Date: March 26, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Love

LOVE DOMINATES THE BOARDS AND THE SCORESHEET

From Elias: Kevin Love scored 30 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in the Timberwolves' 117-100 victory over the Nuggets. It was the seventh 30/20 game of Love's four-year NBA career, matching the total posted by all other players in T'wolves history combined. Kevin Garnett had five 30/20 games and Al Jefferson had two.

Not impressed? Try this: In less than four seasons, Love has recorded more 30-point/20-rebound games than either Tim Duncan (6) or David Robinson (5) did in their entire NBA careers. Also more than Karl Malone (5) and Larry Bird (5), and more than Dwight Howard (6). We can agree that Blake Griffin's a pretty good scorer and rebounder, right? But he's still looking for his first 30/20.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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Durant

DURANT SPANKS HEAT AGAIN

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 28 points in the Thunder's 103-87 win over the Heat. It was Durant's lowest, yes lowest, point total in six games against Miami since the start of the 2009 calendar year. That's the most games of 28 or more points against the Heat during that time. The runner-up is ... wait for it ... LeBron James (4), and the only other forwards besides James with even half as many 28-point games versus Miami since Jan. 1, 2009 as Durant are Dirk Nowitzki and ... Chris Bosh.

Oklahoma City Thunder

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Gortat

GORTAT'S FAST START SPARKS SUNS' BIGGEST WIN AT CLEVELAND

From Elias: Marcin Gortat scored the first 10 points of a 12-0 run to open the game, sending the Suns on their way to their largest-ever margin of victory at Cleveland, a 108-83 victory over the Cavaliers. The Suns had three other wins over Cleveland by at least 25 points, all of them at Phoenix. The most recent was 30 years ago (131-97 on Feb. 24, 1982).

As for Gortat's fast start, only one other player in the last 10 years scored the first 10 points of an NBA game: Dwyane Wade, who personally staked Miami to an 11-0 start against the Bucks on February 1, 2010┐a game the Heat lost, by the way.

Phoenix Suns

JAZZ MISS A RECORD NUMBER OF SHOTS IN 4-OT LOSS

From Elias: The NBA's first four-overtime game since 1997 combined with the Jazz's uncharacteristically poor shooting produced a rarity: Utah missed 77 shots from the field (49-for-126, 39%) in a 139-133 loss at Atlanta. That was the highest single-game total in an NBA game since 1993, and it was the most ever by the Jazz and the highest total against the Hawks since the Suns implausibly missed 90 shots in a 48-minute game at Atlanta in 1971 (38-for-128, 30%).

Utah Jazz

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Bradley

BRADLEY BREAKS OUT VS. WIZARDS

From Elias: Avery Bradley led all scorers with 23 points in the Celtics' 88-76 win over the Wizards. It was the first time in 77 NBA games that Bradley, a first-round choice in the 2010 draft (#19 overall), topped the 20-point mark. His previous high was 20 points against the Knicks in the final game of the 2010-2011 season.

Bradley is hardly alone. Only four other players chosen among the last 20 picks of the 2010 first round┐that is, number 11 through 30 overall┐have scored more than 20 points in an NBA game: Jordan Crawford (18 times), Trevor Booker (3), Ed Davis (2), and Eric Bledsoe (1).

Boston Celtics

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Duncan

SPURS WIN BIG WITH DUNCAN ON THE BENCH

From Elias: The Spurs topped the 76ers, 93-76, without Tim Duncan, who was rested for the last of San Antonio's three games in three nights. Over the last seven seasons, the Spurs posted only one other win by more than 15 points with Duncan on the bench. For the curious, Duncan has missed a total of 28 regular-season games during that time.

San Antonio Spurs

NHL

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Ovechkin

OVECHKIN'S SCORING SURGE CONTINUES

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin extended his goal-scoring streak to five games when he tallied the final goal in the Capitals' 3-0 win against the Wild. Ovechkin did not score a goal in his first three games this month but he's recorded 10 goals in 10 games since then. This is the 12th time that Ovechkin has posted a double-figure goal total in a calendar month, but it's the first time he's done so since October 2009, when he scored 14 goals in 13 games.

Washington Capitals

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Crosby

SIDNEY BESTS MARTY

From Elias: Sidney Crosby recorded a goal and an assist against Martin Brodeur in leading the Penguins to a 5-2 win over the Devils. Crosby has tallied five points in two games versus Brodeur this season (one goal, four assists), matching his point total from nine games against Brodeur over the previous three seasons combined (two goals, three assists). Crosby's two-point game on Sunday raised his career points-per-game average against Brodeur to exactly 1.0 per game (28 points in 28 regular-season games: 11 goals, 17 assists).

Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils

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Nielsen

THE ISLES' CLOSER DOES IT AGAIN

From Elias: Frans Nielsen scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Islanders a 3-2 win against the Panthers on Sunday. It was Nielsen's seventh goal in 11 shootout attempts this season and 23rd goal in 38 attempts in his career. Nielsen's lifetime shooting percentage in tiebreakers (60.5%) is the highest for any player with 20 or more attempts during the seven seasons that the NHL has used shootouts to determine a winner in tied games.

New York Islanders

OILERS QUINTUPLICATE IN C-BUS

From Elias: The Oilers scored five second-period goals in their 6-3 win at Columbus. It was the fourth time this season that the Oilers scored five goals in one period; Ottawa (twice) is the only other NHL to do that more than once. Edmonton's five-goal periods have come against only two opponents: the Blue Jackets (twice) and Blackhawks (twice).

Edmonton Oilers

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Weber

WEBER'S CONSISTENT GOAL-SCORING IS RARE FOR A DEFENSEMAN

From Elias: Shea Weber scored one goal and assisted on another in the Predators' 6-1 win at Chicago. Weber scored 23 goals in 2008-2009 and he's registered exactly 16 goals in each season since then. He's the first NHL defenseman to score more than 15 goals in each of four consecutive seasons since 2002-2003, which was the final season of a five-year streak by Sergei Gonchar and a four-season skein by Rob Blake.

Nashville Predators

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Rolston

ROLSTON'S REVIVAL ROCKS ON

From Elias: Brian Rolston extended his point-scoring streak to six games with a goal and an assist for the Bruins in their 3-2 win at Anaheim. The 39-year-old Rolston has recorded 11 points in his last six games (three goals, eight assists), one more than his season total of 10 points in 58 games for the Islanders and Bruins when his streak began on March 15.

Boston Bruins


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