Elias Says ... Ain't over till Okur sings
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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Jazz erased a 21-point deficit in the final 10:47 of the fourth quarter to defeat the Hawks in Atlanta 112-106. Utah was the first team to win a game in which it trailed by that much, that late, since the Bulls did it in their 2005-06 season opener against the Bobcats in Chicago. No team had won a road game under those circumstances since Nov. 28, 2000, when the Bucks did it at Miami.
Mehmet Okur was the game's high scorer with 30 points, thanks in part to four 3-pointers in five attempts (which matched his career high for a single game). Okur has made 18 of 29 3-point attempts over his last five games (.621); his streak of five straight games with at least a trio of 3-pointers is the longest for any player in Jazz franchise history.
• Grant Hill paced the Magic with 21 points in an 86-83 win over the Hornets, as he did in Orlando's victory over the Cavaliers on Saturday. It's the first time since Hill joined the Magic that Orlando has won consecutive games in which Hill was its leading scorer. Hill hadn't led his team in points in each of two straight wins since April 4-5, 2000, in his final season with the Pistons.
• The Warriors defeated the Celtics 96-95 in Golden State's first one-point win in Boston since Rick Barry scored 31 points in a 102-101 triumph at Boston Garden on March 9, 1975.
• David Lee's tip-in as time expired in the second overtime gave the Knicks a two-point victory over the Bobcats after Stephon Marbury won New York's previous game with an overtime buzzer-beater against Utah. Over the last four seasons (since 2003-04), only one other NBA team won consecutive games, both on last-second field goals (Sacramento, March 8-11, 2005; regulation victories over the Grizzlies and Clippers).
• For only the third time in franchise history, the Knicks have won consecutive games, both at home and both in overtime. New York did it previously in 1983 (Nov. 19-22) and 1990 (Jan. 7-9). No other NBA team has done that since the Bobcats in 2004 (Dec. 14-18).
• The Knicks-Bobcats game on Wednesday was the NBA's fifth double-overtime thriller this season. Three of those games have occurred in the past six days; the Lakers beat Houston in that manner on Friday as did the Grizzlies over the Sonics on Monday. Last season, 14 NBA games required at least two extra periods to produce a decision.
• Mo Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks as they defeated Miami. In case you haven't been keeping score, Jason Kidd still has more triple-doubles this season (six) than all other NBA players combined (five; one each for Williams, Boris Diaw, Ryan Gomes, Andre Iguodala and Chris Paul).
• Tim Duncan was 8-for-8 from the floor in the Spurs' victory over the Grizzlies as he set a personal single-game career-high for field-goal attempts without a miss. Three other players have been perfect from the floor this season in a game in which they had at least eight field-goal attempts: Oberto Fabricio (11-for-11, Nov. 8), Carlos Arroyo (9-for-9, Nov. 5) and Dwight Howard (8-for-8, Nov. 29).
• Yao Ming scored 34 points for the Rockets in an 89-87 loss to the Trail Blazers. Yao has scored no fewer than 32 points in any of his last four games, the longest streak of its kind for an NBA center since Amare Stoudemire did it in November 2004.
• The 76ers dropped their 12th straight decision, a 101-93 defeat at the hand of the Pacers. Over the course of its losing streak, Philadelphia has been outscored by an average of almost ten points per game (101.4 to 90.3) and outshot from the floor, 50.3 percent to 43.4 percent.
• The Red Wings' 5-0 win at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night earned them a split of their home-and-home set with the Blue Jackets. (The Blue Jackets won Monday's game in Columbus 4-3.) Detroit is 25-5-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets, who entered the league in 2000-01. The Red Wings' 25 wins against Columbus equal the most by one NHL team against another over the last six seasons. Who are they tied with? Themselves. Detroit has a 25-4-4 record versus St. Louis since 2000-01.
• Mathieu Schneider extended his point streak to 11 games when he assisted on the first of Daniel Cleary's two goals in Detroit's win over Columbus. Schneider's point streak is the longest by an NHL defenseman since 1996-97, when Brian Leetch registered at least one point in 14 consecutive games for the Rangers.
• Paul Kariya scored a pair of third-period goals to give the Predators a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Blackhawks in Chicago. It was Kariya's first multiple-goal game of the season, coming in his 34th game. Kariya had six multi-goal games for Nashville last season, but he didn't register the first one until Dec. 21, when he scored a pair of third-period goals in a 6-1 win in Chicago.
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