Date: March 9, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Wade

THE HEAT IS OFF

From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 38 points and LeBron James added 31, but the Heat still lost to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday night, 105-96. It was the first NBA game this season in which teammates each scored more than 30 points in a loss. And it was only the second such defeat in Miami's 23-season history. The other came in April 1995, when Glen Rice (36 points) and Khalid Reeves (32) were the Heat's leading scorers in a loss at Philadelphia.

Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Ellis

ELLIS AND CURRY ROCK IN CLEVELAND

From Elias: Monta Ellis had 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while his backcourt mate Stephen Curry contributed 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Warriors' win at Cleveland on Tuesday night. It was the first NBA game this season in which a pair of starting-guard teammates each recorded more than 20 points, more than five rebounds and more than five assists.

Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Bynum

NO FREEBIES FOR BYNUM

From Elias: Andrew Bynum scored 16 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Lakers' win at Atlanta, but despite that physical performance he did not attempt a free throw. Bynum was the first Lakers' player in more than 25 years to register at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in a regular-season or playoff game in which he did not go to the foul line. That had last been done by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game Two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston (30 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks in a 109-102 win).

Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

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Iguodala

IGUODALA POWERS 76ERS WINNING STREAK

From Elias: The 76ers extended their winning streak to three games with Tuesday night's win against the Pacers, with Andre Iguodala registering 15 or more points and at least 10 assists for the third straight game. It's only the second time in the last 25 seasons that a Philadelphia player recorded a 15/10 (points/assists) in each of three consecutive 76ers victories. Andre Miller turned that hat trick late in the 2008-09 season.

Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Carter

CARTER ON THE MARK

From Elias: Vince Carter was 13-for-17 (.765) from the field in his 32-point performance against the Rockets on Tuesday night. That tied Carter's highest field-goal percentage in any game of his NBA career in which he attempted at least 15 field goals. He was also 13-for-17 in a double-overtime game in December 2006, in which his Nets lost to the Suns, 161-157.

Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets

NHL

DEVILS CONTINUE FIRST-PERIOD GOALLESS STREAK

From Elias: As usual in recent Devils games, not much happened in the first period when they took on the Senators in New Jersey on Tuesday night. There were 15 shots on goal, one minor penalty and no goals in the first 20 minutes. It was the 14th consecutive game in which the Devils held their opponent goalless in the first period, extending their own modern NHL record. It's now the second-longest such streak in league history, behind the original Ottawa Senators' run of 18 consecutive games without allowing a first-period goal in 1927-28.

But while the Devils have kept their opponents goalless in 14 consecutive first periods, they've also failed to score a first-period goal of their own in the last seven games. New Jersey's streak of seven straight 0-0 first periods is the longest by an NHL team since December 1936, when Chicago played eight games in a row without a goal being scored in the first 20 minutes.

New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks

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Michalek

MICHALEK ENDS DROUGHT

From Elias: Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek ended his career-high 91-game goal drought when he scored in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the Sabres. Michalek was goalless in his final 33 games for the Coyotes last season and he had not scored in 58 previous games for the Penguins this season. Entering play on Tuesday, Michalek's 80 shots on goal this season were the most by any NHL player who was goalless in 2010-11.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Phoenix Coyotes

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Condra

ROOKIE LEADS SENATORS

From Elias: Erik Condra, who made his NHL debut just over three weeks ago, recorded his second two-goal game when he scored both goals for the Senators in their 2-1 win at New Jersey on Tuesday night. Condra, who scored twice against the Flyers on February 26, is the first Ottawa rookie with two multiple-goal games in one season since 2000-01, when Martin Havlat had three.

Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild

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Carter

ANOTHER 30-GOAL SEASON FOR CARTER

From Elias: Jeff Carter scored two goals, his 29th and 30th of the season, in the Flyers' 4-1 win over the Oilers. Carter, who scored 46 goals for Philadelphia in 2008-09 and 33 in 2009-10, is the first Flyers player to register three consecutive 30-goal seasons since John LeClair did so in five straight seasons from 1995-96 through 1999-2000. In fact, LeClair did better than that: he scored at least 40 goals in each of those seasons.

Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers

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Booth

BOOTH JOINS PARRISH

From Elias: David Booth reached the 20-goal mark for the third time in his five seasons with the Panthers when he scored to give Florida a 1-0 lead in their game against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Booth, a Michigan native, is one of only two U.S.-born players to score 20 or more goals in a season for the Panthers. Mark Parrish, a Minnesotan, had two 20-goals seasons for Florida (1998-99 and 1999-2000).

Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks

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Price

PRICE IS RIGHT AT HOME

From Elias: Carey Price made 30 saves, including one on a penalty shot, in his 4-1 win over the Bruins at Bell Centre. Price is 3-0-0 in three home games versus Boston this season and 7-1-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average in nine career regular-season games against the Bruins in Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins

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Backstrom

BACKSTROM OWNS AVS

From Elias: Niklas Backstrom, who beat Colorado 5-2 on Tuesday night, is 17-4-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average against the Avalanche. Backstrom's 17 career wins versus the Avs are the second-most by any goaltender since the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995. Miikka Kiprusoff has 20 wins against Colorado.

Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames

MONTOYA LOVES LONG ISLAND

From Elias: Al Montoya and the Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night. Montoya, who was acquired in a trade with the Coyotes a month ago, is 5-1-1 (plus one no-decision) with a 1.68 goals-against average and .937 save percentage in eight home games for the Islanders.

New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes


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