Date: January 29, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lee flashes All-Star form

From Elias: David Lee posted team-high totals of 21 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in Warriors' victory at Toronto. It was the second game this season in which Lee reached those minimums in each of those three categories. The only other NBA players to have more than one such game this season are LeBron James (four), Kevin Durant (three) and Josh Smith (three).

Golden State Warriors

Rockets pull away for a 45-point win

From Elias: The Rockets annihilated the Jazz in Utah, 125-80, despite a relatively close first quarter that ended in Houston's favor, 28-22. It was the first NBA game this season in which a team outscored its opponent by a margin of at least six points in each of the four periods and it was the first NBA game won in that fashion by a visiting club since the Thunder rumbled by the Clippers, 126-85, at Staples Center on April 15, 2009. It was the fourth game in franchise history in which the Rockets outscored their opponent by six or more points in all four quarters, but each of the previous three such victories were at home (one at San Diego and two at Houston, most recently against the SuperSonics on April 13, 1997).

Chicago Bulls


Butler tops the scorecard

From Elias: Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 19 points off the bench for the Bulls as they topped the Bobcats in Chicago. It was only the second of Butler's 86 career NBA games in which he was the outright leading scorer. The first such game occurred just five days earlier, when Butler scored a game-high 18 points (starting in place of Luol Deng) in the Bulls' victory over the Pistons on Wednesday.

Chicago Bulls

A one-sided season series

From Elias: The Nets defeated Orlando, 97-77, to complete a sweep of their season series while outscoring the Magic by 79 points over the course their four games against each other. The Nets' average margin of victory (19.75 points) matched the largest of their NBA history in a season-series sweep of four or more games. New Jersey outscored the Bulls by the same margin during a sweep of their four-game season series in 2001-2002.

Brooklyn Nets

Memphis has a Big Three

From Elias: The Grizzlies came from behind to beat the 76ers thanks to Rudy Gay's go-ahead field-goal with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Gay (26 points, seven rebounds and five assists), Marc Gasol (27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists) and Jerryd Bayless (21 points, five rebounds and nine assists) are the only trio of NBA teammates over the last two seasons to each register minimums of 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in one game. The last trio to do that was Denver's J.R. Smith, Ty Lawson and Arron Afflalo against the Grizzlies on February 22, 2011.

Memphis Grizzlies


Thomas crowns the Wizards

From Elias: Isaiah Thomas's two-point field goal gave Sacramento a 91-90 lead with 70 seconds left to play and he hit another two-pointer in the final two seconds of the game to give the Kings a 96-94 triumph at Washington. It was the Wizards' seventh loss this season in games in which they led in the final minute-and-a-half of either the fourth quarter or overtime. That ties Washington with Dallas and Toronto for the most such losses by any NBA team.

Sacramento Kings



Johnson records a shutout in his debut with the Coyotes

From Elias: Chad Johnson, playing his first game for the Coyotes, recorded his first NHL shutout with a 4-0 victory against Nashville on Monday night. Johnson, a 26-year-old with only six previous games of NHL experience on his resume (all with the Rangers), is the third goaltender in Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise history to post a shutout in his debut for the team. Ilya Bryzgalov did that with a 1-0 win for the Coyotes at Los Angeles on Nov. 17, 2007, and Al Montoya turned that trick in his NHL debut with a 3-0 victory at Colorado on April 1, 2009.

Phoenix Coyotes


Prospal turns back the clock

From Elias: Vinny Prospal's goal a little over a minute into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and held up as the game-winner for the Blue Jackets in their 2-1 victory over the Stars. It was the 16-year veteran's first game-winning goal in his two seasons with Columbus. Prospal, who will turn 38 years old on February 17, is the oldest player ever to score a game-winning goal for the Blue Jackets. He's four weeks older than Sergei Fedorov was when he tallied the deciding goal for Columbus in a 2-1 win against the Sharks on Oct. 27, 2007.

Columbus Blue Jackets


Three cheers for Chara

From Elias: Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara matched his career high for points in one game (three) when he tallied one goal and two assists in Boston's 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes in Raleigh. It was Chara's 12th three-point game in the NHL, his ninth for the Bruins and his third versus Carolina. The only team he's recorded more than one three-point game against is the Canadiens (two).

Boston Bruins

Oilers take advantage

From Elias: The Oilers topped the Avalanche, 4-1, and all four Edmonton goals were scored on power plays. The Oilers have scored ten PPGs in their five games this season with at least one in each game. The only other seasons in which Edmonton recorded ten or more power play goals through its first five games were 1986-87 and 1987-88 (10 in each of Wayne Gretzky's last two seasons with the Oilers). The 1987-88 season was also the last in which the Oilers scored power play goals in each of their first five games; they began that season with a six-game streak.

Edmonton Oilers