Date: December 5, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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James

CAVS CRUSHED AGAIN

From Elias: The Cavaliers, coming off a 118-90 loss to the Heat, were trounced by the Timberwolves, 129-95. It's only the second time in Cavs history that they lost each of back-to-back games by 25 or more points. The other instance was in March 2003, three months before Cleveland drafted LeBron James, when the team suffered 26-point losses to the Hornets and Grizzlies on consecutive nights.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Memphis Grizzlies

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Rose

ROSE RULES ROCKETS

From Elias: Derrick Rose had 30 points, 11 assists and five steals in Chicago's overtime win against Houston. Since 1973, when the NBA first began recording steals for individuals, the only other Bulls players with a 30/10/5 (points/assists/steals) game were Michael Jordan (four times in the regular season and four times in the playoffs) and Scottie Pippen (twice in the regular season).

Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets

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Bosh

BOSH AND WADE HAMMER HAWKS

From Elias: Chris Bosh (27 points and 10 rebounds) and Dwyane Wade (26 points and 10 rebounds) led Miami to an 89-77 victory against Atlanta. It was the first time in the Heat's 23-season history that two teammates each scored 25 or more points and pulled down at least 10 rebounds in the same game.

Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks

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Bogut

BOGUT AND JENNINGS COMBINE FOR 58 POINTS

From Elias: Andrew Bogut scored 31 points and Brandon Jennings chipped in with 27 in Milwaukee's 96-85 victory against Orlando. That ties the fewest points scored by the Bucks in a win in which two of their players scored more than 25 points. The other victories of that type for Milwaukee happened in January 1975 versus Chicago (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bobby Dandridge each exceeded 25 points), December 1983 at Cleveland (Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson) and December 2001 at Philadelphia (Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell).

Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers

MLB

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Berkman

BERKMAN SIGNS WITH CARDINALS

From Elias: Lance Berkman signed with the Cardinals on Saturday. In his 12 seasons in the majors (1999-2010), Berkman has hit more home runs against St. Louis (39) than any other player. Adam Dunn is second with 30. Berkman has slugged 18 home runs in 74 career games in St. Louis (at both the old and new Busch Stadiums).

St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox

NHL

SABRES AND SENATORS PLAY FIRST GOALLESS GAME OF SEASON

From Elias: The Sabres beat the Senators in a shootout at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place, after the teams played the first goalless game in the NHL this season. Buffalo's victory followed the pattern from last season, when all six NHL games tied 0-0 through 65 minutes saw the road team win the shootout.

Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators

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Kessel

LEAFS RALLY FROM LATE DEFICIT

From Elias: The Maple Leafs were less than 60 seconds away from a home-ice loss to the Bruins but Phil Kessel tied the score at 2-2 with a power play goal at the 19:18 mark of the third period and Toronto went on to win in a shootout. It was the Leafs' first victory in a game in which they trailed in the final minute of the third period since March 15, 2004, when they won in overtime at Buffalo. Between that game in 2004 and Saturday's win over the Bruins, the Maple Leafs recorded seven last-minute score-tying goals only to see their opponent win each of those games in overtime or a shootout.

Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres

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Stamkos

STAMKOS SHUT OUT IN LIGHTNING'S SIX-GOAL SPLURGE

From Elias: The most remarkable thing about Tampa Bay's 6-5 win against Colorado was that Steven Stamkos, who entered play on Saturday as the second-leading scorer in the NHL, did not record a goal or an assist despite playing more than 21 minutes. The Bolts' six goals were the most they've scored in any game in which Stamkos played but failed to register a point during his three seasons in the NHL. Before Saturday, the Lightning had not scored more than three goals in any of the last 22 games in which Stamkos was held off the scoresheet.

Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche

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Martin

PENGUINS SCORE THREE UNASSISTED GOALS

From Elias: Three of the Penguins' seven goals in their win at Columbus were unassisted and all three solo tallies were by defensemen: two by Paul Martin and one by Deryk Engelland. Martin was the first Pittsburgh player to record two unassisted goals in one game since Mario Lemieux did so at Quebec on March 27, 1988. Before Martin, the last NHL defenseman to score two unassisted goals in a game was San Jose's Doug Bodger on Nov. 20, 1997 at Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks

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Robidas

ROBIDAS SCORES POWER-PLAY GOAL IN OT

From Elias: Defenseman Stephane Robidas scored a power play goal in overtime to earn Dallas a 4-3 win against Minnesota. It was the first overtime PPG by a Stars player since Dec. 10, 2007, when Brenden Morrow scored an extra-time power play goal versus Edmonton.

Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers

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Briere

BRIERE SCORES GAME-WINNING GOAL

From Elias: Danny Briere's third-period goal proved to be the game-winner for the Flyers in their 5-3 victory against the Devils. It was Briere's 50th goal over the last three seasons but only his second game-winning goal in regular-season play since 2008-09. Briere did score four game-winners for the Flyers in the 2010 playoffs.

Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils

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Weber

WEBER IS HUGE PLUS FOR CANADIENS

From Elias: Rookie defenseman Yannick Weber finished with a plus-3 rating in the Canadiens' 3-1 win over the Sharks on Saturday afternoon. Weber matched the highest plus/minus rating by a rookie defenseman in an NHL game this season, a standard set by Weber's teammate, P.K. Subban (Oct. 16 vs. Ottawa), and matched by Phoenix's Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Oct. 23 vs. Carolina), New Jersey's Matt Taormina (Nov. 3 at Chicago) and Colorado's Kevin Shattenkirk (Nov. 19 vs. Rangers).

Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils

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PAVELEC

PAVELEC STOPS 45 SHOTS

From Elias: Atlanta's Ondrej Pavelec stopped 45 of the Capitals' 46 shots on goal in his 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. He's the third NHL goaltender to make at least 45 saves in a win this season. The other goaltenders to do that share a surname: Pavelec's teammate Chris Mason (Nov. 3 at Florida, 52 saves) and the Blue Jackets' Steve Mason (Nov. 19 at Anaheim, 47 saves).

Atlanta Thrashers, Washington Capitals, Columbus Blue Jackets

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Erat

THREE ASSISTS FOR ERAT

From Elias: Martin Erat has assisted on five goals in the Predators' last two games: two at Columbus on Wednesday and three in Nashville's 5-2 win over Carolina on Saturday. The five assists match Erat's highest total over any two-game span in his NHL career (March 26-28, 2009). It's also one more assist than Erat recorded in his previous 24 games combined (March 23-Nov. 30, 2010).

Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets


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