Date: December 22, 2010

Elias Says...

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

NBA

BULLS OUTSHOOT SIXERS BY RECORD MARGIN

From Elias: The Bulls shot 49-for-76 (64.5%) from the field while the 76ers were just 28-for-80 (35.0%) in Chicago's 121-76 win. That +29.5% margin is the greatest shooting-percentage advantage the Bulls have ever had in a game. Surprisingly, the old record wasn't set in the Jordan era but in a win over the Knicks nine months ago (+25.9% on February 16).

Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls

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Howard

20/20 USED TO MEAN WIN, NOT ANY MORE

From Elias: Dwight Howard's 26 points and 23 rebounds weren't enough for the Magic to avoid a 105-99 home loss to the Mavericks. NBA players scoring 20 points and pulling down 20 rebounds in a game have now lost 17 of 21 games over the last nine months. But before that, the teams of the 21 previous 20/20 point/rebound performers had gone 19-2.

Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks

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Arenas

ARENAS STAYS COLD IN ORLANDO

From Elias: Gilbert Arenas followed his losing 2-for-11 Magic debut on Monday by shooting 1-for-6 from the floor in Tuesday night's loss to Dallas. Arenas is the first NBA player to shoot under 20% in each of his first two games with a team (minimum 5 FGA in each game) while losing both since Jacque Vaughn went 0-for-8 and 0-for-5 in his first two games for the Hawks in 2001.

Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks

BUCKS SHOCK JACKSON, LAKERS

From Elias: The 10-16 Bucks beat the 21-7 Lakers, 98-79 in Los Angeles. The Lakers had won their last 18 home games against opponents more than five games under .500. That had been the longest active streak in the NBA. The Hawks and Thunder, who have each won their last 13 such home games, now share the longest current streak.

It was Phil Jackson's second-biggest home loss as a head coach to an opponent at least six games under .500. On January 7, 2001, Jackson's Lakers lost by 23, 118-95, to the 11-23 Clippers at STAPLES Center.

Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers

HUMPHRIES DOES MAKES THE MOST OF LIMITED TIME

From Elias: Kris Humphries scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in less than 29 minutes of play in the Nets' 101-94 win at Memphis. The last New Jersey player to compile 10 points and 15 rebounds while playing fewer than 30 minutes was Xavier McDaniel, who had exactly 10 and 15 in 23 minutes in a win over the 76ers on March 26, 1997.

New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies

KINGS BLOW BIG LATE LEAD

From Elias: The Warriors rallied from a 14-point deficit at the end of the third quarter to win in overtime at Sacramento, 117-109. That matched the biggest end-of-third-period lead that the Kings have blown in a loss since the team moved to California in 1985. The Rockets in 1987 and the Cavaliers in 2009 both came back from 14 down after three to win. All three such losses for Sacramento have come at ARCO Arena.

Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors

OKC WINS BIG AFTER TRAILING THROUGH THREE

From Elias: The Thunder trailed 69-68 at the end of the third quarter in Charlotte Tuesday night. But Oklahoma City outscored the Bobcats 31-12 in the final period and coasted to a 99-81 win. That was the second-biggest margin of victory the franchise has ever posted in a game it trailed entering the fourth quarter. On April 12, 1986, the SuperSonics trailed the Warriors 83-81 through three quarters, but crushed Golden State 40-18 in the fourth to win by 20.

Charlotte Bobcats, Oklahoma City Thunder

NHL

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Gordon

GORDON HOPES TO AVOID BRODEUR CURSE

From Elias: Andrew Gordon's first NHL goal opened the scoring in the Capitals' win over Martin Brodeur and the Devils. We hope Gordon has some other line of employment in mind, because if history is any guide he's probably not going to be setting the NHL on fire now that he's run afoul of the "Martin Brodeur Curse." Of the more than 40 players who scored their first regular-season goal against Brodeur, only Evgeni Malkin (156) has gone on to score more than 75 career goals in the NHL.

Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils

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Scuderi

SCUDERI ENDS DROUGHT

From Elias: Rob Scuderi ended the longest current regular-season goal drought among active NHL skaters (184 games) when he gave the Kings a 1-0 lead in their 5-0 win at Colorado. Before Tuesday's game, Scuderi had not scored a goal in regular-season play since Oct. 4, 2008, when he played for the Penguins and scored in their opener at Ottawa. Scuderi did score one goal for Pittsburgh in the 2009 playoffs.

Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings

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Ennis

ENNIS LOVES INTERDIVISION GAMES

From Elias: Tyler Ennis scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Sabres' 5-2 victory over the Ducks on Tuesday night. Ennis has scored 12 goals in his two seasons in the NHL, with all of his goals coming in the 28 games he's played against teams from outside Buffalo's own division. Ennis is goalless in 16 games versus the Sabres' Northeast Division rivals (Boston, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto).

Buffalo Sabres, Anaheim Ducks

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Boll

BOLL FIGHTS, SCORES FOR JACKETS

From Elias: Jared Boll set the tone for the Blue Jackets in their game against the Flames by fighting Calgary's Tim Jackman early in the first period and he later scored the goal that proved to be the game-winner for Columbus. Boll has racked up a league-high 81 fighting majors but only 16 goals since he entered the NHL in the 2007-08. Tuesday marked only the fourth time that Boll had both a fight and a goal in the same game.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Calgary Flames

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Lehtonen

LEHTONEN CONTINUES HOME HOT STREAK

From Elias: Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves in his 5-2 win against the Canadiens in Dallas. Lehtonen lost three straight home games in October but he's 7-0-2 with a 2.61 goals-against average in nine games at American Airlines Center since then.

Montreal Canadiens, Dallas Stars


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