Date: March 24, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

LUCKY 13 FOR MEMPHIS

From Elias: The Grizzlies defeated the Celtics on Wednesday despite no player contributing more than 13 points-Leon Powe and Zach Randolph shared the team lead with 13 points apiece. That was the lowest total for an NBA winning team's leading scorer(s) since the Celtics defeated the 76ers on Mar. 28, 2004, with their high scorers (Mark Blount, Ricky Davis and Jiri Welsch) each contributing 13 points. And it was the lowest total by a winning team's leading scorer(s) against the Celtics in the shot-clock era.

Memphis Grizzlies

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Hayes Jr.

SECOND TRIPLE-DOUBLE THIS WEEK FOR ROCKETS

From Elias: Chuck Hayes had a triple-double for the Rockets on Wednesday after Kyle Lowry had one in Houston's previous game, on Monday. The last team to have triple-doubles from different players in consecutive games was the Nets in March 1996-by Shawn Bradley and Chris Childs. It's the first time in Rockets history that they've had triple-doubles from different players in consecutive games.

Houston Rockets

PACERS COME BACK TO BLOW OUT BOBCATS

From Elias: The Pacers came from 12 points down to defeat the Bobcats by 23 points on Wednesday in Charlotte. It was the first time this season that a team won a road game by 20 or more points after trailing by 10 or more points. The Pacers hadn't had such a win in nearly 10 years, since a 108-83 win in New Jersey on Apr. 8, 2001.

In the Pacers' other game in Charlotte this season, on October 29, Indiana won after overcoming an 11-point Bobcats lead. The Pacers have won only two other games all season in which they trailed by 10 or more points (including their last game, in Newark on Monday night).

Indiana Pacers

HEAT GET A BREAK

From Elias: Prior to Wednesday's game against the Pistons (25-45 entering the game), each of the Heat's last 10 opponents had come into those games with a won-lost record at least six games above the .500 mark, the longest such streak of games faced by any NBA team since the Mavericks had a stretch of 10 such games in March and April of 2001.

Miami Heat

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Howard

HOWARD GETTING DANGEROUS FROM THE LINE

From Elias: Dwight Howard made 11 of 13 free throws on Wednesday after making 10 of 12 on Monday. It's the first time in his NBA career that Howard has taken at least 10 free throws while making at least 80 percent in consecutive games.

Orlando Magic

76ERS SHARE THE LOAD

From Elias: The 76ers had seven players score 10 or more points in their win over the Hawks on Wednesday. It was the 13th time this season that Philadelphia had seven or more players score in double figures in one game, the highest total for any NBA team this season. The only other team with even half as many such games is Orlando, which has seven.

Philadelphia 76ers

76ERS LARGEST HOME COMEBACK OF SEASON

From Elias: The 76ers overcame an 11-point deficit to defeat the Hawks on Wednesday. Prior to Wednesday's game, Philadelphia had been the only NBA team that had not won a home game this season in which it had trailed by more than 10 points.

Philadelphia 76ers

BROOKS TO THE RESCUE

From Elias: Aaron Brooks had 25 points and eight assists off the bench for the Suns on Wednesday. The only other NBA player to reach those totals in a game in which he did not start this season was Ramon Sessions for the Cavaliers on February 16 (32 points, 8 assists as a substitute).

Phoenix Suns

NETS WIN DESPITE POOR SHOOTING

From Elias: The Nets won on Wednesday despite making only 34.0 percent of their field goals (32 of 94). That was the third-lowest field-goal percentage in the NBA this season by a winning team; the two lower marks were in November (Bucks, 33.7 percent, in a win over the Warriors and Hornets, 32.2 percent, in win at Sacramento). The last time the Nets won with such a low shooting percentage was on Nov. 16, 1997, a 77-72 win, also at Cleveland, in which the Nets shot 32.1 percent.

New Jersey Nets

THUNDER HOLDS ANOTHER OPPONENT UNDER 100

From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Jazz on Wednesday, 106-94. Oklahoma City has held its opponents below 100 points in each of its last seven games, its longest such streak since the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City. The last time the team had a seven-game streak was in Seattle, a seven-game streak in February and March of 2005.

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Westbrook

WESTBROOK HURTS UTAH AGAIN

From Elias: Russell Westbrook had 31 points and made 11 of 17 field goals on Wednesday, continuing his dominance of Utah. Over his last six games against the Jazz, Westbrook has averaged 27.5 points per game while shooting 61.8 percent from the floor (55 for 89) and 86.0 percent from the line (49 for 57).

Oklahoma City Thunder

NHL

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Sedin

SEDIN SCORES 40th

From Elias: Daniel Sedin reached the 40-goal mark for the first time in his 10-year NHL career when he scored both goals for the Canucks in their 2-1 win at Detroit. Sedin scored five goals in four games versus the Red Wings this season, with at least one goal in each game. In his first nine seasons, Daniel scored goals in only six of the 34 games he played against Detroit (nine total goals), though one of them was a four-goal game in February 2004. Before Sedin, the only Canucks player to score five or more goals versus the Red Wings in one season was Bobby Schmautz with six (in three games) in 1973-74.

Vancouver Canucks

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Selanne

MIGHTY COMEBACK WIN FOR DUCKS

From Elias: The Ducks were seconds away from a 3-2 loss in Dallas but they pulled off a stunning victory through a game-tying goal by Teemu Selanne with seven seconds left in the third period and an overtime goal by rookie defenseman Cam Fowler. It was Fowler's second OT goal of the season; he scored in extra time at Calgary on February 11. Fowler is only the second rookie defenseman in NHL history to score two overtime goals in one season. The first was Chicago's Brent Seabrook in 2005-06.

Anaheim Ducks

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Crawford

CRAWFORD BLANKS ANOTHER

From Elias: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford posted his fourth shutout of the season with a 4-0 win against the Panthers in Chicago on Wednesday. Crawford is 11-2-2 with two shutouts in his last 15 games, including a perfect 6-0-0 mark on home ice. Crawford's 11 wins over that span (Feb. 20 to date) are the most by any NHL goaltender.

Chicago Blackhawks


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