Date: January 20, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Parker in control for the Spurs

From Elias: Tony Parker led the Spurs to a victory in Atlanta as he scored 23 points and handed out 12 assists while turning the ball over only once. It was the seventh game of Parker's NBA career in which he registered at least a dozen assists with no more than one turnover, but it was only the second time he's had such a game while scoring at least 20 points. Parker had a 25-point, 12-assist, one-turnover game versus Sacramento on December 17, 2005.

San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks


Warriors top hot-shooting Hornets

From Elias: Klay Thompson scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Warriors over the Hornets despite New Orleans making 57 percent of its field-goal attempts (45 of 79, actually 56.96%). No NBA team had lost a game in which it made such a high percentage of its shots from the floor in more than a year - since the Spurs made 60 percent of their field-goal attempts in a 106-103 loss at Milwaukee on January 10, 2012. In the interim, NBA teams had a 54-0 record, including 19-0 this season, in games in which they had a field-goal percentage as high as the Hornets did on Saturday.

New Orleans Hornets, Golden State Warriors


The Davis we expected

From Elias: Anthony Davis scored 20 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds for New Orleans on Saturday. Davis is the third NBA rookie with a 20/12 (points and rebounds) game this season. He joined Charlotte's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (who's had two such games) and Golden State's Harrison Barnes.

New Orleans Hornets


Ilyasova shows off his skills

From Elias: Ersan Ilyasova scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Bucks while making each of his three shots from beyond the arc and all four of his foul shots in a 110-104 victory at Portland. Only one other player in NBA history pulled down as many as 14 rebounds in a game in which he went 3-for-3 or better from both three-point range and from the free-throw line. Derrick Coleman did that for New Jersey in a 117-98 victory at Boston on February 17, 1994 (28 points, 17 rebounds, 3-for-3 from downtown and 5-for-5 from the line).

Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers


Dishes without swishes

From Elias: Earl Watson was held scoreless on Saturday night, but he helped the Jazz top the Cavaliers with nine assists in 25 minutes off the bench. Watson was the sixth NBA player this season to hand out as many as nine assists in a game without scoring a point, and one of the others was his teammate, Jamaal Tinsley (14 assists versus the Suns on November 10). Before this season, only three Jazz players had ever had games with nine or more assists and no points: Rickey Green (April 7, 1984), John Stockton (December 26, 1985) and Howard Eisley (March 1, 2000).

Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers

Lowest scoring overtime game since 2007

From Elias: The Grizzlies defeated the Bulls, 85-82, in overtime at Chicago. With both teams playing for the second consecutive night, they produced the lowest-scoring overtime game in the NBA in more than six years - since the Hornets topped the Magic, 84-78, in a five-period game at Ford Center on January 16, 2007.

Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls


Johnson debuts with the Timberwolves

From Elias: Chris Johnson scored 15 points in 18 minutes off the bench in his season debut to help the Timberwolves snap a five-game losing streak and hand the Rockets their seventh straight loss. Johnson, who played 41 games for the Celtics, Trail Blazers and Hornets over the past two seasons, was the second player to score at many as 15 points while playing fewer than 20 minutes in his first game for the Timberwolves. Johnson joined Richie Frahm, who scored 18 points in 15 minutes in his first game with Minnesota (the season opener on November 2, 2005).

Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets


Thornton leads Kings over Bobcats

From Elias: Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 18 points off the bench to help the Kings top the Bobcats at Charlotte. It was the third time this season that Thornton was a game's outright leading scorer, but it was the first time this season that Sacramento won under those circumstances.

Charlotte Bobcats, Sacramento Kings


Panthers score four in first period of season opener

From Elias: The Panthers outscored the Hurricanes 4-0 in the first period as the teams opened their lockout-shortened seasons on Saturday night with a game which Florida won by a 5-1 score. It was only the second time since 1999-2000 that a NHL team scored as many as four goals in the first period of its season opener. The Kings did that in their 2005-06 opener by outscoring the Stars 4-0 in the first period at Dallas. The Kings could not hold on to their early four-goal lead that night in October 2005, as the Stars scored three goals in the second period and two more in the third to pull out a stunning 5-4 victory.

Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers

Champs lose opener

From Elias: The NHL season got underway on Saturday with the Kings raising their Stanley Cup banner and handing out rings in a ceremony before their season-opening game against the Blackhawks, but Chicago spoiled the day for the Kings and the sellout crowd at Staples Center by jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first 22 minutes en route to a 5-2 win over the defending Cup champion. It was the eighth time in NHL history that the defending Stanley Cup holder lost its season opener by a margin of three goals or more and only the second time in the last 24 seasons. Since 1988-89, the only other three-goal loss by a defending Cup winner in its season opener was inflicted on the Ducks by the Kings, 4-1, on Sept. 29, 2007 in a game played in London, England.

Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks


Jagr stars in his Stars debut

From Elias: Jaromir Jagr made his first game with the Stars a memorable one as he scored the team's first two goals and assisted on their last two goals to lead Dallas to a 4-3 victory over the Coyotes. Jagr was the third player in Stars franchise history (including the team's years in Minnesota) to record at least four points in his first game with the club. The others were Brad Richards, who tallied five points (all assists) in his first game with Dallas on Feb. 28, 2008, and Roland Eriksson, who registered four points (all assists) while making his NHL debut with the North Stars on Oct. 6, 1976.

Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes


Brodeur sets one season-opener record and equals another

From Elias: Martin Brodeur needed to make only 18 saves as he backstopped the Devils to a 2-1 win against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. It was Brodeur's 18th career start in a season-opening game, giving him sole possession of the NHL record for the most such starts by a goaltender, one ahead of Patrick Roy's total of 17. Brodeur's victory was his 10th career win in a season opener, which ties the league record held by Curtis Joseph.

New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders


Penguins win opener despite only one point from Crosby and Malkin

From Elias: The Penguins won their season opener, 3-1 at Philadelphia, despite getting only a minimal offensive contribution from their resident superstars, Sidney Crosby (no points) and Evgeni Malkin (one assist). But that's been par for the course for Crosby and Malkin when they've participated in season-opening games for Pittsburgh. Crosby has scored only five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the seven Penguins openers in which he's played (he missed the 2011-12 opener) and the only one of those games in which he recorded more than one point was the 2006-07 opener against the Flyers (1 goal, 1 assist). Malkin has played in six Pittsburgh season-openers and scored only five points (2 goals, 3 assists), with no multiple-point games.

Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins


Huberdeau scores early in his NHL debut

From Elias: Jonathan Huberdeau, making his NHL debut, scored 3:37 into the first period to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead against the Hurricanes. Huberdeau was the ninth player to make his NHL debut with the Panthers and score goals in his first game, but he was only the second Florida player to do so in the first period of his debut. Kristian Huselius scored 8:20 into his NHL debut at Philadelphia on Oct. 4, 2001. Huberdeau's goal was the quickest by a player in his first NHL game since Feb. 3, 2009, when Pittsburgh's Luca Caputi scored 2:30 after the opening faceoff at Montreal.

Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers


Norris winner notches three points in opener

From Elias: Erik Karlsson, who won the Norris Trophy last season as the NHL's top defenseman, scored one goal and assisted on two others to lead the Senators to a 4-1 win in at Winnipeg. Karlsson scored three or more points in a game six times last season (one four-point game and five three-pointers), a league high for defensemen in 2011-12. Florida's Brian Campbell ranked second among D-men with five such games last season.

Ottawa Senators


Three third-period assists for Purcell

From Elias: The Lightning outscored the Capitals 3-0 in the third period to post a 6-3 win on Saturday night, with Teddy Purcell assisting on all three of Tampa Bay's third-period goals. Purcell was the sixth player in Lightning history to record three third-period assists in one game; the others were Petr Klima (1995), Ruslan Fedotenko (2004), Martin St. Louis (2006), Mark Recchi (2009) and Ryan Malone (2011).

Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals

Two goals are enough for Toronto

From Elias: The Maple Leafs opened the season with a 2-1 win over the Canadiens in Montreal. The Leafs had the worst record of any NHL team in games in which they scored two or fewer goals last season (5-29-5), though one of the five wins was an opening-night 2-0 victory against the Canadiens in Toronto.

Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs


Tarasenko scores twice in his NHL debut

From Elias: Vladimir Tarasenko and Chris Stewart each scored two goals for the Blues in their 6-0 season-opening victory over the Red Wings. Tarasenko, who was making his NHL debut, is only the second player in Blues history to score two goals in his first NHL game. The first was Doug Palazzari (all 5'5" of him), who scored two goals for St. Louis while making his NHL debut in a 4-4 tie on Oct. 9, 1974 (also the season opener) against the California Golden Seals in Oakland. Tarasenko was the first player on any team to score more than one goal in his first NHL game since the Rangers' Derek Stepan tallied three times in his debut on Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo.

St. Louis Blues, Detroit Red Wings


Two goals for Heatley

From Elias: Dany Heatley scored a pair of goals for the Wild as they opened the season with a 4-2 win on home ice versus the Avalanche. Heatley scored 24 goals while playing all 82 games for Minnesota last season (his first in the "State of Hockey") but his only multiple-goal game came on January 31, when he scored twice against Nashville.

Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche