Date: January 18, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Griffin

GRIFFIN HAS BEST SHOOTING NIGHT BY ROOKIE SINCE 1984

From Elias: Blake Griffin made 19 of 24 field goals on Monday, 79.2 percent. That was the highest field-goal percentage by a rookie who took at least 20 shots in an NBA game since Dec. 6, 1984, when Hakeem Olajuwon made 18 of 22 (81.8 percent) for the Rockets.

Griffin's 47 points were the second-most by any player in a game on Martin Luther King Day. The only player with more was Gilbert Arenas, who had 51 for the Wizards against the Jazz in 2007.

Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz

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Carter

CARTER REACHES 20,000 POINTS

From Elias: Vince Carter on Monday became the 37th player in NBA history, and the eighth active player, to reach the 20,000-point mark; he scored 29 points for the Suns in their 129-121 win over the Knicks, lifting his career total to 20,020 points. Carter, whom Phoenix acquired in the big trade with Orlando earlier this season, was playing only his 10th game with the Suns, the second-fewest games played for an NBA team for which someone was playing when he reached the 20,000-point plateau. Back in November of 2004, Gary Payton reached the 20,000-point mark while playing in his fourth game with the Celtics.

Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

A NEW YORK TRADITION

From Elias: The Knicks hosted the Suns Monday in what was the 24th NBA game played at Madison Square Garden on Martin Luther King Day, the highest total at any venue. The two games played today at Staples Center brought its MLK Day total to 20, the second-most in that category.

New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns

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Nowitzki

MAVERICKS LOSING STREAK REACHES SIX GAMES

From Elias: Even with Dirk Nowitzki scoring 32 points in his second game since returning from injury, the Mavericks didn't have enough to win, falling to the Pistons, 103-89. It was Dallas's sixth straight loss, its longest tailspin since starting a six-game losing streak on Leap Year Day of the year 2000. Only one other NBA team has gone that long since its last six-game losing streak; the Spurs haven't had one since the last six games of the 1996-97 season¿which were also the last six games that the Spurs played before drafting Tim Duncan.

The Mavericks' latest loss came with a historical footnote. Jason Kidd was credited with 13 assists but went scoreless, shooting 0-for-7 from the floor (all from three-point range). No other player in NBA history had as many as 13 assists in a scoreless game in which he had at least seven field-goal attempts.

Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs

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Howard

CELTICS SHOOT 60% VS. MAGIC

From Elias: The Celtics made 42 of 70 field goals in their win over the Magic on Monday (60 percent). That was the highest shooting percentage against the Magic since the Clippers shot 60.3 percent on Dec. 3, 2006. Besides those two games only one other team made 60 percent of its shots against Orlando since Dwight Howard joined the team in 2004; that was the Raptors on Jan. 4, 2006 (63.0 percent).

Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers

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Wall

WALL'S 15 ASSISTS

From Elias: John Wall had 15 assists on Monday, the second-highest total by any rookie in Wizards/Bullets team history. Doug Overton had 18 assists for Washington against San Antonio on Dec. 1, 1992 (Overton never had more than one dozen assists in any of his other 498 career games).

Washington Wizards, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs

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Okafor

OKAFOR'S 12 OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS

From Elias: Emeka Okafor collected 12 offensive rebounds on Monday. That set a career high for Okafor and it tied the most by any player in one game this season. Kevin Love had 12 for Minnesota against the Knicks (in his 31-rebound game) on November 12.

New Orleans Hornets, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

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Williams

WILLIAMS LEADS 76ERS TO WIN

From Elias: Lou Williams scored a team high 23 points off the bench in the 76ers' victory over the Bobcats on Monday. It was the second straight game and seventh of the season in which Williams led Philadelphia in scoring (alone or tied)--all of which came off the bench. The only player with more such games as a substitute this season is Jamal Crawford (eight) .

Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks

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Lee

LEE FACES AN OLD RIVAL

From Elias: David Lee scored 24 points on 9 for 13 shooting in the Warriors' win over the Nets on Monday. Lee has averaged 23.8 points per game while making 63.2 percent of his shots from the floor (43 of 68) in his last four games against New Jersey.

Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets

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Johnson

JOHNSON HAS ONE OF HIS BEST SHOOTING GAMES

From Elias: Joe Johnson made 16 of 27 field goals on Monday (59.3 percent). That was his third-highest field goal percentage in any game in his professional career in which he took at least 25 shots.

Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

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Rose

FIRST TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR ROSE

From Elias: Derrick Rose's triple double on Monday was the fourth against the Grizzlies in Memphis over the last five seasons; Baron Davis, LeBron James and Brad Miller have also had triple doubles there. The only team that has allowed more triple-doubles at home over the last five seasons is the Kings, who have surrendered five.

Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings

NHL

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Chara

HAT TRICK FOR CHARA

From Elias: Zdeno Chara recorded the first three-goal game of his NHL career in the Bruins' 7-0 rout of the Hurricanes on Monday afternoon. It was only the third hat trick by a Bruins defenseman since Bobby Orr played his last game for Boston (in November 1975; Orr had nine three-goal games for the Bruins). The others were by Ray Bourque on March 8, 1983 at Quebec and Glen Wesley on Dec. 15, 1993 at New Jersey.

Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils

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Arnott

ARNOTT REACHES 500 ASSISTS

From Elias: Jason Arnott had a pair of assists to help lead the Devils to a 5-2 win against the Islanders on Monday. Arnott's second assist was the 500th of his NHL career. He became the 118th player in NHL history to reach that plateau, even though his career high for assists in one season is only 44. The only players with 500 or more assists whose single-season highs are lower than Arnott's are recently retired defensemen Mathieu Schneider (520 assists, high of 41) and Teppo Numminen (520 assists, high of 43).

New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders

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Subban

SUBBAN SCORES IN OT

From Elias: P.K. Subban scored in overtime to enable the Canadiens to beat the Flames, 5-4, after Montreal blew a 4-0 lead. Subban is the first rookie defenseman to score an overtime goal for the Canadiens since the NHL introduced the five-minute extra period in 1983.

Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames

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Langenbrunner

LANGENBRUNNER PLAYS #1000

From Elias: Jamie Langenbrunner, in the 1000th game of his NHL career, scored the winning goal when the Stars edged the Kings, 2-1, on Monday. Langenbrunner, a Minnesota native, is the 36th U.S.-born player to reach the 1000-game mark and the seventh active American in the 1000-game club. The others are Mike Modano, Doug Weight, Todd Marchant, Brian Rolston, Mike Grier and Craig Conroy.

Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames

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Lehtonen

LEHTONEN STOPS PENALTY SHOT IN FINAL MINUTE

From Elias: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen stopped Kings defenseman Jack Johnson on a penalty shot with 52.4 seconds remaining in the third period and Dallas leading 2-1. It was the first potential game-tying penalty shot with less than a minute left in the third period of an NHL game since Oct. 25, 2008, when the Islanders Doug Weight was unsuccessful in his attempt against Carolina's Cam Ward with one second remaining.

Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes

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Couture

COUTURE IN FASHION IN SAN JOSE

From Elias: Logan Couture became the first rookie to reach the 20-goal mark in the NHL this season when he scored the third (and game-winning) goal for the Sharks in their 4-2 victory at Phoenix. San Jose had a rookie score 20-plus goals in each of its first two seasons in the NHL (Pat Falloon, 25 in 1991-92; Rob Gaudreau, 23 in 1992-93) but Couture is the first Sharks rookie to do that since then.

San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes

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PAVELEC

PAVELEC PEPPERED WITH SHOTS

From Elias: Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec stopped 38 of 40 shots by the Panthers and then saved two of Florida's three shootout attempts to pick up a 3-2 win on Monday night. Pavelec has won the last six games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal, dating back to November 28.

Atlanta Thrashers, Florida Panthers


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