Date: March 13, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Griffin

GRIFFIN WINS ROOKIE SHOWDOWN

From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 26 points, trumping the 25 recorded by John Wall, in the Clippers' 122-101 win at Washington on Saturday night. It was the first NBA game this season in which two rookies each scored at least 25 points. And there was only one such game over the previous two seasons combined: Golden State at New Orleans on March 8, 2010, when Reggie Williams and Marcus Thornton each scored 28 points.

Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards

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Paul

PAUL RETURNS IN STYLE

From Elias: Chris Paul had 33 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds and five steals against the Kings on Saturday night. Since 1973, when the NBA first officially recorded steals, only three other players reached all four of those statistical levels in one game: Magic Johnson (twice), Michael Jordan and Nate Robinson.

New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings

BUCKS RECORD LARGEST WIN OVER 76ERS SINCE 1990

From Elias: The Bucks trounced the 76ers 102-74 on Saturday night, giving Milwaukee its largest margin of victory over Philadelphia in more than two decades -- since a 141-111 verdict at the Bradley Center on November 8, 1990. How long ago was that? Charles Barkley was still playing for the Sixers at the time; in fact, he scored a team-high 27 points for the losers that night.

Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

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Wade

WADE BLOCKS FOUR SHOTS IN ONE QUARTER

From Elias: Dwyane Wade blocked four field-goal attempts by the Grizzlies in the opening quarter of the Heat's 118-85 win against Memphis. Wade became the NBA's first starting guard in six years to block four shots in a single quarter. That had last been done by the Hawks' Josh Smith, who rejected four field-goal attempts by the Bucks in the second quarter on January 11, 2005.

Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies

HAWKS RECOVER AFTER INTERMISSION

From Elias: The Hawks led the Trail Blazers 19-18 at the end of the first quarter, and were then outscored 20-16 in the second period, before going on to defeat Portland, 91-82. It was Atlanta's fourth victory this season in which it was held below 20 points in each of the first two quarters. Utah has two wins of that type this season and no other NBA team has more than one.

Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers

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Thomas

THOMAS HELD SCORELESS IN BULLS VICTORY

From Elias: Kurt Thomas was scoreless in 32 minutes of playing time for the Bulls on Saturday night, but Chicago still easily defeated the Jazz. That was the most minutes played by an individual in a game for the Bulls without scoring a point since April 13, 2005, when Antonio Davis was kept off the score sheet in 32 minutes of action at Washington.

Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz

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Smith III

SMITH SCORES ALL 31 POINTS FROM FIELD

From Elias: J.R. Smith scored 31 points, all of them produced by 11 field goals, including nine three-pointers, in the Nuggets' win against the Pistons on Saturday night. That was the most points scored by a Denver player without making a free throw in almost exactly 10 years - since Nick Van Exel scored 37 points, all from the field, on March 14, 2001 vs. the Pacers.

Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets

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Bynum

BYNUM DELIVERS IN DALLAS

From Elias: Andrew Bynum scored 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the Lakers' triumph at Dallas on Saturday night. Prior to Bynum, the last Lakers player with a 20/15 (points/rebounds) game against the Mavericks was Shaquille O'Neal on December 4, 2003.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

NHL

DEVILS REACH .500 AND SET NHL RECORD

From Elias: With their overtime win against the Islanders on Saturday, the Devils, who were 19 games under "NHL .500" following their loss at Philadelphia on January 8 (10-29-2), regained break-even status for the first time since they were 0-0-1 after an overtime loss to Dallas in their season opener. In doing so they set a record for the most games under .500 by an NHL team that then regained par (even if that team finished below .500).

The record they broke was held by the 1980-81 Quebec Nordiques, who got back to .500 at 30-30-17 on March 31 after being 15 games under .500 just over two months earlier (11-26-13 through Jan. 28). The Nordiques' comeback began when they acquired goaltender Dan Bouchard from Calgary in a trade on January 30. Bouchard posted a 19-5-5 record for Quebec while starting all but one of the Nordiques' games over the remainder of the season. The Nordiques finished the season two games under .500 (30-32-18).

New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders

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Price

PRICE SHUTS OUT PENGUINS

From Elias: Montreal's Carey Price registered his eighth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win at Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. In the NHL's expansion era (i.e., 1967-68 to date), the only other Canadiens goaltender to record eight or more shutouts in one season is Ken Dryden, who did it three times: 1971-72 (eight), 1975-76 (eight) and 1976-77 (ten).

Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens

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Enstrom

THRASHERS WIN WITH LATE RALLY

From Elias: The Thrashers, who trailed 4-2 with 2:59 remaining to play in the third period against the Flyers in Philadelphia, tied the score on goals by Tobias Enstrom and Andrew Ladd, and won 5-4 on an overtime goal by Ron Hainsey. It was only the third time in the Thrashers' 11 seasons in the NHL that they won a game in which they trailed by two goals in the last five minutes of the third period, but it was their second such win in Philadelphia! On Nov. 18, 2005, Atlanta won 6-5 in overtime at Philly, after trailing by two goals with less than two minutes left in the third period. The Thrashers' other comeback win of that kind was a 3-2 shootout victory at Florida earlier this season (January 17).

Atlanta Thrashers, Philadelphia Flyers

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Reimer

ROOKIE STONES SABRES

From Elias: James Reimer stopped 39 of Buffalo's 42 shots on goal in his 4-3 win over the Sabres on Saturday. Reimer, who made his NHL debut less than three months ago (December 20), has a 3-0-2 record in games in which he's faced at least 40 shots on goal. Since January 1, when he made his first start and recorded his first NHL victory, Reimer ranks second in wins among rookie goaltenders, behind Chicago's Corey Crawford (15-13).

Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs

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MacKenzie

MACKENZIE SCORES TWICE AT CAROLINA

From Elias: Derek MacKenzie recorded the first two-goal game of his NHL career to lead the Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win at Carolina. MacKenzie has scored four goals in four games since Monday, matching his total in 45 games this season when the week began.

Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Garrison

GARRISON SCORES LATE IN OT

From Elias: Defenseman Jason Garrison's goal with 16 seconds remaining in overtime earned the Florida Panthers' a 4-3 win against their cross-state rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Garrison is the fourth Panthers defenseman to score an overtime goal this season, joining Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman and Dmitry Kulikov. The only other NHL team with more than two defensemen who've scored OT goals this season is Atlanta, with three (Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien and Ron Hainsey).

Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Kronwall

KRONWALL IS KING OF THE ROAD

From Elias: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall recorded a season-high three points (one goal, two assists) in Detroit's 5-3 win at St. Louis. Kronwall has six multiple-point games this season and five of the six have come on the road. His only multi-point game on home ice this season was against the Blues on November 17.

Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues


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