Date: March 9, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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James is Miami's Mr. Everything during long winning streak

From Elias: The Heat extended their winning streak to 17 games with a 102-93 victory over the 76ers. LeBron James led Miami in points (25), rebounds (10), and assists (5). James has averaged 28.0/7.8/7.5 in those categories during the Heat's winning streak. No player in NBA history has posted averages of at least 25.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists during a team winning streak of 15 games or longer.

Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers

Trail Blazers rout Spurs at San Antonio

From Elias: No one saw this coming, right? The Trail Blazers posted a 30-point victory at San Antonio in a game that was tied at halftime. Tied. At. Halftime. It had been more than two decades since a road team that was tied or trailing at the half won by at least 30 points, the last such victory having been recorded by the Bulls over the Clippers in November 1991.

But this was against the Spurs, whose only previous NBA home loss by a margin of 30 or more points came to the Raptors in 1997 and Toronto led by 16 points at the half. That game came 10 weeks into Gregg Popovich's tenure as San Antonio's head coach and 4 months before Tim Duncan was drafted by the Spurs.

Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs


Williams matches Curry, trey for trey

From Elias: Deron Williams scored 42 points, shooting 11-for-16 from three-point range, in the Nets' 95-78 win over the Wizards. It was the second time in 10 days than an NBA player made more than 10 three-pointers in one game, following Stephen Curry's 11-for-13 downtown shooting in his 54-point performance against the Knicks on February 27. There had been only two other such games in the NBA in the last 10 seasons, by Donyell Marshall in 2005 and J.R. Smith in 2009.

Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards


Beaucoup rebounds and missed foul shots? We've seen the act before.

From Elias: Reggie Evans grabbed 24 rebounds in Brooklyn's victory, the highest total by a Nets player in 13 years since Jamie Feick pulled down 25 boards against the Pistons in January 2000. But in a performance reminiscent of Wilt or Shaq, Evans made only five of his 16 free throws, becoming the first Nets player to miss more than 10 foul shots in a game since Chris Dudley missed 17 of 18 free throws¿yes, you read that right¿against the Pacers in April 1990.

Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards


Pierce posts another "Seagram Special"

From Elias: Paul Pierce did it all once again, scoring 27 points and adding seven rebounds and seven assists in the Celtics' 107-102 overtime victory over the Hawks. It was the eighth time since Rajon Rondo's season-ending knee injury that Pierce recorded at least seven rebounds and seven assists in the same game. The only NBA player with as many 7-and-7's as Pierce during that time is LeBron James (10).

Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics

Thunder booms against Bobcats

From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Bobcats, 116-94, for their fifth straight win over Charlotte, by margins ranging from 17 to 45 points. That marks only the second time in franchise history that Seattle or Oklahoma City posted five consecutive wins by more than 15 points over the same opponent. The SuperSonics won five straight games by at least 19 points each against the Warriors from 1996 to 1997. Gary Payton (20.4 PPG) and Hersey Hawkins (19.2) were the high-scorers for Seattle in those five blowout wins.

Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder

Charlotte remains in extended slump

From Elias: Charlotte began the season by winning seven of its first 12 games, but with Friday's loss the Bobcats have won only six of 50 games since then. That makes the `Cats only the second team in NBA history to suffer 44 losses over a span of 50 games in consecutive seasons. The Mavericks were the first (in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994).

Charlotte Bobcats


Mavs' reserve guards save the day

From Elias: Credit the bench for the Mavericks' 102-99 victory at Detroit. Three Dallas reserves scored in double-figures: Brandan Wright (14), Darren Collison (11), and Vince Carter (10). The Mavs outscored the Pistons 62-41 with Collison and Carter on the court together; they were outscored 49-33 with their two starting guards, O.J. Mayo and Mike James, both on the floor.

Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons


Kings get big-time scoring from four players

From Elias: Isaiah Thomas (27 points), Tyreke Evans (25), Marcus Thornton (23), and DeMarcus Cousins (22) accounted for 80 percent of the Kings' scoring in a 121-112 victory over the Suns. It was only the second time in the last nine seasons that four different Sacramento players topped the 20-point mark. John Salmons (28), Beno Udrih (25), Francisco Garcia (22), and Brad Miller (22) did it against the Grizzlies in 2008.

Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings

Pacers win four mini-games to post one big victory

From Elias: The Pacers opened an 88-63 lead through three quarters and coasted to a 115-86 win at Orlando, outscoring the Magic by at least four points in all four quarters. In fact, it was the first time in 44 visits to Orlando that the Pacers "won" each quarter by at least four points. But that's been something of a Pacers signature recently; it was their fourth such win this season. Indiana had only three in the previous nine seasons combined.

Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic


Bulls shoot blanks but survive

From Elias: The Bulls overcame a poor shooting performance in a last-minute 89-88 victory over the Jazz. Marco Belinelli hit a game-winning three-pointer with 5.9 seconds left on a night when Chicago shot just 37 percent from the field. The Bulls had lost the last 12 games in which they shot below 38 percent, dating back to April 2012, and they lost 31 of 34 such games taking it further back (to January 2008).

Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz



It's over and Duchene is the reason

From Elias: Matt Duchene scored a goal and assisted on three others to lead the Avalanche to a 6-2 win over the Blackhawks that ended Chicago's NHL-record season-opening point streak at 24 games. Duchene is the first player in NHL history to score four or more points in a game against a team that entered play with a single-season point streak of more than 20 games.

Two players scored four points in a game against an opponent with an active point streak of exactly 20 games: Montreal's Jacques Lemaire versus the Flyers on Jan. 3, 1977 (the Canadiens won, 6-4) and Nashville's Paul Kariya against the Red Wings on April 18, 2006 (the Predators won, 6-3).

Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche


One streak ends for Nash, another continues

From Elias: Rick Nash finally scored a goal that didn't come in the third period when he snapped a shot past Ottawa goaltender Robin Lehner just over 11 minutes into the Rangers' game against the Senators. Nash's NHL record-tying streak of eight consecutive third-period goals to begin a season ended with that goal but at the same time he extended his overall goal-scoring streak to five games. He's only the second Rangers player in the last seven years to score goals in each of five consecutive team games in one season, joining Marian Gaborik, who had a five-game goal-scoring streak in December 2011.

New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators


Senators rookie scores late game-winner at MSG

From Elias: Jakob Silfverberg's go-ahead goal with 4:41 remaining in the third period was the game-winner in the Senators' 3-2 victory over the Rangers, which extended Ottawa's regular-season winning streak at Madison Square Garden to six games. Silfverberg is only the second rookie to score a tiebreaking goal in the final five minutes of the third period in an NHL game this season. The first was the Stars' Brenden Dillon at Vancouver on February 15.

New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators


Heady company for Huberdeau

From Elias: Jonathan Huberdeau scored one of the Panthers' two goals in their overtime loss to the Jets on Friday. Huberdeau, who made his NHL debut in Florida's season opener, has scored 12 goals while playing in all 25 games for the Panthers this year. Only four other active players scored at least a dozen goals in their first 25 NHL games: Teemu Selanne (18), Alex Ovechkin (15), Evgeni Malkin (15), and Sidney Crosby (12).

Florida Panthers


Wilson tops father's mark

From Elias: Colin Wilson set a single-game career high with four points (two goals, two assists) in the Predators' 6-0 win over the Oilers. Wilson's father, Carey, played in the NHL from 1984 through 1992 and he scored three points in a game 23 times but never recorded a four-point game.

Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators