Date: December 8, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Smith

NO JOE, NO PROBLEM, WHEN JOSH PLAYS LIKE PETTIT

From Elias: The Hawks continued to thrive without the injured Joe Johnson, as Josh Smith tossed in 34 points, making 14 of 16 shots from the field, in Atlanta's 116-101 win over New Jersey.

Now here's why you come to Elias Says: Smith became the first Hawks player with a game of that many points (34) and that high a field-goal percentage (87.5 percent) in more than 55 years - since Hall-of-Famer Bob Pettit scored 34 points while making 12 of 13 shots (92.3 percent) on March 14, 1955. Pettit's performance came in a 99-84 win over the Philadelphia Warriors, in a neutral-site game played in Albany, New York; what made the game especially noteworthy is that it was the final game played by the Hawks while representing Milwaukee. Less than two months later, it was announced that the team would move from Milwaukee to St. Louis for the 1955-56 season; it then moved to Atlanta in 1968.

Atlanta Hawks, New Jersey Nets

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Jackson

JACKSON BRINGS HIS 5-THREES-IN-A-HALF TRICK TO CHARLOTTE

From Elias: Stephen Jackson made five three-point field goals, all in the second half and three in the fourth quarter, to lead the Bobcats to a 100-98 victory over the Nuggets. Jackson matched his career high for three-point field goals in one half, previously done four times for three different teams (San Antonio in 2002, Indiana in 2005 and 2006, and Golden State in 2007).

Charlotte Bobcats, Denver Nuggets

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Young

THADDEUS YOUNG, MEET DARRYL DAWKINS

From Elias: Thaddeus Young scored 26 points and collected 11 rebounds off the bench, making 11 of 12 shots from the floor, in the 76ers' 117-97 victory over the Cavaliers. He became the first NBA player in nearly 10 years to help his team to victory by coming off the bench for a 20/10 (points/rebounds) performance while making at least 90 percent of his field-goal attempts; the last substitute to do that was Carlos Rogers with the Rockets in a 100-95 win at Cleveland on Jan. 2, 2001. And the last 76ers player to have a game like that off the bench was ol' Chocolate Thunder himself: Darryl Dawkins did that in a 128-125 win at Seattle in 1978.

Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers

CAVS LOSE 5TH IN A ROW

From Elias: The Cavaliers' loss to the 76ers was their fifth in a row, each by a double-digit margin, and the last three of them to teams that came into those games with a winning percentage of .300 or lower. The last time that Cleveland lost five straight games, each by 10-or-more points, was in November of 2002 (yes, pre-LeBron). And the last time that any NBA team lost three consecutive games to teams with winning percentages of .300 or lower (having played at least 10 games that season) was in 2000, when the Hawks lost to the Clippers (11-45), Warriors (15-40) and Wizards (16-40).

Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers

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Nowitzki

DIRK's LINE: 25 POINTS, 10 FOR 18...

From Elias: Check out Dirk Nowitzki's boxscore line in the Mavericks' 105-100 victory over the Warriors. We'll wait while you click back to us... OK, you saw the 25 points? Nothing unusual there for a guy with a 23-point career average. Ten field goals in 18 attempts? That's a 55.6-percent rate, right on to his career-high 55.3-percent rate over the season's first 21 games.

But what about four blocked shots... and a total of two rebounds! It was only the third game of Dirk's 13-year NBA career in which he had more blocks than rebounds - the others coming in 1999 (a game of two blocks, no rebounds) and in 2004 (a game of two blocks, one rebound).

Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors

BLAZERS WIN IT FROM FOUL LINE

From Elias: The Trail Blazers made 32 of 33 free-throw attempts to carry them to a 106-99 victory over the Suns. That 97-percent rate was the third highest in Blazers' history in a game in which they took at least 30 foul shots; they went 30-for-30 in a game in 1986 and 37-for-38 in a game the following year.

Portland sealed the win with a 17-for-17 showing from the line in the fourth quarter, the most free throws without a miss by one NBA team in one quarter in more than a year, since Dallas went 18-for-18 in a game vs. Utah on Nov. 3, 2009.

Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns

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Bryant

THREE TIMES 20 BRINGS VICTORY

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 32 points, Lamar Odom 24 and Pau Gasol 21 in the Lakers' 115-108 win over the visiting Wizards. It was only the seventh time since Gasol joined the team in 2008 that each of the Lakers' Big Three has contributed 20 points in the same game; the Lakers are 6-1 in such games, with the only loss coming on November 14 to the Suns.

Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers

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Lowry

DID LOWRY's GAME TRIGGER T-MAC's MEMORY?

From Elias: Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and was credited with 12 assists in the Rockets' 97-83 win over the Pistons - the second time in his last three games that Lowry had reached each of those levels; he finished with 28 points and 12 assists in a victory over Memphis on Friday. Other than those two games, Rockets players had games of 22 points and 12 assists only twice over the last 10 years - and each was turned in by Tracy McGrady, in 2005 and 2007. (On Tuesday night, McGrady played his first game in Houston since being traded by the Rockets last season.)

Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets

NHL

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Recchi

RECCHI BREAKS HIS OWN RECORD

From Elias: Mark Recchi topped his own mark as the oldest overtime goal scorer in NHL history when he deflected in a shot by Dennis Seidenberg to give the Bruins an extra-time win against the Sabres. The 42-year-old Recchi broke the record that he had set at age 41 with an overtime goal for the Bruins against the Canadiens on April 9, 2009.

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres

ROAD SHOOTOUTS? WATER OFF DUCKS' BACK

From Elias: The Ducks downed the Oilers, 3-2, in a shootout in Edmonton. Winning shootouts on the road is nothing new for Anaheim: over the last two-plus seasons, it has won 69 percent of its road shootouts (11-5), but only 22 percent of shootouts on home ice (2-7). Since the start of the 2008-09 season, no other NHL team has done so much better in road shootouts than in home shootouts.

Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers

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Weiss

WEISS GETS 2, INCLUDING OT WINNER

From Elias: Stephen Weiss' second goal of the game earned the Panthers a 4-3 win over the Avalanche. Weiss has scored five overtime goals in his career with Florida, second-most of any player in Panthers history but only half as many as club record-holder Olli Jokinen's total (10).

Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche

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Price

PRICE CONTINUES TO ROLL BACK SHOTS

From Elias: Montreal's Carey Price, the NHL leader in wins this season, recorded his 17th victory by beating Ottawa, 4-1. Price has allowed a total of five goals in his last seven wins, giving up no more than one goal in any of those games.

Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators


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