Date: March 17, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Hawes joins the all-time greats

From Elias: Spencer Hawes contributed 18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocked shots to the 76ers' 98-91 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night, and he thereby put his name on a list that had been the exclusive domain of all-time greats. Since the NBA began recording blocked shots 40 years ago, only three other players have ever reached each of those statistical levels in the same game - three fellows named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (who had three such games), Hakeem Olajuwon (two games) and Charles Barkley, Naismith Hall-of-Famers all. The most recent such game was produced by Olajuwon, 23 years ago this month.

Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers


Duncan never had a game like this

From Elias: Tim Duncan did it all for the Spurs in their 119-113 victory over the Cavaliers - scoring 30 points while collecting 12 rebounds, blocking five shots and hitting on 13 of 19 from the floor. Believe it or not, that marked the first time in the future Hall-of-Famer's 1,167-game NBA career that he produced a 30/10/5 game (points/rebounds/blocks) in which he made at least two-thirds of his field-goal attempts. The players who have had the most games of that type (since the NBA began keeping track of blocked shots in 1973)? Duncan's former teammate, David Robinson (13) and his former adversary, Shaquille O'Neal (14). The only other NBA players as old as Duncan, who will turn 37 next month, to have such a game were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Artis Gilmore, each of whom did it at age 37 in 1985 (Gilmore while playing for the Spurs).

Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs


Corbin's lineup change pays off

From Elias: Tyrone Corbin moved Gordon Hayward into the starting lineup on Saturday, and Hayward responded with a team-high 17 points in an exciting 90-84 victory over the Grizzlies. That Memphis was held to 84 points, and to only nine points in the third quarter, was key to the result: the Jazz's five-man starting unit in Saturday's game - Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Mo Williams and Hayward - had played nearly 68 previous minutes together this season, during which Utah had been outscored, 188-154, and had allowed an average of 133.3 points per 48 minutes. That was the highest such rate allowed by any of the 372 NBA units that had played at least 40 minutes together on the court this season.

Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz


Webster, in 8th season, gets his first 30-point game

From Elias: Martell Webster, who entered the league in 2005, scored a career-high 34 points in the Wizards' 127-105 triumph over the Suns, ending Phoenix's 10-game winning streak over Washington. In fact, Webster, playing in his 458th NBA game, reached the 30-point mark for the first time; he was the second player this season to hit the 30-mark for the first time so many games into his NBA career, joining Samuel Dalembert, who did it in his 754th game (an all-time NBA record) last month. Among other notables who enjoyed their first 30-point game at least 400 games into their NBA careers were future longtime coaches Don Nelson (539th game), Paul Silas (538th) and Pat Riley (422nd), as well as Kobe's father Joe Bryant (419th) and Spencer's uncle Steve Hawes (483rd).

Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns


Celtics' hot shooting at home continues... with one exception

From Elias: The Celtics ran off with a 105-88 victory over the Bobcats, Boston's 11th straight victory on its home court. The Celtics shot 52 percent from the floor on Saturday night, marking the seventh time in those last 11 home games that they made at least half of their field-goal attempts. The only starter who failed to knock down at least half of his shots was Avery Bradley, whose mystifying disparity between his home and road field-goal percentage widened further; after going 4-for-12 from the floor against Charlotte, Bradley is now shooting only 36.5 percent in games at TD Garden, compared with 47.1 percent on the road. In the Celtics' long history, only one player has finished a season shooting with a field-goal percentage at least 10 percentage points lower at home than on the road (minimum: 150 shots in each category); in the 1995-96 season, David Wesley shot 40.9 percent at home, 51.1 percent on the road.

Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats


Unusual 10-round shootout yields the usual result

From Elias: The Jets beat the Maple Leafs at Toronto in a 10-round shootout after the teams had played to a 4-4 deadlock at the end of overtime. It was the 21st shootout in NHL history to last at least ten rounds but the first since Feb. 15, 2011, when the Sabres outlasted the Canadiens in another ten-rounder. Winnipeg's victory on Saturday continued an interesting but-hard-to-explain trend in those marathon shootouts: the last nine shootouts to go ten rounds or more were all won by the visiting team!

Toronto Maple Leafs


Stewart maintains his hot hand

From Elias: Chris Stewart scored 45 seconds into overtime to give the Blues a 2-1 win over the Ducks. Stewart has recorded 24 points in 18 games since February 9 (10 goals, 14 assists), putting him fourth in the NHL in points over that span, behind Sidney Crosby (30), Chris Kunitz (25) and Jakub Voracek (25).

St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks


Blackhawks' players pile up the points

From Elias: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Bryan Bickell, Nick Leddy and Viktor Stalberg each scored three points for the Blackhawks as they routed the Stars, 8-1, in Dallas. It was the first time that an NHL team had five different players with three or more points in one game this season and it was only third such game for Chicago in the last 25 seasons. There were five Blackhawks players with three or more points in the team's 9-3 win at Boston on Dec. 4, 1999, and also in a 9-2 victory at Edmonton on Dec. 16, 2008.

Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars


Fleury breaks Penguins shutout record

From Elias: Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his first shutout in nearly 13 months with a 3-0 win over the Rangers. It was the 23rd shutout of Fleury's nine-season NHL career, giving him sole possession of the Penguins career shutout record. Fleury entered play on Saturday tied for the mark with Tom Barrasso, who had held at least a share of Pittsburgh's shutout leadership since Oct. 14, 1997, when he notched his 11th shutout for the Penguins, tying the former standard-bearer, Les Binkley. Barrasso passed Binkley with shutout #12 just over a month later (Nov. 15, 1997). Binkley had held the record from the time he registered the first shutout in team history on Nov. 4, 1967. He was tied, briefly, when Hank Bassen posted a shutout on November 15 that year, but regained sole possession of the mark with his second shutout (Dec. 23) and kept it for nearly 30 years.

Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers


Price tested frequently and comes through again

From Elias: The Canadiens extended their winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over the Devils in which Carey Price made 32 saves for Montreal. Price has faced 30 or more shots on goal in only seven of his 22 games this season but he has a 6-0-1 record in those seven games. Price faced 30 or more shots on goal in well over half of his games last season (37 of 65) and had a 16-13-8 record in those games.

Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils


Blue Jackets tie NHL record with 1-0 shootout win

From Elias: Sergei Bobrovsky earned his second NHL shutout with a 1-0 shootout win over the Coyotes on Saturday. The Blue Jackets' last four games have all been decided by shootouts (tying an NHL record done seven other times) and Bobrovsky has been in goal for Columbus for all four games (two wins, two losses). The only other NHL goaltender to earn a shootout win or shootout loss in each of four consecutive team games in one season was the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in March 2009 (two wins, two losses).

Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes

Another nail-biter for the Senators

From Elias: The Senators' 4-3 overtime win at Buffalo was Ottawa's 11th consecutive game decided by a one-goal margin. Over those 11 games, the Senators are 2-2 in games decided in regulation time, 1-1 in overtime and 2-3 in shootouts. They're only the fourth team in NHL history to play 11 or more consecutive one-goal or tie games in one season. The Blackhawks hold the record with a 12-game streak in 1997-98, while more than 80 years ago the original Ottawa Senators franchise (1926-27) and the Montreal Canadiens (1928-29) had 11-game streaks of that kind.

Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators


Rookies lead Lightning

From Elias: The Lightning ended its five-game home losing streak with a 4-1 win over Carolina, and the first two goals of the game were the first goals in the NHL careers of Tampa Bay rookies Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. It was the first time in franchise history that the Lightning had two players score their first NHL goal in the same game. Three other teams have had that happen this season: the Oilers (Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov on Jan. 22), Stars (Brenden Dillon and Antoine Roussel on Feb. 1) and Senators (Andre Benoit and David Dziurzynski on Feb. 19).

Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning


Setoguchi picks on the Avs again

From Elias: Devin Setoguchi scored two of the Wild's six goals in its win at Colorado on Saturday. It was the 17th multiple-goal game of Setoguchi's NHL career and his fourth against the Avalanche; that's twice as many multi-goal games as he has recorded against any other team (he has had two each against Dallas and Detroit). Setoguchi's only NHL hat trick came at the Avs' expense (Feb. 19, 2011, while playing for San Jose).

Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild


Horton gets a "bonus Gordie"

From Elias: Nathan Horton racked up the first "Gordie Howe hat trick" of his NHL career with a goal, two assists and a fighting major in the Bruins' 4-1 win against the Capitals. Horton's "Gordie Howe hat trick" was the seventh in the NHL this season but only the second in which the player recorded at least three points; the Flyers' Wayne Simmonds registered two goals, one assist and one fighting major at Pittsburgh on February 20. Before Horton, the last Bruins player with a "bonus Gordie" was Mike Knuble on Nov. 9, 2002 versus Ottawa (one goal, two assists, one fight).

Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals


Islanders follow an odd path to victory

From Elias: The Islanders were reeling after blowing a three-goal lead in a 1:43 span of the third period in their game at Florida, but rookie Casey Cizikas scored to regain the lead for the Isles with just over seven minutes remaining and they held on for a 4-3 win over the Panthers. The Islanders' attack was well-balanced, as 12 different players recorded one point each for the victors. That tied the franchise record for most players with a goal or an assist in a game in which no Islanders player registered more than one point. The only other game in which they had 12 players with one point but no multiple-point men was a 5-4 overtime loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 17, 1985. Among the Islanders with one point in that game were future Hall of Famers Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier and Pat LaFontaine.

New York Islanders, Florida Panthers