Date: January 29, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Davis does it on both ends of the court

From Elias: Anthony Davis scored 30 points and blocked eight shots in the Pelicans' win over the Cavaliers. Davis, at age 20 years, 323 days old, is the second-youngest NBA player to have a game in which he had at least 30 points and eight blocked shots since the league starting compiling blocks in 1973-74. Shaquille O'Neal was two weeks younger than Davis went he had his first such game on January 9, 1993.

Davis is one of six active players to have that many points and rejections in an NBA game. The other active players to do it are Elton Brand (twice), Dwight Howard (twice), Brook Lopez, Pau Gasol and Jermaine O'Neal.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Cavs look forward to going on the road

From Elias: The Cavaliers went 1-4 on their five-game homestand that concluded with a loss to the Pelicans. That matched Cleveland's second-worst homestand of five or more games in team history. The Cavs lost every game of a five-game homestand in 1990-91 against the Bullets, SuperSonics, Trail Blazers, Suns and Pistons. Cleveland went 1-4 on two other homestands, one in March 1972 and one in November/December 1984.

Cleveland Cavaliers

You can throw out the records when the Celtics and Knicks meet

From Elias: The Celtics (15-31 entering the game) and Knicks (17-27) battled at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. It was only the third time in the history of this rivalry, which dates back to the first official season of the NBA in 1946-47 (then known as the Basketball Association of America), that both teams entered a game with record of 10 or more games under .500. The two other such games came near the end of the 2005-06 season.

Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

Knicks get revenge on Celtics

From Elias: The Knicks beat the Celtics by 26 points on Tuesday night, less than two months after the Celtics trounced the Knicks by 41 points. It was only the second time in the 68-season history of this rivalry that each team won a game against the other by at least 25 points in the same season. It also happened in 2004-05: Boston won 107-73, New York won 107-82.

New York Knicks, Boston Celtics


Drummond is the first since Lanier

From Elias: Andre Drummond, who scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Pistons' win over the Magic, has compiled 568 points and 573 rebounds in 45 games this season. The last Pistons player with that many points and rebounds in his first 45 games of a season was Bob Lanier in 1974-75 (1099 points, 601 rebounds).

Detroit Pistons

Lakers 3-17 over their last 20 games

From Elias: With their loss Tuesday night to the Pacers, the Lakers are 3-17 over their last 20 games. It's only the fourth time in franchise history that the Lakers lost 17 or more games over a 20-game span within one season. They also did it in 1957-58 (3-17), 1959-60 (3-17) and the final 20 games of the 2004-05 season (2-18).

Los Angeles Lakers


Randolph shines against his former team

From Elias: Zach Randolph scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies win over the Trail Blazers. It was the fifth time in his career that Randolph had a 20/10 game against his former team. He did it once for the Knicks, once for the Clippers and three times for the Grizzlies. That ties him with Maurice Lucas for the most 20/10 games against the Blazers by a former Portland player.

Memphis Grizzlies


Dwight is right

From Elias: Dwight Howard scored 23 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in the Rockets' victory over their intrastate rival Spurs. Howard was the first Rockets player with that many points and rebounds in a game against the Spurs since Yao Ming had 27 points and 18 rebounds on December 3, 2002.

Houston Rockets



Green scores career goal #100

From Elias: Defenseman Mike Green scored two goals, including the overtime winner, in the Capitals' 5-4 victory at Buffalo. Green's goals were the 100th and 101st of his NHL career. Green reached the century-goal mark in his 483rd regular-season game, second-quickest among active defensemen, behind Sergei Gonchar (461 games). The only other active defenseman to do so in fewer than 500 games is Shea Weber (495).

Washington Capitals


Mason loves wings

From Elias: Flyers goaltender Steve Mason posted his fourth shutout of the season with a 5-0 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday. It was Mason's 21st career shutout and his fourth against Detroit. (His first three shutouts versus the Red Wings came when he played for Columbus.) Mason's four shutouts against the Red Wings are the most by any active goaltender and twice as many as he's recorded against any other NHL team.

Philadelphia Flyers


Krejci is a plus

From Elias: David Krejci scored one goal, set up two more and posted a plus-5 rating in the Bruins' 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Krejci is the first Bruins player since December 23, 2011 to record three or more points in a game and finish with a plus/minus rating of plus-5 or higher. Brad Marchand turned the trick that day (three goals, two assists, +5).

Boston Bruins


Kadri nets two

From Elias: Nazem Kadri scored the first two goals for the Maple Leafs in a 3-2 win over their Atlantic Division rival, the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was the second two-goal game of the season for Kadri, who entered play on Tuesday having scored only one goal over his last 15 games and only one goal in 14 intradivision games this season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Da Costa

Da Costa marque deux buts

From Elias: Ottawa's Stephane Da Costa scored his first two goals of the season in the Senators' 3-2 victory at Columbus. It was the first multiple-goal game in the NHL for Da Costa, who was born in Paris, France and moved to North America to play hockey when he was 17 years old. Three other players born in France have scored two or more goals in an NHL game, most notably Da Costa's coach, Paul MacLean, who had 59 multiple-goal games in his career. (MacLean was born in France while his father was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces but he was raised in Canada.) The others are Antoine Roussel (2) and Philippe Bozon (1).

Ottawa Senators


Price blanks `Canes

From Elias: Carey Price recorded his third shutout of the season by making 36 saves in a 3-0 win over the Hurricanes. Price has posted at least three shutouts in five of his seven seasons with the Canadiens, including each of the last four seasons. He's the first goaltender to register three or more shutouts for Montreal in each of at least four consecutive seasons since Ken Dryden did so in the final five seasons of his NHL career (1974-75 through 1978-79).

Montreal Canadiens


Halak has Devils singing the Blues

From Elias: Jaroslav Halak became the first goaltender to register 20 career shutouts for the Blues when he beat the Devils, 3-0, in St. Louis. With Halak reaching the 20-shutout mark for St. Louis, that means only three current NHL teams have an all-time shutout leader with fewer than 20 clean sheets: Columbus (Steve Mason 19), Tampa Bay (Nikolai Khabibulin 14) and Atlanta/Winnipeg (Kari Lehtonen 14).

St. Louis Blues


Coyotes get lots of "O" from the "D"

From Elias: Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first two goals in the Coyotes' 3-0 win over the Kings. Ekman-Larsson is the third defenseman to score two goals in a game for Phoenix this season; the others are Michael Stone and Keith Yandle. The Coyotes are the only NHL team to have three different defenseman record a multiple-goal game for them this season. The Bruins are the only other NHL team with at least three individual multi-goal games by defensemen in 2013-14 (four: two each by Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara).

Phoenix Coyotes

Reto is no Yogi

From Elias: Calgary goaltender Reto Berra was pulled after allowing four goals on 28 shots in the Flames' win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night. Berra has not earned a win in regulation in 23 career NHL games. He's 6-0-2 with one no decision in his nine NHL games that have been decided in overtime (2-0-2) or shootouts (4-0-0) and 0-14-0 with on no decision in the 14 games he's played in that were decided in regulation. Berra's 23 consecutive games without a regulation win is the second-longest such streak to begin a career in NHL history. The longest streak is 38 games by Ottawa's Darrin Madeley from 1992 to 1995. (He had three overtime wins during that streak.) Madeley recorded his first regulation win in the 39th and final game of his NHL career.

Calgary Flames