Date: January 21, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE VISITORS

From Elias: The visiting team won nine of the 11 NBA games played on Friday night. The .818 winning percentage ties the highest by visiting teams in a single day with more than 10 games in NBA history. The road team won nine of 11 games played on December 29, 1984 and December 1, 2001.

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Aldridge

ALDRIDGE DOES IT ALL FOR BLAZERS

From Elias: LaMarcus Aldridge registered 33 points, 23 rebounds, five assists and two steals to lead the Trail Blazers to a victory over the Raptors in Toronto on Friday night. Only one other active player has had a game in which he totaled at least 30 points, 20 rebounds, five assists and two steals: Tim Duncan (35 points, 21 rebounds, eight assists and two steals against the Suns on March 4, 2003).

Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors

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Jennings

JENNINGS PLAYS LIKE A SUPERSTAR AT THE GARDEN

From Elias: Brandon Jennings scored 36 points to lead the Bucks to a victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. Jennings has scored at least 35 points in each of the last two games he has played at the Garden. Since 1990, only five other visiting players have registered 35-or-more points in consecutive games at The World's Most Famous Arena during the regular season: Kobe Bryant (three straight from 2006 to 2009), Dirk Nowitzki (2007-2008), Allen Iverson (2005-2006), Michael Jordan (1998) and Bernard King (1991).

Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

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Howard

ANOTHER 20-20 GAME FOR HOWARD

From Elias: Dwight Howard had 21 points and 23 rebounds in the Magic's victory over the Lakers in Orlando on Friday night. Howard has registered 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in five of the 15 games he has played this season. Over the last 40 seasons, only one other player has had at least five 20-point/20-rebound games in his first 15 games of a season: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (seven 20-20 games in 1975-76).

Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers

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Harrington

HARRINGTON SHINES OFF THE BENCH

From Elias: Al Harrington scored 29 points off the bench in Denver's win over the Wizards on Friday night. Harrington has scored at least 25 points as a sub 19 times since January 1, 2009, the third most 25-point games off the bench for any player over that span behind Jamal Crawford (23) and Jason Terry (20).

Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

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Hill

HILL HITS GAME-WINNER FOR PACERS

From Elias: George Hill hit a game-winning shot with just seconds remaining in Indiana's 94-91 win over the Warriors in Golden State on Friday night. It is the first time in 244 regular season games that Hill has made a field-goal to give his team a lead in the last minute of the fourth quarter or overtime.

Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

SIXERS DEFENSE COMES THROUGH AGAIN

From Elias: The 76ers defeated the Hawks by a score of 90-76 on Friday night. It is the fourth time this season that Philadelphia has held its opponent below 80 points in a game. The Sixers had only six such games all last season.

Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks

BULLS HAND CAVS THEIR WORST HOME DEFEAT

From Elias: The Bulls defeated the Cavaliers by a 39-point margin in Cleveland on Friday night. That is the largest margin of defeat the Cavs have suffered in a home game in the team's franchise history. Prior to Friday, Cleveland's worst defeat at home was by a 35-point margin to the Bulls on December 1, 1990 and to the Knicks on March 20, 2001.

Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

SUNS WIN IN BOSTON DESPITE OFFENSIVE STRUGGLES

From Elias: The Suns scored only 79 points but managed to come away with a victory over the Celtics in Boston on Friday night. That is the fewest points the Suns have scored in a winning effort since they tallied only 75 points in a victory over Denver on November 13, 2002.

Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets

NHL

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Ward

WARD CONTINUES HIS FINE PLAY

From Elias: Cam Ward, who recorded his second shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Capitals on Friday, is 4-2-1 with a 1.56 goals against average and .952 save percentage over his last seven starts (January 6 to date), having allowed two-or-fewer goals in each game. That's quite a turnaround for Ward, who allowed three goals or more in 23 of his first 35 starts this season (through January 3: 13-15-6, 3.22 GAA, .897 save percentage).

Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders

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Malkin

FIVE STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A GOAL FOR MALKIN

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin's tying goal with 2:43 remaining in the third period of the Penguins' game against the Canadiens extended his goal-scoring streak to five games. Malkin then won the game for Pittsburgh when he was the only player to score in the shootout that earned Pittsburgh a 5-4 decision over Montreal. Malkin scored goals in each of the first six games of his NHL career (Oct. 18-Nov. 1, 2006) but until Friday he had scored goals in five consecutive games only one other time: Feb. 9-17, 2008.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens

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Eller

AMERICANS HELP LEAD CANADIENS TO WIN

From Elias: The Canadiens got goals from a Dane (Lars Eller), a Belarusian (Andrei Kostitsyn) and two Americans (Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty) in their 5-4 shootout loss at Pittsburgh on Friday night. Cole (18 goals) and Pacioretty (16) are the only U.S.-born teammates to have each scored at least 15 goals this season. It's strange to note that the NHL teams with the most goals this season by U.S.-born players are Toronto (53) and Montreal (43).

Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins

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Purcell

PURCELL POWERS LIGHTNING

From Elias: Ted Purcell scored both goals for the Lightning in its 2-1 win at Dallas on Friday night. It was the first two-goal game of the season for Purcell, who is tied with Ottawa's Colin Greening for second in goals this season among NHL players born in Newfoundland (11), behind the Stars' Michael Ryder (17). Purcell's 17 goals last season ranked him fourth among Newfoundlanders, behind Daniel Cleary (26), Ryane Clowe (24) and Ryder (18).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks

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Kane

KANE ENDS DROUGHT WITH TWO-POINT PERFORMANCE

From Elias: Patrick Kane scored one goal and assisted on another in the Blackhawks' 3-1 win against the Panthers. Kane began December with three straight two-point games but he had not scored more than one point in any of his 19 games since then until Friday night. That equaled the longest multiple-point-game drought of Kane's NHL career. He had a 19-game stretch without a multi-point performance in the 2008-09 season (Dec. 28-Feb. 13).

Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers


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