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CONLEY LEADS GRIZ WITH 15 POINTS
From Elias: Mike Conley was the Grizzlies' leading scorer with 15 points in his team's 104-86 win over the Spurs. Only one other team in NBA history scored at least 104 points in a playoff game despite not having a single player score more than 15 points in the game. That game occurred exactly 33 years ago. Milwaukee lost to Denver 118-104, as the Bucks leading scorers - Marques Johnson and Brian Winters - scored only 14 points.
#8 SEED TAKES 3-1 LEAD
From Elias: The #8 seed Memphis Grizzlies hold a three-games-to-one lead on the #1 seed San Antonio Spurs. This is only the third time since the 2003 playoffs - the year the first round of the NBA playoffs was a best-of-seven series - in which the #8 seed won at least three of the first four games in the opening round. Orlando went up 3-1 on Detroit in 2003 before losing the series in seven games; and Golden State won three of the first four games against Dallas in 2007 and won the series in six games.
KIDD HANDS OUT 14 HELPERS
From Elias: Jason Kidd had 14 assists in the Mavericks' win over the Trail Blazers. It was the 12th time in his NBA career that Kidd had at least 14 assists in a playoff game. Only one other player has had at least 10 such postseason games since 1997, Kidd's first year in the NBA playoffs: Steve Nash (15).
ROLOSON PLAYS BEST WITH HIS BACK AGAINST THE WALL
From Elias: Dwayne Roloson is 5-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and ..939 save percentage in five career starts in which his team faced playoff elimination. Only four other goaltenders in NHL history won their first five such starts: Chico Resch (first seven), Ken Dryden (five), Jaroslav Halak (five) and Cam Ward (five).
ANOTHER PENALTY SHOT IN THE NHL PLAYOFFS
From Elias: Chris Conner failed on a penalty shot for the Penguins in Game 6 one day after Michal Frolik was successful on a penalty shot for the Blackhawks. It's the first time in 16 years that there have been penalty shots on consecutive days in the NHL playoffs. Chicago's Patrick Poulin (against Felix Potvin) and Washington's Michal Pivonka (against Tom Barrasso) did it on May 9-10, 1995, neither was successful.
CASTRO HAS TOUGH INNING
From Elias: Starlin Castro made three errors in the second inning leading to three unearned runs in the Cubs' loss to the Rockies Monday night, becoming the first Cubs player to commit three errors in one inning since Jaime Navarro had three in an inning vs. Houston on Aug. 18, 1996. The last major-leaguer to make four errors in an inning was, like Castro, a Cubs shortstop: Len Merullo committed four errors in an inning against the Braves in Boston on Sept. 13, 1942. Merullo, who was Boston-born, was guilty with an explanation: he had just become a father of a son, born in a Boston hospital hours before the game.
ETHIER EXTENDS HITTING STREAK TO 22 GAMES
From Elias: Andre Ethier tied Joe Torre's major-league record for the longest hitting streak in a single April. But it must be noted that no major league team played as many as 22 games in April until 1969. The last major league player to get a hit in at least 22 consecutive April games was Ryan Sweeney, who had a hit in 22 straight April games spanning from April 18, 2009 to April 18, 2010.
HUMBER SILENCES YANKEES LUMBER
From Elias: Phillip Humber threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings at Yankee Stadium Monday night before Alex Rodriguez broke up the no-hitter with a single. The last visiting pitcher to go at least six innings without allowing a hit at Yankee Stadium was Baltimore's Daniel Cabrera on September 28, 2006. Cabrera's no-no was broken up by a Robinson Cano single with one out in the ninth inning in the "old" Yankee Stadium.
KENNEDY MATCHES CURT AND RANDY
From Elias: Ian Kennedy threw a three-hit shutout, struck out 10 batters and did not issue a walk in the Diamondbacks' win over the Phillies. Only two pitchers in Diamondbacks history threw a shutout while allowing three or fewer hits with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks: Curt Schilling on April 10, 2001 against the Dodgers (2 hits allowed, 10 SO) and Randy Johnson, when he pitched his perfect game on May 18, 2004 at Atlanta (13 SO).
WEAVER IS 6-0 ALREADY
From Elias: Jered Weaver improved his record to 6-0 while the Angels improved to 13-10. Weaver is the third pitcher over the last 20 years to reach six wins in his team's first 23-or-fewer games of the season. The others to do it were Bob Tewksbury for the 1994 Cardinals (game #22) and Randy Johnson for the 2002 Diamondbacks (game #23).
JAYS GO BACK-TO-BACK ON BACK-TO-BACK PITCHES
From Elias: Corey Patterson hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead, Jose Bautista hit the next pitch out of the park to make it 4-0 for the Jays in their 6-4 win over the Rangers. It was the third time this season that a pair of teammates homered on consecutive pitches. The Angels' Maicer Izturis and Howard Kendrick did it on April 3 at Kansas City, and the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata did it on April 17 at Cincinnati.
LOWE GETS FIRST HIT FOR BRAVES PITCHERS
From Elias: Derek Lowe had an RBI single in the fifth inning for the Braves. Entering Monday's action, Braves pitchers were a combined 0-for-38, the only team in the National League that did not have a hit by a pitcher.