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Elias Says: March 22, 2017

Cousins breaks out for Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins scored 41 points, his first 40-point game in a Pelicans uniform, in their win over the Grizzlies. Cousins recorded four 40-point games for the Kings this season. It’s the 11th time in NBA history that a player had a 40-point game for two different teams in the same season, the first since Allen Iverson did it for the 76ers and Nuggets in 2006-07.

Two players scored 40 or more points for two different teams in a season twice in their NBA career. Bob McAdoo did it for the Braves and Knicks in 1976-77 and he did it again for the Knicks and Celtics in 1978-79. Stephon Marbury did it for the Timberwolves and Nets in 1998-99 and for the Suns and Knicks in 2003-04.

Pelicans 21-0 run

The Pelicans’ 21-0 run in the third quarter turned a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead in their win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday night. The last time the Pelicans scored 21 consecutive points in a game was against the Spurs on January 22, 2011. That was also a 21-0 run.

DeRozan sets Raptors record

DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points in the Raptors’ overtime win over the Bulls. It was the fifth 40-point game of the season for DeRozan, the most in one season in Raptors’ franchise history. Vince Carter had four 40-point games in one season twice for the Raptors (2000-01 and 2001-02) and Chris Bosh had four such games for Toronto in 2007-08.

DeRozan has scored 40 points in a game seven times in his career; the Raptors won all seven games.

Clippers rout Lakers

Chris Paul (27 points) and J.J. Redick (24) led the Clippers to a 133-109 win over the Lakers on Tuesday night. The 133 points scored by the Clippers was their third most in a game against the Lakers. The Clippers scored 142 points against the Lakers in a game played on March 6, 2014 (142-94 win) and they scored 138 against them on November 27, 1981 when the franchise was located in San Diego (138-129 win).

Lopez beats buzzer

Brook Lopez’s basket as time expired gave the Nets a 98-96 win over the Pistons. It was the fourth game-winning field goal in the final two seconds of a game or overtime in Lopez’s career. Lopez had a game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter in a win over the Cavaliers on January 24, 2011, he beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden with a basket with two seconds left on April Fool’s Day in 2015, and he sunk a basket with 0.4 seconds left in overtime in a win in Denver on March 4, 2016.

Miami’s bench supplies the heat

Four players came off the bench to contribute at least 10 points in Miami’s win over the Suns: Tyler Johnson (17 points), Willie Reed (12), Wayne Ellington (11) and James Johnson (10). It’s only the second time in Heat franchise history in which they had four non-starters each score at least 10 points in a victory. It also happened on Valentine’s Day in 1991 when Alec Kessler (21 points), Kevin Edwards (21), Willie Burton (17) and Bimbo Coles (12) did it in a win over the Nuggets.

Warriors 90th road win over last three seasons

The Warriors’ win in Dallas on Tuesday night was their 90th road win over the last three seasons. That’s the most road wins over a three-season span for any team in NBA history. The previous record of 88 was set by the Bulls from 1995-96 through 1997-98

Who did Dell root for?

The Curry brothers played in the same NBA game for the sixth time when the Mavericks hosted the Warriors on Tuesday night. Stephen’s team has won each of their six matchups, and big brother has outscored little brother, 135-47, in those six games.

Lillard extends his streak

Damian Lillard scored 31 points in the Trail Blazers’ loss to the Bucks on Tuesday night, the seventh consecutive game in which he has scored at least 25 points, the longest such streak of his NBA career. Lillard scored 244 points in those seven games, an average of 34.9 points per game.

Vrbata leads Coyotes

Radim Vrbata scored the winning goal for the Coyotes in their 5–3 victory against the Lightning in Tampa. At age 35, Vrbata is the Arizona team leader in goals (18), assists (34) and points (52) this season. He’s the oldest player currently leading an NHL team in goals, the third-oldest team assist leader (Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg are both 36), and the second-oldest points leader (behind Zetterberg).

Turris scoring clutch goals

Kyle Turris scored a pair of goals for the Senators in their 3–2 win against the Bruins. Turris’ first goal gave Ottawa a 2–1 lead early in the second period, and his second goal snapped a 2–2 tie early in the third period. Turris leads the Senators with 25 goals this season and 12 of his goals have given Ottawa a lead. His only other two-goal game this season came in the Senators’ opening-night win against Toronto. Turris scored the final goal in the third period and the winning goal in overtime in that game.

Red Wings rookie sets team record

Rookie Anthony Mantha’s second overtime goal this season earned the Red Wings a 2–1 win in Montreal on Tuesday. Mantha, who also scored an OT winner on December 29 in Ottawa, is the first rookie in Red Wings franchise history to score two overtime goals in one season. Mantha’s two overtime goals this season account for 40 percent of the OT goals by Red Wings rookies since the NHL re-introduced overtime for regular-season games in 1983. The others were scored by Steve Yzerman (1983–84), Darren McCarty (1993–94) and Henrik Zetterberg (2002–03).

God Bless America

Kevin Hayes and rookie Brady Skjei each recorded their 30th assist of the season for the Rangers in Tuesday’s game against the Devils. Six players have tallied 30 or more assists for the Rangers this season and five of them were born in the USA: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Hayes and Skjei. (The other Ranger with 30-plus assists this season, Mats Zuccarello, was born in Norway.) The Rangers have tied the NHL record for most U.S.-born players on one team with at least 30 assists set by the Devils in 2005–06. The New Jersey Americans with 30-plus assists that season were Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, Jamie Langenbrunner, Paul Martin and Brian Rafalski.

Two assists for Parise

Zach Parise assisted on two goals for the Minnesota Wild as it ended a five-game losing streak with a 3–2 victory against the Sharks. Parise has tallied at least one assist in three consecutive games (tying his season high), and his total of four assists in those three games is one more than he recorded in his previous 27 games (three assists from Jan. 12 through March 16).

Sheary marches on

Conor Sheary scored one goal and assisted on another as the Penguins clinched a playoff spot with their 3–1 win at Buffalo. Sheary did not play a game for Pittsburgh in February due to an “upper body” injury, but he’s tallied 14 points in March (four goals and 10 assists in 10 games), tying Sidney Crosby for the team high, and he leads all NHL players with six multiple-point games this month.

Skinner scores twice for ‘Canes

Jeff Skinner scored the tying and winning goals for the Hurricanes in their 4–3 victory against the Panthers. Skinner’s first goal tied the game at 3–3 early in the second period and his go-ahead goal with just under four minutes left in the third period provided Carolina with its winning margin. Skinner has produced six multiple-goal games this season and three of them have come this month (all since March 13, in fact). This is the third time that Skinner has produced at least three multi-goal games in one calendar month in his NHL career. He had four in December 2013 and three in December 2015. In fact, he’s the only Carolina player to rack up three or more multiple-goal games in a calendar month over the last four seasons.

Scheifele and Wheeler lead Jets

Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each tallied one goal and two assists in the Jets’ 3–2 victory over the Flyers. This was the first time that two Winnipeg players each produced at least three points in the same game while recording a point on every one of the team’s goals since Wheeler (one goal, two assists) and Andrew Ladd (two goals, one assist) did that in the Jets’ shootout win versus the Lightning on April 16, 2013.

Daniel Sedin scores in OT

Daniel Sedin’s overtime goal earned the Canucks a 5–4 victory against the Blackhawks in Chicago, after Vancouver had squandered a 4–1 lead in the third period. It was Sedin’s first OT goal this season and the 15th regular-season overtime goal of his 16-season career with the Canucks. The only other players in NHL history who have scored at least 15 regular-season overtime goals for one team are Alex Ovechkin (Capitals, 19) and Patrik Elias (Devils, 16). The 36-year-old Sedin is the oldest player to score an overtime goal for the Canucks since Sami Salo, then 37, scored one against Minnesota on Oct. 22, 2011.

Berglund scores twice

Patrik Berglund scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season for the Blues in their 4–2 win over the Avalanche. Berglund scored only one goal in his first 30 games this season, but he’s scored 20 goals in 42 games since then, which ties him with Vladimir Tarasenko for the St. Louis team high over that span (Dec. 15 to date).