Date: December 19, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

THE BIG THREE TAKING CHARGE

From Elias: LeBron James (32), Dwyane Wade (20) and Chris Bosh (20) all scored 20 points in Miami's win in Washington, one night after the same trio all scored at least 20 points in a win in New York. It's the first time in Heat history that they had the same trio of players each score at least 20 points in games played on back-to-back days. One other NBA team did that this season: the Knicks on November 19 and 20 (Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari).

Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks

HEAT EXTEND WINNING STREAK BY SLIMMEST OF MARGINS

From Elias: Miami extended its winning streak with a one-point win over Washington. The Heat are only the third team over the last 20 seasons to extend a winning streak of at least 11 games with a one-point victory. The Rockets extended a winning streak to 14 games with a 94-93 win over the Magic on March 16, 1993; and the Celtics beat the 76ers 100-99 on February 3, 2009 to extend a winning streak to 12 games.

Miami Heat, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets

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Griffin

GRIFFIN, BERNARD AND SHAQ

From Elias: Blake Griffin had 29 points and 12 rebounds in the Clippers' win in Chicago. It was the eighth time in 28 games that Griffin had at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a game. Griffin is only the third player since the NBA-ABA merger to have eight 25/10 games in his first 28 career games. Shaquille O'Neal had 25/10 eleven times in his first 28 NBA games in 1992-93; and Bernard King had eight such games for the Nets in 1977-78.

Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics

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Parker

PARKER SWISHES AND DISHES

From Elias: Tony Parker had 37 points and nine assists in San Antonio's win over Memphis. It was the fifth time in his career that Parker scored that many points and handed out that many assists in a game. All other players in San Antonio's NBA history combined for only six such games: George Gervin (three), Alvin Robertson, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies

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Williams

WILLIAMS SCORES BIG OFF THE BENCH

From Elias: Lou Williams scored 24 points off the bench in Philadelphia's win over the Magic. Williams has scored 325 points as a substitute this season, the fifth-most in the NBA behind Jamal Crawford (371), Charlie Villanueva (346), Al Harrington (337) and C.J. Miles (335) of the Utah Jazz.

Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz

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Love

EVERY TEAM COULD USE A LITTLE LOVE

From Elias: Kevin Love had 43 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves Saturday night. The last NBA player to have that many points and that many rebounds in a non-overtime game was Zach Randolph for the Blazers on March 29, 2007. Randolph had the same totals as Love in 96-92 loss for Portland.

Kevin Garnett is the only other player in Timberwolves history to have such a game. Garnett had 47 points and 17 rebounds for Minnesota on January 4, 2005. But just like Love, Garnett's effort came in a loss, 122-115 against the Suns.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

UTAH OVERCOMES DOUBLE-DIGIT DEFICIT

From Elias: Utah overcame a 12-point deficit in its win over Milwaukee. It was the ninth time this season that the Jazz overcame a double-digit deficit to win a game, the most such wins in the NBA.

Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

NHL

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Boulton

BOULTON TRICKS THE DEVILS

From Elias: Eric Boulton, much better known for his fighting prowess than his goal-scoring ability, recorded the first multiple-goal game of his NHL career with a hat trick for the Thrashers in their 7-1 win over the Devils. Boulton entered play on Saturday with the fourth-highest games played total (507) among active NHL forwards who had never had a multiple-goal game. The players ahead of him on that list were Ryan Johnson (668), Adam Mair (578) and Wade Belak (539), though Belak's inclusion deserves as asterisk, since he's played numerous games as a defenseman.

Atlanta Thrashers, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators

BRUINS SURVIVE CAPITAL BARRAGE

From Elias: The Capitals were outscored 3-0 in the first period of their game at Boston and their comeback effort fell just a bit short as they lost, 3-2, despite outshooting the Bruins 26-2 in the third period. Washington's 24-shot advantage in the third period was the largest ever by the Capitals in any period of any regular-season game. It also matched the biggest shot edge by any NHL team in any period in any game over the last 18 seasons. That's been accomplished two other times since 1992-93, with the Red Wings doing the honors in both instances (Dec. 31, 1999: 28-4 in third period vs. Chicago; March 12, 2009: 28-4 in first period vs. Calgary).

Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames

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Lawson

COYOTES HOWL DURING SHOOTOUT

From Elias: The Coyotes won their game on Long Island by scoring on all three of their shootout attempts against Islanders goaltender Nathan Lawson, who was making his NHL debut. It's the first time that the Coyotes have ever had a perfect "3 for 3" shootout. Two other NHL teams have done that this season: Dallas (Oct. 16 vs. St. Louis) and Chicago (Oct. 20 vs. Vancouver).

New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks

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Staal

STAAL TIES SELANNE

From Elias: Eric Staal's 12th career hat trick powered the Hurricanes to a 4-2 win against the Ducks. Staal, who has spent his entire career with Carolina, has tied Teemu Selanne for the most hat tricks for one team among active NHL players. Selanne has a dozen hat tricks for Anaheim.

Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks

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Couture

COUTURE NETS TWO AGAIN

From Elias: Rookie Logan Couture notched his third two-goal game this month in the Sharks' 4-1 win at St. Louis. Couture has tied the San Jose rookie record for most multiple-goal games in one calendar month, a mark set by Rob Gaudreau in December 1992 and matched by Steve Bernier in March 2006 and Ryane Clowe in January 2007.

San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers

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Luongo

LUONGO RAKES LEAFS

From Elias: Roberto Luongo extended his winning streak to four games with a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Luongo had a mediocre 5-6-2 record against Toronto when he played for the Panthers but he's 6-0-0 (with one no-decision) in seven games versus the Maple Leafs with the Canucks.

Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers

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Richards

RICHARDS SCORES TWO

From Elias: Brad Richards scored both goals for the Stars in their 2-1 win at Columbus. Richards did not score a goal in any of the seven games he played against the Blue Jackets in his seven seasons with the Lightning, but he's scored seven goals in ten games versus Columbus since he was traded to Dallas in February 2008.

Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Zherdev

NIKOLAY THRIVES AT WELLS FARGO CENTER

From Elias: Nikolay Zherdev scored two goals for the Flyers in their 4-1 win over the Rangers in Philadelphia. Zherdev, who signed with the Flyers as a free agent last summer, has scored 10 of his 13 goals this season on home ice. He ranks second on the team in goals at Wells Fargo Center, one behind Claude Giroux.

Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers

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Doughty

DOUGHTY SCORES IN BUNCHES

From Elias: Defenseman Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist in the Kings' 6-1 win at Nashville, giving him a total of six points in his last three games (one goal, five assists). Doughty also recorded six points over a three-game span last month (Nov. 13-17: one goal, five assists), but if you excluded those two three-game outburst he'd have only one point (an assist) in 18 games this season.

Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators


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