Date: March 20, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Griffin

BLAKE DOES IT ALL

From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out eight assists for the Clippers Saturday afternoon. It was the second time this season that Griffin reached that level in all three categories. He had 30/18/8 in a game against Golden State in January. Griffin is the 13th player in NBA history to have at least two such games in his rookie season. For comparison sake, Oscar Robertson had 35 games of at least 30/8/8 in his rookie season of 1960-61.

Griffin led the Clippers in points rebounds and assists Saturday afternoon, it was the sixth time this season that he led his team in all three categories in a game. All other NBA rookies combined have done that once this season: DeMarcus Cousins for the Kings on January 29.

Los Angeles Clippers

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James

JAMES (33) AND WADE (32) REACH 30 POINTS

From Elias: LeBron James scored 33 points; Dwyane Wade added 32 in Miami's win over Denver. It was the fourth time this season that both James and Wade scored 30 points in the same game. Only one other pair of teammates has done that at least four times this season: Oklahoma City's duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has also done it four times this season.

Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

GRIZ WIN DESPITE NO TREYS

From Elias: The Grizzlies beat the Pacers Saturday night despite going 0-for-9 from three-point range. It was the third time this season that the Grizzlies were shut out from beyond the arc, tying them with the Raptors for the most such games in the NBA this season. Now here is the interesting part, Memphis has won all three of those games; all other NBA teams combined are 3-5 in games this season in which they fail to make a three-point field goal.

Memphis Grizzlies, Indiana Pacers

CELTICS SCROUNGE FOR POINTS

From Elias: The Celtics beat the Hornets, 89-85, Saturday night. Boston has scored only 510 points over its last six games, the fewest for this team over any six-game span since January 2007 (509).

New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics

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Duncan

DUNCAN-LESS SPURS WIN

From Elias: The Spurs beat the Bobcats despite the absence of Tim Duncan, who was resting. San Antonio is 33-25 in the 58 regular-season games that Duncan has missed since he joined the team for the 1997-98 season, including seven wins in the last eight such games.

Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs

NHL

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Grabner

GRABNER REACHES THE BIG 3-OH

From Elias: Michael Grabner became only the third rookie to score 30 goals in one season for the Islanders when he scored the first goal in the Islanders' game against the Panthers on Saturday. The other rookies to do that for the Islanders are both Hall of Famers: Bryan Trottier (32 goals in 1975-76) and Mike Bossy (53 goals in 1977-78). Grabner broke into the NHL with the Canucks last season, was traded to Florida last summer and claimed on waivers by the Islanders just before the start of this season. He's the first rookie to score 30 or more goals in one season for a team other than the one for which he made his NHL debut since 1990-91, when Ken Hodge, Jr. tallied 30 goals for the Bruins. Hodge debuted with the North Stars two seasons earlier.

New York Islanders, Florida Panthers

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Rinne

RINNE CLIPS WINGS

From Elias: Pekka Rinne made 39 saves to lead the Predators to a 3-1 win over the Red Wings in Nashville. Rinne has won all three games he's played against Detroit since the All-Star break, allowing only two goals while facing 110 shots. His eight wins versus the Red Wings over the last three seasons are the most by any NHL goaltender.

Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators

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Nash

NASH BREAKS OUT FOR JACKETS

From Elias: Rick Nash matched his career high for points in one game (four) and ended his career-high-tying 11-game goal drought when he scored two goals and assisted on two goals in the Blue Jackets' overtime win at Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. It was only the second time in the last five seasons that a Columbus player recorded four points in a road game. Nash also accounted for the last instance, with one goal and three assists in a 6-1 Columbus victory at Colorado on Jan. 2, 2009.

Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Shannon

A FIRST FOR THE SENS THIS SEASON

From Elias: The Senators trailed 2-0 entering the third period of their game against the Lightning but they tied the score with goals from Ryan Shannon and Nick Foligno, then won 3-2 in overtime on a goal by Jason Spezza. It was the first time this season that Ottawa won a game in which it trailed by two goals. The Senators were 0-28-2 in such games entering play on Saturday. Only two NHL teams have yet to overcome a two-goal deficit to win a game this season: Calgary (0-22-3) and Minnesota (0-26-2).

Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Crabb

JOEY MAKES BRUINS CRABB-Y

From Elias: Joey Crabb recorded one goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs' 5-2 win over the Bruins. It was only the second multiple-point game for Crabb in his two seasons in the NHL. He tallied two points (both assists) in Toronto's win at Ottawa this past New Year's Day. The three points Crabb tallied on Saturday matched his point total from his previous 22 games combined (two goals, one assist).

Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs

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Myers

MYERS LOVES THE SOUTHEAST

From Elias: Tyler Myers assisted on three goals in the Sabres' 8-2 rout of the Thrashers. Myers has six multiple-point games this season and four of the six have come against Southeast Division teams: two versus Atlanta and two versus Florida. His other multi-point games were against the Devils and the Islanders.

Atlanta Thrashers, Buffalo Sabres

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Richards

RICHARDS IS FIFTH FLYER TO 20

From Elias: Mike Richards scored his 20th goal of the season in the Flyers' shootout win over the Stars. Richards is the fifth Flyer to reach the 20-goal plateau this season, joining Danny Briere, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell. Only two other NHL teams have had five players score at least 20 goals for them: Dallas and San Jose.

Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars

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Duchene

NO SOPHOMORE JINX FOR DUCHENE

From Elias: Matt Duchene scored his 23rd goal of the season for Colorado Saturday night. Only one NHL sophomore has more goals this season than Duchene: John Tavares (26).26

Colorado Avalanche


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