Date: December 21, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

BEARS TACK 40 ON VIKINGS

From Elias: The Bears scored 40 points on Monday, their second-most in any of their 50 regular-season games played on the road against the Vikings. On Oct. 17, 1965 the Bears won at Metropolitan Stadium, 45-37, behind an epic second-half performance by Gale Sayers, who caught two touchdown passes, ran for another TD and had a kickoff return for a fourth.

Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings

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Favre

FAVRE KO'D AGAIN

From Elias: Brett Favre threw only seven passes on Monday before being knocked out with an injury and he threw only one pass before being injured in his previous start, on Dec. 5 against Buffalo. Those are the only two starts of Favre's career in which he threw fewer than 10 passes.

Minnesota Vikings

NBA

MAVERICKS IMPROVE TO 9-1 ON ROAD

From Elias: With a win in Miami on Monday the Mavericks are now 9-1 on the road this season. It's the first season in franchise history that Dallas won at least nine of its first 10 road games.

Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks

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Terry

HUGE FOURTH QUARTER FOR TERRY

From Elias: Jason Terry had 19 points on Monday, all in the fourth quarter, in Dallas' win over Miami. Terry was the first NBA player to score 19 or more points in a game, all in the fourth quarter, since Vladimir Radmanovic did it for the SuperSonics with 19 points on Dec. 7, 2002.

Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

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Wade

KRYPTONITE FOR WADE AND JAMES

From Elias: Dwyane Wade is now 1-10 in his career against the Mavericks, having lost each of his last 10 games. That's his worst record and his longest losing streak against any particular opponent. LeBron James is now 6-10 against Dallas, his third-lowest winning percentage against any opponent; he's 4-10 against both the Nuggets and Rockets.

Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat

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Ellis

ELLIS LIGHTS UP ROCKETS

From Elias: Monta Ellis scored 44 points and made 15 of 20 field goals (75 percent) in the Warriors' loss to the Rockets on Monday. It's the second time this season Ellis has had a 40-point game in which he made at least 75 percent of his field goals. On Oct. 27, the Warriors' first game of the season, Ellis scored 46 points and made 18 of 24 field goals. No other NBA player has had a game this season in which he scored at least 40 points and made at least 75 percent of his shots from the floor.

Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets

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Howard

HOWARD OUTREBOUNDS MATES

From Elias: Dwight Howard outrebounded his teammates, 20-18 in the Magic's loss to the Hawks on Monday. It's the fifth time this season that a player has outrebounded his teammates; Kevin Love has done it twice and Al Horford and Reggie Evans each did it once.

It's the 10th game in which Howard has outrebounded his teammates, twice as many as any other NBA player since Howard entered the league in 2004-05; Marcus Camby has five such games.

Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic

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Miles Jr.

MILES AHEAD

From Elias: C.J. Miles led the Jazz with 22 points as a substitute on Monday - his seventh game this season in which he scored at least 20 points off the bench. The only player with more 20-point games as a substitute this season is Washington's Nick Young, who has nine. (Young has been in the starting lineup in each of the Wizards' last two games and scored at least 20 points in each game.)

Utah Jazz

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Neal

NEAL LEADS SPURS IN SCORING

From Elias: Gary Neal, an undrafted rookie from Towson, led the Spurs with 22 points off the bench on Monday. He's only the second undrafted rookie to lead the Spurs in scoring as a substitute; on Feb. 25, 1993, Lloyd Daniels led San Antonio with 26 points.

San Antonio Spurs

BLOWOUT WIN FOR WIZARDS

From Elias: The Wizards defeated the Bobcats by 33 points on Monday, 108-75. Washington, which entered the game 6-19 (.240) is the first NBA team with a winning percentage under .250 after at least 20 games to win a game by such a large margin since Dec. 30, 1990, when the 6-23 (.207) Magic defeated the Nuggets by 39 points, 155-116. It was Washington's largest margin of victory in more than five years, since a 41-point win over Seattle on Nov. 11, 2005.

Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats

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Jennings

BUCKS LOSE EVERY-GAME STARTER JENNINGS

From Elias: Brandon Jennings, who started all 82 games as a rookie last season and the Bucks' first 25 games this season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following surgery on his fractured left foot. Jennings was the only NBA rookie to start all 82 games during the 2009-2010 season. In fact, only five other rookies did so since 2000: Carmelo Anthony in 2003-2004, Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala in 2004-2005, and Mario Chalmers and O.J. Mayo in 2008-2009.

Milwaukee Bucks

NHL

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Kesler

KESLER GOAL = VANCOUVER WIN

From Elias: Ryan Kesler's 16th goal of the season was the game-winner for the Canucks in their 3-1 victory at St. Louis. Vancouver has won all 11 games this season in which Kesler has scored a goal. Kesler and Washington's Alexander Semin (18 goals) are the only NHL players who've scored at least 15 goals this season, all in wins by their team.

Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues

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Malkin

MALKIN QUICKLY ACCUMULATES 5 POINTS

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin tallied five points in the Penguins' 6-1 win over the Coyotes on Monday night and he had recorded his two goals and three assists by the 7:21 mark of the second period. Malkin was the first NHL player to amass five points that quickly in one game since Jan. 13, 2007, when Daniel Alfredsson did it with only 3:31 elapsed in the second period of the Senators' game against the Canadiens.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Phoenix Coyotes

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St. Louis

CONSECUTIVE 3-POINT GAMES FOR ST. LOUIS

From Elias: Martin St. Louis posted his second straight game with one goal and two assists to lead the Lightning to a 5-1 win over the Hurricanes on Monday night. It's the third time in this calendar year that St. Louis has had consecutive three-point games, something he had done only once in his NHL career before New Year's Day 2010.

Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Backstrom

BACKSTROM EXTINGUISHES FLAMES

From Elias: The Wild, 3-1 winners at Calgary on Saturday, completed a sweep of their home-and-home set against the Flames with a 4-1 win in Minnesota on Monday. Niklas Backstrom, the winning goaltender in both games, has a 7-1-1 record (with one no-decision) over his last ten games against the Flames while allowing more than one goal in only two of those games.

Calgary Flames, Minnesota Wild

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Vokoun

VOKOUN GROUNDS FLYERS

From Elias: Tomas Vokoun's 5-0 win at Philadelphia was his fourth shutout of the season and his third road shutout. The only other NHL goaltenders with three road shutouts this season are Henrik Lundqvist and Tim Thomas.

Philadelphia Flyers, Florida Panthers

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Hiller

HILLER DECLAWS BRUINS

From Elias: Jonas Hiller stopped all 45 shots on goal by the Bruins in his 3-0 win at Boston. Hiller's 45 saves tied the Ducks record for a goaltender in a shutout, a mark set 12 years ago by Dominic Roussel in a 1-0 win at Colorado on Dec. 22, 1998.

Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks

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Enstrom

ENSTROM NOTCHES FOUR POINTS

From Elias: Defenseman Tobias Enstrom scored two goals and assisted on two goals in the Thrashers' 6-3 win at Toronto. Enstrom's four points are a personal high and they match the single-game high by an NHL defenseman this season. Bryan McCabe, Nicklas Lidstrom and Enstrom's teammate Dustin Byfuglien (Nov. 28 vs. Boston) were the D-men with four-point games earlier this season.

Atlanta Thrashers, Toronto Maple Leafs


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