Date: January 28, 2015

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Irving and James crown the Pistons

From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 38 points and handed out six assists while LeBron James scored 32 points and handed out seven assists as the Cavaliers beat the Pistons. It was the second time this season that a pair of teammates each scored at least 30 points and handed out six-or-more assists in the same game. The other occurrence was also done by Irving and James (Nov. 10 versus the Pelicans). Prior to this season, the Cavaliers never had a game in which two players had at least 30 points and six assists in the same game.

Cleveland Cavaliers


Derrick's game smells like a rose

From Elias: Derrick Rose committed 11 turnovers and handed out only one assist for the Bulls in their overtime win on Tuesday night. Rose is the fifth player since 1977-78 - the first season that the NBA starting keeping track of turnovers - to have 11-or-more turnovers in a game in which he had no more than one assist. The four other players to do this are Jamaal Wilkes (1978), Ralph Sampson (1984), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (2002) and Dwight Howard (2007). Amazingly, four of the five players to have a game like this were on the winning team.

Chicago Bulls


DeRozan as another solid game

From Elias: DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Raptors' win over the Pacers. This comes two days after DeRozan scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in Toronto's win over the Pistons. It's only the second time in his NBA career that DeRozan had back-to-back games with at least 24 points and six rebounds. He also did it in November 2013.

Toronto Raptors


Wall swishes and dishes

From Elias: John Wall scored 21 points and handed out 13 assists in the Wizards' win over the Lakers. It's the fifth time this season that Wall scored at least 20 points and had at least a dozen assists in a game. The only other NBA player with five-or-more 20/12 games this season is Ty Lawson, who has six.

Washington Wizards


Zach versus Dirk

From Elias: Zach Randolph outscored Dirk Nowitzki 22-11 in the Grizzlies' win over the Mavericks. It was the 33rd time that these two power forwards started against each other in an NBA game. Randolph has outscored Nowitzki, 710 to 701, and outrebounded him, 363-240, in those 33 games. Nowitzki's team has won 23 of the 33 games.

Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies

The Bucks are one of the most improved

From Elias: The Bucks improved their record to 23-22 (.511) with a win over the Heat on Tuesday night. Milwaukee's .511 winning percentage this season is 328 points higher than its .183 winning percentage last season (15-67). That's the second-largest increase in winning percentage from last season to this season for any NBA team, behind the Hawks (+.359).

Milwaukee Bucks



Letang records five assists

From Elias: Kris Letang set his career high for assists in one game by helping to set up every goal the Penguins scored in their 5-3 victory over the Jets. Letang's five assists are the second-most ever in one game by a Penguins defenseman - Ron Stackhouse had six in a game in March 1975 - and the most in one game by a defenseman on any NHL team since Dec. 13, 2007, when Dion Phaneuf tallied five assists for the Calgary Flames against Tampa Bay.

Letang's first assist in Tuesday's game was the 200th of his NHL career, one spent entirely with Pittsburgh. He's the sixth defenseman to record 200 or more assists for the Penguins, following Paul Coffey (332), Ron Stackhouse (277), Randy Carlyle (257), Larry Murphy (223) and Sergei Gonchar (205).

Pittsburgh Penguins


Halak halts Rangers

From Elias: Jaroslav Halak made 40 saves as he led the Islanders to a 4-1 win over the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum. The only shot he failed to stop in Tuesday's game was the one by Carl Hagelin which spoiled Halak's shutout bid with 8.1 seconds remaining to play in the third period. Halak won only one of his three games at Nassau Coliseum in October, but he's 14-1-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average in 15 games on home ice since then.

New York Islanders


Simmonds has the power

From Elias: Wayne Simmonds was the only player to score in the shootout which earned the Flyers a 4-3 win over the Coyotes. Earlier in the evening, Simmonds tallied his team-high 10th power play goal of the season. It's the third time that Simmonds has reached double-figures in power play goals in his four seasons with Philadelphia, having scored 11 man-advantage goals in 2011-12 and 15 last season. He's the first Flyers player to score at least 10 power play goals in each of two consecutive seasons since Jeff Carter did so in 2008-09 (13) and 2009-10 (11).

Philadelphia Flyers


Staal not afraid of Lightning

From Elias: Eric Staal scored one goal and assisted on another in the Hurricanes' 4-2 win over the Lightning. Staal's goal, which gave Carolina a 1-0 lead 22 seconds after the opening faceoff, was his 32nd in 64 career games against Tampa Bay. That's Staal's highest goal total versus any team in his NHL career and the third-highest goal total against the Lightning among active players, behind Alex Ovechkin (37) and Jaromir Jagr (33).

Carolina Hurricanes


Price stops 40 shots

From Elias: Carey Price stopped 40 of the Stars' 42 shots on goal in leading the Canadiens to a 3-2 win against Dallas on Tuesday. Price has posted a 7-1-2 record over the last 10 games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal (dating back to 2013), after winning only eight of 25 career games in which he faced 40-plus shots before then.

Montreal Canadiens


Ex-Panther cages old team

From Elias: Stephen Weiss, who played the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with Florida, recorded one goal and two assists for the Red Wings in their 5-4 win over the Panthers in Sunrise. Weiss is the first former Panthers to register three points in one game against them since Wojtek Wolski did so in Washington on March 7, 2013, and he's the first ex-Panther to notch three points in a game against them in South Florida since the Capitals' Viktor Kozlov on March 29, 2008.

Detroit Red Wings


Johnny hockey

From Elias: Johnny Gaudreau scored a pair of goals in the Flames' 4-1 win against the Sabres. It was the third multiple-goal game of the season for Gaudreau, which ties him with Ottawa's Mike Hoffman for the league lead among rookies. Gaudreau's three multi-goal games are the most in one season by a Flames rookie since Matthew Lombardi had three in 2003-04.

Calgary Flames


Another season with 30+ assists for Ribeiro

From Elias: Mike Ribeiro tallied his 30th, 31st and 32nd assists of the season in the Predators' win against the Avalanche, with his final assist coming on Craig Smith's overtime goal. Ribeiro has recorded at least 30 assists in each of the last 11 NHL seasons (2003-04 to date), and he's done so for a different team in each of the last four seasons (Dallas, Washington, Phoenix and Nashville). For the time being Ribeiro is the only active player with a current streak of 11 or more consecutive 30-assist seasons, though Joe Thornton (14 in a row through 2013-14), Henrik Sedin (11 straight entering this season) and Martin St. Louis (11 and counting) will all likely extend their own personal streaks very soon.

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