22 to date), tying Jordan Leopold for the most regular-season goals by a defenseman over that period.

Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres

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Torres

TORRES MAKES HAT-TRICK HISTORY vs. OILERS

From Elias: Raffi Torres notched the first three-goal game of his NHL career to lead the Canucks to a 4-3 win over the Oilers, a team for whom Torres played four seasons (2003-04 through 2007-08). Torres is the first former Edmonton player ever to record a hat trick against the Oilers.

Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers

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Brunette

IT FIGURES: MR. ONE-AT-A-TIME SCORES THE GAME'S ONLY GOAL

From Elias: Andrew Brunette scored the goal for the Wild in its 1-0 win over the Sharks. Brunette has scored 104 regular-season goals for Minnesota over his two stints with the club, and his last 77 goals in a Minnesota uniform have come one at a time: that is, in 77 different games!

Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks

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Garon

GARON THE LATEST FAMILIAR FACE TO THWART CANADIENS

From Elias: Mathieu Garon, who played his first four seasons in the NHL with the Canadiens, beat his original team for the first time with a 3-0 shutout for the Blue Jackets. Five goaltenders have posted wins against Montreal this year and four of the five are either former Canadiens (Garon and Tomas Vokoun) or were born in Montreal (Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Martin Brodeur).

Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils


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