Date: April 24, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Allen

ALLEN'S EIGHT STEALS ARE MOST SINCE SUNDAY

From Elias: The Grizzlies' Tony Allen had eight steals against the Cavaliers on Monday night, tying the NBA season-high, one day after Chris Paul also had eight steals. It's the first time in 23 years that on each of back-to-back days an NBA player recorded eight-or-more steals in a game. That had last happened in April 1989, with John Stockton and the Kings' Danny Ainge turning the trick.

Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Brand

76ERS WIN WITH BALANCED SCORING

From Elias: Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday shared team-high honors with 15 points apiece in the 76ers' 105-87 triumph against the Nets. It's the fifth time this season that Philadelphia won a game in which none of its players scored more than 15 points, the most such victories for any NBA team.

New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers

RARE EASY WIN FOR WIZARDS

From Elias: The Wizards routed the Bobcats on Monday night, 101-73, in what was only the third game in the franchise's 51-season history in which it scored more than 100 points and allowed fewer than 75 points. The other such victories came in October 2002 (114-69 over the Celtics) and January 2006 (103-72 versus the Hawks).

Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards

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George

GEORGE POWERS PACERS OVER PISTONS

From Elias: Paul George scored 27 points, including 13 free throws, and added 10 rebounds in the Pacers' victory over the Pistons on Monday night. The only other starting guard over the last three seasons to match or exceed George's total of free throws and rebounds in one game was Dwyane Wade, who made 13 foul shots and pulled down 10 rebounds on November 5, 2010 at New Orleans.

Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers

SPURS' SECOND 35-POINT WIN THIS MONTH

From Elias: The Spurs crushed the Trail Blazers on Monday night, 124-89, less than three weeks after a similar 35-point victory over the Cavaliers (125-90 on April 3). Prior to this month, San Antonio had won only one game over the last five seasons by at least 35 points: a 123-88 decision over the Warriors in December 2008.

San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers

MLB

HISTORIC HOMESTAND

From Elias: The Royals lost to the Blue Jays on Monday night, culminating a homestand on which Kansas City lost all 10 games. Only two other teams in major-league history went 0-10 or worse on a homestand: the Seattle Pilots (a first-year expansion team that became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970) lost all 10 games of a homestand in August 1969, and the Arizona Diamondbacks went 0-11 on a homestand in July 2004.

Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays

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Greinke

FAMILIAR SCRIPT AT MILLER PARK

From Elias: It was a familiar script at Miller Park on Monday night: Zack Greinke started and the Brewers won. Milwaukee has won 18 straight regular-season home games started by Greinke, tying the third-longest home winning streak by a team in a particular pitcher's starts since 1900. The Twins won 24 straight home starts by Johan Santana (2005-07), the Pirates won 19 in a row at home in starts by Ray Kremer (1926-27) and the Giants won 18 consecutive home starts by Atlee Hammaker (1982-83).

Milwaukee Brewers

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Jeter

JETER: FOUR HITS OFF ONE PITCHER

From Elias: Derek Jeter was 4-for-5, collecting all four hits off Derek Holland, in the Yankees' win over the Rangers on Monday night. That tied Jeter's career high for hits off the same pitcher in one game. He had previously recorded four hits in a game against Greg Maddux (June 3, 2000) and versus Bob Tewksbury (May 16, 1998).

New York Yankees, Texas Rangers

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Ross

ROSS HITS TYING AND WINNING HOME RUNS

From Elias: Cody Ross hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning that tied the game, 5-5, and then connected for a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning that gave the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Twins. Prior to Ross, the last Red Sox player with a game-tying and game-winning home run, each in the seventh inning or later, was Dwight Evans on June 23, 1990 versus the Orioles at Fenway Park.

Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins

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Mather

CUBS RALLY IN FINAL AT-BAT

From Elias: Joe Mather's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Cubs a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. Over the last 20 years the Cubs had only one other home win against St. Louis after trailing in the ninth inning or later. That occurred on May 29, 1999, with a ninth-inning rally that featured a game-tying home run by Glenallen Hill and a walk-off double by Mark Grace.

Mather became the first former Cardinals player to have a walk-off RBI for the Cubs against St. Louis since Jerry Morales on Sept. 22, 1981.

Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals

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Schierholtz

SCHIERHOLTZ DOUBLES HIS PLEASURE

From Elias: Nate Schierholtz was 3-for-5 in each game of the Giants' doubleheader sweep against the Mets on Monday. He's the first Giants player with three or more hits in each of two wins on the same day since Tito Fuentes in 1973.

New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

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Lincecum

LINCECUM WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT START VS. METS

From Elias: Tim Lincecum pitched five innings and allowed one run in the Giants' 6-1 victory over the Mets in Game One of their doubleheader on Monday. Lincecum has won each of his last four starts against the Mets, while permitting no more than one run in each. Prior to Lincecum, the last San Francisco pitcher to win each of four straight starts versus the Mets and permit one run or fewer in each was Juan Marichal, who did so in eight consecutive starts from 1964 to 1966. Marichal's streak is the longest of its kind by any pitcher for any team against the Mets.

New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

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Upton

UPTON BREAKS SLUMP

From Elias: Justin Upton was 2-for-3 with a home run and a sacrifice fly in the Diamondbacks' win against the Phillies on Monday night. Upton entered the game with 48 plate appearances this season and no RBIs. The only major-league player who now has at least 48 plate appearances and no RBIs this season is Jose Tabata, who has not driven in a run in 50 trips to the plate.

Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies

NHL

COYOTES WIN FIRST PLAYOFF SERIES SINCE 1987

From Elias: The Coyotes advanced to the second round of the playoffs with Monday night's win against the Blackhawks. The Jets/Coyotes had not won a playoff series since 1987, when Winnipeg beat Calgary, four games to two, in a first-round matchup. That streak of 23 consecutive seasons without winning a playoff series (1987-88 through 2010-11) is an NHL record. The second-longest such streak was the Rangers' 20-season drought from 1950-51 through 1969-70, and #3 on the list is the Islanders' current 18-season dry spell (1993-94 through 2011-12).

Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes

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Richards

RICHARDS HELPS KEEP RANGERS ALIVE

From Elias: Brad Richards scored one goal and assisted on another to help the Rangers avoid elimination in their series against the Senators with a 3-2 victory in Game 6 at Ottawa. Richards has scored points in each of the last nine playoff games in which his team faced elimination, while playing for three different clubs: Tampa Bay (5 games: 5 goals, 4 assists), Dallas (3 games: 3 assists) and the Rangers (1 game: 1 goal, 1 assist).

New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators


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