Date: November 4, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Bryant

THE BIG TWO

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and Pau Gasol added 22 in the Lakers' victory at Sacramento. Bryant and Gasol are the first pair of NBA teammates to each score at least 20 points in each of their team's first five games of a season since Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley for the 2002-03 Rockets (also a five-game streak). Bryant and Gasol are the first pair of Lakers to do that since Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West scored 20 or more points each in their first six games of the season in October 1970.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Brand

BRAND FLASHES OLD FORM

From Elias: Elton Brand scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the 76ers to their first win of the season, a 101-75 decision over the Pacers. Brand has played 110 games in three seasons with Philadelphia, but Wednesday night marked his first game in a Sixers uniform with at least 25 points and more than 10 rebounds. Brand had 15 such games during his first two NBA seasons with the Bulls and 65 such games in seven seasons with the Clippers.

Philadelphia 76ers

FIRST WIN IS A BIG WIN

From Elias: The 76ers were the third team in NBA history to register their first win of a season by a margin of more than 25 points after beginning that season with at least four straight losses. The Cavaliers lost their first seven games in the fall of 1995 before getting into the win column with a 114-82 triumph at Philadelphia and the Bucks snapped a five-game start-of-season losing streak with a 102-74 win over the Bulls in October 1976.

Philadelphia 76ers

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Jefferson

JEFFERSON HAS THE HOT HAND

From Elias: Richard Jefferson scored a game-high 28 points on the strength of 9-for-13 shooting from the floor (including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc) to lead the Spurs to a 112-110 win at Phoenix. Jefferson's field-goal percentage has been over 60 percent in each of four straight games (every game this season), the longest such streak of his career. Since Jefferson joined San Antonio, the Spurs are 15-3 in games that he's made more than 60 percent of his field-goal attempts.

San Antonio Spurs

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Griffin

FIRST WIN FOR GRIFFIN AND THE CLIPPERS

From Elias: Blake Griffin had his first taste of victory in the NBA as the Clippers defeated the Thunder and avoided the fifth 0-5 start in franchise history. Griffin was the first number-one overall draft pick in the draft to play in four or more consecutive losses to begin his NBA career since LeBron James played in five straight Cavaliers losses before his first win.

Los Angeles Clippers

TIMBERWOLVES OUTSCORED BY 74 POINTS IN FLORIDA

From Elias: The Timberwolves lost by a margin of 42 points in Orlando (128-86), one night after a 32-point loss in Miami (129-97). It was the third-largest margin of defeat in NBA history by a team that lost its previous game by at least 32 points. The 76ers lost consecutive games to the Knicks (130-82) and Pacers (133-88) in April 1994, and the Bulls lost two in a row to the Pistons (107-75) and Magic (115-68) in April 1999.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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Rondo

RONDO KEEPS DISHING

From Elias: Rajon Rondo had 15 assists (14 in regulation) in the Celtics' overtime win against Milwaukee. Rondo's 82 assists this season are an NBA record for one player through his first five games of a season. He broke the mark of 81 assists previously shared by Magic Johnson (in the fall of 1988) and John Stockton (the following year).

Boston Celtics

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Pierce

PIERCE REACHES MILESTONE

From Elias: Paul Pierce scored 28 points in Boston's victory, including the 20,000th point of his career late in overtime. Pierce is the 20th player in NBA history to net at least 20,000 points for one team and he's the third player to reach that milestone for the Celtics, joining John Havlicek (26,395) and Larry Bird (21,791). The only other franchise with as many 20,000-point players as the Celtics is the Lakers, who have four: Kobe Bryant, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Elgin Baylor.

Boston Celtics

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Kidd

KIDD'S KIND OF GAME

From Elias: Jason Kidd scored only three points on 1-for-6 shooting from the floor (including 1-for-4 from three-point range) but he handed out 12 assists in the Mavericks' one-point win at Denver. It was the 21st time in Kidd's career that he registered at least a dozen assists in a game in which he had no more than one field goal. It's the most such games for any player in NBA history. John Stockton did that 18 times (the second-highest total).

Dallas Mavericks

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Scola

SCOLA CLEANING THE GLASS

From Elias: Luis Scola grabbed 16 rebounds in a game for the third time this season but the Rockets dropped to 0-4 with a loss to the Hornets in Houston. Scola's 58 rebounds are the most for a Rockets player through his first four games of a season since Charles Barkley grabbed 70 rebounds over his first four games (with at least 15 in each game) in February 1999.

Houston Rockets

FORM HOLDS TRUE

From Elias: The Hawks (5-0) remained undefeated with a 94-85 victory over the winless Pistons (0-5) in Atlanta. It was the 21st game in NBA history in which an undefeated team with at least three wins hosted a winless team with at least three losses. The undefeated home team has won 20 of those 21 games. The exception was a victory by the 0-6 Timberwolves over the 5-0 Warriors at Oakland in 1994.

Atlanta Hawks

GOOD OLD LARRY DREW

From Elias: Atlanta's Larry Drew is the fifth man to begin his NBA head-coaching career with five straight wins and he's the first to do it since Lawrence Frank won his first 13 games with the Nets in 2004, an NBA record. At age 52, Drew is more than ten years older than any other NBA coach who won his first five games. The next-oldest to do it was Kurt Rambis, who won his first nine games after debuting as the Lakers' coach in 1999 at age 41.

Atlanta Hawks

WARRIORS STILL PERFECT AT HOME

From Elias: The Warriors defeated the Grizzlies on Wednesday to improve their home record to 3-0. It's the first time that Golden State has won its first three home games of a season since 1990, when the Run TMC crew (led by Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin) won its first six games at The Arena in Oakland (now known as Oracle Arena).

Golden State Warriors

SAME FACE IN ANOTHER NEW PLACE

From Elias: The Bobcats defeated New Jersey by two points in Larry Brown's first visit to the Nets' new home. Prudential Center was the 74th different arena in which Brown has coached an NBA game, but he'll have to stick around for quite a while longer to match the all-time record that's shared by Lenny Wilkens and Red Holzman, both of whom coached NBA games at 84 different venues.

Charlotte Bobcats

NHL

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN RAKES LEAFS

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin failed to register a goal for the first time in his last seven games against the Maple Leafs but he had two assists and scored the shootout decider in the Capitals' win over Toronto on Wednesday. Since 2007-08, Ovechkin has averaged more than two points per game versus the Leafs, with 11 goals and 14 assists in 12 games.

Washington Capitals

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Mason

52 SAVES ARE ENOUGH TO WIN

From Elias: Atlanta's Chris Mason made a career-high and NHL season-high 52 saves in his 4-3 win over the Panthers on Wednesday. It was the fourth time in team history that a Thrashers goaltender made 50 or more saves in one game and each time it has resulted in a road win for Atlanta. The other 50-plus save games for the Thrashers were by Milan Hnilicka (in December 2001), Frederic Cassivi (March 2002) and Ondrej Pavelec (October 2009).

Atlanta Thrashers

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Marchand

SHORTHANDED POINTS FOR MARCHAND

From Elias: Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, both while the Bruins were shorthanded, to help Boston post a 5-2 win in Buffalo. Over the last eight seasons, the only other Bruins to record two shorthanded points in one game were Patrice Bergeron (Feb. 17, 2009 at Carolina) and Daniel Paille (Apr. 10, 2010 vs. Carolina).

Boston Bruins

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Mills

MILLS SINKS CHAMPS

From Elias: Brad Mills' first NHL goal snapped a 2-2 tie with 3:51 remaining in the third period and sent the Devils on their way to a 5-3 win against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Mills is the sixth player to score his first goal of his NHL career with New Jersey and do so versus the defending Stanley Cup winner. The others were Jeff Madill, Myles O'Connor, Valeri Zelepukin, David Clarkson and Mark Fraser. Madill and O'Connor did it in the same game (Jan. 12, 1991 vs. Edmonton).

New Jersey Devils

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Matsumoto

ROOKIE NETS TWO

From Elias: Carolina's Jonathan Matsumoto, who made his NHL debut on Monday, scored the first two goals of his career in the Hurricanes' 7-2 win over the Islanders on Wednesday night. He was the fourth rookie to record a multiple-goal game in the NHL this season, following the Rangers' Derek Stepan, Calgary's Mikael Backlund and Matsumoto's teammate, Jeff Skinner, who had a goal and an assist in the Canes' victory on Wednesday night.

Carolina Hurricanes


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