Date: December 18, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Johnson runs far for a TD

From Elias: Chris Johnson's 94-yard touchdown run gave the Titans a 7-3 lead Monday night. It was the second touchdown run of at least 90 yards in his NFL career, tying Bo Jackson (92 and 91) and Ahman Green (98 and 90) for the most in NFL history. Johnson had a 91-yard TD jaunt against the Texans in 2009.

Johnson's touchdown run was the second-longest in the history of Monday Night Football. You might remember the longest; it was the 99-yard sprint by Tony Dorsett against the Vikings on January 3, 1983. Bo Jackson is the only other player with a TD run of 90+ yards on MNF. Bo went 91 yards for the Raiders against the Seahawks at The Kingdome on November 30, 1987.

Johnson has had six touchdown runs of at least 80 yards in his NFL career. No other player in NFL history had more than three such gallops.

Johnson finished the game with 122 rushing yards on 21 carries. That's the fewest rushing yards in a game, by far, for a player that had a run of at least 90 yards and at least 20 carries. The previous low was by Minnesota's Chester Taylor, who rushed for 169 yards on 26 carries in a game in which he had a 95-yard run.

Tennessee Titans


Sanchez: 24 turnovers for the season

From Elias: Mark Sanchez had five turnovers in the Jets' loss to the Titans, increasing his season total to 24 (17 interceptions thrown, seven fumbles lost). That's the most turnovers for any player this season, one more than Andrew Luck (18 interceptions thrown, five fumbles lost).

New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

Sloppy game on both sides

From Elias: The Titans committed 14 penalties for 111 yards while the Jets committed five turnovers. It was the first NFL game in more than seven years in which one team had at least 14 penalties and the other had at least five turnovers. The last such game occurred on September 18, 2005 when the Bengals had 17 penalties and the Vikings had seven turnovers.

Tennessee Titans, New York Jets



NBA - LeBron's 20-point streak 4th longest since merger

LeBron James became just the 4th player since the NBA-ABA merger to start the season with at least 22 straight games with 20 points or more. It's the longest streak since Karl Malone started the 1989 season by doing it in 24 straight games. He's got a long way to go to catch George Gervin's record of 45 straight.

Miami Heat

Rockets hand Knickerbockers their first home loss

From Elias: The Rockets handed the Knicks their first home loss of the season after a 10-0 start. It was the third time in team history that the Rockets handed a team their first home loss of a season to snap a double-digit home winning streak. The Rockets gave the Warriors their first home loss in 1975-76 (after Golden State opened the season 12-0 at home) and they did the same to the SuperSonics the following year (after Seattle began the season with 13 consecutive home wins).

New York Knicks, Houston Rockets


Big game for Ibaka

From Elias: Serge Ibaka scored 25 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Thunder's win over the Spurs. The last SuperSonics/Thunder player with that many points, rebounds and rejections in a game was Shawn Kemp on November 19, 1996. Kemp scored 26 points, hauled in 18 rebounds and swatted four shots for the SuperSonics in a win in Toronto.

Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs


Big Baby leads Magic

From Elias: Glen Davis led all players with 28 points in Orlando's win over Minnesota. It was the third time this season, in 24 games, that Davis was the game's high scorer, outright or tied. Prior to this season, Davis scored the most points in a game only five times in 338 career games.

Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves


Ellington has big second quarter

From Elias: Wayne Ellington came off the bench and scored 11 points for the Grizzlies, all in the second quarter. It was the most points scored in a game by a Grizzlies player, all in one quarter, since December 11, 2010 when O.J. Mayo scored 13 points, all in the second quarter.

Memphis Grizzlies



Dickey to the Blue Jays is official

From Elias: R.A. Dickey will become the third reigning Cy Young Award winner to start the next season with a new team in a different league. Pedro Martinez was traded from Montreal to Boston after winning the 1997 National League Cy Young Award and Mark Davis signed with Kansas City as a free agent in 1990 after winning the National League Cy Young Award with San Diego in 1989.

Toronto Blue Jays


Mets strengthen a major weakness

From Elias: The Mets received highly regarded catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, who hit 16 home runs in 67 games for AAA Las Vegas last season, in the R.A. Dickey trade. Mets catchers combined for five home runs and a .286 slugging percentage in 2012. Both figures were the lowest any major-league team received from their backstops last season.

New York Mets