Date: January 2, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Love

KEVIN LOVES THE DOUBLE/DOUBLE

From Elias: Kevin Love, who had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the Timberwolves' win over the Nets Saturday night, has registered double-doubles in 20 straight games, matching Blake Griffin for the longest such streak in the NBA this season. The last time two different NBA players each had 20-game streaks of double-digit points and rebounds in the same season was in 1977-78, when Chicago's Artis Gilmore had a 20 game streak (November to December) followed by a 22 game streak by Buffalo's Swen Nater (March to April).

Minnesota Timberwolves

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James

JAMES AND WADE SWISH AND DISH

From Elias: LeBron James scored 25 points and handed out 10 assists while Dwyane Wade scored 25 points and dished out eight assists in Miami's win over Golden State. It's the first time in team history that two Heat players scored at least 25 points and had at least eight assists in the same game.

Miami Heat

SPURS BEATING TOP TEAMS

From Elias: San Antonio's last three wins came against the Lakers, Mavericks and Thunder. All three entered the game with a winning percentage over .650. It's the third time in team history that the Spurs won three straight games all against opponents with a winning percentage of .650 or better. The two other instances happened late in the 1998-99 season.

San Antonio Spurs

BIG THIRD QUARTER PROPELS BULLS

From Elias: The Bulls outscored the Cavaliers by 23 points in the third quarter Saturday night (32-9). It was the second time this season that the Bulls outscored their opponent by at least 23 points in a quarter; they also did it in the fourth quarter against Detroit on October 30 (34-9). Only one other team has had at least two such quarters this season: San Antonio also did it twice, once against Chicago and once against Philadelphia.

Chicago Bulls

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Ariza

ARIZA'S LUCKY 13 IN THE THIRD QUARTER

From Elias: Trevor Ariza scored 13 points in the third quarter in the Hornets' win over the Wizards. It's the most points Ariza has scored in one quarter since he scored 13 in the fourth quarter on March 6, 2009 for the Lakers against the Timberwolves.

New Orleans Hornets

KINGS HAVE A HANGOVER

From Elias: The Kings have lost their last eight games played on New Year's Day. It's the second-longest January 1 losing streak in NBA history. The Warriors lost 11 consecutive New Year's Day games from 1949 to 1965.

Sacramento Kings

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Boykins

BOYKINS COMES OFF THE BENCH TO CARRY BUCKS

From Elias: Earl Boykins came off the bench to score 26 points and hand out six assists in the Bucks' win over the Mavericks. The last Milwaukee player to have that many points and rebounds as a substitute was Boykins himself (26 points, six assists against Denver on Feb. 10, 2007). The last Milwaukee player not named Boykins to do it was Toni Kukoc on April 9, 2003 against the Clippers (26 points, eight assists).

Milwaukee Bucks

NHL

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Crosby

SID AND OVIE SHUTOUT

From Elias: The most notable thing about the Capitals' 3-1 win over the Penguins in the NHL's 2011 Winter Classic wasn't what happened (Eric Fehr's two goals, or the rain that made ice conditions treacherous), but what didn't happen, namely Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin both failing to record a point. Before Saturday's game Crosby and Ovechkin had played against each other 20 times in the regular season and seven times in the playoffs (all in 2009). Crosby did not score points in only two of those games: one in the regular season (Feb. 3, 2007 at Pittsburgh, the Penguins won 2-0) and one in the playoffs (Game 4 of that 2009 series). Ovechkin had been held pointless five times, all in the regular season, including the game in which Crosby did not score.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals

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Stafford

STAFFORD TRICKS BRUINS FOR SECOND TIME

From Elias: Drew Stafford, who scored three goals against the Bruins when they visited Buffalo on December 15, did it again when Boston returned to HSBC Arena to play the Sabres on New Year's Day. Stafford is only the second player in the NHL's expansion era (i.e., since 1967-68) to record two hat tricks against the Bruins in one season. Brett Hull did that for the Blues in 1990-91.

Buffalo Sabres

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Bozak

BOZAK NETS TWO IN FIRST PERIOD

From Elias: Tyler Bozak recorded the first two-goal game in his two seasons in the NHL to help the Maple Leafs post a 5-1 win at Ottawa on Saturday. Bozak scored his goals in a 2:57 span during the first period. Over the last four seasons the only other Toronto player to score two goals in the first period of a road game was Alexei Ponikarovsky, who did it twice (Dec. 4, 2008 at Phoenix and Jan. 19, 2010 in Atlanta).

Toronto Maple Leafs

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Thompson

THOMPSON SCORES LIGHTNING FAST IN OVERTIME

From Elias: Nate Thompson's goal 19 seconds into overtime earned the Lightning a 2-1 win over the Rangers on Saturday. It was the quickest overtime goal by a Tampa Bay player since April, 14, 2002, when Vincent Lecavalier scored against the Panthers after only 17 seconds of OT had been played.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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Brodeur

MARTY CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE

From Elias: Martin Brodeur was pulled from his start against the Hurricanes on Saturday when Carolina took a 3-0 lead exactly eight minutes into the game. It was the shortest start of Brodeur's NHL career by more than five minutes. Brodeur's shortest start before this was on May 3, 1995, in the Devils' season finale at Buffalo, when coach Jacques Lemaire lifted him at the 13:11 mark of the first period, with Marty having given up two goals on five shots. The only previous game in which he allowed three goals so quickly was on Oct. 30, 2000 against Florida, when the Panthers scored three times in the first 6:06. Brodeur was left in that game and he picked up a victory when the Devils rallied to win in overtime.

New Jersey Devils

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Samsonov

SAMSONOV SLAYS THE DEVIL(S)

From Elias: Sergei Samsonov, who scored two goals for the Hurricanes in their win over the Devils on Saturday, has registered 20 goals in 41 career games against New Jersey. It's Samsonov's highest goal total versus any NHL team and it ties him with Simon Gagne for the second-most goals against the Devils among active players, behind Mark Recchi's total of 33.

Carolina Hurricanes

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Setoguchi

DEVIN BLOWS OUT THE CANDLES

From Elias: Devin Setoguchi celebrated his 24th birthday with a goal in the Sharks' 1-0 win over the Kings. The last player to score the only goal in a 1-0 game on his birthday also played for the Sharks: Milan Michalek did it on December 7, 2007 at Phoenix, his 23rd birthday.

San Jose Sharks

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Niemi

NIEMI IS A ROAD WARRIOR

From Elias: Antti Niemi notched the ninth shutout of his three-year NHL career with a 1-0 win against the Kings in Los Angeles. His nine shutouts have all come over the last two seasons and seven of them were in road games. That ties Niemi with Martin Brodeur for the most road shutouts in the NHL since the start of the 2009-10 season.

San Jose Sharks


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