Date: January 8, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NFL

HARBAUGH HIRED TO COACH THE NINERS

From Elias: Former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh was named head coach of the 49ers on Friday afternoon. Harbaugh threw 129 touchdown passes in his 14-year career in the NFL. Only three quarterbacks who went on to become an NFL head coach threw more touchdown passes than Harbaugh: Sammy Baugh (187), Norm Van Brocklin (173) and Bart Starr (152).

San Francisco 49ers

NBA

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James

LEBRON AND HEAT CONTINUE ROAD MAGIC

From Elias: LeBron James scored 26 points to lead the Heat to an overtime victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. James has now scored 20-or-more points in his last 10 road games, all Miami wins. Only one other player in NBA history has scored 20-or-more points in 10 consecutive road games in a single-season with his team winning every game during the streak: Allen Iverson in 2000-2001 (10 straight for the 76ers).

Miami Heat

MAGIC ARE NOT A ONE-MAN GANG

From Elias: The Magic had six players score in double-figures in the team's victory over the Rockets on Friday night. It is the sixth consecutive game in which Orlando has had at least six players score 10-or-more points. That is the longest such streak in the team's franchise history, and only one other NBA team has registered as long a streak in a single season over the last 18 seasons. The Utah Jazz had at least six players score in double figures in six straight games during the 2009-10 season.

Orlando Magic

PACERS BLOW DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD IN FOURTH QUARTER

From Elias: The Spurs overcame an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Pacers in Indiana on Friday night. It is only the fourth time since the start of the 2000-01 season that the Pacers lost a game at home in which they led by 10-or-more points in the fourth quarter. The other three times that happened were on April 2, 2002 vs. Boston (11-point lead), February 7, 2007 vs. Seattle (11-point lead) and November 18, 2009 vs. New York (13-point lead). The Pacers had a 205-3 record in home games in which they led by double-digits in the fourth quarter over that span prior to Friday night's loss.

San Antonio Spurs

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Felton

TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR FELTON

From Elias: Raymond Felton registered 23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Knicks to a 121-96 victory over the Suns on Friday night. Felton recorded his first triple-double as a Knick in just his 35th game with the team. Only three other players in Knicks' history registered a triple-double within their first 35 games with team: Kenny Sears (29th game), Chris Childs (30th game) and Dave DeBusschere (34th game).

New York Knicks

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Harangody

ROOKIE LEADS CELTICS TO VICTORY

From Elias: Luke Harangody, Boston's second-round pick in the 2010 draft, had 17 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots to help lead the Celtics to a victory over the Raptors in Boston on Friday night. Only three other Celtics rookies that were not selected in the first round of the draft have registered at least 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in a game: Adrian Griffin in 2000 (undrafted free agent), Brett Szabo in 1997 (undrafted free agent) and Dino Radja in 1993 (second round pick). (Blocked shots became an official statistic in 1973-74.)

Boston Celtics

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Gay Jr.

STARTING FORWARDS SHINE FOR GRIZZLIES

From Elias: Rudy Gay scored 28 points and Zach Randolph chipped in with 26 to lead the Grizzlies to a victory over the Jazz on Friday night. That marks the seventh time over the last two seasons that Gay and Randolph have each scored 25-or-more points in the same game. That is the highest total for any starting forward tandem in the league over that span. Only two other starting forward tandems have scored 25-or-more points in a game more than two times since the start of the 2009-10 season: Kevin Love and Michael Beasley (five) and Kevin Durant and Jeff Green (three).three

Memphis Grizzlies

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Matthews

MATTHEWS HELPS BLAZERS EXTEND WIN STREAK OVER T-WOLVES

From Elias: Wesley Matthews scored 36 points, 29 of which came in the first half, to lead the Trail Blazers to a victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night. Matthews is the first Portland player to score as many as 29 points in the first half of a game since Darius Miles tallied 32 points in the first two quarters on April 19, 2005.

Portland's win was its 14th straight over the Timberwolves. That is tied for the longest current winning streak any team has over a particular opponent in the league (Dallas over Miami and San Antonio over Minnesota).

Portland Trail Blazers

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Vujacic

ROUGH NIGHT FOR NETS' VUJACIC

From Elias: Sasha Vujacic shot 1-for-14 from the field in the Nets' loss to Washington Friday night. Only four other Nets players have had as poor a shooting night as Vujacic with as many as 14 attempts since the team joined the NBA in 1976: Ray Williams in 1981 (0-for-15), Mookie Blaylock in 1991 (1-for-14), Derrick Coleman in 1994 (1-for-15) and Jason Kidd in 2002 (1-for-17).

New Jersey Nets

NHL

LEAFS GIVE ATLANTA A THRASHING

From Elias: The Maple Leafs won 9-3 in Atlanta, breaking open a close game by outscoring the Thrashers 6-0 over the final eight minutes of the second period. The Leafs' 8-1 lead at the end of the second period on Friday night marked only the second time in franchise history that Toronto led by seven goals through the first 40 minutes of a road game. The other time that happened was more than 90 years ago, February 18, 1920, when the team then known as the St. Patricks led 8-1 at the end of the second period in a game at Montreal.

Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur each scored two goals in the Maple Leafs' rout of the Thrashers. It was only the second time in the last 24 seasons that Toronto had three multiple-goal scorers in one game. The other instance was in the Leafs' 10-2 win at Boston on January 4, 2007, when Alex Steen scored three goals and Matt Stajan and Bates Battaglia each scored twice.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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Ruutu

RUUTU DELIVERS POINTS AND HITS

From Elias: Tuomo Ruutu was credited with three assists and ten hits in the Hurricanes' 5-3 win at Florida. It was the first time in the post-lockout NHL (since 2005-06) that a player tallied at least three points and ten hits in one game. Two players had scored two points in a game in which they had a double-digit hit total: the Stars' Brenden Morrow (January 6, 2006: 13 hits) and the Kings' Dustin Brown (December 3, 2007: 10 hits).

Carolina Hurricanes

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Crawford

CRAWFORD REGISTERS FIRST SHOOTOUT WIN

From Elias: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford recorded the first shootout win of his 30-game NHL career when he beat Ottawa in a tiebreaker. He had participated in only one previous NHL shootout and that was nearly five years ago (February 2, 2006 at St. Louis). Crawford entered play on Friday with the most career games played among active goaltenders with no shootout wins. That distinction now belongs to Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky (26 games, 0-2 in shootouts).

Chicago Blackhawks

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Zuccarello Aasen

RANGERS ROOKIE STARS IN SHOOTOUT

From Elias: Rookie Mats Zuccarello was the only player to score in the shootout that earned the Rangers a 3-2 win at Dallas on Friday. Zuccarello is only the third Rangers rookie to score a shootout-deciding goal. Petr Prucha had two in the 2005-06 season and Nigel Dawes had a pair in 2007-08.

New York Rangers

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Rafalski

RAFALSKI REGISTERS FIRST TWO-GOAL GAME AS A RED WING

From Elias: Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski scored his first two goals of the season in Detroit's shootout win at Calgary on Friday. It was the first two-goal game for Rafalski - regular-season or playoffs - in his four years with the Red Wings. Rafalski had six multiple-goal games during the seven years he played for the Devils (four in the regular season and two in the playoffs).

Detroit Red Wings


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