Date: December 3, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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"The 12th Man" For MVP

From Elias: The Seahawks thumped the Saints, 34-7, to run their home winning streak to 14 games, during which they've outscored opponents by an average of 18.6 points per game, with eight wins by 20 or more points. They're the first NFL team to have eight wins by 20 or more points during a 14-game home winning streak since the Dolphins in 1972 and 1973.

Seattle Seahawks


Wilson The Fourth With 20 TD Passes In First Two Seasons

From Elias: Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes on Monday, giving him 22 this season, four shy of his total from last season. The only other players in NFL history to throw 20 or more TD passes in their rookie and sophomore seasons are Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Andy Dalton.

Seattle Seahawks


Seahawks End Brees' Streak

From Elias: The Seahawks held Drew Brees to 147 passing yards, ending his streak of 43 straight games throwing for at least 200 yards. That was the second-longest streak of 200-yard games in NFL history; Dan Fouts had a 45-game streak from 1980 to 1983. The longest current streak now belongs to Matthew Stafford, who has reached 200 passing yards in each of his last 37 games.

New Orleans Saints



Spurs' Big Three Still Ticking

From Elias: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490).

Duncan scored 23 points, recorded 21 rebounds, and made the game-winning basket with less than a second to play on Monday. At 37 years, 221 days old, Duncan is the oldest player in NBA history to record a game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. He's less than two months older than Parish was for his final 20/20 game, in 1991.

San Antonio Spurs

No Rest For Anderson

From Elias: Ryan Anderson played 56 minutes in the Pelicans' triple-overtime win in Chicago on Monday, a day after he logged nearly 36 minutes in New Orleans' win in New York. Anderson is the first NBA player to be on the floor for more than 56 minutes after having played a game the previous day since two Rockets players did that on January 13, 2010 (Trevor Ariza and Aaron Brooks).

New Orleans Hornets


Ariza Can Hardly Miss

From Elias: Trevor Ariza made eight of nine shots on Monday, including all four from three-point range, after going 7-for-10, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, in his previous game. Since the NBA instituted the three-point line in 1979, only one other player has made as many field goals and three-pointers with shooting percentages as high (78.9% overall, 90.0% on three-pointers) as Ariza's over consecutive games. That was Terry Mills for the Pistons in December 1996 (16 for 20, 80% overall, 13 for 14, 92.9% on three-point attempts).

Washington Wizards


Hayward Leads The Way

From Elias: Gordon Hayward scored 29 points in Utah's win over Houston on Monday, tying his second-highest total in any NBA game. Hayward also had 29 points against Houston on April 11, 2012 and he scored 34 against Denver on April 13, 2011.

Utah Jazz



Jokinen Scores Twice Against Former Team

From Elias: Olli Jokinen scored two goals, both in the third period, in Winnipeg's 5-2 win at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Jokinen has had only one other multiple-goal period over the last five seasons and that was also at MSG against the Rangers, on February 26 this year.

Winnipeg Jets

Minnesota Blanks Flyers

From Elias: Minnesota defeated Philadelphia on Monday, 2-0, on goals by Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle. It was Minnesota's eighth win this season when scoring two or fewer goals, the highest total for any NHL team. Minnesota led the NHL in wins when scoring only one or two goals in the 2011-12 season and it finished tied for sixth last season.

Minnesota Wild


Brodeur Loses Fourth Straight Game

From Elias: Montreal defeated New Jersey on Monday, 3-2, sending Martin Brodeur to his fourth loss in as many starts. That's Brodeur's longest streak of consecutive starts lost since a six-game skid in December 2010. In his subsequent 20 games after that streak ended, Brodeur went 15-2-1 with a 1.84 goals-against average.

New Jersey Devils