Date: November 30, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lakers hit from long range

From Elias: Wesley Johnson went 6-for-7 from three-point range and Shawne Williams went 6-for-11 from deep in the Lakers' win over the Pistons. It's only the second time in Lakers history that they had more than one player hit at least six shots from beyond the arc in the same game. Derek Fisher (6-for-13) and Kobe Bryant (6-for-7) did it on January 6, 2009 in a loss to New Orleans.

Los Angeles Lakers

Jrue sends Holiday cheer to his former team

From Elias: Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and handed out 13 assists in the Pelicans' win over his former team, the 76ers. Holiday is the first former Sixer to score at least 20 points and dish out at least 10 assists against them since Andre Miller did it for the Nuggets in Philadelphia on January 18, 2010 (28 points, 10 assists). The last player before Miller to do this was Charles Barkley on December 7, 1996 (21 points, 10 assists).


Two big games for Green *FC*

Jeff Green scored 31 points in the Celtics' win over the Cavaliers on Friday night, two days after scoring 26 points against the Grizzlies. The 57 points Green has scored in his last two games is one shy of the most points he has ever scored over any two-game span in his NBA career. Green scored 58 points over two games in December 2008 (25 and 33).

Raptors can't stand the Heat

From Elias: The Heat extended their winning streak against the Raptors to 13 games with a 90-83 victory over the Raptors. That matches Miami's longest current winning streak against any NBA team. The Heat has also won their last 13 games against Charlotte.

Miami Heat


Parsons can't miss from deep

From Elias: Chandler Parsons went 6-for-6 from three-point range in the Rockets' win over the hapless Nets. Parsons is the third player in Rockets history to go 6-for-6 or better from beyond the arc in a game. Aaron Brooks made all seven of his three-point attempts on March 17, 2010 versus the Grizzlies and Shane Battier went 6-for-6 from long range on February 17, 2010 against the Bucks.


Three points shy of a triple-double

From Elias: Lance Stephenson grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 10 assists but failed to record a triple-double because he scored only seven points. Stephenson is the first Pacers player to miss a triple-double because he couldn't reach double-digits in points in the game since Jamaal Tinsley grabbed 10 rebounds, recorded 16 assists but scored only seven points on December 4, 2001 against the Nuggets.


Horford hits late game-winning hoop

From Elias: Al Horford scored the game-winning basket with 4.2 second remaining in the Hawks' win over the Mavericks. It was the first time in his NBA career that Horford hit a game-winning basket in the final five seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime.


Morris to the rescue

From Elias: Markieff Morris came off the bench to lead the Suns in scoring in their win over the Jazz. It was the third time this season that Morris came off the bench to lead his team in scoring (outright or tied) this season. Rodney Stuckey (six) is the only player to lead his team in scoring in games in which he came off the bench more often than Morris.


Lawson off to his best start

From Elias: Ty Lawson scored 22 points in the Nuggets' win over the Knicks. Lawson has scored 314 points in 15 games this season. That's 68 more points than Lawson has ever scored in his first 15 games of a season. His previous high was 246 points in 2011-12.

Indiana keeping pace

From Elias: The Pacers became the 19th team in NBA history to open a season with a 15-1 record, the first since the 2002-03 Mavericks. Of the previous 18 teams to start 15-1, seven of them went on to win the NBA Championship that season, the last being the 2001-02 Lakers.

Indiana Pacers

Thunder winning the close ones

From Elias: Russell Westbrook's late three-pointer in overtime gave the Thunder a 113-112 victory over the Warriors. It was the fourth time this season that Oklahoma City won a game by three points or fewer. The Thunder had only three such wins all of last season.

Oklahoma City Thunder



Crosby reaches a milestone

From Elias: Sidney Crosby reached the 700-point mark in his NHL career when he recorded the second of his three assists in the Penguins' 3-0 win over the Lightning. Crosby hit that milestone in his 497th game, making him the sixth player in NHL history to do so in fewer than 500 games, after Wayne Gretzky (317), Mario Lemieux (363), Peter Stastny (457), Mike Bossy (469) and Jari Kurri (483). Only three active players besides Crosby got to the 700-point plateau in fewer than 600 games: Teemu Selanne (541), Jaromir Jagr (557) and Alex Ovechkin (579).


Big goal for Big Z

From Elias: Zdeno Chara's goal with 8:55 remaining in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and provided the winning margin for the Bruins in their 3-2 victory over the Rangers in Boston. Chara has scored six goals this season and they've all come on home ice, including one in each of the Bruins' last three home games. He's the first Boston defenseman to score goals in each of three consecutive team home games in one season since Bryan Berard in November 2002. The last to do it before Berard was Ray Bourque in March 1999.


Alfredsson joins elite list

From Elias: Daniel Alfredsson, in the 1200th game of his NHL career, scored two goals for the Red Wings as they beat the Islanders, 5-0. It was the 62nd multiple-goal game of his NHL career and first for a team other than the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson, who will turn 41 years old in less than two weeks (December 11), is the sixth player in Red Wings franchise history to score two or more goals in a regular-season game at age 40 or older. The other 40-something Detroit players with multiple-goal games were Gordie Howe (16 times), Nicklas Lidstrom (twice), Alex Delvecchio, Steve Thomas and Steve Yzerman.

No helpers needed

From Elias: The Flyers edged the Jets, 2-1, in game that started before noon on Friday and the Philadelphia goals, by Scott Hartnell and Sean Couturier, were both unassisted. It was the first time in Flyers history that they won a regular-season game in which every goal they scored was unassisted. Excluding games decided by a shootout, the last NHL team before the Flyers to win a game in which it scored at least two goals, all unassisted, was the Rangers in their 3-1 win at Anaheim on Dec. 16, 2008. New York's solo scorers in that game were Chris Drury, Nigel Dawes and Nikolay Zherdev.

Philadelphia Flyers


Penner leading Ducks

From Elias: Dustin Penner scored a pair of goals for the Ducks in their 5-2 win against the Flames, after scoring twice at Phoenix on Saturday and once at Dallas on Tuesday. This is the first time that Penner has tallied five goals over a three-game span in his NHL career, and in each of those games he scored a power play goal. Over the last five seasons the only other Ducks player to score power play goals in each of three consecutive team games was defenseman Cam Fowler in January/February 2011.


Burns scores three goals on three shots on goal

From Elias: San Jose's Brent Burns notched the first three-goal game of his NHL career when he scored on each of his three shots on goal in the Sharks' 6-3 win over the Blues. It was the second hat trick in the NHL this season in which the player had a perfect shooting percentage; the first one was by the Kings' Dwight King against Phoenix on October 24. Burns was the first Sharks player with three goals in a game in which he had only three shots on goal since Joe Thornton on March 25, 2008 at Phoenix.


Holtby excels in the shootout

From Elias: Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby earned a first-star selection by making 35 saves in his shootout win against the Canadiens. Holtby has won four of his five shootouts this season, after winning all three of tiebreakers last season. Holtby's 7-1 (.875) shootout record over the last two seasons is the best among NHL netminders who've had at least six shootout decisions since the beginning of the 2012-13 season. Ben Bishop is a close second with a 6-1 (.857) shootout record.


Another multiple-point game against the Wild for Landeskog

From Elias: Gabriel Landeskog assisted on each of Colorado's first two goals and then scored the empty-net goal which clinched the Avalanche's 3-1 win at Minnesota. It was the second three-point game and 20th multiple-point game of Landeskog's three-season NHL career. (He scored one goal and two assists against Calgary on February 28 last season.) Landeskog has recorded more multi-point games versus the Wild (three) than he has against any other team.

Devils comeback

From Elias: The Devils outscored the Hurricanes, 4-0, in the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 victory at Carolina. It was only the second time in the last 16 seasons that New Jersey won a game by a three-goal or bigger margin after trailing entering the third period. The Devils' other such win since 1997 was a 6-3 home-ice victory against the Lightning on Jan. 9, 2011. Before Friday's win, the last time New Jersey had a comeback victory of that kind in a road game was at Pittsburgh on January 7, 1984 (7-4).

New Jersey Devils


Johansen records a goal and an assist

From Elias: Ryan Johansen scored one goal and assisted on another as the Blue Jackets jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Oilers and then held off a third-period Edmonton rally to post a 4-2 win. It was the team-high sixth time this season that Johansen registered both goals and assists in the same game. The only other Columbus player with more than two such games this season is Brandon Dubinsky with four.

Sabres fall behind again

From Elias: The Sabres ended their season-worst five-game losing streak with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Maple Leafs, after trailing by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 in regulation time. The losing streak is over but another Buffalo streak was extended on Friday: The Sabres have trailed for at least some part of the playing time in each of their last 23 games. That's a Buffalo franchise record and the longest single-season streak of its kind by an NHL team since 2003-04, when Pittsburgh trailed in 23 consecutive games.

Buffalo Sabres


Crawford is stingy

From Elias: Corey Crawford allowed only one goal in an 11-round shootout that earned him and the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at Dallas. It was the longest shootout in an NHL game since Dec. 23, 2010, when the Lightning prevailed over the Rangers in the 11th round. Crawford has not registered a shutout this season but he's allowed only one goal in a total of 10 games and won them all. That ties him with the Bruins' Tuukka Rask for the most wins with no more than one goal allowed this season by an NHL goaltender.