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Elias Says ...

1/31/2007 - NBA NHL

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

NBA

• The Celtics scored 30 points in the first quarter and 40 points in the fourth quarter but what happened between those two periods doomed them in their 103-96 loss at Indiana. Boston scored 13 points in the second quarter and 13 points in the third quarter, marking the first time in more than half a century that the Celtics were held to 13 or fewer points in each of two consecutive quarters in one game.

The Celtics last did that in a 62-57 victory over the Milwaukee Hawks on Feb. 27, 1955, in a game played at Providence, Rhode Island. (That stands as the lowest-scoring game -- 119 points -- in the NBA since it adopted the 24-second clock in 1954.)

• Dwyane Wade had 28 points, six assists and six rebounds (in only 31 minutes) in Miami's 110-80 win over Milwaukee. Wade's averages for his 12 games played this January: 30.3 points, 7.8 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. He's the first player in Heat franchise history to average 30 points per game in a calendar month.

Wade is also only the fourth NBA player in the last 13 seasons to average at least 30 points, six rebounds and six assists per game in a calendar month (minimum: 10 games). The others: LeBron James (four times), Tracy McGrady (twice) and Kobe Bryant (once).

• Michael Doleac came off the bench and led the Heat with 11 rebounds and five steals. In the past 10 years, only one other NBA player had at least 11 rebounds and five steals in a game that he did not start: Shawn Kemp, who had 14 rebounds and five steals as a reserve for Portland on Nov. 4, 2000 at Seattle.

• Gilbert Arenas had 36 points and 11 assists in Washington's victory over Detroit. Arenas is averaging 25.3 points and 6.3 assists per game in 15 career games against the Pistons. Only three other players in NBA history own career averages of at least 25 points and six assists per game against the Pistons: Jerry West (28.1 and 6.9), Oscar Robertson (27.4 and 10.1) and Larry Bird (25.1 and 6.5).

Arenas also had seven rebounds on Tuesday night, making him the first player to post a 35/10/7 (points/assists/rebounds) game against Detroit in 10 years. The last player to do that was Sacramento's Mitch Richmond on Jan. 22, 1997 (38/10/10).

• With an injured LeBron James watching from the bench, Cleveland took a 37-22 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to a 124-97 win over Golden State. In LeBron's 281 NBA games, the Cavs have scored at least 37 points in the first quarter only twice.

Eight different Cavaliers players scored at least 10 points in the victory. Only one other NBA team had as many as eight players scored in double-digits in the same game this season: San Antonio did that on Dec. 4, also against Golden State.

• In Kobe Bryant's absence, Lamar Odom had a team-high 25 points and nine rebounds in the Lakers' 99-94 loss to the Knicks. In the four games that Kobe has missed this season, Odom has averaged 21.8 points and 11.5 rebounds. In all other games he has averaged 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

• David Lee had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Knicks. Lee now has a streak of six consecutive games in which he has come off the bench and pulled down at least 12 rebounds. Prior to Lee, the two most recent NBA players to do that in at least six straight games were Dennis Rodman in 1993-94 (he had a six-game streak and a nine-game streak that season) and Paul Silas in 1975-76 (a nine-game streak).

• Austin Croshere was the unlikely hero in Dallas' win over Seattle, scoring a career-high 34 points. Croshere entered the game averaging 2.9 points per game (in 25 games) this season. Since 1980, only one other NBA player scored 30 or more points in a game, while previously averaging fewer than three points per game in that season. The Bulls' Jannero Pargo scored 34 points against Milwaukee on March 26, 2004; he averaged 2.4 points per game in 20 prior games that season.

• Croshere scored his 34 points in only 24 minutes. In the last 15 years, only one other NBA player scored at least that many points in game while logging fewer than 25 minutes: Ben Gordon, who scored 35 points in 23 minutes on March 30, 2005.

NHL

• The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 4-3 in Carolina on Dec. 15 and they beat them again in Raleigh on Tuesday night 4-1. It's only the fifth time in the expansion era (1967-68 to date) that Toronto has won two road games in one season against a defending Stanley Cup champion. They also did that in 1973-74 (at Montreal), 1996-97 (at Colorado), 1997-98 (at Detroit) and 1998-99 (at Detroit).

• The Islanders led the Red Wings 3-0 in the third period but Detroit rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory at Nassau Coliseum. It was only the fifth time in Islanders history that they failed to win a home game in which they led by three or more goals in the third period. The other instances were a 6-6 tie against the North Stars in November 1980, a 7-6 loss to the Penguins in October 1991, a 5-5 tie versus Ottawa in October 1993 and a 3-3 tie with the Bruins in December 1995.

• The Bruins lost 6-1 to the Rangers in Boston on Monday and they were routed again by the Sabres in Buffalo on Tuesday 7-1. It was only the fifth time in Bruins history that they lost games by a five-goal (or greater) margin on consecutive days. They also did that in October 1949, February 1962, October 1990 and November 2000.

• Boston used two goaltenders in its loss to Buffalo. It was the ten10th time this season that the Bruins made at least one goaltender switch in a game, tying the Kings for the league high.

• Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier each scored a goal for the Lightning in their 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers. It was the 17th time that St. Louis and Lecavalier scored goals in the same game this season, easily the highest total for any pair of teammates. Buffalo's Chris Drury and Thomas Vanek are second, having scored goals in the same game 12 times this season.

• Dany Heatley scored a career-high 50 goals in 2005-06, his first season with Ottawa, and he scored his 31st goal of this season in the Senators' 3-2 win over the Capitals on Tuesday night. Heatley's total of 81 goals over the last two seasons matches the highest ever by a Senators player over a two-season span. Marian Hossa, who was traded to Atlanta (with Greg de Vries) in exchange for Heatley in August 2005, scored 81 goals for Ottawa spanning 2002-03 (45 goals) and 2003-04 (36 goals).

• Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins shut out the Panthers on Tuesday night, 3-0. Fleury posted a 7-1-2 record, 2.06 goals-against average and two shutouts in 10 games this month. Fleury's seven wins in January set a personal high for a calendar month, topping the six wins he posted last October.