Date: December 2, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Green

THUNDER GOES GREEN WITHOUT DURANT

From Elias: With Kevin Durant absent due to a sprained knee, Jeff Green stepped up to score a career-high 37 points in the for the Thunder in their triple-overtime win at New Jersey. Green has averaged 22.4 points per game in seven games with Durant on the sidelines in their four seasons as teammates, compared to an average of 14.0 points per game when playing alongside Durant.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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Westbrook

WESTBROOK POINTS, REBOUNDS AND ASSISTS

From Elias: Russell Westbrook posted team-high totals of 38 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists for Oklahoma City in its marathon win. It was the third game this season in which Westbrook led his team (either outright or tied) in each of those three categories, the most for any NBA player. LeBron James and Andre Iguodala are the only other players with two such games.

Oklahoma City Thunder

NEW JERSEY LOSES IN OVERTIME AT HOME

From Elias: The Nets suffered their first overtime loss at home since March 3, 2007 (a 96-88 defeat to the Celtics). In the interim, the Nets won each of their nine home games that required at least one extra period. The only team to win more than nine straight overtime games at home over the last 20 years (since Dec. 1, 1990) was the Hornets, who won 11 in a row from April 2006 to November 2009 (in New Orleans and Oklahoma City).

New Jersey Nets

STOP THE PRESSES - CLIPPERS BEAT SPURS

From Elias: The Spurs and Clippers became the first NBA conference rivals to complete their 2010-11 season series and it concluded with Los Angeles beating San Antonio for the first time since March 7, 2006. The Spurs had won their previous 18 games against the Clippers, which was the longest current winning streak for any NBA team against a particular opponent before Wednesday's outcome. The longest current team-versus-team winning streak in the league is now 13 games, shared by the Mavericks (over both the Bobcats and Heat), Lakers (against the Timberwolves) and Spurs (also versus the Timberwolves).

Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs

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Williams

FIRST-HALF DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR WILLIAMS

From Elias: The Jazz scored early and often to beat the Pacers as Deron Williams collected 12 points and ten assists before the intermission. Williams was the first NBA player to register double-digit points and assists during the first half of a game this season. It was the ninth first-half double-double of Williams' NBA career and his first since March 29 of last season (16 points, 10 assists in the first half versus New York).

Utah Jazz

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Garnett

BOSTON'S BIG THREE REACHES 200 GAMES

From Elias: The Celtics' "Big Three" played their 200th regular-season game together since joining forces in the fall of 2007 as Boston defeated the Trail Blazers, 99-95. Over that span, the Celtics are 150-50 (.750) in games that Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have all played, and they've posted a 42-22 mark (.656) in games that one or more of them have missed.

Boston Celtics

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Rose

NO MAGIC FOR ROSE AGAINST ORLANDO

From Elias: Derrick Rose scored only 15 points in the Bulls' loss to the Magic, snapping his streak of three consecutive games with at least 30 points. Rose's career 13.1 points-per-game scoring average against Orlando is his lowest against any team. He's averaged fewer than 15 points per game against only two other opponents: 14.9 PPG versus Miami and 14.3 against New Orleans.

Chicago Bulls

ROCKETS BEAT SLUMPING LAKERS

From Elias: The Rockets defeated Los Angeles to extend the Lakers' losing streak to four games, their longest since April 2007. That leaves the Nuggets as the only NBA team that hasn't lost for straight games in any of the last four seasons (since 2007-08). It's also the first time that the Lakers have ever lost four straight games with Kobe Bryant scoring at least 25 points in each game.

Houston Rockets

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James

JAMES, BOSH AND WADE SHARE THE LOAD

From Elias: LeBron James scored 18 points while Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade added 16 points each for the Heat in a 97-72 victory over the Pistons. It was the first game this season in which none of Miami's "Big Three" scored as many as 20 points.

Miami Heat

PISTONS RUN OUT OF GAS

From Elias: The Pistons are 0-5 in the second of games played on consecutive days this season after their loss at Miami. Detroit matched the Clippers (also 0-5) for the worst mark by any NBA team in the second of "back-to-back" games this season.

Detroit Pistons

WIZARDS STILL LOOKING FOR FIRST ROAD WIN

From Elias: The Wizards' 127-108 loss at Toronto dropped their record to 0-9 in road games this season. It's the longest road losing streak to begin a season in franchise history, which dates back to the 1961-62 Chicago Packers. Washington broke its previous club record of eight straight road losses to begin the 2006-07 season.

Washington Wizards

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Crawford

HAWKS MOVE THE BALL

From Elias: Jamal Crawford led the Hawks with eight assists in their 112-109 win over the Grizzlies. Crawford was one of eight players with at least one assist for the Hawks, who registered assists on 33 of their 42 field goals (79%). That matched the fifth-highest percentage for any team in an NBA game this season and it was the second-highest percentage of assisted field goals for the Atlanta in any game over the last two seasons.

Atlanta Hawks

LARRY BROWN, MEET MONTY WILLIAMS

From Elias: Larry Brown added another opposing head coach to his list when the Bobcats lost to Monty Williams' crew in New Orleans. Williams was the 162nd different head coach to match wits with Brown in an NBA game. Brown surpassed Lenny Wilkens (161) for the second spot on the all-time list. Only Don Nelson (172) has gone head-to-head against more different NBA head coaches than Brown.

Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets

MAVERICKS' BENCH LEADS THE WAY

From Elias: The Mavericks' non-starters combined to score 59 points in their 100-85 win against the Timberwolves. It matched the most bench points for any NBA team this season in a game in which it scored no more than 100 points. Sacramento subs scored 59 points in a 107-98 loss to the Pacers on Tuesday night. It had been almost two years since Dallas played a game in which its non-starters scored such a high percentage of the team's points. The Mavs had 64 points off the bench in a 100-98 win over the Clippers on Dec. 2, 2008.

Dallas Mavericks

NHL

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Thomas

THOMAS MATCHES HALL'S NHL RECORD

From Elias: Boston's Tim Thomas improved his road record to 9-0-0 this season with a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Thomas has tied the NHL record for consecutive road wins by a goaltender to begin a season, a mark set by Chicago's Glenn Hall in 1965-66.

Boston Bruins

CAPS FINALLY WIN IN ST. LOUIS

From Elias: The Capitals' 4-1 victory over the Blues on Wednesday was their first win at St. Louis since Oct. 26, 1996. It was so long ago that only two of the 20 players who dressed for Washington in that game are still active in the NHL: Andrew Brunette (with Minnesota) and Sergei Gonchar (Ottawa).Ottawa

Washington Capitals

LATE COMEBACK FOR OILERS

From Elias: The Oilers trailed 3-1 with less then ten minutes remaining in the third period in their game at Montreal but rallied to beat the Canadiens in overtime, 4-3. Excluding shootouts, it was the Oilers' first win in a game in which they trailed by two goals with under ten minutes to play in the third period since a 7-6 victory against the Canadiens in Edmonton on Jan. 6, 2002. It was their first such win on the road since Jan. 31, 1993 at Buffalo (5-4 in overtime).

Edmonton Oilers

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Rinne

RINNE WINS AT COLUMBUS

From Elias: Pekka Rinne turned away all three shootout attempts by the Blue Jackets to post a 4-3 win at Columbus. Rinne has a perfect 5-0-0 record in five games against the Blue Jackets in Nashville but he was 0-3-0 with one no-decision in four career games at Columbus before his victory on Wednesday night.

Nashville Predators

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Upshall

UPSHALL STEPS UP ON THE ROAD

From Elias: Scottie Upshall scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Coyotes to a 4-2 win at Minnesota. It was the sixth multiple-goal game of Upshall's eight-year NHL career but his first ever on the road. His first two multi-goal games were for the Flyers in Philadelphia, and the last three were for the Coyotes in Glendale.

Phoenix Coyotes


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