Date: April 24, 2015

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Warriors never stop fighting

The Warriors trailed the Pelicans by 20 points heading to the fourth quarter in New Orleans but they outscored their hosts in the fourth quarter, 39-19 and won in overtime. Only two other teams have won an NBA playoff game after trailing by 20 points going into the fourth quarter: the Clippers against Memphis in 2012 (first round, first game) and the Celtics over the Nets in 2002 (conference finals, third game). Both of those teams trailed by 21 points entering the fourth period; the Clippers also did it in a road game.

Golden State Warriors

Rose and Butler a dynamic duo

Derrick Rose scored 34 points and Jimmy Butler added 24 in the Bulls' double-overtime win in Milwaukee on Thursday. In the series, which Chicago now leads three games to none, Butler has scored 80 points and Rose has totaled 72. The only other Bulls teammates each to score 70-plus points in the first three games of a playoff series, all wins, are Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen (1992, first round versus Miami) and Luol Deng and Ben Gordon (2007, first round versus Miami).

Chicago Bulls


James and Cavaliers take a 3-0 series lead

LeBron James scored 31 points on Thursday to lead the Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead over the Celtics and in doing so, brought his career postseason total of points against Boston to 804. The only other players to score at least 800 playoff points against Boston are Wilt Chamberlain (1260), Jerry West (1254) and Elgin Baylor (1036).


Break up the Mets

he Mets extended several notable streaks with their win over the Braves on Thursday.

They tied a team record with their 11th consecutive win.

They became the seventh team in the modern (since 1900) era to sweep a homestand of 10 or more games, and the first to do so since the 1991 Twins (10).

And they tied the longest April winning streak for a major-league team representing New York or Brooklyn (11, going back to their win in Atlanta on April 12). The Mets won 11 straight games to end April 1986 (and then lost their first game in May).

Bartolo Colon won his fourth consecutive start to become the fourth 40-something pitcher to win his first four starts of a season over the last 80 years. The others to do that in that time frame were Phil Niekro (1984), Nolan Ryan (1990) and Roger Clemens (2004).

New York Mets

Angels need only one hit to win

The Angels defeated the Athletics on Thursday, 2-0, despite collecting only one hit-Kole Calhoun's two-run homer. The Angels have had only two other one-hit wins in team history. One was in 1986, when Texas's Charlie Hough held the Angels hitless through eight innings, only to lose in the ninth on a three-base error, Wally Joyner's game-tying single, and a pair of passed balls. The other was in 1969, with Aurelio Rodriguez's double being their only hit.

Los Angeles Angels


Two straight walkoff wins for Giants

Justin Maxwell's walkoff single on Thursday wasn't as exciting as his previous game-ending hits, both of which were grand slams-one against the Mets' Francisco Rodriguez in 2009 and another off the Rangers' Joakim Soria in 2013. But it did give the Giants a sweep of the Dodgers, the last two of which have been in walkoff style. San Francisco has had walkoff wins over Los Angeles on consecutive days three previous times, in May 2013, August 2008 and June 1980 (the second of which came on Willie McCovey's next-to-last hit in the major leagues).


Donaldson loves Rogers Centre

Josh Donaldson concluded his first homestand with Toronto with two hits, including a home run, giving him 17 hits, four home runs and 10 RBIs in 10 home games for the Blue Jays. Over the last 20 seasons, the only other players with that many hits, homers and RBIs in their first 10 home games for a team are Yasiel Puig at Dodger Stadium in 2013 and Glenallen Hill at Yankee Stadium in 2000.


Surprise, it's Rivera

Rene Rivera, who had been 6-for-51 at the plate this season, a .118 batting average, delivered the walkoff single in the Rays' win over the Red Sox on Thursday. Since 2000, only two other players have rapped a walkoff hit after entering the plate appearance with at least 50 at-bats and a batting average under .120-Adam LaRoche (6-for-65, .092) for Pittsburgh in 2007 and Jeff Mathis (7-for-61, .115) for Miami in 2013.


Wacha off to a hot start

Michael Wacha has made three starts this season, including the Cardinals' win over the Nationals on Thursday, and he's won each of them while allowing no more than one run in any game. Over the last 30 years, the only other pitchers age 23 or younger to do that in their first three starts of a season are Dontrelle Willis (2004) and Francisco Liriano (2006).

Tough day for hitters in Detroit

Pitchers had the advantage on a frigid day in Detroit, with the three runs in the Yankees' 2-1 win coming on a sacrifice fly, a balk and an infield ground out. Each team collected only three hits; there's been only one other Yankees game over the last 10 seasons in which neither team had more than three hits (against Kansas City last September) and Detroit hadn't played such a game since the next-to-last day of the 2010 season (at Baltimore).

Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees


Coors-ey Dickerson

Corey Dickerson was again the hero for the Rockies, with a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning on Thursday, after he hit two longballs on Wednesday. Dickerson is hitting .413 in his last 20 home starts, dating back to last August, with eight homers, 20 runs scored and 20 RBIs.


Segura a hero for Brewers

Jean Segura's seventh-inning single gave the Brewers a lead they would not relinquish in their victory over the Reds on Thursday. It's only the third time that Segura has had a go-ahead RBI in the seventh inning or later in the major leagues. The others both came against the Cubs, one in 2012 and the other in 2013.


Lightning leaves Red Wings thunderstruck

The Lightning rallied from a 2-0 deficit with less than six minutes remaining in the third period to win in overtime, 3-2, at Joe Louis Arena in Game 4 of their series against the Red Wings. It's only the fourth time that the Red Wings have ever lost a home playoff game in which they led by two goals or more in the third period. (Their record in such postseason games before Thursday's loss was 137-3.) The other visiting teams to win a postseason game in Detroit in that manner were the Rangers in 1950 (Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final), the Canadiens in 1958 (Game 4 of Semi-Final) and the Sharks in 2010 (Game 3 of a second-round series). Tampa Bay had never previously won a playoff game in which it trailed by two goals in the third period.

Tyler Johnson scored two goals, including the overtime winner, and assisted on one in the Lightning's win. Only four other active players scored an overtime goal in a playoff game in which they tallied at least three points while scoring or assisting every one of their team's goal in that game: Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul in 2006 (he scored all four goals in a 4-3 OT win at Colorado), Vancouver's Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows in 2011, and the Kings' Marian Gaborik in 2014.

Tampa Bay Lightning


Forsberg helps Predators stay in the hunt

Filip Forsberg recorded the first hat trick of his NHL career as the Nashville Predators stayed alive in their first-round series against the Blackhawks with a 5-2 win in Game 5. Forsberg is only the fourth rookie in the last 70 years to score three goals in a playoff game in which his team faced elimination. The other rookies to do that over that span were Rosaire Paiement for the Flyers in 1968 (Game 5 vs. St. Louis), Tommy Williams for the Kings in 1974 (Game 4 vs. Chicago) and Pavel Bure for the Canucks in 1992 (Game 6 at Winnipeg).


Kuznetsov nets two, sets up another

Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded the first three points of his NHL playoff career when he tallied two goals and one assist in the Capitals' 5-1 win in Game 5 of their series against the Islanders. Kuznetsov tied the Capitals record for most points by a rookie in a playoff game, a mark set by defenseman Sergei Gonchar in 1995 (two goals and one assist at Pittsburgh in his NHL postseason debut) and equaled by Richard Zednik in 1998 (two goals and one assist at Buffalo).