Date: March 2, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Granger Jr.

GRANGER PERFECT FROM LINE

From Elias: Danny Granger was 16-for-16 from the foul line on Tuesday night against the Warriors. It was the second time in his NBA career that Granger attempted at least 15 free throws in a game and made every one of them; he went 17-for-17 from the charity stripe on December 17, 2008, coincidentally against Golden State. Here's one that surprised us: Granger's boss, Larry Bird, who had an 88.6 career free-throw percentage, never had a 15-for-15 or better game from the foul line in his NBA career. Bird's best? 14-for-14.

Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

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Kidd

TRIPLE-DOUBLE WITH NO TURNOVERS

From Elias: Jason Kidd had 13 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and no turnovers against the 76ers on Tuesday night. Kidd's performance marked the 49th triple-double by an NBA player over the last two regular seasons, but only the second during that span without a turnover. The other was by Pau Gasol against Portland on November 7, 2010.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers

LAKERS WIN 14TH STRAIGHT AGAINST TIMBERWOLVES

From Elias: The Lakers' victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night gave them 14 consecutive wins against Minnesota. There are only two longer current winning streaks between any two NBA teams and the Timberwolves are on the wrong end of each of them. They've lost 16 in a row to Portland and 16 straight versus San Antonio.

Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs

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Calderon Borrallo

CALDERON STINGS HORNETS

From Elias: Jose Calderon had 22 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds in Toronto's victory over New Orleans. He became the second NBA player this season, and the first in the Raptors' 16-season history, to reach all three of those statistical levels in one game. Steve Nash registered 23 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds in an overtime game against the Nets on January 12.

Toronto Raptors, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns

FREE-THROW FEST IN ORLANDO

From Elias: The Magic and Knicks combined for 97 free-throw attempts on Tuesday night, the most in an NBA game since February 15, 2007, when the Cavaliers and Lakers had that exact same total.

Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

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Howard

HOWARD EXTENDS STREAK

From Elias: Dwight Howard's 30 points and 16 rebounds against the Knicks on Tuesday night gave him 11 consecutive games with 20 or more points and at least 10 rebounds. Only two other NBA players had 20/10 (points/rebounds) streaks that long within the last 10 seasons: Blake Griffin did it in 14 straight games earlier this season and Kevin Garnett had an 11-game streak for Minnesota in 2002-03.

Orlando Magic, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Neal

SPURS SPUTTER

From Elias: Gary Neal scored 14 points, but no other Spurs player reached double figures in Tuesday night's 109-93 loss to the Grizzlies. It was the first time since December 27, 2002 that no more than one San Antonio player scored at least 10 points in a game. Tim Duncan scored 27 points in that previous game, an 81-79 loss to the Hawks.

San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks

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Hamilton

HAMILTON WAY OFF

From Elias: Richard Hamilton was 4-for-17 (.235) from the field in the Pistons' loss to the Bucks. That was Hamilton's lowest field-goal percentage in a regular-season game with at least 15 shots in almost six years - since he was 2-for-17 (.118) at Chicago on April 11, 2005. Hamilton made only four of 18 field-goal attempts (.222) in a playoff game against the Magic in May 2008.

Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic

NHL

BRUINS COMPLETE PERFECT ROAD TRIP

From Elias: The Bruins completed a sweep of their six-game road trip with a 1-0 win at Ottawa on Tuesday. Boston is the fifth team in NHL history to win every game on a road trip of that length. No NHL team has done so on a road swing of more than six games. The others were the 1971-72 Bruins, 1982-83 Flyers, 2001-02 Red Wings and 2007-08 Flames. Calgary's inclusion on that list merits an asterisk, as one of its wins came in a shootout. All of the wins on the Bruins' just-completed six-game road sweep were in regulation time.

Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames

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Benn

TWO LEAD-CHANGING GOALS IN FINAL MINUTE

From Elias: The Stars salvaged a 3-2 win at Phoenix on Jamie Benn's power play goal with five seconds remaining in the third period, 33 seconds after Ray Whitney tallied for the Coyotes to tie the score at 2-2. It was the first time that an NHL team won a game in regulation time after allowing a score-tying goal in the final minute of the third period since Nashville's 6-5 win at Ottawa on Nov. 29, 2007. In that game Daniel Alfredsson tied the score at 5-5 with a goal at 19:14, only to have the Predators' Martin Erat score the game-winner at 19:37.

Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators

FLAMES SHUT OUT BLUES IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES

From Elias: The Flames, who beat the Blues 1-0 in Calgary on Sunday, completed a sweep of their home-and-home set against the Blues with a 6-0 win at St. Louis on Tuesday. It's the first time that two NHL clubs played consecutive regular-season games against each other and one of the teams won both games by shutouts since April 3-5, 2007, when the Wild blanked the Oilers, 3-0 and 3-0, with both games played in Minnesota. It was also the first such two-game set involving either the Flames or the Blues.

Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers

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Ovechkin

CAPITALS WIN WITH LATE RALLY

From Elias: The Capitals trailed the Islanders, 1-0, in the final minute of the third period but got a tying goal from Brooks Laich and an overtime winner by Alex Ovechkin to beat the Isles, 2-1. Excluding shootout victories, it was the first time that an NHL team won a game in which it trailed and was being shut out in the last 60 seconds of the third period since Jan. 20, 2009, when the Sharks defeated the Canucks, 2-1, in overtime. Devin Setoguchi tied the score with 40 seconds left in the third period and Patrick Marleau scored in OT.

Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders

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Myers

MYERS IGNITES SABRES VICTORY

From Elias: Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers scored the first goal in the Sabres' 3-2 win over the Rangers. Myers scored 11 goals last season, his first in the NHL, and he's scored ten goals this season. Only three other active defensemen scored at least ten goals in each of their first two (or more) seasons in the NHL: Dion Phaneuf (first 5), John-Michael Liles (3) and Marek Zidlicky (2) .

Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers

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Ward

WARD THRIVES ON HEAVY WORKLOAD

From Elias: Carolina goaltender Cam Ward made 41 saves in his 2-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Ward has a 17-4-8 record in 29 career games in which he faced 40 or more shots on goal and an 8-2-3 record in 13 such games this season. His eight wins in games in which he faced 40-plus shots are the most in the NHL this season.

Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers

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Pacioretty

PACIORETTY STAYS HOT

From Elias: Max Pacioretty recorded a goal and an assist in the Canadiens' 3-1 win in Atlanta. Pacioretty has scored a team-high six goals in his last ten games (Feb. 9 to date), matching the total he posted in his previous 24 games this season.

Montreal Canadiens, Atlanta Thrashers


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