Date: May 3, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Bryant

KOBE EXTENDS GAME ONE STREAK

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 36 points in the Lakers' 96-94 loss against the Mavericks on Monday night. Bryant has now scored at least 30 points in Game One of five consecutive playoff series. That's the longest such streak in franchise history. George Mikan (1949-1950), Elgin Baylor (1961-1962) and Shaquille O'Neal (2000) scored 30 or more points in Game One in each of four consecutive playoff series for the Lakers. Bryant is the first NBA player to score at least 30 points in five consecutive Game Ones since Michael Jordan did that in seven straight playoff series, spanning 1997 to 1998.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers

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Johnson

JOHNSON IS PERFECT FROM DOWNTOWN AND THE LINE

From Elias: Joe Johnson's game-high 34 points in the Hawks' victory over the Bulls included a 5-for-5 performance from three-point range and a 5-for-5 night at the foul line. In the 32 seasons since the league instituted the three-point line, no other player was ever 5-for-5 or better from both beyond the arc and the free-throw line in an NBA playoff game.

Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls

MLB

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Buehrle

BUEHRLE AND KONERKO JOIN KAAT AND OLIVA

From Elias: Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Mark Buehrle threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Chicago's win against Baltimore on Monday night. It was the seventh time that Buehrle earned a win and Konerko hit multiple home runs in the same game, breaking a tie with Adam Wainwright and Albert Pujols for the most such games together by current teammates.

Buehrle and Konerko's total is now the highest for any two major-league teammates since Jim Kaat won seven games in which Tony Oliva hit at least two homers for the Twins, from 1964 to 1971.

Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox

RED SOX SPOIL WEAVER'S PERFECT RECORD AGAIN

From Elias: Jered Weaver won each of his first six starts of the 2011 season, until he took the loss against the Red Sox on Monday night. In 2006, Weaver was 9-0 before a defeat at the hands of the Red Sox spoiled his perfect record. No other major-league pitcher in the last 25 seasons lost a game to Boston with a 6-0 or better record entering that contest.

Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels

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Bumgarner

WHAT A BUMMER

From Elias: Madison Bumgarner allowed only two unearned runs in seven innings, but took the loss in the Giants' 2-0 defeat at Washington, dropping his record to 0-5 in 2011. Bumgarner is only the third major-league pitcher since 1920 to win a start in the World Series and then lose five (or more) of his first six starts the next season.

Each of the other two pitchers to do that over that span did so in the same year: Jeff Weaver lost each of his first six starts for the Mariners in 2007, after winning a start for the Cardinals in the 2006 World Series, while Anthony Reyes was 0-5 through six starts for St. Louis in 2007, after starting and earning a win in the previous World Series for Tony La Russa's team.

San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals

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Matsui

MATSUI HITS GAME-WINNING HOMER IN EXTRA INNINGS

From Elias: Hideki Matsui's home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Athletics a 5-4 win over the Rangers on Monday afternoon. Prior to that at-bat, Matsui was 2-for-22 (.091) in extra-inning at-bats over the last five seasons, which was the sixth-lowest such average in the major leagues over that span (minimum: 20 at-bats). It was also Matsui's first career home run in 37 extra-inning at-bats.

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers

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Gonzalez

GONZALEZ CLEARS THE BASES

From Elias: Alex Gonzalez's three-run double in the sixth inning gave the Braves a 4-2 lead over the Brewers and that stood up as the game-winning hit in Atlanta's 6-2 victory. It was Gonzalez's 20th at-bat with the bases loaded in his two seasons with the Braves, but it was the first time he produced an extra-base hit for them in that situation.

Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers

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Avila

AVILA GOES DEEP TWICE

From Elias: Alex Avila hit two home runs against the Yankees at Comerica Park on Monday night, becoming only the second Tigers catcher in the past 15 seasons to hit two homers in one home game. The other was Pudge Rodriguez in 2004 against the Red Sox.

Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees

NHL

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Thomas

THOMAS STOPS 52 SHOTS

From Elias: Tim Thomas made 52 saves to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 overtime win in Game Two of their series against the Flyers. In the last 35 years only three other NHL goaltenders made 52 or more saves while winning a playoff game that did not go to multiple overtime periods: Montreal's Patrick Roy and Vancouver's Kirk McLean in 1994, and Montreal's Jaroslav Halak in 2010. Extra credit goes to Halak, who made 53 saves in a regulation win against the Capitals.

Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers

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van Riemsdyk

ONE-MAN OFFENSE FOR FLYERS

From Elias: James van Riemsdyk scored both goals for the Flyers in their overtime loss to the Bruins on Monday night, extending his goal-scoring streak to five games. The only other players in Flyers history to score goals in five or more consecutive games in one playoff year were Reggie Leach in 1976 (with an NHL record 10-game streak), Brian Propp in 1989 (five games) and R.J. Umberger in 2008 (five).

Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins


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