Date: February 2, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Gay's one-of-a-kind Toronto debut

From Elias: Rudy Gay came off the bench to score 20 points in his Raptors debut, a 98-73 home win over the Clippers. Gay is the first player in NBA history to, in his first game for a franchise, score 20+ points with his team posting a victory over a team that entered at least 20 games over .500 (Los Angeles entered Friday with a record of 34-13).

Toronto Raptors


Pierce's defensive rebound streak

From Elias: Paul Pierce pulled down 11 rebounds, all defensive, in the Celtics' 97-84 home win over the Magic. It was Pierce's third straight game with at least 10 boards, with none coming on the offensive end. Since the NBA began recording offensive rebounds in 1973, the only other player to do this in three consecutive games was Troy Murphy of the Pacers in March 2009.

Boston Celtics

Boston bench off to a good 2013

From Elias: Three Celtics came off the bench to score at least 12 points in Boston's 97-84 victory over Orlando (Jeff Green 17, Jason Terry 12, Leandro Barbosa 12). It was the fourth time since New Year's Day that three Celtics substitutes scored at least a dozen points in a game. In the previous four calendar years (2009-12), that happened only once (Jan. 12, 2011 vs. Sacramento).

Boston Celtics


Bynum makes the most of limited time

From Elias: Will Bynum scored 11 points and handed out eight assists in just over 16 minutes on the court in the Pistons' 117-99 home win over the Cavaliers. Bynum is the first player in Detroit's franchise history to record at least 10 points and eight assists while playing fewer than 17 minutes. No NBA player had done that since Nov. 11, 1990, when the Trail Blazers' Danny Ainge and the Clippers' Tom Garrick both did it in the same game, a 138-107 Portland victory.

Detroit Pistons


Bryant's rebounding, passing overshadow scoring

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored "just" 17 points, but contributed 12 rebounds and eight assists in the Lakers' 111-100 win at Minnesota. It was the 13th time that Bryant has recorded at least 12 rebounds and eight assists in a game. But it was only the third time he did that while scoring fewer than 20 points (15 at Cleveland in November 2002 and 10 vs. Golden State in December 2004).

Los Angeles Lakers


West dominates the score sheet

From Elias: David West scored 30 points on 12-for-15 shooting, while also grabbing seven rebounds and handing out five assists in the Pacers' 102-89 home win over the Heat. West is only the second Indiana player to post a 30-5-5 (points-rebounds-assists) line while shooting at least 80% from the field in an NBA game. Stephen Jackson (30-6-5, 80%) did that against the Warriors on Feb. 10, 2006.

Indiana Pacers

Sixers trio downs Kings

From Elias: Three 76ers players scored at least 20 points (Thaddeus Young 23, Jrue Holliday 21 and Nick Young 20) in Philadelphia's 89-80 home win over Sacramento. All three shot at least 50% from the field. The last Philly trio to do this (20+ points, 50+ FG%) consisted of Young, Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand on February 25, 2011 against Detroit.

Philadelphia 76ers


Blatche scores when it counts

From Elias: Andray Blatche scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter as Brooklyn came from behind to defeat Chicago, 93-89. The last Nets player to go scoreless through three quarters, and then score at least 10 in the fourth as the team overcame an end-of-third deficit to win, was Rodney Rogers against the Hawks on Feb. 18, 2004.

Brooklyn Nets

Denver wins big despite shooting, rebounding deficit

From Elias: The Nuggets defeated the Hornets 113-98 despite posting a lower field-goal percentage (52.4% to 52.8%) and grabbing fewer rebounds (32-36) than New Orleans. It was the second-largest margin of victory by any team this season that was outshot and outrebounded. The Bucks posted a 19-point win over the Heat on December 29.

Denver Nuggets


Chandler rebounds without scoring much

From Elias: Tyson Chandler scored nine points but pulled down 20 rebounds in the Knicks' 96-86 home win over the Bucks. The last New York player to grab 20+ boards in a game without reaching double figures in points was Kurt Thomas (21 rebounds, 4 points) on Feb. 5, 2005 at Phoenix.

New York Knicks

Wizards' offense fizzles after first

From Elias: The Wizards led the Grizzlies 30-23 after one quarter at Memphis, but scored only 46 points the rest of the way and lost, 85-76. That was the lowest final score by a team that scored 30+ in the opening period since the Mavericks lost 102-74 at Cleveland on March 29, 2009 after scoring 30 in the first 12 minutes.

Washington Wizards


Marion and Brand rebound, block Mavs to victory

From Elias: Shawn Marion grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots, while teammate Elton Brand recorded 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Mavericks' 109-99 win at Phoenix. It was only the second time in the last 20 years that a pair of Mavs teammates recorded at least 10 rebounds and four blocks in a game. On November 3, 2009, Dirk Nowitzki (11 rebounds, 5 blocks) and Erick Dampier (12, 6) did that against the Jazz.

Dallas Mavericks



Conacher posts fifth muti-point game

From Elias: Rookie Cory Conacher scored two goals and assisted on another in Tampa Bay's 8-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. Conacher, who made his NHL debut on opening night this season, has tallied two points in five of the seven games he's played for the Lightning. He's only the second player to debut in the NHL's "modern era" (i.e., since the center-ice red-line was introduced in 1943-44) and record five multiple-point games in his first seven career games. The other player to do that was Ottawa's Alexandre Daigle in October 1993. Daigle actually had five multi-point games in his first six NHL games but he didn't register his sixth multiple-point game until his 31st career game.

Tampa Bay Lightning


Staal scores only goal

From Elias: Eric Staal's goal at the 15:45 mark of the first period was enough for the Hurricanes to record a 1-0 home-ice win over the Senators on Friday. It's the third time in Staal's NHL career that he's scored the goal in a 1-0 game. He did that in Carolina wins at Florida in November 2005 and at Boston in January 2008. The only other player in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history with more than one such goal is Jeff O'Neill with two.

Carolina Hurricanes


Backstrom is Flyers' nemesis

From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom earned first-star honors with one goal and one assist for the Capitals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers. Backstrom has recorded a total of 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists) in 11 regular-season games versus Philadelphia since the start of the 2009-10 season. That makes him the co-leader in points against the Flyers over the last four seasons. He's tied for that distinction with Evgeni Malkin, though Malkin has played five more games versus Philadelphia over that span than Backstrom.

Washington Capitals


Zetterberg's big game vs. Blues

From Elias: Henrik Zetterberg matched his career highs for goals and points in one game when he recorded three goals and two assists in the Red Wings' 5-3 win over the Blues on Friday. Zetterberg, who ranks third in career points versus St. Louis among active players (64, in 55 games), is only the third Detroit player to register five points in a regular-season game against the Blues. The others were Mark Osborne (February 1982) and Brett Hull (January 2002).

Detroit Red Wings


Two rookies score first goal for Dallas

From Elias: Stars rookies Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon each scored their first NHL goal a little over two minutes apart in the first period of Dallas' game against the Coyotes on Friday. It's the third time since the Stars relocated to Dallas from Minnesota in 1993 that they've had two players record their first career goal in the same game. The other Dallas duos to do that were Jamie Langenbrunner and Jere Lehtinen on Oct. 26, 1995 (vs. Anaheim), and Brad Lukowich and Jon Sim on March 31, 1999 (vs. Tampa Bay).

Dallas Stars


Crawford's mixed shootout record

From Elias: Jordan Schroeder scored the only goal in the shootout, in the fourth round against Corey Crawford, as the Canucks defeated the Blackhawks, 2-1. Crawford has won just 10 of 20 career shootout decisions, despite allowing goals on just 23.0% of the attempts he's seen. That's the third-lowest percentage among active goaltenders who have been on the ice for at least 50 shootout tries, behind Semyon Varlamov (21.5%) and Antti Niemi (21.9%).

Vancouver Canucks


Palmieri scores tying, winning goals for Anaheim

From Elias: Kyle Palmieri tied the score at one with a second-period goal, and then scored the game-winner early in the third of the Ducks' 3-1 home win over the Wild. Entering Friday, only one of Palmieri's six career goals had tied the score at any point of a game, and none had ever given his team the lead.

Anaheim Ducks