Date: March 17, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Davis has been a force

From Elias: Anthony Davis, who is just four days past his 21st birthday, scored 40 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the Pelicans' overtime win over the Celtics. Davis is the third-youngest player in NBA history to have a 40-point, 20-rebound game. John Drew had two such games before turning 21 years old in 1974-75 as a member of the Hawks, and Shaquille O'Neal was a couple of weeks shy of his 21st birthday when he did it for the Magic on February 16, 1993.

Davis is only the third player with a 40/20 game against the Celtics over the last 40 seasons. Mike Gminski of the Nets did it against Boston on April 9, 1986 (41 points, 22 rebounds) and Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers did it on March 21, 2003 (48 points, 20 rebounds). Both of those games were regulation length games.

Davis has scored 194 points and hauled in 86 rebounds over his last six games. Only one other player has scored that many points and had that many rebounds over a six-game span since the 2000-01 season. Kevin Love had two such stretches, one in March 2012 (202 points, 93 rebounds) and one in February of this season (205 points, 92 rebounds).

New Orleans Pelicans


Allen doing it off the bench

From Elias: Ray Allen scored 25 points off the bench to lead the Heat over the Rockets Sunday afternoon. Allen scored 22 points as a non-starter two days earlier against the Nuggets. Allen is the sixth player in Heat history to score 22 or more points off the bench in consecutive games, the first since Michael Beasley did it in January 2009.

Miami Heat

The Spurs reach the big 5-oh

From Elias: The Spurs became the first NBA team to 50 wins when they beat the Jazz on Sunday night. It's the fourth consecutive season, and the fifth overall, that San Antonio was the first NBA team to 50 wins, by date. (In 2011-12, San Antonio and Chicago both reached win #50 on the same day.) Only one other NBA franchise had a streak of four consecutive seasons in which they were the first team to 50 wins. The Celtics had a seven-season streak from 1959-60 through 1965-66.

San Antonio Spurs


Kevin plus Kevin equals win for Timberwolves

From Elias: Kevin Martin scored 31 points and Kevin Love chipped in with 26 points in the Timberwolves' win over the Kings. It was the eighth time this season that both Love and Martin each scored at least 25 points in the same game. That ties them with Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford for the most such games this season for any pair of teammates.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Curry and Thompson carry Warriors in second half

From Elias: Seth Curry scored 28 points in the second half while Klay Thompson ripped the nets for 23 points in the second half for the Warriors in their win over the Trail Blazers. Curry and Thompson are the first pair of teammates to each score at least 23 points in the second half of the same game since Chris Paul (25) and David West (25) did it for New Orleans on April 3, 2009

Golden State Warriors


Green leads Suns

From Elias: Gerald Green came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points, 13 of those points came in the first quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter, in the Suns' win over the Raptors. The 28 points matches the most scored in a game by a Suns substitute this season. Markieff Morris scored 28 as a non-starter on November 8 versus Denver.

Green has been the leading scorer in a game for both teams- outright or tied - seven times in his last 29 games after doing so only once in his first 37 games of the season. It was the first time in his career that Green scored a dozen or more points in two different quarters in the same game.

Phoenix Suns

The Bobcats sweep the Bucks

From Elias: The Bobcats finished off a four-game season-sweep of the Bucks with a 101-92 victory over them on Sunday. It's the first time Charlotte went 4-0 against one opponent in a season since they swept all four games against the Raptors in 2010-11.

Charlotte Bobcats



Simmonds using his hands to score, not fight

From Elias: Wayne Simmonds reached the 20-goal mark in a season for the second time in his NHL career when he scored the first of his two goals for the Flyers in their 4-3 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. It was Simmonds' fourth two-goal game of the season but his first since Dec. 21-28, when he became the third player in Flyers history to score at least two goals in each of three consecutive team games in one season. (Reggie Leach did so twice, and Ross Lonsberry once.) Simmonds got off to a slow start this season. Through Simmonds' first 33 games he had as many fighting majors as goals scored (five each through Dec. 15), but he's scored 16 goals without picking up a major penalty of any kind in 34 games since then.

Philadelphia Flyers


Brouwer reaches the 20-goal mark

From Elias: Troy Brouwer scored the first and last goals for the Capitals in their 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs. Brouwer's second goal, an empty-netter in the last minute which sealed the victory for Washington, was his 20th goal of the season, marking the second time that he's reached that level in his NHL career. (He scored 22 goals for Chicago in 2009-10). At the end of January it looked unlikely that Brouwer would reach the 20-goal plateau this season as he had scored only 10 goals in 55 games, but he's scored a team-high 10 goals in the Capitals' 14 games since the beginning of February.

Washington Capitals


Schultz's PPG is GWG

From Elias: Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz scored a power play goal which snapped a 1-1 tie in the third period and that goal was the game-winner in Edmonton's 2-1 victory at Carolina. Not only was Schultz's goal his first PPG of the season, it was the first power play goal by any Oilers defenseman this season. Going into play on Sunday Edmonton was the only NHL team without a PPG by a d-man; every other team had at least four such goals. Last season, when Schultz was a rookie, his four power play goals were the only ones recorded by an Edmonton defenseman.

Edmonton Oilers


Burrows had a hand in all Canucks' goals

From Elias: With one goal and two assists on Sunday, Alex Burrows scored or set up all three of the Canucks' goals in their shootout win over the Panthers. It was the 10th game with three or more points in Burrows' NHL career but only his second such game since January 2010, when he had four of them. One week ago, Burrows' season totals read no goals and five assists in 34 games, but over the past seven days he registered more points in four games (six: three goals and three assists) than he had from the beginning of the season through last Sunday (five).


Niemi stops all 41 Rangers shots

From Elias: San Jose's Antti Niemi posted his fourth shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over the Rangers in which he made 41 saves. It was the first 1-0 shutout victory in Sharks history in which their goaltender faced 40 or more shots on goal, and only the second such win over the last two seasons by an NHL netminder. The Bruins' Tuukka Rask made 40 saves in his 1-0 win against the Devils on April 4, 2013.

San Jose Sharks


The more rubber the better for Varlamov

From Elias: Semyon Varlamov's stopped all but one of the Senators' 39 shots on goal as he recorded a 3-1 win at Ottawa. Varlamov has won 10 of the last 11 games in which he faced 35 or more shots on goal, and has a 17-1-3 record in 21 such games this season.

Colorado Avalanche


Tokarski tosses first career shutout

From Elias: Dustin Tokarski recorded his first NHL shutout with a 2-0 win for the Canadiens in Buffalo on Sunday night. Tokarksi is a five-year AHL veteran whose only NHL experience before the three games he's played for Montreal this month consisted of seven games for the Tampa Bay Lightning spread over two seasons. He's the 27th goaltender whose first NHL shutout was registered while playing for the Canadiens but only the second netminder on that list who did not make his NHL debut for them. The first was Bert Gardiner, who made his NHL debut with the Rangers in 1935-36 but posted his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 win for the Canadiens against the New York Americans at the Montreal Forum on Dec. 28, 1940.

Montreal Canadiens


Three-point night for Hossa

Marian Hossa tallied one goal and two assists in the Blackhawks' 4-1 victory over the Red Wings. Hossa scored 40 goals in the one season he played for Detroit (2008-09) and then signed with Chicago as a free agent in July 2009. Hossa has scored one goal in each of the Blackhawks' two games against the Red Wings this season, after recording only three goals in 19 games versus Detroit over his first four seasons with Chicago.

Chicago Blackhawks


Four Jets record at least three points

From Elias: Blake Wheeler tallied four points and Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and Olli Jokinen each added three points to their season total in the Jets' 7-2 win against the Stars on Sunday. It's only the second time in the Atlanta/Winnipeg's franchise's 14-season history that four Thrashers or Jets players each recorded three or more points in the same game. The other time it happened was in Atlanta's 6-1 win at Florida on Jan. 19, 2002. Ilya Kovalchuk and Pascal Rheaume each scored five points for the Thrashers in that game, and Dany Heatley and Tony Hrkac each scored three.

Winnipeg Jets