Date: November 24, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

NFL- Defending-SB-Champs-well-on-Thanksgiving

From Elias: Things should look good for the Saints as they head to Dallas to battle the Cowboys. The defending champs are 6-2 on Thanksgiving since the merger and hadn't lost since 1993, in one of the more infamous Thanksgiving day games of all time.

New Orleans Saints

NBA

BIG COMEBACK FOR THE WIZ

From Elias: The Wizards overcame a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to beat the 76ers in overtime Tuesday night. How unlikely was the Washington comeback? The Wizards had lost their last 136 games in which they trailed by at least 15 points at anytime in the fourth quarter. Washington's last such win came on January 30, 2004 against Phoenix.

Washington Wizards

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Nowitzki

DIRK CARRIES THE LOAD

From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 42 points in the Mavericks' 88-84 win over the Pistons. It is only the third time in team history that a player scored 40-or-more points in a game in which the Mavericks scored less than 90 points. Nowitzki scored 40 points in an 83-77 win at Portland on April 9, 2010; and Mark Aguirre scored 42 in a 101-85 loss, also at Portland, on February 7, 1984.

Dallas Mavericks

NETS-HAWKS PLAY OVERTIME

From Elias: The Nets beat the Hawks in overtime Tuesday night, a game that the Hawks never had a lead in. It's the first NBA game since February 8, 2006 that went overtime with one team never having the lead. San Antonio beat Toronto in overtime that night in a game the Raptors never led.

Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets

HUMPHRIES CLEANING THE GLASS

From Elias: Kris Humphries grabbed 14 rebounds in the Nets' win. Humphries has 84 rebounds over his last seven games. That's the most rebounds by a Nets player over a seven-game span since Kenyon Martin hauled down 85 rebounds in December 2003.

New Jersey Nets

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER EXCELS FROM LONG RANGE

From Elias: Danny Granger made five three-pointers in the Pacers' win over the Cavaliers Tuesday night. It was the fifth time this season that Granger made at least four baskets beyond the arc, tying him with Stephen Jackson for the most such games in the NBA.

Indiana Pacers

LAKERS ARE 13-2

From Elias: The Lakers improved their record to 13-2 with their win over the Bulls Tuesday night. It was the sixth time in franchise history that the Lakers had a record of 13-2 or better through 15 games. Only one NBA team has more such seasons: Boston (12). The Nationals/76ers also have six seasons of 13-2 or better through 15 games.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Rose

ROSE IS BLOOMING

From Elias: Derrick Rose has 307 points and 101 assists in Chicago's 12 games this season. Rose is the ninth different player in NBA history with at least 300 points and 100 assists in his team's first 12 games of a season. Oscar Robertson did it five times, Dave Bing (1968-69), Jerry West (1970-71), Nate Archibald (1972-73), Isiah Thomas (1984-85), Michael Adams (1991-92), Gary Payton (2000-01) and Allen Iverson (2005-06).

Chicago Bulls

MLB

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Hamilton

HAMILTON IS AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP

From Elias: Josh Hamilton played 133 games during the 2010 regular season. Over the last 30 years (with the exception of strike-shortened seasons), only one other position player was named his league's MVP after playing as few games as Hamilton. Barry Bonds was the NL MVP in 2003 despite playing only 130 games. Bonds hit 45 homers and posted a .529 on-base percentage that year.

Hamilton played only five games from September 1 to the end of the 2010 season. No other position player won an MVP award after playing fewer than 10 games in September and October combined. The lowest such totals by non-pitcher MVPs: Dick Groat, 10 (1960); Mickey Mantle, 15 (1957); Joe DiMaggio, 16 (1941); Frankie Frisch, 16 (1931); Roy Campanella, 17 (1955). Obviously this doesn't include the strike-shortened 1994 season, which ended in August.

Hamilton's teammate, Neftali Feliz, won the 2010 American League Rookie of the Year Award. Hamilton and Feliz are the second pair of Rangers to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards, respectively, in the same season. Jeff Burroughs (MVP) and Mike Hargrove (ROY) did it in 1974. The Yankees (four times) are the only franchise to have that daily double more often than the Rangers. The A's and Dodgers are the only other franchises to do it twice.

Texas Rangers

COLLINS IS A MANAGER AGAIN

From Elias: Terry Collins, who has not managed in the major leagues since 1999, was named manager of the Mets Tuesday. Of the 155 players who appeared in a game under Collins during his major-league managerial career, only nine played in a major-league game last season: Bobby Abreu (15 games under Collins), Garret Anderson (440), Jim Edmonds (315), Troy Glaus (173), Mike Hampton (97), Bengie Molina (22), Ramon Ortiz (3), Scott Schoeneweis (31) and Billy Wagner (38).38

New York Mets

NHL

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Stempniak

STEMPNIAK NETS TWO

From Elias: Lee Stempniak scored two goals in the Coyotes' 5-0 win over the Oilers. It was Stempniak's sixth multiple-goal game in the regular season since he played his first game for Phoenix on March 4 of last season. Only two other NHL players have at least six multi-goal games over that span: Steven Stamkos (seven) and Sidney Crosby (six).six

Phoenix Coyotes


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