Date: February 23, 2013

Elias Says...

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

NBA

Pacers start off second half with consecutive 30-point wins

From Elias: The Pacers have started the second-half of their season in fine fashion, routing the Pistons by a score of 114-82 on Friday night after beating the Knicks by 34 points on Wednesday night. Indiana is the first team in NBA history to win its first two games immediately following the All-Star break, each by 30-or-more points.

Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons

A Magic night for Jack

From Elias: Jarrett Jack came off the bench and registered 30 points and 10 assists to help lead the Warriors to an overtime win over the Spurs on Friday night. Jack is the first player to record a 30 point/10 assist game off the bench since Magic Johnson had 30 points and handed out 11 assists for the Lakers against the Mavericks in a rare reserve role on February 16, 1996 in just his seventh game back from a four-year retirement. Magic came off the bench in only 36 of the 906 games he played in his career.

Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs

Thunder are perfect from the line

From Elias: The Thunder went 22-for-22 from the free-throw line in the team's win over the Timberwolves on Friday night. It marked the second time this season that Oklahoma City was perfect from the free-throw line on 22 attempts (December 14 vs. Sacramento). Over the last 20 years, only two other teams had multiple games of perfect free-throw shooting with more than 20 attempts in a single season: Phoenix in 2007-08 and Dallas in 2001-02.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves

Wizards teenager fills up the stat sheet

From Elias: Bradley Beal, Washington's 19-year old rookie, filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocked shots in the Wizards' victory over the Nuggets on Friday night. Those are pretty modest numbers when taken individually, but Beal became only the second player to reach those levels in those five categories in a game prior to turning 20 years old. No, the other teenager to do that was not LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard or Kevin Garnett, it was Bill Willoughby, who registered 20 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots at age 18 for Atlanta on April 10, 1976. (The NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973.)

Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets

Kobe shows his touch from the field and at the line

From Elias: Kobe Bryant shot 15-for-23 (65%) from the field and made all nine of his free-throw attempts in a 40-point performance in the Lakers' win over the Trail Blazers on Friday night. It is the 72nd time that Bryant has been perfect from the line on at least nine attempts in a regular-season game in his career, but only the third time he has also made at least 65 percent of his field goal attempts. Bryant was 10-for-15 from the field and 11-for-11 from the line on February 10, 2008 and shot 12-for-18 from the field and was perfect on nine free-throw attempts on February 3, 2006.

Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers

Suns set franchise record for consecutive home games with fewer than 100 points

From Elias: The Celtics topped the Suns by a score of 113-88 in Phoenix on Friday night. The Suns have now scored fewer than 100 points in each of their last 12 home games, the longest single-season streak of its kind in the team's franchise history. Prior to this current streak, the longest Phoenix had gone without scoring 100 points at home in a single season was 11 games in 2002-03.

Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

Team effort fuels Bulls to win

From Elias: Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Nate Robinson, Richard Hamilton, Jimmy Butler and Marco Belinelli each produced double-digits in points and at least four assists to lead a team effort in Chicago's 105-75 win over the Bobcats on Friday night. It marked the first time in nearly 23 years that the Bulls had six players each record 10+ points and four-or-more assists in the same game. The last time that happened was on February 28, 1989, when Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Sam Vincent, Dave Corzine, John Paxson and Craig Hodges did it in a victory over San Antonio.

Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats

Rockets win on Nets' home court for the 10th straight time

From Elias: The Rockets topped the Nets by a score of 106-96 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night, marking the 10th consecutive time that Houston has won on the road against the Nets (the first nine of those wins came in New Jersey). That is tied for the longest current road winning streak any team has over a particular opponent. San Antonio has won 10 straight road games against the Kings, and the Lakers have defeated the Timberwolves 10 straight times in Minnesota.

Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets

Horford is on the mark

From Elias: Al Horford scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field in Atlanta's victory over Sacramento on Friday night. It is the 12th time that Horford has made at least 10 field goals and shot 75% or better from the field since the start of the 2009-10 season. Only one player has done that more times than Horford over that span: Dwight Howard (17).

Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

James makes the most of his limited time

From Elias: Bernard James blocked seven shots in just 15 minutes of action in the Mavericks' win over New Orleans on Friday night. Since the NBA began tracking blocked shots in 1973, only three other players had at least seven rejections while playing less than 16 minutes in a game: Caldwell Jones (1977), Manute Bol (twice: 1988 and 1992) and Sam Bowie (1992).

Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets

Gay scores 32 in front of home crowd in Toronto

From Elias: Rudy Gay poured in 32 points to lead the Raptors to a 100-98 win over the Knicks in Toronto on Friday night. That snapped a streak of 24 consecutive home games in which Toronto did not have a 30-point scorer dating back to November. That was the longest the Raptors had gone without a player scoring 30 points in front of the home crowd in a single season since they did it in 28 straight home games in 1995-96.

New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors

NHL

Blackhawks set NHL mark

From Elias: The Blackhawks set a NHL record for the longest point streak to begin a season - 17 games - with their win over San Jose on Friday. Since 1997-98, there have been only four other point streaks of 17 or more games by NHL teams at any juncture of a season: 20 games by Detroit in 2005-06 and San Jose in 2007-08, 18 games by Tampa Bay in 2003-04 and 17 games by Vancouver in 2010-11.

Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks

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Emery

Seven straight wins to start the season for Emery

From Elias: Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery posted his seventh win in seven games this season with a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Friday. It's the seventh time that a NHL goaltender has won his first seven (or more) games of a season since 2005, when the NHL began using a shootout to determine a winner in tied games. That happened only eleven times in the 87 seasons before the introduction of the shootout guaranteed a winner in every NHL game.

Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks

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Niskanen

Niskanen is off to a fast start

From Elias: Defenseman Matt Niskanen's tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Penguins in their 3-1 victory over the Panthers. Niskanen has never been noted for goal-scoring in his six-year NHL career but he's off to a good start this season (by his standards) with three goals in 10 games. That's one more goal than Niskanen recorded over his first 10 games in each of his previous five NHL seasons combined (two goals in 50 total games).

Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Weise

Weise victimizes Predators again

From Elias: Dale Weise scored his first goal of the season to break a goalless deadlock in the middle of the third period and the Canucks made that goal stand up for a 1-0 win at Nashville on Friday night. It was Weise's third goal in five career games against the Predators; he's scored only two goals in 90 games versus all other NHL teams.

Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks


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