Date: December 31, 2013

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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James

LeBron Extends His Streak At Pepsi Center

From Elias: LeBron James scored a team-high 26 points to lead the Heat to a 97-94 win over the Nuggets in Denver on Monday night. James has now scored 25 or more points in each of the last 7 games he has played at the Pepsi Center dating back to January of 2007. That is the longest such streak by any visiting player in the history of that arena. (The Nuggets began playing their home games at the Pepsi Center in 1999.)

Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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Marion

Marion Scores 32 Without Getting To Free-Throw Line

From Elias: Shawn Marion scored 32 points without the benefit of a single free-throw in the Mavericks' victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night. That tied the second-most points scored in a game by a player who did not attempt a free throw in the Mavericks' franchise history. Mark Aguirre scored 41 points without going to the line on February 20, 1987 and Michael Finley had 32 points with zero free-throw attempts on November 28, 2000.

Dallas Mavericks

Davis Dominates Portland

From Elias: Anthony Davis registered 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to lead the Pelicans to a win over the Trail Blazers on Monday night. It marked the second time that Davis has recorded at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in a game this season (he had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks on November 8 against the Lakers). No other player in the league has done that more than once this season. Only one other player in Pelicans' history has had multiple games with 25+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ blocks in their career: Alonzo Mourning (15).

New Orleans Hornets

Pistons Cough Up Another 2nd-Half Lead At Home

From Elias: The Pistons relinquished a 12-point lead in the second half and dropped a 106-99 decision to the Wizards at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Monday night. It is the fourth time that Detroit has lost a home game after holding a double-digit lead in the second half this season, which is only one fewer such loss than the Pistons had all last season. No other team in the league has lost more than two home games after building a 10+ point second-half lead this season.

Detroit Pistons

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Butler

Butler's Big 2nd Half Leads Bulls To Win

From Elias: Jimmy Butler scored 26 points, 20 of which came in the second half, to lead the Bulls to a 95-91 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday night. Butler's 20 second-half points were the most he has scored in any half in his 141 game career, besting his previous high of 17 in the second half in the Bulls' opening game this season.

Chicago Bulls

Bobcats Drop Another Close One

From Elias: The Bobcats lost another close game, an 83-80 decision to the Jazz on Monday night. Each of Charlotte's last five losses has been by four or fewer points, the longest such streak since the Wizards lost by as few as four points in six consecutive defeats in December of 2009.

Charlotte Bobcats

NHL

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Anderson

Anderson Closes Out 2013 On A Good Note

From Elias: Craig Anderson made 34 saves in his 3-1 win over the Capitals that enabled the Ottawa Senators to close out the 2013 portion of their schedule on a positive note. Anderson was 6-1-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 10 games in December, after posting a 6-8-2 record, 3.51 GAA and .894 save percentage in 17 games this season through the end of November.

Ottawa Senators

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Raanta

Raanta Turns Back Penalty Shot In His 1st Shutout

From Elias: Blackhawks rookie Antti Raanta recorded his first NHL shutout with a 1-0 win over the Kings in which he stopped a penalty shot by Dustin Brown. Raanta is the fifth rookie goaltender in NHL history to post a shutout while also facing a penalty shot; the others were Pittsburgh's Les Binkley (Dec. 23, 1967), Chicago's Jack Norris (March 10, 1968), Detroit's Corrado Micalef (Dec. 8, 1982) and Boston's Tuukka Rask (March 23, 2010).

Chicago Blackhawks

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Fisher

Another 3-Point Night For Fisher

From Elias: Mike Fisher recorded his second straight three-point game when he tallied one goal and two assists for the Predators in their win over the Red Wings on Monday. Fisher, who tallied two goals and one assist against the Kings on Saturday, is the first Nashville player to score at least three points in each of two consecutive team games since Patric Hornqvist did that on April 5 and 8, 2011.

Nashville Predators


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