Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Dwyane Wade had 33 points, five rebounds and 15 assists Friday night against Orlando and 35 points, six rebounds and 12 assists Saturday night at Charlotte. Since 1992-93, only one other NBA player had 30/5/10 (points/rebounds/assists) games on consecutive days: Kobe Bryant (Dec. 16-17, 2004).
What Wade did on consecutive days is a phenomenal accomplishment when you consider the short list of players who have done that at least once in their career: Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing, Gail Goodrich, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Reggie Theus, Michael Jordan, Michael Adams, Kobe Bryant, and now, Wade.
• Chauncey Billups went 18-for-19 (.947) from the free throw line in the Pistons' 115-111 win in Washington. It's only the fifth time in Pistons history that a player had that high a percentage from the charity stripe with at least 19 attempts. The others: Adrian Dantley, twice (19-for-19 on Dec. 15, 1987 and 18-for-19 on Dec. 2, 1988), Joe Dumars (18-for-19 on March 2, 1990) and Richard Hamilton (20-for-20 on Nov. 21, 2004).
• The Cavaliers beat the 76ers, 108-95. It was the ninth time that LeBron James and Allen Iverson played against each other in an NBA game. For the record, A.I. has outscored "King James" 273-271 in those nine games and Iverson's team has won five and lost four.
• Jamal Crawford led the Knicks in scoring in their loss to Chicago. It was the fourth time this season that Crawford led his team in scoring despite beginning the game on the bench. That's the most such games this season for any NBA player. Two other players have done it three times: the Clippers' Corey Maggette and Orlando's Carlos Arroyo.
• The Mavericks beat the Hornets for the 18th consecutive time. That's the longest current winning streak for one NBA team against another. The last NBA team to win 18 straight games against a particular opponent was San Antonio against the Jazz (an 18-game streak from April 2000 to November 2004). The NBA record is 26 consecutive wins by Seattle against Minnesota from 1991 to 1997.
• The Hawks lost to Orlando, but, as usual, Joe Johnson led Atlanta in scoring (16 points, tying him with Shelden Williams). Johnson is the only player to lead his team in scoring (or share the lead) in every one of his team's games this season.
Atlanta missed its first nine field-goal attempts in its loss at Orlando. That matched the worst drought to start a game this season. Portland missed its first nine shots in a loss at Minnesota on Nov. 14.
• Jaromir Jagr assisted on Martin Straka's overtime goal which gave the Rangers a 2-1 win over the Penguins. It was Jagr's 26th career regular-season overtime point (15 goals, 11 assists), tying him with Mark Messier for second place on the all-time list, behind Sergei Fedorov (27 career OT points). Rounding out the top five are Mats Sundin (25) and Steve Thomas (23).
• Jordan Staal failed on a penalty shot in overtime in the Penguins' loss to the Rangers. Staal is the first rookie to attempt an overtime penalty shot since the NHL adopted the 5:00 overtime rule in 1983-84. It was Staal's second penalty shot this season, tying the league record for a rookie. Eight other rookies had two penalty shots in one season, but only one had two penalty-shot goals (Columbus' David Vyborny in 2000-01).
• Philadelphia outscored Montreal, 3-0, in the second period of its 4-2 win on Saturday night. The Flyers had been outscored, 39-14, in the second period entering the game, the worst goal differential for any team in any period this season.
• The Red Wings were outscored 5-0 in the second period of their 6-2 loss in Nashville. It was the first time that Detroit allowed five-or-more goals in one period since Jan. 5, 1996, when the Wings gave up five goals (and scored one) in the second period of a 5-2 loss in Pittsburgh.
• Joe Thornton scored a goal in San Jose's 2-0 win over the Devils and Martin Brodeur. Thornton has scored 11 goals in his last 15 games against Brodeur after not scoring a goal in his first nine career games against him.
Thornton's 11 goals against Brodeur are his most against any goaltender in his NHL career.
• Curtis Joseph made 25 saves to lead Phoenix to a 2-1 win in St. Louis. Cujo is 10-1-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout in his last 11 games against the Blues, his original NHL team, and he's 6-0-0 in six games in St. Louis over that span (December 2001 to date).
Yanic Perreault scored the game-winning goal in the Coyotes' win. Perreault has seven goals in eight games since Nov. 11, tying him with Jaromir Jagr for second-most goals in the NHL since that date, one behind Alexander Frolov.
• Sergei Fedorov scored two goals in the Blue Jackets' 5-3 win over the Wild. It was the 64th multiple-goal game of Fedorov's NHL career, 14th-most among active players, but it was his first since March 21, 2004, when he scored twice for Anaheim against the Red Wings. Fedorov played 88 games between those multiple-goal performances, the longest such drought of his career.
Columbus has won seven straight home games against the Wild, outscoring them 22-8 in those seven games.
• The Diamondbacks traded Johnny Estrada to the Brewers as part of a six-player trade. Estrada, who hit .302 in 2006, was one of seven major-leaguers to play at least 100 games behind the plate and post a batting average of .300-or-better. It was only the third season in major-league history that had seven such players. It also happened in 1921 and 1922.
The other players that batted .300 and caught at least 100 games this season were Michael Barrett (.307), Paul Lo Duca (.318), Victor Martinez (.316), Joe Mauer (.347), Brian McCann (.333) and Ronny Paulino (.310). You might ask, "What about Ivan Rodriguez?" Well Pudge's mark might appear as .300 in the final averages , but he actually hit only .2998.
The other major player in the D-Backs-Brewers trade was Doug Davis. Davis, who finished the season with a record of 11-11, had six wins blown by the Milwaukee bullpen. Aaron Cook and Chris Young (seven each) were the only major-league pitchers with more "blown wins" than Davis in 2006.