Date: March 5, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Wade continues hot shooting

From Elias: Dwyane Wade made 15 of 23 shots in Miami's win on Monday and over his last six games, he's made 61.8 percent (76 of 123). That's Wade's second-highest field-goal percentage over any six games in his NBA career. In December 2012, Wade made 45 of 71 over six games (63.4 percent).

Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves


Jennings piling up assists

From Elias: Brandon Jennings had 17 assists in Milwaukee's overtime win on Monday, two fewer than he had in the Bucks' last game, an overtime win against Toronto on Saturday. Jennings' 36 assists are the highest two-game total this season, and the only other Milwaukee player with so many assists in a two-game span was Ramon Sessions in 2008.

Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Jazz


3 Jazz starters held without a point

From Elias: Randy Foye, Marvin Williams and Earl Watson were a combined 0 for 15 and they each failed to record a point in Utah's overtime loss in Milwaukee. It's the second time in less than two weeks that the Jazz have had three starters held pointless: Foye, Williams and Jamaal Tinsley were blanked by the Clippers on February 23. Before that, the Jazz had never had three scoreless starters in its NBA history.

Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks

Knicks end skid in Cleveland

From Elias: Before Cleveland lost to New York on Monday, the Cavaliers had won 10 straight home games against the Knicks. That had been both the Cavaliers' longest current home winning streak against any opponent and the Knicks' longest current road losing streak versus a particular team.

Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks


Walton sets a career high

From Elias: Luke Walton had a career high 12 assists in Cleveland's loss to New York. Bill Walton's most assists in any NBA game was 14, on Feb. 1, 1975 while playing for Portland. The only other father/son duos in NBA history to each have a dozen-assist game are the Rick and Brent Barry; Henry and Mike Bibby; and Jimmy Walker and Jalen Rose.

Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks


McGee swats Hawks

From Elias: JaVale McGee had five blocks in 17 minutes for Denver on Monday. It's the third time that McGee has had five or more blocks in a game in which he did not start, tying Larry Sanders for the highest total in the NBA this season.

Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets

19-0 run not enough for Hornets

From Elias: The Magic defeated the Hornets in New Orleans on Monday despite a 19-0 run by New Orleans during the game. The Hornets are the first team to lose at home after a run of at least 19 unanswered points since the Spurs had a 25-0 run and lost to the Jazz on Jan. 20, 2010.

New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic

Portland shoots nearly 60 percent

From Elias: Portland made 49 of 82 shots in its win over Charlotte on Monday, 59.8 percent. That was the Trail Blazers' highest field-goal percentage since Jan. 13, 2010, when they went 44 for 73 (60.3 percent) against Milwaukee.

Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers



Malkin and Crosby go back to back

From Elias: The Penguins came from behind to beat the Lightning, 4-3, on Monday night. The turning point in the game was goals by Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby 1:51 apart in the third period, which turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead for Pittsburgh. They're the fastest two goals that Malkin and Crosby have recorded back-to-back, in either order, in a regular-season game. The Penguins' dynamic duo scored consecutive goals 31 seconds apart in a playoff game against Carolina on May 23, 2009.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning


Carter's hat trick

From Elias: Jeff Carter scored the first three goals in the Kings' win over Nashville on Monday. Over the last 20 years, the only other Kings player to score the first three goals of a game was Dustin Brown, against Chicago last season.

Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators


Kessel scores first home goal

From Elias: Phil Kessel scored his first goal on home ice this season in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 win over the Devils. Kessel, who was goalless in nine games at Air Canada Centre this season entering play on Monday, scored 26 goals in home games last season, third-most in the NHL, behind Steven Stamkos (36) and Evgeni Malkin (28). Kessel's longest goal drought in Toronto last season was three games.

New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs


Zidlicky scores twice in second period

From Elias: Defenseman Marek Zidlicky scored two goals for the Devils in their 4-2 loss at Toronto and they came less than six minutes apart in the second period. It was only the second time in the last three seasons that a New Jersey defenseman scored two goals in one game. Kurtis Foster did that on Feb. 4, 2012 at Philadelphia and 20 days later the Devils traded him to Minnesota for none other than Marek Zidlicky.

Zidlicky's two-goal period was only the third by a Devils defenseman in the last ten seasons. The other New Jersey D-men to score twice in one period since 2002-03 were Brian Rafalski (Feb. 14, 2007) and Johnny Oduya (March 28, 2008).

New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs