Date: January 22, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

BLOWOUT NIGHT IN THE NBA

From Elias: Two NBA games ended with a margin of 40 or more points on Friday: the Hornets defeated the Hawks, 100-59, and the Magic beat the Raptors, 112-72. It was only the third day in NBA history in which two regular-season games ended with a margin of 40-plus points. It also happened on Apr. 22, 1994 (Knicks 125, Bucks 85; Pacers 133, 76ers 88) and Nov. 7, 1981 (Warriors 152, Nuggets 107; Celtics 129, Pistons 88).

Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets

HORNETS GROUND HAWKS

From Elias: The Hornets defeated the Hawks on Friday, 100-59. Atlanta, which entered the game with a 28-15 won-lost record, is the first team in NBA history to lose a home game by 40 or more points after entering the game at least 10 games over .500.

Atlanta's 59 points were the Hawks' second-lowest point total in any game in the shot-clock era (which began in the 1954-55 season); the Milwaukee Hawks had a 62-57 loss in Boston in 1955. Atlanta's 59 points were the fewest by a home team since Miami scored 56 in a loss to Utah on Dec. 18, 2001.

Atlanta's 29.1 field-goal percentage was the lowest by any NBA team this season and it was the lowest for the Hawks in any home game since they moved to Atlanta.

Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Hornets

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Howard

HOWARD'S 30/15 NIGHT

From Elias: Dwight Howard had 31 points and 19 rebounds in the Magic's win over the Raptors on Friday. It's Howard's 26th career 30/15 (points/rebounds) game; the only NBA player with even half as many since Howard entered the league in 2004 is Zach Randolph, who has 16.

Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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Dooling

DOOLING WAS DISHING

From Elias: Keyon Dooling set a personal high with 11 assists in his 635th NBA game in the Bucks' win at Cleveland. In the last decade, only two other players have recorded more than 10 assists for the first time at least 600 games into their career: Dirk Nowitzki (game #729) and Marcus Camby (689) in 2008.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Stoudemire

SPURS END STOUDEMIRE STREAK

From Elias: The Spurs held Amar'e Stoudemire to 18 points on Friday, ending his streak of games scoring at least 20 points at 26 games. That was the third-longest streak of that kind in Knicks history; Richie Guerin had a 33-game streak in 1962 and Patrick Ewing had a 28-game streak in 1990.

San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks

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Nash

NASH IN TOP FORM

From Elias: Steve Nash had 14 assists on Friday, giving him 69 over his last five games. That's Nash's second-best five-game total this season; he had 70 from November 28 through December 7. The only other NBA player with 69 assists over five games this season is Rajon Rondo.

Phoenix Suns

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Garnett

GARNETT AND PIERCE EACH SCORE 20

From Elias: Kevin Garnett scored 21 points in 26 minutes and Paul Pierce had 20 in 26 minutes for the Celtics on Friday. It was the 31st time that Garnett and Pierce have scored 20 points in the same game as teammates, but only the second time they've done so while each playing less than 30 minutes.

Boston Celtics

GRIZZLIES DON'T SHOOT FROM DEEP

From Elias: The Grizzlies attempted only four three-point field goals in their win over the Rockets on Friday. Memphis is the only team to win a game in either of the last two seasons while attempting fewer than five three-pointers.

Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets

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Martin

ODD GAME LINE FOR MARTIN

From Elias: Kevin Martin scored 32 points but grabbed only one rebound and dished out only one assist in the Rockets' loss at Memphis. That's the most points any Houston player has scored in a game in which he recorded fewer than two rebounds and two assists since Calvin Murphy had 32 points, one rebound, and no assists on February 21, 1978 against the Celtics.

Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

NETS FIRST WIN BY 15-PLUS THIS SEASON

From Elias: The Nets' 89-74 win over the Pistons was their first win by 15 or more points this season. That leaves the Cavaliers as the only NBA team that has not won a game by at least 15 points this season.

Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets

NHL

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Raycroft

FLAMES BURN RAYCROFT

From Elias: Calgary scored seven goals on 19 shots against Andrew Raycroft on Friday. Over the last 10 years only two other goaltenders have allowed seven goals on fewer than 20 shots in one game: Pascal Leclaire for Columbus against Edmonton in 2008 and Felix Potvin for Los Angeles against Edmonton in 2001.

Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames

ROAD OUTBURST FOR MONTREAL

From Elias: Montreal showed no mercy to the struggling Senators on Friday night, routing them 7-1 in Ottawa. It was only the second time this season that the Canadiens scored more than three goals in a road game; they won 5-1 at New Jersey on December 2. Montreal entered play on Friday averaging exactly two goals per game on the road this season, third-lowest in the NHL, ahead of only the Islanders and the Devils (both 1.9 goals per road game).

Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators

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Grabner

ISLANDERS GRAB A WIN

From Elias: Rookie Michael Grabner extended his goal streak to four games when he scored to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead in their game at Buffalo. (He added a late empty-net goal to wrap up a 5-2 win for the Isles.) Grabner has matched the longest streaks of consecutive team games with a goal by an Islanders rookie over the last 25 seasons. Niklas Andersson had a four-game goal streak in January 1996 as did Trent Hunter in November 2003, and Kyle Okposo had two four-game streaks in his rookie season, 2008-09, the first in January and the second in March.

Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders

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Vokoun

FLORIDA SHOOTOUT

From Elias: The Lightning posted a 2-1 road shootout victory against the Panthers and the tiebreaker result probably could have been predicted from the home/road shootout breakdowns of the goaltenders, Tampa Bay's Dan Ellis and Florida's Tomas Vokoun. The win was Ellis' seventh career shootout victory and six of those wins have come in road games. Vokoun has a 12-7 career record in road shootouts but Friday's game dropped his record in home shootouts to 7-19, including a disastrous 4-17 home mark with Florida.

Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning


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