Date: January 11, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Nets Top Heat In Double Overtime

From Elias: The Nets defeated the Heat in double overtime, 104-95, after they edged Miami in their home opener, 101-100. (The Nets had lost their previous 13 games against Miami.) It's the first time that the Nets have beaten the NBA's defending champion twice in one season since 2002-03, when they went 2-0 against the Lakers, who topped New Jersey in the 2002 NBA Finals.

Miami scored four points in the first overtime period and two points in the second extra period. The Heat's six total overtime points were the fewest by any NBA team in a multi-overtime game since the shot-clock was instituted in 1954.

LeBron James fouled out of a regular-season game for the first time since April 2, 2008. Prior to Friday night, James had averaged one personal foul for every 25 minutes of court time this season. The only NBA players (minimum: 20 starts) with lower rates of fouls than James to that point were Tayshaun Prince and Tony Parker.

Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat

Bucks Miss Last 11 FGA

From Elias: Brandon Knight's basket with 5:09 remaining in the fourth quarter cut the Bulls' lead to 73-72, but the Bucks missed all 11 of their field-goal attempts after that and lost, 81-72. That's the longest streak of missed field goals to end a game by any NBA team this season.

Milwaukee Bucks


Pistons Pair Boards And Blocks

From Elias: Josh Smith pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked five shots, while Andre Drummond contributed 12 rebounds and six blocks in the Pistons' victory over the 76ers. Smith and Drummond became the first NBA teammates in more than 10 years to each produce at least a dozen rebounds and five blocks in the same game. The last tandem to do so was coincidentally also a pair of Pistons: Ben Wallace and Mehmet Okur against the Heat in December 2003.

Detroit Pistons


Conley Burns The Suns

From Elias: Mike Conley scored 31 points to help the Grizzlies defeat the Suns, 104-99. Memphis had lost the previous eight games in which Conley was its outright leading scorer. The Grizzlies' last such win prior to Friday night was in their home opener this season, when Conley scored a team-high 22 points in an overtime victory over the Pistons.


Hawks Rally After Starters Are Shut Out In 1st Quarter

From Elias: The Hawks on Friday night became the first NBA team since the Bucks in April 2011 without a single point from one of its starters in the first quarter of a game. Atlanta trailed the Rockets at that juncture, 18-10, but thanks to 20 points apiece from Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap the Hawks rallied for a victory. Korver and Millsap were the first pair of starters to each finish with at least 20 points in a game after not scoring in the first period since Stephen Curry and David Lee did that on November 21, 2012 against the Nets.

Atlanta Hawks

Timberwolves: 5 Wins By At Least 25 Points

From Elias: The Timberwolves crushed the Bobcats, 119-92, giving Minnesota five wins by at least 25 points this season, tying the Pacers for the league high. Minnesota, over the last two seasons, is 7-0 in games decided by 25 or more points; the only other teams that have not lost a regular-season game by that margin during that period are the Pacers, Heat and Thunder.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Pacers Cruise Past Wizards

From Elias: The Pacers cruised to a 93-66 victory over the Wizards in the first NBA game to finish on Friday night, marking the 32nd time across the league this season that a team won by more than 25 points. But it was the first of those 32 contests in which the winning club scored fewer than 100 points. In fact the two previous lowest scoring totals for the winning side in victories by more than 25 points were also produced by Indiana, in a 104-77 triumph against the Bucks in November and a 106-79 decision over the Celtics last month.

Indiana Pacers


Nowitzki: 24 Points With No Free Throws

From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and did not attempt a foul shot in the Mavericks' win against the Pelicans. It's the fourth time this season that Nowitzki has scored at least 20 points in a game, all of them on shots from the field. That's the most such games he's ever had in any season of his NBA career.

Dallas Mavericks


Griffin Leads Rout Of Lakers

From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 33 points in the Clippers' 123-87 laugher over the Lakers. He's the second player this season to score 30 or more points in a win by at least 30 points against the Lakers. Klay Thompson scored 38 points in the Warriors' 125-94 victory over Mike D'Antoni's squad on October 30. In the previous 38 seasons the only player to do that was Clyde Drexler, who scored 31 points in a Portland romp over the Lakers in 1995.

Los Angeles Clippers



Nash Scores 50th Game-Winning Goal

From Elias: Rick Nash's tiebreaking goal with 1:58 remaining in the third period was the game-winner for the Rangers in their 3-2 victory over the Stars. It was the 50th game-winning goal of Nash's NHL career and his 20th goal in 35 career games against Dallas. Nash's career average of 0.57 goals per game versus the Stars is his highest against any team he's faced at least 15 times.

New York Rangers

Capitals Rally Again From 3rd-Period Deficit

From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Ward scored third-period goals that enabled Washington to overcome a one-goal deficit and beat the Maple Leafs, 3-2. It was the Capitals' league-high ninth win this season in a game in which they trailed in the third period, but it was the first such comeback victory that they recorded in regulation time. Their previous eight wins of that kind this season were achieved in overtime (twice) or via shootouts (six times).

Washington Capitals

Islanders Extend Road Winning Streak

From Elias: The Islanders extended their road winning streak to six games by overcoming a 1-0 deficit in the third period to record a 2-1 overtime victory at Colorado. It's only the second time in the last 31 seasons that the Islanders have won six straight road games; they also did that in their first six road games in 2001-02. With Friday's come-from-behind win in Denver the Islanders have also set a club record by winning four consecutive road games despite trailing in each game.

New York Islanders


Bobrovsky Blanks Hurricanes

From Elias: Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves and posted his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Hurricanes on Friday. The Blue Jackets moved to the Eastern Conference as part of the NHL's realignment and Bobrovsky was only 5-6-2 in his first 13 intraconference games this season, but he's won all five games he's played versus Eastern foes since then, allowing only four goals on the 145 shots on goal against him.

Columbus Blue Jackets