Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Red Wings defeated the Rangers on Monday 4-3 after trailing by two goals in the third period. In their last road game, on Jan. 30 against the Islanders, the Red Wings won in overtime 4-3 after trailing in the third period 3-0. Only two other teams in NHL history have won two straight road games in regulation or overtime after trailing by two goals in the third period: The Avalanche did it against the Rangers and Blackhawks in November 2003, and the Maple Leafs did it against the Red Wings and Bruins in March 1967.
• The SuperSonics have lost 15 in a row on the road, and with Monday's 118-108 loss in Washington, Seattle has scored at least 100 points in each of the last five of those losses. The last NBA team to lose five straight scoring in triple-digits in each game was the Celtics, who had an eight-game streak in February 1997.
Jackson may have reminded some Pacers fans of "Super" John Williamson on Monday. In January 1978, Indiana traded Williamson to the Nets, for whom he had 38- and 50-point games against the Pacers later that same season.
• The Nets lost another close one on Monday, dropping a 100-98 overtime decision to the 76ers. That's five losses by either one or two points for Lawrence Frank's team in its last nine games. Seven other teams in NBA history have lost five out of nine games by either a point or two, most recently the Grizzlies in December 2000.
• Over the last three seasons the 76ers have won 10 home games in overtime, two more than any other NBA team over that time.
• The Heat were on Monday against the Bobcats, making 44 of 71 shots from the floor (62 percent). Over the last 10 years, the Heat smoked to such a degree in only one game, when they made 46 of 74 (62.2 percent) against the Timberwolves on March 28, 2003.
• The Colts ran 81 plays from scrimmage in the Super Bowl and the Bears had only 48. That difference of 33 plays was the third-largest in a Super Bowl or an NFL (or AFL) championship game. The Bears ran 35 more plays in a 37-9 win over the Giants in the 1941 NFL championship and the Steelers had 34 more plays than the Cowboys in their 27-17 loss in Super Bowl XXX in January 1996.
Addai's total of 143 yards from scrimmage was second-highest by a rookie in a Super Bowl, exceeded only by Timmy Smith of the Redskins, who in Super Bowl XXII against Denver amassed 213 yards from scrimmage (including 204 yards rushing, still the Super Bowl record for anyone, rookie or no).
• Who would've predicted that Peyton Manning would finally win a Super Bowl to climax a postseason in which he became the first Super Bowl-winning QB to throw twice as many interceptions (seven) as touchdown passes (three)?
• Who would've imagined that the Colts, with Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne as wide receivers, would win a Super Bowl in a postseason in which the NFL leader in receptions was Joseph Addai (22) and the leader in receiving yards was Dallas Clark (317).
Addai was only the second rookie running back in NFL history to lead the postseason outright in receptions. The other was Chuck Foreman of the Vikings in 1972 (12). Note: Vitamin Smith tied for the lead with two receptions in the 1949 NFL Championship Game.
Clark was the first tight end to lead his league's postseason in receiving yards since an era when the postseason was usually a single title game.