Date: December 23, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

LARRY BROWN EXITS

From Elias: Paul Silas replaced Larry Brown as head coach of the 9-19 Bobcats. It's the fourth time in Brown's NBA coaching career that he's failed to complete a season that he started, the most such seasons for any coach in the league's history. Brown met the same end with each of the first three teams he coached in the NBA: the Nuggets (28-25 in 1978-79), Nets (47-29 in 1982-83) and Spurs (21-17 in 1991-92) .

Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs

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Garnett

ANOTHER LATE COMEBACK FOR THE CELTICS

From Elias: Kevin Garnett sank a pair of free throws with 3:16 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Celtics a lead they would not relinquish in their 84-80 win over the 76ers. The victory extended the Celtics' winning streak to 14 games, the longest in the NBA this season. Boston has trailed during the final four minutes in three of their last six wins.

Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers

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Jefferson

JEFFERSON REJECTS OLD MATES

From Elias: Al Jefferson scored 23 points and blocked a career-high seven shots to lead the Jazz to a win in his return to Minnesota. Jefferson was the first NBA player to register at least seven blocked shots in his first game against a former team since the 76ers' Dikembe Mutombo blocked nine shots against the Hawks on March 9, 2001, 15 days after he was traded to Philadelphia.

Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

SECOND DOUBLE-DIGIT WINNING STREAK FOR SAN ANTONIO

From Elias: The Spurs, who had a 12-game winning streak earlier this season (Nov. 1-24), extended their current winning streak to ten games by defeating Denver. San Antonio (25-3) is the second team in NBA history to register two double-digit winning streaks within its first 28 games of a season. The 1980-81 76ers achieved that status in their 26th game, and like the Spurs, they had a 12-game winning streak followed by ten straight wins.

San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers

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Wallace

BIG BEN IS ONE OF A KIND

From Elias: Ben Wallace played the 1000th regular-season game of his NBA career in the Pistons' win at Toronto. Wallace is the 95th player in league history to reach the 1000-game mark but he's the only one of those players who's never scored 25 or more points in a regular-season game. Wallace, who set his regular-season career high with 23 points in a game against the Raptors earlier this month, has surpassed that output in a playoff game. He scored 29 points for the Pistons in a first-round game at Philadelphia in 2005 .

Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers

PISTONS LIMIT SECOND CHANCES

From Elias: The Pistons pulled down 26 rebounds from the defensive glass while holding the Raptors to only two offensive rebounds. Detroit's percentage of defensive rebounds (92.9%) was the fifth-highest for one team in an NBA game this season.

Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors

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Stoudemire

STOUDEMIRE SCORES AND BLOCKS

From Elias: Amar'e Stoudemire (23 Pts, 3 Blk) had his eighth straight game with 20 or more points and at least two blocked shots in the Knicks' triumph over the Thunder. It's the longest streak of that kind for any NBA player since Tim Duncan did it in eight straight games during the winter of 2004. The only other player to fashion a streak of that length for the Knicks was Patrick Ewing, whose longest such streak was 12 games (twice).

New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs

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Boozer

BOOZER LEADS BULLS

From Elias: The Bulls defeated the Wizards with Carlos Boozer leading Chicago in points (30), rebounds (10) and assists (7). It was the fourth game of Boozer's NBA career in which he was his team's outright leader in each of those statistical categories. He did it once with the Cavaliers and twice for the Jazz.

Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz

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Lewis

LEWIS OFF TARGET IN HIS DEBUT WITH WASHINGTON

From Elias: Rashard Lewis was 0-for-5 from downtown in his Wizards debut, after making at least one three-point field goal in each of his last 17 games with the Magic. Lewis entered the game with the NBA's longest current streak of consecutive games this season with at least one three-point field goal.

Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

EXPECTED RESULTS

From Elias: The Hawks won their eighth straight home game and handed the Cavaliers their 12th consecutive road defeat. Do you think that outcome was predictable? The visiting team has lost the last 14 NBA games (and 33 of the last 34) in which a team on a home winning streak of seven or more games hosted a team with a road losing streak of at least 11 games.

Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Johnson

JOHNSON IN CONTROL

From Elias: Joe Johnson scored 23 points and handed out seven assists without a turnover in the Hawks' win. Johnson is the 12th NBA player to register at least 20 points and seven assists in a game in which he didn't turn the ball over this season, but no player has had two such games.

Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers

HORNETS SNAP NETS' WINNING STREAK

From Elias: The Hornets defeated the Nets to deny New Jersey its first three-game winning streak of the year. The Nets haven't won three straight games since they posted a four-game winning streak early in 2009 (Jan. 31-Feb. 7). Since then, New Jersey is 0-6 in games immediately following two consecutive wins. The Wizards are only other NBA team that hasn't won three in a row since the Nets last accomplished that feat. Washington hasn't registered a three-game winning streak since April 2008 .

New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards

NHL

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Lovejoy

FIRST GOAL, FIRST FIGHT

From Elias: Ben Lovejoy had no goals or fighting majors on his brief NHL resume until he added one of each to his curriculum vitae in the Penguins' win over the Panthers on Wednesday. Lovejoy was the first player to record his first NHL goal and fight in the same game since March 17, 2007, when the Rangers' Ryan Callahan did that.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers

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Sedin

DOUBLE VISION

From Elias: Daniel and Henrik Sedin each scored a power play goal in the Canucks' overtime loss at Detroit. The Sedin twins have scored goals in the same regular-season game 29 times in their ten years in the NHL but this was only the third time that Daniel and Henrik each tallied power play goals in the same game. They also did it against Edmonton in December 2005 and at Dallas in March 2009.

Vancouver Canucks, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars

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Roloson

A WIN FOR ROLOSON

From Elias: Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson saw his 12-game winless streak come to an end when John Tavares scored in overtime to give Roloson and the Isles a 2-1 victory over the Lightning. Roloson's last win was on October 18 at Toronto, and that game also ended with a 2-1 final score on an overtime goal by Tavares. Roloson's winless streak was the longest by an Islanders goaltender since Garth Snow, now the team's G.M., finished the 2005-06 season and his NHL career with a 0-11-1 record over his last 12 decisions.

New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs


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