Date: November 6, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Smith

SMITH SHOWS OFF VERSATILITY

From Elias: Josh Smith had 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots in the Hawks' victory over the Timberwolves. It's the sixth time in the last six seasons that he's produced a 20/5/5/5 (points/rebounds/assists/blocks) game. No other NBA player has had even five games of that type over that period.

Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves

PHILADELPHIA ALLOWS 44 POINTS IN 4TH QUARTER

From Elias: The 76ers were outscored, 44-32, in the final quarter and lost to the Cavaliers, 123-116. That's the most fourth-period points allowed by Philadelphia in any regular-season or playoff game in two decades. The 76ers had last permitted that many points in the fourth quarter in Game Three of the 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Bulls. Chicago scored 45 points in the final 12 minutes of that contest, and Jordan outscored Barkley, 49-34, in the game, but the 76ers still won, 118-112.

Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Varejao

A PERFECT 10

From Elias: Anderson Varejao made all 10 of his field-goal attempts in the Cavaliers' win at Philadelphia. Only two other Cavaliers players ever shot 10-for-10 or better from the field in one game: Johnny Warren (12-for-12) vs. Buffalo in December 1973 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (10-for-10) against Washington in January 2008.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers

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Lopez

LOPEZ MISSES FIRST 13 SHOTS

From Elias: Brook Lopez missed each of his first 13 field-goal attempts in the Nets' loss to the Magic. Only two other NBA players over the last four seasons misfired on their first 13 shots from the field in one game: New Jersey's Vince Carter against Toronto in December 2008 and Golden State's Corey Maggette at Sacramento in January 2010.

New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic

CELTICS WIN IN OT

From Elias: The Celtics and Bulls went into overtime, before the defending Eastern Conference champions prevailed, 110-105. Boston and Chicago played four overtime games against each other in the opening round of the 2009 playoffs, a series the Celtics won in seven games. But they met in only one other regular-season overtime contest in the past 15 years, a 95-92 win for the Bulls in March 1999, which was one of only 13 victories for Tim Floyd's team in that abbreviated season.

For only the second time in their history the Celtics have won back-to-back games, both at home, and each in overtime. The other instance was in January 1959, when Russell, Cousy and company defeated the Pistons and the St. Louis Hawks at the Garden.

Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls

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Douglas

SUPER SUB SPARKS KNICKS

From Elias: Toney Douglas had 10 rebounds and five steals in the Knicks' victory over the Wizards. He became the first non-starter to record a 10/5 (rebounds/steals) game for the Knicks since Chris McNealy had 10 rebounds and eight steals off the bench, coincidentally also against Washington, in March 1986.

New York Knicks, Washington Wizards

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Paul

PAUL COOLS HEAT WITH 19 ASSISTS

From Elias: Chris Paul had 19 assists in the Hornets' 96-93 victory over the Heat. Over the last six seasons there have been 35 instances in which an NBA player recorded at least 19 assists in a game, but in only three of them did his team score fewer than 100 points. Paul and the Hornets have been the tandem in all three of those games; he collected 20 assists in a 95-94 victory against Milwaukee in February 2009, and dished 19 dimes in a 98-92 triumph over the Nuggets in December 2009.

Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets

PISTONS ALMOST PERFECT FROM LINE

From Elias: The Pistons were 26-for-27 (96.3 percent) from the foul line in their 97-90 victory over the Bobcats. That was the third-highest free-throw percentage in franchise history in a game in which the team attempted at least 25 foul shots. The Pistons shot 28-for-29 (96.6 percent) from the line in each of two previous games.

Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER: SEVEN TURNOVERS, NO ASSISTS

From Elias: Danny Granger committed seven turnovers and did not record an assist in the Pacers' loss to the Bucks. In the past 20 years, only one other Indiana player turned the ball over at least seven times with nary an assist in a regular-season or playoff game. That was Derrick McKey, who had seven turnovers and no assists in Game Two of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, a 96-77 victory for the Knicks.

Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

NHL

ANOTHER 50-SHOT GAME FOR PANTHERS

From Elias: The Panthers had 50 shots on goal in their 7-4 win over the Hurricanes on Friday, two nights after Florida put 55 shots on net in a 4-3 loss to the Thrashers. It's only the second time in the last 39 seasons that an NHL team has recorded 50 or more shots on goal in each of two consecutive games. The Rangers did that on Jan. 3-5, 1994, in games against Florida (54 shots in a 3-2 win) and Calgary (53 shots in a 4-1 loss).

Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes

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Pouliot

POULIOT IS ROAD WARRIOR

From Elias: Benoit Pouliot scored two goals in a 7:24 span during the second period to enable the Canadiens to overcome a 2-1 deficit and post a 3-2 victory in Buffalo. Pouliot has scored 28 goals in his five-year NHL career and 18 of them have come in road games, including all four of his goals this season.

Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres

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Lundqvist

LUNDQVIST BLANKS DEVILS

From Elias: Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves in his 3-0 win over the Devils on Friday night. It was Lundqvist's fifth shutout in 32 regular-season games against New Jersey, which ties him with Tony Esposito and Dominik Hasek for the all-time lead in clean sheets against the franchise that is now the Devils (and was previously the Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies). Esposito had two shutouts against the franchise when it was located in Kansas City and three when it called Colorado home. Hasek's shutouts were all against New Jersey.

New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers

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Dubinsky

DUBINSKY SCORES TWICE

From Elias: Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals in the Rangers' 3-0 win against the Devils. Dubinsky, who leads the Rangers with 10 goals in 13 games this season, needed 60 (2007-08), 76 (2008-09) and 36 games (2009-10) to reach double-figures in goals in his first three full seasons in the NHL.

New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils

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Havlat

HAVLAT ENDS DROUGHT WITH GAME-WINNER

From Elias: Martin Havlat's first goal of the season snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and the Wild held on for a 2-1 victory over the Flames. Entering play on Friday, Havlat had not scored a goal in 14 games dating back to late March. It was the second-longest goal drought of his NHL career, behind a 20-game dry spell with Ottawa in the 2001-02 season.

Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames

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Eriksson

ERIKSSON STARS IN DALLAS VICTORY

From Elias: Loui Eriksson contributed four points (two goals and two assists) to the Stars' 6-3 win over the Coyotes, after registering three points (two goals and one assist) in Dallas's 5-2 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday. Eriksson is the first Stars player to record three points or more in each of two consecutive team games since Mike Ribeiro did so on Dec. 23-26, 2007 (against Montreal and Minnesota).

Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes

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Sloan

CAPITALS WIN IS 3-D SPECIAL

From Elias: Defensemen Tyler Sloan, Mike Green and John Carlson each scored a goal for the Capitals in their win over the Bruins on Friday. It was the first time that three different Washington defensemen scored goals in the same game since March 12, 1996, when Calle Johansson, Sergei Gonchar and Mark Tinordi each tallied once in a 9-0 rout of the Canucks.

Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals


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