Date: May 10, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

A UNIQUE NIGHT IN NBA PLAYOFF HISTORY

From Elias: Both NBA games went to overtime on Monday night - the eighth day in NBA history, and the first since May 16, 1995, on which two games have gone to overtime. But Monday was the first day in NBA history on which there was more than one game played and every game was decided in an extra session.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies

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James

BIG THREE GETS IT DONE - NEARLY EXCLUSIVELY

From Elias: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh outlasted the Celtics as the Heat took a three-games-to-one lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Miami's Big Three combined to score the team's last 31 points (including all 29 in the fourth quarter and overtime) - and the Big Three either scored or assisted on each of the Heat's last 63 points (over the game's final 36 minutes)!

James, Wade and Bosh combined to score 84.7 percent of the Heat's 98 points. In Miami's Game One victory in this series, James, Wade and James Jones combined to score 85.9 percent of the Heat's 99 points. Prior to this series, no team in NBA history had won a playoff game in which it scored at least 98 points and saw three players combine for such a high percentage of its points.

Miami Heat, Boston Celtics

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Garnett

GARNETT, AFTER 28 IN GAME 3, GOES COLD IN GAME 4

From Elias: Kevin Garnett made only one of 10 field-goal attempts in Game Four against the Heat. He had never produced a field-goal percentage that low in any of his 103 previous NBA playoff games, and he hasn't produced a field-goal percentage that low in any of the 1,070 NBA regular-season games in which he has taken at least 10 shots.

In NBA history, only three other players who had previously scored 20,000 regular-season points have suffered through a playoff game in which they shot no better than 10 percent from the floor (minimum: 10 field-goal attempts). Karl Malone had a 2-for-20 game for the Jazz in 1997, Clyde Drexler went 1 for 13 for the Rockets the next year, and Ray Allen went 0 for 13 for the Celtics in Game Three of last year's Finals.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

DEFENSE TOOK HOLD AS THE NIGHT WORE ON

From Elias: Get a load of the score-by-periods in the Heat-Celtics game: Boston scored 31 points in the opening quarter, then followed with 22, 20, 13 and then four points in the overtime period. Miami scored 28 points in the first quarter, followed by 22, 19, 17 and then 12 in overtime. It was the first overtime game in NBA playoff history in which each team had a declining points total in each period.

Boston Celtics, Miami Heat

THUNDER AND GRIZZ: MARATHON DANCE PARTNERS

From Elias: The Thunder outlasted the Grizzlies, 133-123, in a three-overtime marathon in Memphis, evening the Western Conference Semifinals at two wins apiece. The game came on the heels of the Grizzlies' overtime victory on Saturday. It's only the second playoff series in NBA history that included a triple overtime game and another overtime game - the other being the classic Bulls-Celtics first-round series two years ago that included four overtime games, including one three-OT game and another two-OT game.

Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Westbrook

WESTBROOK & DURANT LIGHT IT UP

From Elias: Russell Westbrook scored 40 points and Kevin Durant 35 in Oklahoma City's triple-overtime win. It was the first NBA playoff game in 11 years in which one player scored at least 40 points while a teammate had at least 35. The last such game came in 2000, when Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose each scored 40 points in the Pacers' 108-91 win over the 76ers. The last pair to do it on the road? Sleepy Floyd (42) and Hakeem Olajuwon (41) for the Rockets at Dallas in the 1988 playoffs.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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Gasol

GASOL TO RANDOLPH: ANYTHING YOU CAN DO, I CAN DO BETTER

From Elias: Marc Gasol had 26 points and 21 rebounds in Game Four on Monday night, after Zach Randolph had 21 points and 21 rebounds in Game Three on Saturday. The Grizzlies became the first NBA team to see different teammates reach 20/20 in consecutive games since Hall-of-Famers Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld did it for the Washington Bullets against the Spurs in 1979.

Memphis Grizzlies

MLB

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Cahill

CAHILL GOES 6-0, EVOKING DAVE STEWART

From Elias: Trevor Cahill lifted his won-lost record to 6-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.72 as the visiting A's took a 7-2 decision over the Rangers. Cahill is the first Athletics starting pitcher to start a season by winning his first six decisions since Dave Stewart did it in each of three straight seasons from 1988 to 1990 (Oakland went to the World Series in each of those years); and Cahill is the first Athletics pitcher to go 6-0 or better coupled with a sub-2.00 ERA in his first eight starts of a season since Sam Gray went 8-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his first eight starts for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics back in 1925.

Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers

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Scherzer

SCHERZER KEEPS OPPONENTS AT BAY WITH RUNNERS ON BASE

From Elias: Max Scherzer went five innings and boosted his record to 6-0 as the Tigers took a 10-5 decision in Toronto. The right-hander held Blue Jays hitters to one hit in 14 at-bats with runners on base, lowering the season batting average against Scherzer at those times to .133 (12 hits in 90 at-bats). That's the second-lowest in the majors (minimum: 50 at-bats with runners on base), trailing only Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa (.125 on 9 for 72).

Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

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Crawford

CRAWFORD's 2ND WALK-OFF HIT ON HOMESTAND

From Elias: Carl Crawford, who had a walk-off single to defeat the Mariners on May 1, clubbed a walk-off double to drive in the winning run in Boston's 11th-inning victory over Minnesota. Crawford, who had only two walk-off RBIs over his last three seasons with the Rays, is the first Red Sox player with a pair of walk-off RBIs on one homestand since David Ortiz did that on two different homestands during the 2006 season.

Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

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Rollins

ROLLINS, COMFY IN TOP SPOT, LEADS PHILS TO WIN

From Elias: Jimmy Rollins hit a home run leading off the first inning and the Phillies went on to a 6-4 victory over the Marlins in South Florida. That was the 36th first-inning leadoff homer of Rollins' career, and he moved past Bobby Bonds into fifth place on the all-time list. The National League record is 53 by Craig Biggio; the major-league mark is 81 by Rickey Henderson.

In seven games since Charlie Manuel restored Rollins to his old leadoff spot last week, the Phillies shortstop is batting .357 (10 for 28).

Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies

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Greinke

GREINKE SHOWS BREW CREW FANS HOW IT'S DONE

From Elias: Zack Greinke made his long-awaited home debut for the Brewers and did it in style, striking out nine and walking none in six innings to earn the win over the Padres, 4-3. Greinke is the 170th pitcher to make a home start for the Brewers since the team arrived in Milwaukee in 1970, and he's the first of those to have no walks and at least nine strikeouts in his first home start in a Milwaukee uniform.

Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres

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Quentin

ANOTHER 5-RBI GAME FOR QUENTIN

From Elias: Carlos Quentin, who had five RBIs in his team's 15-10 season-opening win at Cleveland, had a homer and five RBIs in the White Sox' 8-0 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Only one other big-leaguer this season has had at least five RBIs in a pair of games; Lance Berkman has had a pair of fives for the Cardinals. The last White Sox player with a two games of five-plus RBIs so early in a season was Magglio Ordonez in 2004.

Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels

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Wood

WOOD SWINGS THE WOOD

From Elias: Travis Wood belted a three-run homer to provide all the runs the Reds would need as they went on to defeat the Astros, 6-1, in Houston. It was the second major-league homer for Wood; he also hit one in St. Louis last season. The only other active major-league pitcher to hit home runs both as a rookie and in the following season is Adam Wainwright, who did it in 2006 and 2007 with the Cardinals (and then homered in 2008 and 2009, as well).

Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros

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Iannetta

IANNETTA STARS ON OFFENSE & DEFENSE

From Elias: Chris Iannetta's line drive home run broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning, and he threw out the potential tying run on a stolen-base attempt in the top of the ninth in the Rockies' 2-1 victory over the Mets in Denver. It had been nearly three years since the last time that a major-league catcher had hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning or later and then caught the potential tying run stealing in the game's final inning. The last to do it was Chris Snyder with the Diamondbacks against the Pirates on June 7, 2008.

Colorado Rockies, New York Mets

PIRATES RALLY LATE TO BEAT L.A.

From Elias: The Pirates scored three eighth-inning runs on three consecutive RBI doubles and defeated the Dodgers, 4-1. Coming into the game, the Pirates had scored only 24 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the fewest such runs for any team in the majors.

Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers

NHL

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Sedin

SEDINS BREAK SUTTERS' RECORD, WIN SERIES FOR CANUCKS

From Elias: Daniel Sedin scored the game-winning goal in the Canucks' series-clinching win in Nashville, with an assist by his brother Henrik. The Sedin twins have played in all 78 of the Canucks' playoff games since they joined the team nearly 11 years ago. Monday's game gave the Sedins sole possession of the NHL record for most playoff games played as teammates by a pair of brothers, breaking a tie with Brent and Duane Sutter, who played 77 such games.

Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks

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Kesler

KESLER ASSISTS ON BOTH GOALS IN CANUCKS' WIN

From Elias: Ryan Kesler assisted on both goals by the Canucks in their 2-1 win in Nashville, wrapping up the series and sending Vancouver into the Western Conference Finals. Kesler, who tallied at least two points in each of the previous three games (three points in Games Three and Four, two points in Game Five), is the first player in Canucks history to record four consecutive multiple-point games in one playoff year. Two other NHL players have had four straight multi-point games in this year's playoffs: Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis and Philadelphia's Claude Giroux.

Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks


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