Date: March 15, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

HEAT BLOW OUT SPURS

From Elias: The Heat defeated the Spurs by 30 points on Monday, 110-80. It was the first time that the team with the best record in the NBA, at least 50 games into a season, lost by 30-plus since Apr. 18, 2001, when the Spurs lost at Seattle on the final day of the regular season by 38 points, 105-67.

Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs

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Griffin

GRIZZLIES HOLD GRIFFIN UNDER 10

From Elias: The Grizzlies held Blake Griffin to eight points on Monday, marking the first time in Griffin's 68-game NBA career that he was held to fewer than 10 points. Griffin's career-starting streak of 67 games scoring in double-digits was the longest by any NBA player since David Robinson began his career by scoring at least 10 points in each of his first 77 games in 1989 and 1990.

Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies

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Dalembert

DALEMBERT BREAKS HIS 25-POINT DUCK

From Elias: Samuel Dalembert scored 27 points (his first 25-point game in the NBA) in the Kings' win over the Warriors on Monday. Dalembert, who had played 644 games in the league before Monday, went the farthest into an NBA career before first scoring 25 or more points in one game. The previous long was 545 games by Andrew Lang, who had 29 in his 546th game, for the Hawks on Jan. 2, 1996.

Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks

ESOTERIC NOTE OF THE NIGHT (OR THE YEAR)

From Elias: The Warriors, who lost Monday at Sacramento, have lost their last 12 games played on March 14, a streak that began in 1982. That's the longest current losing streak by any NBA team on a particular date and it's the longest by any team on any date since the Clippers were defeated 16 straight times on January 6, from 1981 to 2009.

The Warriors' last win on March 14 came in 1979 (12 nights before Magic and Bird faced off in the NCAA Final) a 113-98 victory over the Hawks in Oakland, with John Lucas scoring a game-high 21 points for Golden State.

Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers

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Hayes Jr.

HAYES BREAKS HIS 20-POINT DUCK

From Elias: Chuck Hayes scored 21 points - his first 20-point game in the NBA - in the Rockets' win over the Suns on Monday. Hayes, who had played 409 games in the league before Monday, went the second-farthest into an NBA career before first scoring 20 points; Will Perdue had his first (and only) 20-point game in his 664th game, for the Spurs on Mar. 27, 1998.

Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs

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Lawson

THE CAROLINA CONNECTION

From Elias: Ty Lawson had 23 points and 10 assists on Monday while Raymond Felton had 22 points and 12 assists. It was only the first time this season that teammates each had at least 20 points and 10 assists in a non-overtime game.

More than that - it was the first time since Nov. 27, 2001 that teammates who came to the NBA from the same college had 20/10 (points/assists) games on the same night. The last time it occurred the players were Gary Payton and Brent Barry, each out of Oregon State.

Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets

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Howard

TRIPLE DOWN ON DOUBLE DOUBLES

From Elias: Dwight Howard recorded his 25th consecutive double-double on Monday making him the third NBA player to have a streak of 25 or more games this season (Kevin Love 53, Blake Griffin 27). There was only one such streak of 25 or more games in the NBA over the previous 19 seasons (Kevin Garnett, 33 games in 2005-06).

Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics

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Garnett

CAN'T GET OVER THE HUMP

From Elias: Kris Humphries has had 15 or more rebounds in each of his last five games, all of which were Nets wins, including their win over the Celtics on Monday. The only other active player ever to record a five-game streak of that type (15 or more rebounds in a win) was Kevin Garnett in 2004 (Nov. 26-Dec. 4).

New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics

NETS SNAP CELTICS STREAK

From Elias: The Celtics had won their last nine games in New Jersey before losing to the Nets on Monday. That had been tied for the longest current team-vs.-team road winning streak. The Mavericks have won their last nine games in Minnesota against the Timberwolves.

Boston Celtics, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Durant

DURANT EXTENDS STREAK AGAINST WASHINGTON

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 32 points against the Wizards on Monday and that was his lowest total in any of his last four games against Washington¿in the three others he scored 40, 35 and 35. Durant's streak against the Wizards is tied for the second-longest current streak of 30-point games by any player against any team. Kevin Martin has scored 30-plus in his last five games against Cleveland; Durant also has a four-game streak against Miami; Danny Granger has a four-game streak against Sacramento and LeBron James had a four-game spree versus Portland.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers

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Jefferson

JEFFERSON MOVIN' ON UP

From Elias: Al Jefferson had 30 points and 17 rebounds after having 33 points and 18 rebounds in his previous game, against Chicago on Saturday. He's the third player this season to have consecutive 30/15 (points/rebounds) games (Kevin Love, Dwight Howard) and the third player in Jazz history to do so (Karl Malone, Carlos Boozer).

Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls

NHL

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Kane

KANE REACHES CENTURY MARK

From Elias: Patrick Kane scored the 100th goal of his career tonight at the age of 22 years and 115 days. Only two players in Chicago history scored their 100th goal for the Blackhawks at a younger age: Jeremy Roenick (21, 325 in 1991) and Bobby Hull (22, 68 in 1961).

Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks

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Sharp

FROM SHARP MINDS COME GOALS

From Elias: Patrick Sharp had four assists in the second period on Monday tying a Chicago record for assists in one period. It had been done five previous times, most recently (before Sharp) by Jim Pappin on March 24, 1973 against the Atlanta Flames.

Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks

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Kesler

KESLER DOING HIS BEST FOR USA-CANADA RELATIONS

From Elias: Michigan native Ryan Kesler scored his 35th and 36th goals of the season in the Canucks' win over the Wild. Kesler is the first US-born player to score 35 goals for a Canadian-based team since Massachusetts native Keith Tkachuk scored 50 for the Winnipeg Jets in 1995-96.

Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild

LIGHTNING SCORE SIX AT EVEN STRENGH

From Elias: Tampa Bay scored six goals on Monday, all at even strength, after not scoring an even-strength goal in either of its previous two games. That matches the most goals scored in a game by Tampa Bay, all at even-strength, in team history; the Lightning had done that three previous times.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs


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