Date: November 15, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

THE PISTONS' FIRST WIN IS BIG

From Elias: The Pistons beat the 76ers by 18 points improving their record to 1-8. Detroit is only the third team in NBA history to start a season 0-8 or worse whose first victory was by at least 18 points. The 1985-86 Suns beat the Sonics 117-99 to end their nine-game losing streak to start the season. The 1996-97 Suns lost their first 13 games of the season before a 99-77 victory over the Nets.

Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers

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Monroe

MONROE FUELS FIRST WIN FOR PISTONS

From Elias: Greg Monroe scored 19 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and handed out six assists in the Pistons' win over the 76ers. The last Pistons player with that many points, rebounds and assists in a game was Grant Hill at Dallas on April 1, 1997. Hill scored 35 points, hauled in 18 rebounds and dished six assists in a Pistons' victory over the Mavericks.

Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers

GRIZZLIES MAKING EARLY SEASON STATEMENT

From Elias: The Grizzlies, who have played only seven games this season, have already beaten both the Heat and the Thunder. Memphis is the first team in six years to beat both teams that played in the previous season's NBA Finals within the first seven games of the season. The 2006-07 Rockets beat the Mavericks in their second game of that season and the Heat in their seventh game.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies

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Harden

HARDEN DROPS 30 ON HORNETS

From Elias: James Harden scored 30 points in the Rockets' win over the Hornets. It was the third time in eight games this season that Harden scored at least 30 points. Harden is the third player in Rockets history to have at least three 30-point games in his first eight games with the team. Elvin Hayes did it in 1968 and one of the players Harden was traded for, Kevin Martin, did it in 2010.

Houston Rockets, New Orleans Hornets

CELTICS' WINS HAVE ALL BEEN CLOSE

From Elias: The Celtics have five wins this season, none of them by more than six points. It's the first time in franchise history that the Celtics' first five wins of a season were all by six or fewer points and they are the first NBA team to do it in 10 years. In 2002-03, the first six wins by both Minnesota and Toronto were by six or fewer points.

Boston Celtics

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Barnes

ROOKIE LEADS WARRIORS

From Elias: Harrison Barnes led the Warriors with 19 points and 13 rebounds in their win over the Hawks. Over the last dozen seasons (since 2001-02), only one other rookie led the Warriors in both points and rebounds in a team victory: Stephen Curry against the Clippers on February 10, 2010 (36 points, 10 rebounds).

Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks

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Udrih

BENO COMES OFF THE BENCH FOR THE BUCKS

From Elias: Beno Udrih came off the bench to score nine points and hand out 10 assists in the Bucks' win over the Pacers. Udrih is the first Bucks player to have that many points and assists in a game he did not start since Luke Ridnour had 11 points and 11 assists in Cleveland on March 31, 2010.

Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers

EVERYBODY BEATS THE WIZ

From Elias: The Wizards are 0-7 after their loss to the Mavericks. Washington lost its first eight games last season. Only one other team in NBA history started 0-7 or worse in back-to-back seasons: the Grizzlies in 2001-02 (0-8) and 2002-03 (0-13).

Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks

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Boozer

BOOZER WORKS OVERTIME

From Elias: Carlos Boozer scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Bulls' overtime win over the Suns. Over the last eight seasons (since 2005-06), only one other Bulls player scored that many points and had that many rebounds in a game. Drew Gooden scored 31 points and hauled in 16 rebounds for the Bulls against the Hawks on March 25, 2008.

Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns

MLB

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Dickey

DICKEY WINS N.L. CY YOUNG AWARD

From Elias: R.A. Dickey was the winning pitcher in 20 of the Mets' 74 victories this past season (27.0%). That's the highest such percentage for any pitcher in the major leagues in 2012 and the highest in Mets history, breaking the record held by Tom Seaver in 1975 (26.8%, 22 of 82). The last pitcher to earn at least 27% of his team's wins was Cliff Lee for the Indians in 2008 (27.2%); the last National League pitcher to do it was Randy Johnson for the Diamondbacks in 2004 (31.4%).

Dickey is the seventh pitcher to win a Cy Young Award for a team that finished as many as 14 games below the .500 mark; the Mets were 74-88. Four of the seven instances have come in the last five seasons: Felix Hernandez in 2010, Zack Greinke in 2009 and Tim Lincecum in 2008. The others were Pat Hentgen (1996), Randy Jones (1976) and Steve Carlton (1972).

Dickey was 37 years old when the season ended - he turned 38 about three weeks after the season. Only two other pitchers won their first Cy Young Award at age 37 or older. Dennis Eckersley in 1992 was 38 years old at the end of that season and 39-year old Early Wynn in 1959. Wynn's case should come with an asterisk, he could not win the Cy for the first 15 seasons of his career since the award was first given out in 1956.

New York Mets

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Price

#1 PICK IS #1 PITCHER IN THE A.L.

From Elias: Tampa Bay selected David Price with the first overall pick in the 2007 Amateur Draft. Price is the first #1 overall pick to win the Cy Young Award. Six #1 overall picks won an M.V.P. Award: Jeff Burroughs, Ken Griffey, Jr., Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez (three times), Joe Mauer and Josh Hamilton. Three #1 overall picks won the Rookie of the Year Award: Bob Horner, Darryl Strawberry and Bryce Harper.

Price was the first player in Tampa Bay history to win the Cy Young Award leaving the Rangers as the only American League franchise without a Cy Young Award winner.

Tampa Bay Rays

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Price

CY VS. CY

From Elias: R.A. Dickey and David Price pitched against each other on June 13, a 9-1 Mets win in St. Petersburg. It was only the second time two pitchers started against each other during the regular season for which each was later presented with the Cy Young Award. On April 23, 1969 Detroit's Denny McLain squared off against Baltimore's Mike Cuellar. McLain and Cuellar would share the 1969 American League Cy Young Award.

Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets


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