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Elias Says ...

1/28/2007 - NBA Golf NHL + more

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NBA

• Andre Iguodala scored 24 points in the 76ers' win over the Hawks, and he has now scored at least 20 points in 13 of the 28 games the 76ers have played since Allen Iverson last suited up for them Dec. 6. Up to that point, Iguodala had scored 20 or more points only 14 times in 181 regular-season NBA games.

• Dirk Nowitzki had 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the Mavericks' win over Sacramento. It was the fourth time this season Nowitzki notched a 30/10/5 game, the most such games in the NBA this season. Kobe Bryant and LeBron James each have three.

• The Heat dropped to 19-25 following a loss to the Bulls in Chicago. Only two defending NBA champs reached 25 losses quicker than Miami has: Chicago in 1998-99 (10-25) and Boston in 1969-70 (17-25).

• Zach Randolph took a team-record 40 shots in Portland's double-overtime win at Memphis. Geoff Petrie had held the franchise record since Feb. 8, 1973, when he had 37 field-goal attempts in a loss to the Warriors in Oakland.

Kobe Bryant is the only other NBA player to take 40 or more shots in a game over the past five NBA seasons. Kobe has put up that many shots in six games over that span.

NHL

• The Capitals jumped to a 3-0 lead over the Hurricanes on first-period goals by Alexander Semin, Alex Ovechkin, and a second goal by Semin. All three goals were unassisted. It was the first time in the NHL's "modern era" (since 1943-44, when the center red line was introduced) that one team scored the first three goals of a game and all of them were solo tallies.

Semin has five multiple-goal game this month -- two more multiple-goal games than any other NHL player has registered in January.

Washington's 7-3 win over Carolina marked the most goals the Capitals have scored in a game against the defending Stanley Cup champs since Dec. 14, 1991, when they beat the Penguins 7-2.

• Jaromir Jagr scored the first goal of the game in the Rangers' 2-1 win in Philadelphia. Jagr led the NHL with 31 goals in road games last season, but his goal Saturday was only his sixth in 26 road games this season. It was also Jagr's first road goal since Dec. 9 at Ottawa, ending a personal 10-road-game goal drought, his longest ever within one season. Jagr did have two double-digit road goal droughts that spanned two seasons: 14 games from February 2003 to October 2003 and 10 games from March 1992 to October 1992.

Jagr now has 12 goals in 15 career games against Robert Esche. It's the most goals, by far, that Esche has allowed to any single player. Vinny Prospal (six goals vs. Esche) is second on that list.

• Nashville has won its past 14 games against St. Louis, the longest current winning streak by one NHL team against another. The last NHL team with a streak that long was the Penguins, who won 14 consecutive games against Atlanta from January 2000 to November 2002.

The NHL record for such a thing: 23 straight wins by Montreal vs. Washington from 1974-78.

• Mats Sundin scored a goal in Toronto's win over Montreal. Sundin had not scored a goal in his previous eight games, his longest goal drought since November 2000 (13 games without a goal).

• Ed Belfour and the Panthers beat Martin Brodeur and the Devils 4-2 on Saturday night. It was Belfour's 10th career regular-season win in a game which Brodeur was the opposing goaltender of record. Belfour is the first netminder to beat Brodeur 10 times in regular-season play; Dominik Hasek and Olaf Kolzig each have nine wins against New Jersey's future Hall-of-Famer.

The Devils are 1-7-2 this season in games in which they have allowed four or more goals, 29-7-3 when they have allowed three-or-fewer goals.

• Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi had four points each in the Penguins' win at Phoenix. Crosby has a league-high four games of four or more points this season, Recchi has three. Four other NHL players have three such games this season: Marc Savard, Slava Kozlov, Jarome Iginla and Ryan Smyth.

• Ottawa outshot Boston 33-30 in its 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday. The Senators have had at least 33 shots on goal in each of their last 12 games (Dec. 30 to date), the longest such streak in Ottawa franchise history and the second-longest in the NHL over the past 22 seasons. The Bruins had 33 or more shots on goal in each of 13 straight games in 1992-93.

PGA

• Through three rounds of the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods has yet to record a hole under-par on the 12 par-three holes. In each of his previous four victories at the Buick, Woods has recorded at least one under-par hole on the par-threes through three rounds of the tournament. In fact, over the past 25 years, every champion at the Buick Invitational has recorded at least one hole under-par on the par-threes through 54 holes of play.

• Andrew Buckle and Brandt Snedeker share the lead of the Buick Invitational heading into Sunday's final round. Buckle is playing in his sixth tour event while Snedeker is in his 14th. Only one other time has a player with such limited tour experience held the lead heading into the final round of the Buick Invitational. Gene Littler in 1954, playing in his fourth tour event, held a five-stroke lead over Cary Middlecoff and E.J. Harrison. Littler, an amateur at the time, went on to win the event by four strokes over Harrison.

MLB

• The latest "hot stove" rumor has Todd Helton going to the Red Sox. Are Helton's statistics the product of playing his home games in Denver? Consider: In 722 home games, Helton has a .371 batting average, .676 slugging percentage and .465 on-base percentage. In 702 road games, Helton has a .294 batting average, .507 slugging percentage and .393 on-base percentage.