Date: March 7, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Heat extend streak by minimum margin

From Elias: The Heat extended its winning streak to 16 games with a one-point win over the Magic, on LeBron James's basket in the dying seconds. That's the second-longest winning streak that has been extended by a one-point win in NBA history. In 1969, the Knicks, en route to their first NBA title, won their 18th straight game (which was an NBA single-season record at that point) with a 106-105 win over the Cincinnati Royals, in a game played in Cleveland. Bob Cousy (who was also Cincinnati's head coach) had given the Royals a 105-100 lead with 27 seconds to play with the final two points of his NBA career, on free throws, before the Knicks scored the final six points to extend their winning streak.

Miami Heat, Orlando Magic


Lakers score final 20 points of game to defeat Hornets

From Elias: The Lakers came from 25 points down to defeat the Hornets on Monday, with Los Angeles scoring the final 20 points of the game and Kobe Bryant scoring 42 points with 12 assists. The Lakers hadn't won a game in which they trailed by at least 25 points since Dec. 6, 2002 against the Mavericks at the Staples Center, in a game in which they trailed by 30, and by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Bryant is the fourth Lakers player to have a game of at least 40 points and 12 assists, and he's the first to do that since Gail Goodrich in 1971. Jerry West had six such games in the regular-season and another in the NBA Finals in 1969; Elgin Baylor did it once.

Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets

Celtics shock Pacers

From Elias: The Celtics won in Indianapolis in Wednesday after trailing by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter. Boston has won only one other road game over the last 10 years in which it trailed by that many points in the fourth quarter - a 15-point comeback in Cleveland in 2004.

Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers


Crawford sets a career high.

From Elias: Jamal Crawford made 11 of 16 shots in the Clippers' win over the Bucks on Wednesday, a 68.8 field goal percentage. That's Crawford's highest shooting percentage in any NBA game in which he took at least 15 shots; previously, his highest mark was 68.0 percent (17 for 25), for the Knicks on Dec. 4, 2004.

Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks


Irving leads Cleveland to victory

From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 11 points in the fourth quarter of Cleveland's comeback victory over Utah on Wednesday. It was the 14th time this season that Irving has scored in double-digits in the fourth quarter of a game, the fourth-highest total in the NBA, behind Kevin Durant (20), Kobe Bryant (19) and Jamal Crawford (17).

Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz


Knicks win for 200th time against Pistons

From Elias: Knicks win for 200th time against Pistons The Knicks won in Auburn Hills Wednesday for their 200th regular-season win over the Pistons, a total that New York hasn't reached against any other franchise. The Knicks' first victory over the Pistons--then based in Fort Wayne, Indiana--came on Nov. 3, 1948 (the same day for which the early edition of the Chicago Tribune had blared "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN"), when New York defeated the Pistons, 80-76, at Fort Wayne's North Side High School.

Amar'e Stoudemire scored 22 points on Wednesday and J.R. Smith contributed 20. It's the fifth time that Smith and a Knicks teammate have each scored 20-plus points in a game they didn't start. Smith and Stoudemire also did that on February 2 vs. Sacramento; Smith has had two such games with Steve Novak (both last season) and one with Chris Copeland.

Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks

Warriors take lead on Kings

From Elias: On Wednesday, the Warriors and Kings played the 369th regular-season game in a rivalry that dates back to 1948. In that first meeting, the Kings' predecessors, the Rochester Royals, defeated the then-Philadelphia Warriors, 83-75, and the teams have been, in effect, trading baskets ever since. With a win on Wednesday, the Warriors took a one-game lead in the all-time series, unknotting what had been the NBA's most-played rivalry in which the teams had an equal number of wins. That distinction now falls to the Kings and Hawks, who have split the 304 games they've played against each other.

Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings


Size is relative

From Elias: The oddest occurrence of the evening may have been in Dallas, where Dirk Nowitzki, who is listed as 7'0", had a shot blocked by Patrick Beverley, listed at 6'1". Beverly is the shortest player to block one of Nowitzki's shots since Earl Watson, also listed at 6'1", got Nowitzki in 2008.

Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets


Rubio does it all in Minnesota's win

From Elias: Ricky Rubio had 15 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and six steals for Minnesota on Wednesday, for his second game this season with at least 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds and steals; he also did that on February 24 against Golden State. All other NBA players have combined for three such games this season - one each for Chris Paul, Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards


High-scoring subs in Hawks-76ers game

From Elias: Three substitutes scored at least 20 points in Atlanta's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday: Anthony Tolliver had 21 for the Hawks; Damien Wilkins had 21 for the 76ers and Dorell Wright had 20 for Philadelphia. It was the second game this season in which three non-starters scored at least 20 points. That also happened in a Dallas versus New Orleans game on February 22 (Jason Smith 22, Vince Carter 22, Ryan Anderson 20).

Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

Nets extend winning streak against Bobcats

From Elias: Brooklyn defeated Charlotte on Wednesday, giving the Nets six straight wins against the Bobcats - their longest winning streak against one opponent since they beat the Wizards six straight times in 2006 and 2007.

Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats

Suns fail to rise in Phoenix

From Elias: Toronto held all five of Phoenix's starters (P.J. Tucker, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic) to fewer than 10 points in the Raptors' win on Wednesday. It's the second time this season that quintet has started and each player was held under 10 points (also February 10 against the Thunder). No other starting-five has done that more than once this season.

Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors

Spurs win cleanly

From Elias: The Spurs committed only nine fouls in their win over the Bulls on Wednesday. It's the third time that San Antonio has had fewer than 10 fouls, the highest total for any team in the league this season.

Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs



Blackhawks record 11th consecutive win

From Elias: The Blackhawks extended their winning streak to 11 games with a 3-2 victory against the Avalanche. Eight of the Blackhawks' wins during their streak have been by a one-goal margin (including two in overtime and two via shootouts), one was by two goals and two by three goals. Chicago is the second team in NHL history to win 11 consecutive games in one season with none of the wins by more than three goals. The other team with an 11-game streak of that kind was the San Jose Sharks in 2007-08 (Feb. 21-March 14).

Ray Emery set one NHL record and one Blackhawks team record with his win over Colorado. He's the first goaltender in NHL history to win his first ten decisions in one season and the first netminder in Chicago franchise history to record ten consecutive wins at any point in a season. Glenn Hall's streak of nine straight wins in 1966-67 had been the Blackhawks record until Emery bested it on Wednesday night.

Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche


Kessel filibusters Senators

From Elias: Phil Kessel matched his season high for points in one game when he scored one goal and assisted on two others in the Maple Leafs' 5-4 win over the Senators. Kessel has scored 21 goals in 40 games against Ottawa in his seven seasons in the NHL. That's the most goals that any player has scored versus the Senators over that span. Nineteen of Kessel's goals against Ottawa have come in the last five seasons (25 games).

Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs


Kiprusoff defeats former team for 16th time

From Elias: Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his 16th win against his former team, the Sharks, in Calgary's win on Wednesday. The only active goaltender with as many wins against a former team is Jean-Sebastien Giguere, with 17 against Calgary.

Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks