Date: March 4, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Miami rallies from 14-point halftime deficit for 14th straight win

From Elias: The Heat trailed the Knicks, 59-45, through two quarters on Sunday afternoon, but rallied to earn its 14th consecutive victory. Only one other team in NBA history extended a single-season winning streak at least that long by overcoming a halftime deficit of 14 or more points.

The Lakers, in January 2000, carried a 13-game winning streak into Seattle and fell behind by 17 points at the end of the second period, before Kobe, Shaq and company recovered to defeat the Sonics and notch their 14th straight win.

Miami Heat, New York Knicks


Parsons almost perfect

From Elias: Chandler Parsons scored 32 points, while shooting 12-for-13 (.923) from the field, in the Rockets' victory over the Mavericks on Sunday night. Only one other NBA player in the last three seasons scored at least 30 points in a game while making at least 90 percent of his field-goal attempts. LeBron James did that last month, when he converted 13 of his 14 field-goal tries (.929) in a 31-point performance.

Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets


Durant busy from field and line

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored a game-high 35 points in the Thunder's 108-104 victory over the Clippers, shooting 10-for-25 from the field and 12-for-15 from the line. There have now been six NBA games this season in which a player attempted at least 25 shots from the field and 15 or more from the line, but it's only been done by three guys: Durant, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, who've each done so twice.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers


Duncan still has it

From Elias: Tim Duncan had 16 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in the Spurs' win against the Pistons. It was his second 15/10/5/5 (points/rebounds/assists/blocks) game of this season; the first came at Denver in December. The only other NBA player to reach all four of those statistical levels in one game this season is Josh Smith, who did so versus Charlotte on November 28.

San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons


Okafor dominates boards vs. 76ers

From Elias: Emeka Okafor had 16 rebounds in the Wizards' win against the 76ers on Sunday night, after he pulled down 17 rebounds when those two teams met in January. Only one other player within any one of the last 10 seasons recorded more than 15 rebounds in each of back-to-back games versus Philadelphia. Dwight Howard did so in both the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. The last player to do that for Washington was Moses Malone in 1986-1987.

Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards


Grizzlies rout Magic without 15-point scorer

From Elias: Tayshaun Prince led the Grizzlies with 14 points in Memphis's 108-82 rout of the Magic. There was only other NBA game in the last five seasons in which a team won by 25 or more points without a single one of its players scoring at least 15 points. That was Philadelphia's 97-62 triumph over Toronto in January 2012, in which Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday shared the 76ers' high-scoring honors with 14 points apiece.

Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic

Kings take 43-point lead against Bobcats

From Elias: The Bobcats fell behind by as many as 43 points in their 119-83 loss to the Kings. It's the fifth time in the last two seasons that Charlotte has trailed by at least 40 points in a game. No other NBA team has faced a deficit of that size in more than two games over that period.

The Kings' 43-point lead was their largest in more than a decade -- since they went ahead of the Knicks by 43 points on April 7, 2002 on their way to a 116-82 win.

Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings



Backstrom wins 17th straight home game vs. Oilers

From Elias: The only sure things in life are death, taxes and Niklas Backstrom beating the Oilers in Minnesota. (At least we think that's how the saying goes.) Backstrom, who posted a 4-2 win over Edmonton at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday, has won all 17 home games he's played for the Wild against the Oilers. That's the second-longest home winning streak against one team by any goaltender in NHL history, behind Jacques Plante's 19-game winning streak against the Rangers in Montreal from 1952 to 1957. Plante's streak, of course, was achieved in an era without regular-season overtime games or shootouts. Backstrom's streak of 17 straight home wins against the Oilers includes one overtime victory and two shootout wins.

Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild

Close call for Blackhawks

From Elias: The Blackhawks' NHL-record start-of-season point streak was in jeopardy of ending at 21 games when, with Chicago trailing 1-0, Patrick Kane scored a power play goal with 2:02 remaining in the third period to tie the game. The Blackhawks' streak reached 22 games when regulation time ended with the score 1-1 and Chicago eventually won the game via a shootout.

This was only the second time during their streak that the Blackhawks needed a score-tying goal in the final five minutes to preserve it. The previous instance, in game #9 of the streak (Feb. 2 at Calgary), was an even closer shave, with Marian Hossa tying the score at 2-2 with 2.3 seconds left in the third period.

Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings


Desharnais in the scoring summary equals a win for the Canadiens

From Elias: The Canadiens extended their point streak to 11 games (8-0-3) with a come-from-behind 4-3 win at Boston. It's the Canadiens' longest streak of consecutive games with points since they recorded seven wins and four ties over 11 games in February/March 1994.

David Desharnais scored a pair of goals for Montreal, including the game-winning goal in the third period. The Canadiens have earned points in each of the last 17 games in which Desharnais has registered goals or assists (13-0-4 since March 8, 2012), including all 11 games in which his name has appeared in the scoring summary this season (9-0-2).

Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens


Nielsen is money in shootouts

From Elias: Frans Nielsen, who scored the deciding goal in the shootout that gave the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Senators, has scored on nine of his last 11 shootout attempts dating back to December 2011. In the eight seasons that the NHL has been using the controversial tiebreaker (2005-06 to date), Nielsen is the only player with 20 or more shootout attempts who's scored at least 60 percent of the time (25 of 40, 62.5%).

New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators


Roy stars in Dallas win

From Elias: Derek Roy recorded his first three-point game for the Stars when he tallied one goal and two assists against the Blues in Dallas on Sunday. Roy, who had spent his entire NHL career with Buffalo until he was traded to the Stars last summer, scored three or more points in a regular-season game 20 times for the Sabres and 15 of those 20 games were on home ice.

Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues


Anisimov scores winner in OT

From Elias: The Blue Jackets notched their first overtime win of the season when Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal 2:26 into the extra session of their game against the Avalanche in Columbus. Anisimov's overtime goal, the second of his NHL career and first for Columbus, was the first OT goal by a Blue Jackets player in a home game since Dec. 31, 2010, when Jakub Voracek scored an OT winner against Ottawa.

Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets


Huberdeau is first rookie to 10 goals

From Elias: Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau became the first rookie to reach double-figures in goals this season when he scored the second of his two goals in the Panthers' 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday. This is the third time that a Florida rookie has been the first freshman in the NHL to score 10 goals in a season (based on the earliest date). The other Panthers rookies to do that were Mark Parrish in 1998-99 and Kristian Huselius in 2001-02.

Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers


Rangers' first game this season with two power-play goals

From Elias: The Rangers' two goals in their game against the Sabres were power-play goals 43 seconds apart by Derek Stepan and Rick Nash soon after Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind early in the third period. It was the first time this season that the Rangers scored two power play goals in one game (not to mention two in one period). Colorado is now the only NHL team without a multiple-PPG game this season. Nash, who was traded to the Rangers last July, has scored five goals for New York and they've all come in third periods. The only other Rangers player with more than two third-period goals this season is Taylor Pyatt with three.

Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers