Date: January 26, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Ross erupts for 51 points

From Elias: Terrence Ross, who entered the game with a career average of 7.4 points per game, scored 51 points for the Raptors on Saturday night. Ross is the fourth player in NBA history to score 50 or more points in a game despite entering the contest with a career scoring average of less than 10 points per game. The others to do it were Cleveland's Walt Wesley in 1971 (50 points, 9.1 scoring average), Washington's Tracy Murray in 1998 (50, 9.9) and Phoenix's Tony Delk in 2001 (53, 8.0).

Ross, who is less than two weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, is the youngest player to score 50 or more points in an NBA game since Brandon Jennings set the league record for youngest player with 50 points in a game on November 14, 2009. Jennings was 20 years, 52 days old when he scored 55 points for the Pistons against the Warriors.

Toronto Raptors


Just another day at the office for Durant

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 32 points, hauled in 14 rebounds and handed out 10 assists for the Thunder. It was the second-time this season that Durant scored 30 or more points in a game in which he recorded a triple/double. No other NBA player has done that even once this season. The last time a player had two such games in one season was in 2010-11 when both Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook did it.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Augustin is making the most of his opportunity

From Elias: D.J. Augustin scored 28 points in the Bulls' win over the Bobcats. Augustin has scored at least 27 points in three of his last four games. Prior to this stretch, Augustin scored 27 or more points in only seven of his first 387 regular-season games in the NBA.

Chicago Bulls

Grizzlies sweep Rockets

From Elias: The Grizzlies beat the Rockets on both Friday and Saturday nights. It was the fifth time in franchise history that the Grizzlies played the same opponent on consecutive days. They swept three of the five pairs of games under those circumstances; the other two occurrences were home-and-home sets versus the Warriors while the Grizzlies were based in Vancouver (January 23-24, 1998 and February 15-16, 2001).

Memphis Grizzlies

The Wizards and Timberwolves drop below .500 again

From Elias: Both the Wizards and Timberwolves blew yet another chance to climb over .500 when they lost to the Jazz and Trail Blazers respectively on Saturday night. Both teams have lost 10 consecutive games in which they entered the contest with a .500 record. It's the longest current losing streak of its kind in the NBA and the longest for any team in the league since the Pacers lost 10 games in row in which they had a chance to go over .500 from 1996 to 1997.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards



Oshie scores late for Blues

From Elias: The Blues beat the Islanders, 4-3, in a shootout after T.J. Oshie tied the score at 3-3 for St. Louis with a goal at the 19:33 mark of the third period. It was the first time in more than four years that a Blues player recorded a score-tying goal in the final minute of the third period. Before Oshie, defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo was the last player to do that for St. Louis, on Dec. 3, 2009 with seven seconds remaining in the third period of a game at San Jose. The Blues also won that game via a shootout.

St. Louis Blues


Iginla ends drought

From Elias: Jarome Iginla ended his streak of six consecutive games without a point by scoring two goals and assisting two more in the Bruins' 6-1 win at Philadelphia. It was the 21st time that Iginla recorded four or more points in one game in his NHL career and the first time he did so for a team other than the Calgary Flames. The six-game point drought that Iginla brought into Saturday's game was one shy of the single-season career high of seven straight pointless games he set as a rookie with Calgary in March 1997. The 36-year-old Iginla was the oldest player to score four or more points in a road game for the Bruins since March 12, 1980, when Jean Ratelle (age 39) tallied two goals and two assists in a Boston loss at Washington.

Boston Bruins


Another multiple-assist game for Sekera

From Elias: Defenseman Andrej Sekera recorded a pair of assists in the Hurricanes' 6-3 home-ice win over the Senators on Saturday, after doing the same in Carolina's 5-3 victory at Buffalo on Thursday. It's the second time that Sekera has registered consecutive multiple-assist games in his NHL career; he did that for Buffalo on March 1-3, 2011. Sekera is the first Hurricanes defenseman to post at least two assists in each of two straight team games since Tomas Kaberle on Dec. 6-7, 2011.

Carolina Hurricanes


Rookie turns trick for Lightning

From Elias: Rookie Tyler Johnson recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career when he scored three goals in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win against the Avalanche. Johnson's hat trick is only the second by a rookie in Lightning franchise history. The first one was by Steven Stamkos, when he scored all of Tampa Bay goals in its 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks on Feb. 17, 2009. Johnson is the fourth rookie to score three or more goals in an NHL game this season. The other freshmen to do so are San Jose's Tomas Hertl (a four-goal game), the Rangers' Chris Kreider and Minnesota's Justin Fontaine.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Caps extend winning streak in Montreal

From Elias: The Capitals extended their Montreal winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 victory over the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night. It's the second-longest regular-season road winning streak by one team against the Canadiens, behind the Devils' record run of eight consecutive wins in Montreal from December 2008 to February 2012. The Capitals have outscored the Canadiens, 25-5, over their last seven games in Montreal and all seven wins were recorded in regulation time, including four shutouts.

Washington Capitals


Byfuglien wins it in OT

From Elias: Dustin Byfuglien's overtime goal earned the Jets a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs, after Winnipeg squandered a 4-1 lead. It was the seventh overtime goal of Byfuglien's NHL career and his sixth for the Thrashers/Jets, which moves him into sole possession of second place on the franchise's overtime goal leaders list, behind Ilya Kovalchuk, who scored nine OT goals for the club, all when it was located in Atlanta.

Winnipeg Jets


Two shorthanded points for Ehrhoff

From Elias: The Sabres scored two shorthanded goals in one game for the first time since March 2007 when they beat the Blue Jackets, 5-2, in Columbus. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff scored Buffalo's first shorthanded goal and he picked up an assist on its second shorthanded tally (by Marcus Foligno). He's the fourth defenseman in Sabres history to register two shorthanded points in one game, joining Jerry Korab (Oct. 20, 1977: 2 assists), Richard Smehlik (Dec. 19, 1993: 1 goal, 1 assist) and Alexei Zhitnik (March 19, 1998: 2 goals) in an exclusive group of Buffalo backliners.

Buffalo Sabres

Stars winning big lately

From Elias: The Stars have won their last three games by scores of 4-0 (Tuesday vs. Minnesota), 7-1 (Thursday vs. Toronto) and 3-0 (Saturday vs. Pittsburgh). It's only the third time in Minnesota/Dallas franchise history that the Stars have won three consecutive games by margins of three or more goals, while allowing no more than one goal in each game. They also had three-game winning streaks of that kind in November 1997 and March 2001. Two other NHL teams have won three consecutive games in that fashion this season: the Canadiens (Oct. 10-15) and the Blues (Nov. 23-27).

Dallas Stars