Date: March 29, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Love

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE IN MARCH

From Elias: Kevin Love had 40 points and 19 rebounds on Wednesday, bringing his March totals in those categories to 469 points and 211 rebounds in 15 games. Over the last 15 seasons, the only other NBA player with that many points and rebounds in a calendar month is Shaquille O'Neal, who had 499 points and 218 rebounds in 17 games for the Lakers in March 2001. Love will have a chance to add to his totals on Friday against Boston.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets

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Paul

PAUL OUTDEULS NASH

From Elias: Chris Paul and Steve Nash each had 15 assists in the Clippers' win over the Suns on Wednesday. It was the first non-overtime game in which players on each team had 15 or more assists since Apr. 14, 2008, when Ramon Sessions had 24 assists and Chris Duhon had 15 in a Bucks-Bulls game.

Paul scored 15 points on Wednesday, but Nash scored only one. Over the last 25 years, the only other player who had a game of 15-plus assists but no more than one point is John Stockton, did it twice (once in 1990, and again in 2000).

Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

KNICKS BLOW OUT ORLANDO, MOVE OVER .500

From Elias: The Knicks ran off 21 straight unanswered points in their win over the Magic on Wednesday. That's New York's longest run of scoring in over eight years, since they had 24 straight points against Indiana on Nov. 15, 2003. Orlando had allowed 21 or more consecutive points only one other time with Dwight Howard on the team, against Indiana on Feb. 22, 2005.

The Knicks' win moved them one game above .500 for the first time since they were 6-5 and ended their five-game losing streak when they had a chance to move over .500. That's the longest stalled-at-.500 losing streak for any NBA team over the last three seasons.

New York Knicks, Orlando Magic

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Rondo

RONDO EXTENDS OWN RECORD

From Elias: Rajon Rondo had 14 assists on Wednesday, giving him 11 straight games with 10 or more assists. That extends his team record for consecutive games in double digits in assists: Rondo had a nine-game streak last season; no other Celtics player has had a streak of more than seven games. And it's the longest streak for any NBA player since Deron Williams had 10 or more assists in 11 straight games in February and March of 2009.

Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz

SPURS PLAYING WELL ON ROAD

From Elias: The Spurs won in Sacramento on Wednesday to improve their road record to 13-2 in their last 15 games. It's only the third season in which the Spurs have won 13 of 15 road games at some point; they also did it in 2002-03 and 1994-95.

San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings

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Prince

PRINCE TIES A SEASON HIGH

From Elias: Tayshaun Prince scored 29 points on Wednesday against Cleveland, matching his season high; he had 29 against Minnesota on Jan. 18. It was also his highest point total in any of his 36 career regular-season games against the Cavaliers; his previous best was 23 points on Mar. 5, 2010.

Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Deng

DENG AND BOOZER LEAD CHICAGO TO WIN

From Elias: Luol Deng scored 22 points on Wednesday and Carlos Boozer had 20 in the Bulls' win over the Hawks. It's the fifth time this season that Deng and Boozer have each scored 20 or more points in one game, and Chicago is now 5-0 in those games.

Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks

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Williams

WILLIAMS OVER 50 PERCENT

From Elias: Deron Williams made 11 of 19 field goals including 4 of 7 three-pointers in the Nets' win over the Pacers on Wednesday. It's only the second time this season that Williams had made more than half of his field goals and three-point attempts in one game. He did that four times last season and 14 times in the 2009-10 season.

New Jersey Nets, Indiana Pacers

NUGGETS GO COLD IN 4TH QUARTER

From Elias: The Nuggets made only three of 20 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter of their loss to the Raptors on Wednesday (15 percent). That's the Nuggets' lowest field-goal percentage in any quarter of any game this season and it's their third-lowest mark in any regulation period since George Karl became their head coach in 2005.

Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors

MLB

NO WALKS? IT'S ENOUGH TO MAKE BILLY BEANE SICK

From Elias: There was not a single walk in 11 innings in the Mariners-Athletics game on Wednesday. Over the last 50 years there's been only two other major-league games of 11 or more innings in which neither team drew a walk (Angels vs. Brewers in 1987; Dodgers vs. Cubs in 1980).

Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics

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Suzuki

ICHIRO HAS FOUR HITS IN NEW SPOT IN LINEUP

From Elias: Ichiro went 4 for 5 on Wednesday, while batting third in the Mariners lineup. It was Ichiro's 47th career game with four or more hits in the major leagues but only his second such game when he wasn't batting in the leadoff slot. He had a 4 for 5 day at Baltimore on June 2, 2002, also from the #3 slot in the batting order.

Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics

NHL

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Selanne

16TH 25-GOAL SEASON FOR SELANNE

From Elias: Teemu Selanne scored his 25th goal of the season on Wednesday, giving him 16 seasons with 25 or more goals. That's tied for the fourth-most 25-goal seasons in NHL history, with Marcel Dionne, Brett Hull and Brendan Shanahan. The only players with more are Gordie Howe (20), Jaromir Jagr (17) and Mike Gartner (17).

Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks

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Higgins

1-0 ON A SHORT-HANDED GOAL

From Elias: The Canucks defeated the Avalanche on Wednesday, 1-0, on a short-handed goal by Chris Higgins. It's only the second time since the NHL lockout of 2004-05 that a team won 1-0 on a short-handed goal. The previous instance was when the Islanders defeated the Devils on Josef Vasicek's goal on Nov. 16, 2007.

Vancouver Canucks, Colorado Avalanche

STARS FINISH SWEEP OF OILERS

From Elias: The Stars finished their season sweep of the Oilers with a 3-1 win on Wednesday. Dallas won twice by a 4-1 score and twice by 3-1 final. It's the first time the Stars have swept a season series of four or more games without allowing more than one goal in any game and it's the first time in the Oilers' NHL history that they've been swept in a season series of four or more games without scoring more than one goal in any game.

Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers

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York

NEW YORK NOTCHES FIRST WIN AGAINST DETROIT

From Elias: Blue Jackets goaltender Allen York recorded the first win of his NHL career with a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings on Wednesday. York is only the fifth goaltender in the last 20 seasons to post his first NHL win in a game against the Red Wings. The other goaltenders to do that since 1991-92 were Robert Esche (Jan. 4, 2000), Marc-Andre Fleury (Oct. 18, 2003), Rastislav Sana (Nov. 24, 2003) and Devan Dubnyk (Mar. 19, 2010).

Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings

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Brown

BROWN REACHES 20 GOALS AGAIN

From Elias: Dustin Brown scored his 20th goal of the season for the Kings on Wednesday night. Brown now has five straight 20-goal seasons for Los Angeles, joining Anze Kopitar, who has scored 20 or more goals for the Kings in each of the last six seasons. Only two other pairs of Kings teammates had 20 or more goals in five straight seasons: Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor had a nine-season streak (1977-78 through 1985-86); Dionne and Butch Goring had a five-season streak (1975-76 through 1979-80).

Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames

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Del Zotto

IT'S NOT DELIVERY, IT'S DEL ZOTTO

From Elias: The Rangers overcame a 2-0 deficit to post a 4-2 win over the Jets in Winnipeg. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto began the Rangers' comeback with a shorthanded goal in the second period. It was the first shorthanded goal of Del Zotto's NHL career and the first SHG by a Rangers backliner this season. The Rangers had two shorthanded goals from defenseman last season, both by Marc Staal.

New York Rangers


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