Date: December 26, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NFL

COWBOYS WERE NAUGHTY

From Elias: The Cowboys' missed extra point came back to haunt them Saturday night in their 27-26 loss to the Cardinals. It is the first time in team history that the Cowboys lost a game by one point after missing a PAT in the second half of a game.

Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

COWBOYS SET TEAM RECORD

From Elias: The Cowboys have scored at least 26 points in each of their last seven games, the longest such streak in franchise history. Dallas had scored at least 26 points in six straight games three times before; once spanning the 1965 and 1966 seasons, once in 1983 and again in 2007.

Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals

null
Toler

CARDINALS DEFENSE STRIKES TWICE IN OPENING QUARTER

From Elias: Dominique-Rogers Cromartie and Gregory Toler returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter for the Cardinals Saturday night. The last NFL team to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the first quarter of a game was the Patriots against Miami on October 17, 1999 (Andy Katzenmoyer and Ty Law).

The two pick-sixes were 4:20 apart making them the fastest interceptions for touchdowns for the Cardinals since Bill Stacy took two interceptions to paydirt 2:23 apart on November 5, 1961 against the Cowboys, both off Eddie LeBaron. They were the only two interceptions returned for touchdowns of Stacy's career.

Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

NBA

null
James

JAMES SLEIGHS LAKERS

From Elias: LeBron James had a triple/double in Miami's win over the Lakers. It was the seventh Christmas Day triple/double in NBA history, the first in 40 years. Four of the seven were done by Oscar Robertson. John Havlicek and Billy Cunningham also had a Christmas Day triple/double.

Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

MIAMI IS HOT ON THE ROAD

From Elias: Miami has won all nine of its road games in December. The Heat are only the second team in NBA history to win each of it first nine road games in a calendar month. The Lakers went 9-0 on the road in December 1971. Miami has one more road game this month, at Houston on December 29.

Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets

LAKERS SPANKED AT HOME AGAIN

From Elias: The Lakers lost by 16 points to the Heat, after losing their previous game by 19 points to the Bucks, both at home. It's only the third time in franchise history that the Lakers lost back-to-back home games by at least 16 points. The team was in Minneapolis the two previous times this happened, once in January 1959 and once in November/December 1959. In both cases, the Lakers played at least one road game in between the losses.

Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

THE CELTICS FIND COAL IN THEIR STOCKING

From Elias: The Magic snapped the Celtics' 14-game winning streak Saturday. It was the second-longest winning streak that ended with a loss on Christmas Day in NBA history. The Lakers beat the Celtics on Christmas in 2008 ending Boston's 19-game winning streak.

Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

null
Howard

MAGIC WIN DESPITE ONLY 6 POINTS FROM SUPERMAN

From Elias: Dwight Howard scored only six points in 33 minutes of playing time in Orlando's win over Boston. It was the 13th time that Howard scored that few points in at least 30 minutes of action in a regular season game. Orlando is 8-5 in those 13 games.

Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

null
O'Neal

SHAQ SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO SEVERAL TEAMS

From Elias: Shaquille O'Neal played his first Christmas game for the Celtics, after playing games on this date for the Magic (two), Lakers (five), Heat (three), Suns (one) and Cavaliers (one). O'Neal is the first player in NBA history to play games on Christmas Day for six different franchises. Dave Gambee, Johnny Green, Darrell Imhoff and Don Kojis did so for five teams.

Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers

null
Durant

DURANT HAS A MERRY CHRISTMAS

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 44 points in Oklahoma City's win over Denver. It was the 24th time in NBA history that a player scored at least 40 points in a game played on Christmas. Only one player was younger than Durant (22 years, 87 days old) at the time of the achievement: Tracy McGrady, who was 21 years, 215 days old when he scored 43 points for Orlando at Indiana in 2000 .

Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers

KNICKS BLANK BULLS FOR 8:18

From Elias: The Knicks held the Bulls scoreless for 8:18 in the fourth quarter, turning an 87-87 tie into a 97-87 lead. It was the longest scoreless streak for a Knicks opponent since they blanked Utah for 9:29 in the third quarter on November 14, 2005 .

New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz

null
Felton

FELTON FIRST SINCE ACTION JACKSON

From Elias: Raymond Felton had 12 assists in the Knicks' win over the Bulls. Felton has had at least 10 assists in each of his last six games, the longest such streak for a Knicks player since Mark Jackson had a six-game streak in 1988-89.

New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls


ESPN TOP HEADLINES