Date: January 25, 2011

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Thomas

NO DOUBTING THOMAS

From Elias: Kurt Thomas scored 22 points on Monday, which was his first 20-point game in nearly six years, since he had 21 for the Knicks on Feb. 24, 2005. Thomas's span of five years, 334 days was the longest between 20-point games for any NBA player since Anthony Carter went seven years, 358 days between 20-point games (the first in 2000, for Miami; the second in 2008 for Denver).

At 38 years old Thomas became the oldest Bulls player to have a 20-point game, besting the mark set by 36-year old Antonio Davis in 2005.

Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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Martin

ROCKETS BLAST OFF IN FIRST QUARTER

From Elias: In the first quarter of Houston's win over Minnesota on Monday a trio of Rockets combined for 37 points: Kevin Martin had 16, Shane Battier had 13 and Luis Scola had eight. That's the most combined points by any three teammates in the first quarter of any NBA game this season.

Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Love

LOVE EXTENDS STREAK TO 30 GAMES

From Elias: Kevin Love had 17 rebounds on Monday, extending his streak of games with 10 or more rebounds to 30 games. Over the last 10 seasons the only other player to reach double-digits in rebounds in 30 successive games was Kevin Garnett, who ended the 2005-06 season with 33 straight games with 10 or more rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics

HORNETS EXTEND WINNING STREAK TO NINE GAMES

From Elias: The Hornets recovered from a 15-point deficit to beat the Thunder on Monday, 91-89 (the third time during the Hornets' nine-game winning streak that they have overcome a deficit that large). They won after trailing the Rockets by 16 points and after trailing the Grizzlies by 15 points.

The Hornets filled an inside straight with their two-point win tonight: during their winning streak, they have also won games by margins of one, three, four and five points. The Hornets are the sixth team in NBA history to have a single-season winning streak that included wins by one, two, three, four and five points. The other New Orleans wins during the streak have come by margins of seven, nine, 24 and 41 points.

New Orleans Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies

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Durant

DURANT GOES 0 FOR THE 4TH

From Elias: Kevin Durant missed all five of his fourth-quarter shots in the Thunder's loss to the Hornets on Monday. That tied Durant's largest "0-for" in any period of any game this season. He was also 0-for-5 from the floor in the Thunder's win in Utah on November 15.

Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets

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Gay Jr.

BEST SECOND OF GAY'S LIFE?

From Elias: Not only did Rudy Gay hit the game-winning basket with less than one second to play, he then blocked a potential game-winning shot at the other end of the court. The last player to hit a game-winning field goal (one that put his team ahead to stay) in the last 10 seconds of a game and then block a potential game-tying or game-winning field goal was Amar'e Stoudemire for Phoenix against Sacramento on Nov. 14, 2008. Stoudemire broke a tie with 4.3 seconds left in overtime and then blocked two shots in the dying seconds.

Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings

RAPTORS CAN'T ALWAYS GO DOWNTOWN

From Elias: The Raptors missed all 13 of their three-point field-goal attempts on Monday, tying the second-largest "0-for" by any NBA team this season. Portland went 0 for 14 on November 1 against Chicago and Charlotte went 0-for-13 last Tuesday, also against Chicago.

Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls

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McGrady

MCGRADY'S BEST OPENING PERIOD IN YEARS

From Elias: Tracy McGrady scored 14 first-quarter points on Monday, en route to 20 overall. That was McGrady's most points in the first quarter of any game in nearly three years, since he had 14 for Houston against Miami on Feb. 21, 2008.

Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets

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Daye

AUSTIN "THE MICROWAVE" DAYE

From Elias: Austin Daye made all four of his three-point field goal attempts as a substitute for the Pistons on Monday night. Only three other Pistons players have gone 4 for 4 or better on three-pointers as a substitute: Terry Mills (twice), Allan Houston and Charlie Villanueva.

Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic

76ERS SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT

From Elias: The 76ers shot just over 54 percent from the floor and made all 14 of their free-throw attempts in their 105-95 win over the Suns. It was the seventh game, since the franchise moved from Syracuse to Philadelphia in 1963, in which the Sixers have made all of their foul shots, but in none of the other six games did they connect on such a high percentage of their field-goal attempts.

Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns

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Turner

TURNER MAKES IMPACT OFF BENCH

From Elias: Evan Turner had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists off the bench for the 76ers on Monday, making him the first 76ers rookie to reach each of those three levels off the bench in one game since Jan. 8, 1997 when Allen Iverson did it against vs. Dallas (22 Pts, 8 Reb, and 6 Ast).

Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks

KINGS WIN BIG IN PORTLAND

From Elias: The Kings defeated the Trail Blazers by 15 points in Portland on Monday, 96-81. That was Sacramento's largest road win over a conference opponent in nearly four years, since a 114-93 win in Seattle on Feb. 10, 2007.

Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers

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Felton

FELTON HANDS OUT 15 ASSISTS

From Elias: Raymond Felton had his second game of the season with 15 or more assists on Monday against Washington; Felton had 17 assists against Denver on December 12. He's the first Knicks player to have two 15-assist games in one season since Stephon Marbury had three such games in the 2004-05 season.

New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Gaborik

ANOTHER RANGERS COMEBACK WIN

From Elias: The Rangers beat the Capitals, 2-1, in a shootout after tying the game on a goal by Marian Gaborik with 6:41 remaining in the third period. It was the Rangers' league-high eighth win in games in which they trailed during the third period this season. Five of those eight victories have come via shootouts (two in regulation time, one in overtime).

New York Rangers, Washington Capitals

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Yip

HE GIVES ST. LOUIS THE YIPS

From Elias: Colorado's Brandon Yip scored a pair of second period goals to help Colorado beat St. Louis, 4-3, on Monday. The two goals scored by Yip matched his total from his previous 25 games combined.

Yip has 20 career goals and five of them have come against the Blues. The only other active player with at least 20 career goals who has scored at least one quarter of those goals against one team is Washington's David Steckel, who has scored 6 of his 22 goals (27 percent) against Tampa Bay.

Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning

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Iginla

IGINLA BACK ON TRACK

From Elias: Jarome Iginla limped through the first six weeks of the season, scoring only two goals in his first 15 games. But his 19 goals since then, including Monday's game-winner against the Predators, are tied for the fourth-most in the league behind Steven Stamkos (23), Sidney Crosby (21), and Ryan Kesler (20); Corey Perry also has 19 goals since November 13th.

Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks

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Sutter

SUTTER'S FIRST 2-GOAL GAME ON THIS CONTINENT

From Elias: Brandon Sutter scored a pair of goals, both in the third period, to help the Hurricanes defeat the Maple Leafs, 6-4, in Raleigh. It was Sutter's second two-goal game in his three seasons in the NHL but it was his first multiple-goal game in North America. His first two-goal game was Carolina's 2010-11 season opener against the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland.

Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota Wild


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