Date: January 23, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Irving becomes youngest to score 40 against the Celtics

From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 40 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 95-90 victory over the Celtics on Tuesday night. At the age of 20 years, 305 days old, Irving became the youngest player to ever score 40 points in a game against the Celtics. The previous youngest was former Cav LeBron James, who scored 43 points against Boston on February 15, 2006 at 21 years, 47 days old.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Pistons' rookie continues his strong play off the bench

From Elias: Andre Drummond came off the bench and registered 11 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots in Detroit's win over Orlando on Tuesday night. It marked the fourth time that the Pistons' rookie has recorded double-digits in points and rebounds and multiple blocked shots in the same game off the bench this season. The last rookie to do that at least four times in a reserve role in a single season was the Lakers' Vlade Divac in 1989-90 (five).

Detroit Pistons

Ilyasova is flawless in Milwaukee's win

From Elias: Ersan Ilyasova had 27 points, 16 rebounds and three steals and did not commit a single turnover to help lead Milwaukee to a 110-102 win over the 76ers on Tuesday night. Ilyasova is the first Milwaukee player to register at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and three steals without turning the ball over in the same game since the NBA began tracking individual turnovers in 1977.

Milwaukee Bucks

Durant puts on another show in Los Angeles

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 32 points to lead the Thunder to a 109-97 win over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. It is the 10th time that Durant has scored 30-or-more points in a game at the STAPLES Center during the regular season in his career, the most such games for any visiting player in that arena. Durant entered the night tied with Kobe Bryant, who has scored 30+ points nine times when the Lakers are the visiting team against the Clippers.

Oklahoma City Thunder



Enstrom sets up Winnipeg's win

From Elias: Defenseman Tobias Enstrom tied the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise record for assists by a defenseman in one game when he set up three of the Jets' four goals in their 4-2 win at Washington. It's the fifth time that Enstrom has tallied three assists in one game in his six seasons with the franchise. The only other defensemen with more than one three-assist game for the Thrashers/Jets are Zach Bogosian, Dustin Byfuglien and Greg de Vries with two each.


Conacher off to a fast start

From Elias: Rookie Cory Conacher, who scored two points in each of his first two NHL games, registered only one point in his third game but it was the game-winning goal for the Lightning in their 4-1 victory at Carolina on Tuesday night. Conacher is the first player in the Tampa Bay franchise's 20-year history to record points in each of his first three NHL games and he's the first player on any team to do that since the Rangers' Stu Bickel started his career with a three-game streak in December 2011.

Tampa Bay Lightning


Brodeur blanks Flyers

From Elias: Martin Brodeur, who posted a 2-1 victory over the Islanders in the Devils' season opener, made it two wins in two games this season with a 3-0 shutout against the Flyers on Tuesday. The shutout was the 120th of Brodeur's NHL career, extending his own league record, but it's only the third time that he's registered a clean sheet in one of his first two games of a season. He notched a shutout in his first game in both 1995-96 and 2006-07. Brodeur's shutout on Tuesday night was his 10th regular-season whitewashing of the Flyers, matching his highest total against any team. He's blanked the Islanders 10 times as well.

New Jersey Devils


Canadiens teenager scores his first goal

From Elias: Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, scored his first NHL goal in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the Panthers. Galchenyuk, at age 18 years, 345 days, was the first player not yet 19 years old to score a goal for the Canadiens since defenseman Petr Svoboda tallied one exactly 28 years earlier, on Jan. 22, 1985, in an 8-5 Montreal win at Hartford. Svoboda was two days younger on that day than Galchenyuk was on Tuesday.

Montreal Canadiens


Ryder nets both of Stars' goals in win over Detroit

From Elias: Michael Ryder scored both goals for the Stars in their 2-1 win at Detroit. It was the 25th multiple-goal game of Ryder's NHL career but it was the first one of those games in which he scored all of his team's goals.

Dallas Stars

Blackhawks open season with three straight wins

From Elias: The Blackhawks extended their season-opening winning streak to three games by edging the Blues, 3-2, in Chicago's home opener on Tuesday. It's the first time that the Blackhawks have won their first three games of a season since 1972-73, when a Chicago team featuring Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito won its first four games.

Chicago Blackhawks


Mason becomes oldest goalie to start for the Predators

From Elias: Goaltender Chris Mason began his second tour of duty with the Nashville Predators by posting a 3-1 win over the Wild on Tuesday night. The 36-year-old Mason, who played his first six NHL seasons with Nashville then returned to the club as a free agent last summer after playing the previous four seasons with St. Louis and the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, smashed his own record for the oldest goaltender to start a game for the Predators, a mark he set in his last appearance with Nashville at age 31 on April 4, 2008 at Chicago.

Nashville Predators

Sharks score six in the first

From Elias: The Sharks outscored the Oilers, 6-1, in their first period of their game in Edmonton on Tuesday night. San Jose was the first NHL team to score six goals in the first period of a game since the Capitals scored six times in the first period of their 10-2 win over the Bruins in Washington on March 3, 2008. The Sharks were the first NHL team to score six goals in the first period of a road game since the Phoenix Coyotes did that on March 30, 1999, also at Edmonton.

San Jose Sharks

Avalanche snap Kings' streak

From Elias: The Kings took a 1-0 lead into the third period of their game at Colorado but lost after being outscored, 3-0, by the Avalanche in the final 20 minutes. That ended the Kings' streak of recording points in each of the last 95 regular-season games in which they led at the end of the second period. Before Tuesday, the Kings' last regulation loss in that circumstance was a 2-1 defeat at Phoenix on April 2, 2009. The Kings' 95-game streak was the second-longest current skein of its kind entering play on Tuesday, behind the Capitals' 102-game streak.

Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings