Date: December 30, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wade

BACK-TO-BACK 40-POINT GAMES FOR WADE

From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 45 points at Houston on Wednesday after dropping 40 points against the Knicks the previous night. Wade is one of four active players who have netted at least 40 points in each on two straight games played on consecutive days. The others were Kobe Bryant (six times), Tracy McGrady (twice) and Shaquille O'Neal.

Miami Heat

A PERFECT MONTH ON THE ROAD

From Elias: The Heat, who won't play again until 2011, went 10-0 in road games during December after going 0-4 on the road in November. Miami is the first team in NBA history to go 10-0 or better in road games during a calendar month. The previous "record" was 9-0 by the Lakers in December 1971.

Miami Heat

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Wall

WALL DISHES OFF THE BENCH

From Elias: John Wall handed out 12 assists in 35 minutes off the bench as the Wizards turned back the Pacers. Wall joined Jose Juan Barea and Jordan Farmar as the only NBA players to register at least a dozen assists in a game as a non-starter this season. Wall was the first Washington player to accomplish that since John Williams had a triple-double as a substitute on January 6, 1989 (11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists).

Washington Wizards

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Evans

LAST-SECOND HEROICS

From Elias: Tyreke Evans' desperation shot at the buzzer from beyond midcourt gave the Kings a 100-98 victory over the Grizzlies. It was Sacramento's first win in a game it trailed in the final second since December 19, 2009, when Evans beat the Bucks on a layup with nine-tenths of a second remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sacramento Kings

LAKERS SHOOT LIGHTS OUT

From Elias: The Lakers disposed of the Hornets on the strength of their season-high 58.6 field-goal percentage, after making only 37.9 percent of their shots from the floor over the previous two games. It was the first time this season that each of the Lakers' starters (Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher and Pau Gasol) shot 50 percent or higher from the floor.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Billups

BILLUPS HAS THE HOT HAND

From Elias: Chauncey Billups scored 36 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and made all six of his three-point field-goal attempts to lead the Nuggets to a 119-113 win at Minnesota. It was the most fourth-quarter points in a game for Billups in more than three years (since he did it for the Pistons on Dec. 7, 2007), and it was the second game in Billups' NBA career in which he made at least six three-pointers without a miss (6-for-6 from beyond the arc for Detroit on Jan. 31, 2006).

Denver Nuggets

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Durant

DURANT SCORES 27 AND SITS OUT THE FOURTH PERIOD

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 27 points despite playing only 30:19 as the Thunder rolled over the Nets. It was Durant's highest point total in any NBA game in which he played fewer than 31 minutes. No player in franchise history had scored so many points in a game in so few minutes since Wally Szczerbiak had 27 points in 28:07 off the bench for the SuperSonics on November 25, 2007.

Oklahoma City Thunder

BOBCATS WIN TWO IN A ROW UNDER SILAS

From Elias: The Bobcats defeated Cleveland to post their second straight win since Paul Silas replaced Larry Brown on the bench. The Bobcats are the fourth NBA team for which Silas has called the shots, but this is the first time he's started a coaching tenure with back-to-back victories. Over the past 20 years, only three other head coaches won their first two games after inheriting a team that was at least ten games below the .500 mark. Magic Johnson did it with the Lakers in March 1994, as did Bill Cartwright with the Bulls (December 2001) and Larry Krystkowiak for the Bucks (March 2007).

Charlotte Bobcats

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Griffin

YOUNGEST IN NBA HISTORY

From Elias: Blake Griffin posted his 20th straight double-digit rebound game on Wednesday night. At age 21 years, 188 days, Griffin became the youngest player in NBA history to collect at least 10 rebounds in each of 20 consecutive games. The next-youngest was Dwight Howard who did it in 2008 (Feb. 20-April 1) at age 22 years, 115 days.

Los Angeles Clippers

NOT AS CLOSE AS IT LOOKS

From Elias: The Hawks outscored Golden State in each period on their way to a 103-93 victory. It was the first game this season in which Atlanta "won" each period. The Hawks' ten-point margin of victory was the lowest in any of the 25 NBA games this season in which a team outscored its opponent in all four quarters; the second-lowest margin was a 107-92 victory by the Clippers over the Thunder on November 3. It was the Hawks' slimmest margin of victory in such a game since they beat the Cavaliers, 92-83, on November 22, 2003.

Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors

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Wright

WRIGHT RESPONDS TO INCREASED PLAYING TIME

From Elias: Dorell Wright scored 32 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Warriors in their loss to Atlanta. Wright has per-game averages of 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Warriors this season, after averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for Miami in 2009-10. He has the largest scoring-average increase (+8.6 PPG) for any NBA player from last season to this season. Wright is averaging 39 minutes per game for Golden State, after averaging only 21 minutes per game for the Heat last season.

Golden State Warriors

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Pierce

OFFENSE GOES THROUGH PIERCE

From Elias: Paul Pierce posted game highs with 33 points and eight assists but it wasn't enough for the Celtics as they dropped a 104-92 decision to the Pistons. Pierce has been the Celtics' outright assists leader in five of the team's last six games (7.3 AST/G over that span), all without the injured Rajon Rondo. Prior to his current streak, Pierce posted the Celtics' outright team high in assists in only one game this season, and that was also without Rondo (five assists in a loss at Toronto on Nov. 21).

Boston Celtics

EIGHT IS ENOUGH

From Elias: The 76ers used only eight players in their 123-110 win at Phoenix. It was the fewest players employed by the Sixers in a game since February 26, 2010 (a loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles), three days after Philadelphia won at Golden State with an eight-man rotation.

Philadelphia 76ers

NHL

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Crosby

ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

From Elias: Sidney Crosby's 25-game point streak came to an end in the Penguins' 2-1 shootout loss to Rick DiPietro and the Islanders. Crosby had recorded points in 13 of his 15 previous games versus DiPietro, with totals of seven goals and 15 assists against him.

Crosby had 26 goals and 24 assists over his previous 25 games, which was the 15th single-season point-scoring streak of at least 25 games in NHL history. However, it was only the fourth of those streaks during which a player accumulated more goals than assists. The others: Bryan Trottier in 1981-82 (25 games, 28 goals, 27 assists); Bernie Nicholls in 1984-85 (25 games, 21/19); Brett Hull in 1991-92 (25 games, 31/15).

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Lundqvist

LUNDQVIST VERSUS BRODEUR

From Elias: The Rangers' 3-1 win over the Devils on Wednesday marked the 28th time that Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Brodeur have gone head-to-head against each other in regular-season play and the 19th time that "King Henrik" has emerged victorious in those matchups. Lundqvist is 14-2-2 in 18 games against Brodeur over the last four seasons.

New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils

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Ward

ANOTHER ROAD SHUTOUT FOR WARD

From Elias: Cam Ward posted his second shutout of the season with a 4-0 win at Ottawa on Wednesday night. Eight of Ward's 12 shutouts over the last four seasons have come in road games. The only goaltenders with more road shutouts since the start of the 2007-08 season than Ward are Martin Brodeur (10) and Tomas Vokoun (9).9

Carolina Hurricanes

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Brodziak

SHARP SHOOTER

From Elias: Minnesota's Kyle Brodziak scored on both of his shots on goal in the Wild's 5-3 win over the Sharks. It was the seventh two-goal game of his six-year NHL career. In four of Brodziak's seven two-goal games he had only two shots on goal, and in his three other two-goal games he had exactly three shots on target.

Minnesota Wild

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Eaves

HATS OFF TO EAVES

From Elias: Patrick Eaves recorded the first three-goal game of his NHL career to lead the Red Wings to a 7-3 win at Dallas. It was the first regular-season road hat trick by a Detroit player since Feb. 24, 2007, when Tomas Holmstrom scored all three of the Wings' goals in an overtime loss at Nashville. Three Red Wings players have recorded road hat tricks in the playoffs since 2007: Johan Franzen (2008), Pavel Datsyuk (2008) and Henrik Zetterberg (2010).2010

Detroit Red Wings

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Yandle

13 ASSISTS IN DECEMBER

From Elias: Keith Yandle, who had three assists for the Coyotes in their win over the Kings, leads NHL defenseman with 13 assists (in 13 games) this month. Yandle's 13 assists are the most in one calendar month by a Winnipeg/Phoenix defenseman since March 1993 when Phil Housley recorded 16 assists for the Jets.

Phoenix Coyotes


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