Date: February 5, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Flacco's last three games unprecedented

From Elias: Joe Flacco threw three touchdown passes in Baltimore's 34-31 Super Bowl victory over San Francisco. Flacco became the first player in NFL history with three or more TD passes and no interceptions in each of three consecutive playoff games. The only other players to do so in even two straight games were Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers.

Baltimore Ravens




From Elias: Tyson Chandler is the first NBA player with exactly 20 rebounds in each of three straight games since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in January 1971. Earlier in that same 1970-71 season, Elvin Hayes had precisely 20 rebounds in each of three consecutive games for the Rockets.

New York Knicks

George leads Pacers over Bulls

From Elias: The Pacers defeated the Bulls, 111-101, ending Chicago's NBA record-tying streak of 41 straight wins when it scored at least 100 points. The Spurs had a 41-game winning streak of that kind from November 2003 to March 2005.

Paul George had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to become the first Pacers player with a 20/10/5 (points/rebounds/assists) game against the Bulls since Detlef Schrempf in December 1992.

Indiana Pacers

Portland winning the close ones

From Elias: The Trail Blazers edged the Timberwolves, 100-98, giving Portland a league-high eight wins this season in games decided by two or fewer points. In fact, no other team has more than five victories of that kind in 2012-13. The Trail Blazers have won their last seven games in which the final margin was no more than two points, the longest current such winning streak in the league.

Portland Trail Blazers


James almost perfect from the field

From Elias: LeBron James was 13-for-14 from the field, scoring 31 points in the Heat's victory over the Bobcats. He was the first NBA player to miss no more than one field-goal in a 30-point game since February 24, 2010, when Dwight Howard made all 11 of his field-goal attempts while scoring 30 points at Houston.

Miami Heat


Durant held below 20

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 19 points in the Thunder's win against the Mavericks. That ended his streak of 12 straight games with at least 20 points versus Dallas. It was the longest run of 20-point games against Mark Cuban's club since Zach Randolph had a dozen in a row from 2006 to 2010.

Oklahoma City Thunder


Wizards overcome 22 rebounds by Jordan

From Elias: The Wizards overcame a 22-rebound performance by DeAndre Jordan to beat the Clippers. The last player with more than 22 boards in a loss to Washington was Kevin Willis almost 21 years ago. Willis corralled 33 rebounds for the Hawks in an overtime game they lost to Washington on February 19, 1992.

Los Angeles Clippers

Kings struggle in OT

From Elias: Sacramento's loss to Utah dropped the Kings' record in overtime games over the last three seasons to 2-11 (.154). The only team with a worse record in OT contests over that period is the Timberwolves, at 1-7 (.125), and the only club with more losses during that span in games extended beyond 48 minutes is the Rockets, with 15.

Sacramento Kings



Parise joins father in 200-goal club

From Elias: Minnesota's Zach Parise scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in the second period of the Wild's game against the Coyotes on Monday. Zach's dad, J.P., scored 238 goals in his 14-season NHL career. The Parises are the second father/son duo to each score at least 200 goals in the NHL. The other father/son pair to do that, Bobby and Brett Hull, each scored more than 600 NHL goals (Bobby 610, Brett 741).

Minnesota Wild


Staal brothers score in same game

From Elias: Jordan Staal scored his first goal for the Hurricanes at the 1:21 mark of the second period in Carolina's game at Toronto and his brother, Eric, scored exactly nine minutes later to give the Canes a 2-1 lead. It was the third time that Jordan and Eric Staal scored goals in the same NHL game and the first time they did so as teammates.

The only other pair of brothers to score goals in the same game for the Hartford/Carolina franchise was David and Wayne Babych, who did so twice for the Whalers in the 1985-86 season. Before the Staals, the most recent first-timers on the list of NHL brothers scoring goals as teammates in the same game were the Canadiens' Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn on Jan. 31, 2008.

Carolina Hurricanes


Hejduk marks milestone game with goal

From Elias: Milan Hejduk reached the 1000-game mark of his NHL career when he stepped on the ice for the first time in Colorado's game against Dallas on Monday and he scored the Avs' first goal in their 3-2 loss. Hejduk is the fifth player in the last two seasons to score goals in his 1000th career game. The other players to do that since the start of the 2011-12 season are Joe Thornton, Patrik Elias, Matt Cullen and Chris Phillips (who scored twice in his NHL milestone game).

Colorado Avalanche