Date: November 11, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wall

THE YOUNGSTER GOT GAME

From Elias: John Wall registered the first triple-double of his NBA career (19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists) as the Wizards defeated the Rockets. Wall (age 20 years, 65 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to reach those minimums in points, rebounds and assists in one game. Before Wednesday night, that distinction belonged to LeBron James (27 points, 14 rebounds, 14 assists at Toronto on April 20, 2005 at age 20 years, 111 days).

Washington Wizards

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Ming

YAO INJURED AGAIN

From Elias: Yao Ming never returned to the court after he strained a tendon in his left leg fewer than seven minutes into the Rockets' loss. Yao was a virtual iron man over his first three NBA seasons, playing 193 consecutive games to begin his career and 266 of a possible 268 regular-season games through Dec. 17, 2005, but he's played only 56 percent of the Rockets' games since then (220 of 395). Over that span, Houston has a .623 (137-83) winning percentage in games that Yao played and a .520 (91-84) mark without him.

Houston Rockets

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Lee

LEE RETURNS TO BURN FORMER MATES

From Elias: David Lee scored a game-high 28 points in the Warriors' 122-117 victory at Madison Square Garden. It was Lee's first game against the Knicks after playing his previous five NBA seasons with New York. Lee joined Walt Frazier (28 points for Cleveland on Oct. 25, 1977) as the only players to score as many as 28 points in their first game against the Knicks after playing for them.

Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

THE STREAK CONTINUES

From Elias: The Spurs posted their 18th consecutive win over the Clippers. It's the longest current team-versus-team winning streak in the NBA. San Antonio has fashioned a longer winning streak against only one team: 21 in a row against the Grizzlies from 1997 to 2002. The Clippers' 18 straight losses to the Spurs is the second-longest losing streak against one team in franchise history. The only longer streak began with the inception of the franchise, when the Buffalo Braves lost their first 22 games versus the Celtics (1970 to 1974).

The Clippers haven't defeated the Spurs since March 7, 2006 at Staples Center, when Elton Brand scored a game-high 30 points in a 98-85 victory. The only current Clipper who was on that team is Chris Kaman. The only current Spurs players who took part in that loss are Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers

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Durant

SPLITTING THE LOAD

From Elias: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 31 points apiece for the Thunder in a 109-103 decision over the 76ers. It was the first NBA game this season in which a pair of teammates each scored more than 30 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder

THE COMEBACK KIDS

From Elias: The Jazz erased a 45-35 halftime deficit to defeat the Magic in Orlando. Utah has won three straight games (two of them in overtime) after trailing by at least 10 points at halftime in each game. Utah is the first NBA team in the shot-clock era (1954-55 to date) to face a double-digit deficit at the half in three straight games and win them all.

Utah Jazz

HAWKS DROP THREE IN A ROW AFTER 6-0 START

From Elias: The Bucks handed Atlanta its third straight defeat after the Hawks began the season with six consecutive wins. Over the past 15 years, the only other team to lose at least three straight games immediately following a start-of-season winning streak of at least six games was the 2008-09 Hawks, who lost four in a row after winning their first six.

Atlanta Hawks

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Terry

TERRY SCORES FROM THE FLOOR

From Elias: Jason Terry came off the bench to score 25 points on the strength of 11-for-16 shooting from the floor (including three from beyond the arc) to lead the Mavericks to a 106-91 triumph in Memphis. It was the second time in Terry's career that he scored at least 25 points without going to the free-throw line in a game that he didn't start (28 points for Dallas vs. Oklahoma City, Dec. 13, 2008). No other player has ever had such a game for the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks

NETS COME FROM BEHIND ON THE ROAD

From Elias: The Nets outscored the Cavaliers by ten points in the fourth quarter in their 95-87 win at Cleveland. New Jersey had lost the previous 44 road games in which it trailed at the end of the third period (since March 3, 2009). It was the longest streak of its kind for any NBA team since the Kings lost 52 straight games under those circumstances from January 2008 to December 2009.

New Jersey Nets

NHL

BRUINS RALLY LATE

From Elias: The Bruins trailed, 4-2, through the first two periods of their game at Pittsburgh but they outscored the Penguins 5-0 in the third period and left the Steel City with a 7-4 win in hand. It was the first time that Boston outscored its opponent by five goals in the third period of a game since a 5-1 home win against the Canadiens on Nov. 27, 1998. The Bruins had not done that in a road game since their 10-1 win at Quebec on Nov. 7, 1981, when they outscored the Nordiques 6-0 over the final 20 minutes.

Boston Bruins

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McElhinney

FIRST CAREER SHUTOUT

From Elias: Anaheim's Curtis McElhinney recorded his first NHL shutout with a 1-0 win over the Islanders on Wednesday night. McElhinney entered the game with the most career starts (24) among active goaltenders who never registered a shutout. That distinction now belongs to the Oilers' Devan Dubnyk (17 starts).

Anaheim Ducks

ISLANDERS PLAYING FROM BEHIND

From Elias: The Ducks extended the Islanders' losing streak to eight straight games and New York hasn't had a lead in any of those losses! The Islanders' streak of eight straight games without having a lead is the second-longest in franchise history. Their only longer streak was 12 games (0-12-0) in their first season, 1972-73.

New York Islanders

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LaBarbera

BEATING THE CHAMPS

From Elias: Jason LaBarbera made 35 saves to lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago. It was the 46th win of the journeyman goaltender's seven-year NHL career but only his second victory against a defending Stanley Cup champion. LaBarbera posted a 3-1 win for the Kings against the Cup-holding Anaheim Ducks in January 2008.

Phoenix Coyotes

EVERYONE GETS IN ON THE ACT

From Elias: The Blue Jackets romped to an 8-1 win over the Blues in which a franchise-record 14 different Columbus players recorded at least one point. (The previous high was 12, done eight times). The only Blue Jackets who didn't notch a goal or assist in Wednesday's game were goaltender Steve Mason and defensemen Anton Stralman, Kris Russell, Jan Hejda and Fedor Tyutin. Nine Columbus players tallied at least two points against St. Louis, smashing another single-game franchise record (six players with two or more points, done four times).

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Myers

THREE-POINT GAME FROM BACKLINER

From Elias: Tyler Myers scored one goal and assisted on two more for the Sabres in their shootout win at New Jersey. It was Myers' fourth game with three points or more in his two seasons in the NHL, tying him with Chicago's Duncan Keith for the league high over that span among defensemen.

Buffalo Sabres

PANTHERS' POWER PLAY CLICKS

From Elias: The Panthers, who entered play on Wednesday with only three power play goals this season (tying them with the Devils for the NHL low), scored two power play goals in their 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. That ended Florida's run of 31 consecutive games without a multiple-PPG game (dating back to March 6), the third-longest such streak in franchise history (36 games in 2003-04, 32 games in 1998-99).

Florida Panthers


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