Date: February 11, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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James ties NBA record in Heat's win over Lakers

From Elias: LeBron James scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade 30, and each shot 12-of-18 from the floor, in the Heat's 107-97 victory over the Lakers. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which James had scored 30-or-more points while making at least 60 percent of his field-goal attempts, tying the longest such streaks in NBA history, those produced by Adrian Dantley with the Jazz in 1979 and by Moses Malone with the Rockets in 1982. (Utah won only one of the five games in Dantley's streak, while Houston won all five of the games during Malone's run, just as Miami has won all five games during LeBron's streak.)

Through his first three field-goal attempts on Sunday, James had connected on 40 of his last 50 field-goal attempts, the first time in his NBA career that he has had such a stretch. (LeBron then celebrated by hitting each of his next two shots.)

James and Wade became just the fourth pair of teammates each to score 30-plus points and shoot at least 65 percent from the floor in the same game against the Lakers. Walt Bellamy and Gus Johnson did it for the Baltimore Bullets in 1964, Alex English and Dan Issel for the Nuggets in 1982, and Mike Miller and Pau Gasol- yes, that Pau Gasol - for the Grizzlies in 2007.

Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Celtics play, and win, another long one

From Elias: Less than 24 hours after the Fighting Irish defeated Louisville in five overtimes, the NBA team associated with the shamrock, the Celtics, defeated the Nuggets, 118-114, in three overtimes. It marked the fourth time this season that Boston has played a game that extended into at least two overtime periods, tying the team's single-season record set in 1950-51 and tied in 1953-54, before the NBA employed a shot clock. The Celtics are now 3-0 at TD Garden this season in games that went into at least two overtime periods; they tied the NBA single-season record for most home wins in games of that length (the Washington Bullets went 3-0 in three double-overtime contests at the USAir Arena in the 1983-84 season). And Doc Rivers has now won his last six home games that have extended into at least two overtime periods, breaking the NBA record of five straight wins in games of that type, shared by former coaches Gene Shue (1983 to 1985) and Don Chaney (1985 to 2003).

Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets


Pierce, at 35, has a special triple-double

From Elias: The 35-year-old Paul Pierce was the headliner for the Celtics in their triple-overtime win, finishing with 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in 54 minutes and 11 seconds on the court. He became the oldest player in NBA history, in a game of any length, to finish with at least 20 points, a dozen rebounds and a dozen assists. He broke the record set by Larry Bird, who on March 15, 1992 produced 49 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in 54 minutes of a double-overtime win over Portland; Bird was then three weeks younger than was Pierce on Sunday.

Boston Celtics

Spurs gonna party like it's 1999...

From Elias: The Nets led the Spurs, 35-25, after the first quarter in Brooklyn on Sunday night. Who would have guessed that San Antonio would not only come away with the victory, but would win by a margin of 25 points? That's exactly what happened; final score: Spurs 111, Nets 86.

You have to go back to the last century to find the last NBA game in which a visiting team won by 25-or-more points after having trailed by a double-digit margin after the first quarter. (In the interim, there had been 2,077 NBA games in which the home team led by 10-or-more points after the first quarter.) Back on Dec. 11, 1999, the Timberwolves jumped out to a 35-20 lead over the visiting Warriors over the first 12 minutes, but Golden State roared back to win, 104-76. The Warriors' head coach that night? P. J. Carlesimo, who learned how it felt to lose such a game as he coached the Nets on Sunday night.

San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets

Thunder continue to dominate

From Elias: The Thunder continued not merely to pile up victories, but to dominate opponent after opponent, cruising to an easy victory at Phoenix. Over a span of seven days, Oklahoma City defeated Dallas by a score of 112-91; thumped Golden State, 119-98; and then downed Phoenix in both ends of a home-and-home, 127-96 and 97-69. That streak tied the franchise record for consecutive wins, each by 20-or-more points; the Seattle SuperSonics had four-game streaks in both 1994 and 1995.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns


Crawford to Knicks fans, "Remember me?"

From Elias: Jamal Crawford, who played 299 games for the Knicks from 2004 to 2008, came off the bench on Sunday afternoon to pour in a team-high 27 points as the Clippers took a 102-88 decision from the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Crawford became the first player who had played at least 200 games with New York to come off the bench and score 25-or-more points in a victory over the Knicks at the Garden.

Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks


Anthony takes league scoring lead

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 42 points in the Knicks' loss to the Clippers, hitting the 40-point mark for the fifth time this season, which ties Kevin Durant for the most such games in the NBA this season. Anthony boosted his scoring average to 29 points per game, and with Durant scoring only 18 points in the Thunder's rout at Phoenix, lowering his average to 28.9 points per game, Anthony took over the league scoring lead for the first time since the morning of November 15.

New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers


Prince, in new surroundings, comes up with something totally new

From Elias: Tayshaun Prince, playing in just his fifth game with the Grizzlies, connected on all eight of his field-goal attempts for a game-high 18 points in a 105-88 triumph over the Timberwolves. It was the 774th game of Prince's NBA career, and the 722nd of those games in which he took at least five shots from the floor. But Sunday's contest was the first of those 722 games in which he took at least five shots and made each of them.

It was the ninth straight time that Memphis has defeated Minnesota, tying the Grizzles' franchise record for consecutive wins against one team - a record that had been set less than 48 hours earlier when the Grizzlies defeated the Warriors for the ninth consecutive time.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies


Vucevic vaults into third place on rebounding list

From Elias: Nikola Vucevic collected 17 points and 19 rebounds as the Magic ended their 12-game losing streak with a 110-104 victory over the Trail Blazers. Vucevic's rebound total was his second-highest of the season (he had 29 rebounds, an NBA high for the season, in an overtime game against the Heat on New Year's Eve); and he lifted his season rebounding average to 11.57 per game, moving past Omer Asik (11.55) into third place in the NBA, trailing only Dwight Howard (11.72) and Zach Randolph (11.58).

Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers


Isaiah completes a weekend to remember in Sacramento

From Elias: Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and connected on all 13 of his free-throw attempts to lead the Kings to a 117-111 win over the Rockets. One night earlier, Thomas had scored a game-high 25 points as the Kings defeated the Jazz. Thomas became only the second player in the team's 28 seasons in Sacramento to lead the team (or tie for the lead) in scoring in each of two home wins on back-to-back days. The other was the artist then known as Ron Artest, who did it on the first two days of February five years ago.

Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets



Red Wings prevail in wild finish

From Elias: The Red Wings had protected a 2-1 lead over the Kings for nearly 40 minutes when Alec Martinez scored to tie the game with 52.8 seconds remaining in the third period. But Detroit recovered quickly from the shock of that tying goal and pulled out a 3-2 victory thanks to defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, who fired a slap shot through the pads of Jonathan Quick with 4.5 seconds to play in the third period. It was the first time that a NHL team scored a game-winning goal in regulation time after its opponent had tied the score in the final minute of the third period since Oct. 27, 2011, when the Senators outlasted the Panthers, 4-3. Nick Foligno scored the game-winner at 19:56 after Kris Versteeg had tied the score at 19:12.

Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings


One of hockey's rarities: the late-third-period, shorthanded game-winner

From Elias: Magnus Paajarvi scored a shorthanded goal with 3:10 remaining in the third period that snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled the Oilers to a 3-1 win at Columbus. It was the first tiebreaking shorthanded goal in the last five minutes of the third period in a NHL game since Feb. 3, 2009, when the Canucks' Alex Burrows victimized the Hurricanes with 1:22 left in the third period. Paajarvi was the second player in Oilers history to score a shorthanded goal of that kind; the first was Hall-of-Famer Paul Coffey on Dec. 26, 1984 at Calgary.

Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers


Devils complete sweep of Penguins, blanking Crosby in both games

From Elias: The Devils swept a home-and-home series against the Penguins this weekend with a pair of 3-1 wins, and they held Sidney Crosby pointless in both games. Crosby is the leader in points scored against the Devils since 2005-06, his first season in the NHL (45 points in 39 games), but his career average of 1.15 points per game against New Jersey is much lower than his averages against the Penguins' other Atlantic Division rivals, the Islanders (68 points in 38 games, 1.79 per game), the Flyers (66 points in 40 games, 1.65 per game) and the Rangers (59 in 42 games, 1.40 per game).

New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins


Kane's third-period goal keeps his streak alive

From Elias: Patrick Kane scored the last goal in Chicago's 3-0 win at Nashville, the final stop on the Blackhawks' six-game road trip. Kane recorded seven goals over the last five games of the trip with at least one goal in each game; he became the third Blackhawks player in the last 22 seasons to score goals in each of five consecutive team games, all on the road. The others were Mark Bell in November 2005 (five in a row) and Martin Havlat in February 2007 (six straight games).

Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators


Hagelin is a terror against Tampa Bay

From Elias: Carl Hagelin would probably like more games against Tampa Bay on the Rangers' schedule. Hagelin, who has been mired in a scoring slump since late last season, scored two goals and assisted on another in the Rangers' 5-1 win over the Lightning at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, after tallying a goal and an assist in the Rangers' road win over the Bolts eight days earlier. Since March 21 last year, Hagelin has scored five points in two games against the Lightning (three goals, two assists), and four points in 19 regular-season and 17 playoff games against all other NHL teams!

New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning


Bergeron solves Miller, leads Bruins to win in Buffalo

From Elias: Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in the Bruins' 3-1 victory in Buffalo, tagging a loss on their nemesis, Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller entered play on Sunday with a 15-1-4 record in 20 career regular-season home games against the Bruins. Bergeron's goal was his first in his last 13 regular-season games against Miller and only his fourth goal in his last 32 regular-season games against the Sabres; all four of those goals have been scored in Buffalo.

Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres