Date: March 18, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Durant

Westbrook keeps pace with Durant

From Elias: Kevin Durant continues to lead the NBA in scoring, with an average of 28.3 points per game. But for quite some time, Durant hasn't even been the highest scorer on his own team. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 35 points in the Thunder's 107-101 win at Dallas, and over Oklahoma City's last 20 games, dating back to February 4, he has outscored Durant. The top five in the NBA during that time: James Harden, 27.8 points per game; LeBron James, 26.2; Kobe Bryant, 25.5; Westbrook, 25.3; Durant, 25.2.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks

Heat extend winning streak to 22 with another 4th-quarter victory

From Elias: The Heat went on a 17-2 run to break a 77-all tie in the fourth quarter en route to their 22nd straight victory, as Miami defeated Toronto, 108-91. The Heat have been tied or trailing in the fourth quarter in 11 of the 22 wins during their streak.

Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors

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Ellis

Ellis keys Bucks' game-winning surge

From Elias: The Bucks scored 45 points in the fourth quarter, including 25 by Monta Ellis, to post a 115-109 win over the Magic. It was the third-highest-scoring fourth quarter in team history. Ellis's individual fourth-quarter point total was the highest in the NBA in more than three years--since Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points in the fourth quarter against Utah on November 3, 2009.

Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic

Clippers go where they've never been before

From Elias: The Clippers defeated the Knicks, 93-80, to improve their record to 46-21 and return to their high-water mark for the season at 25 games above the .500 mark. Prior to this month, the Clippers' franchise--whether in Los Angeles or San Diego, and including eight seasons as the Buffalo Braves (1970-1978)--had never stood 25 games above the .500 mark.

Three current teams have never been as many as 25 games above .500 at any point in any NBA season: the Bobcats, Raptors, and Nets (although the Nets did it in the ABA). The Wizards haven't been plus-25 or better since 1979, with Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld still wearing Bullets' jerseys. The Bucks haven't done so since 1986, with Sidney Moncrief leading the way; nor have the Warriors since 1992, behind Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway.

Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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Horford

Horford stars in Hawks' win over Nets

From Elias: Al Horford scored 22 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the field and he contributed 11 rebounds in the Hawks' 105-93 win at Brooklyn. Horford was the third center this season with more than 10 FGs and more than 10 rebounds when starting against Brook Lopez. But only six players have done that in Lopez's five seasons in the NBA, covering 310 games. Chronologically speaking, they are Pau Gasol, David Lee, Andrea Bargnani, Anderson Varejao, DeMarcus Cousins, and Horford.

Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets

Warriors match their biggest win vs. Rockets

From Elias: The Warriors posted a 108-78 victory at Houston, equaling their highest margin of victory in the 196 regular-season games played between these teams. Their previous 30-point win was recorded by the San Francisco Warriors against the San Diego Rockets on December 23, 1968 (125-95). In that game, the Warriors held the San Diego's great rookie, Elvin Hayes, to 15 points--his lowest total of the season to that point. The "Big E" carried a 30.5-point scoring average into that game.

The Rockets shot 20 percent from the field in the first half of Sunday's loss, including a combined 0-for-13 by Houston's starting forwards. The was the lowest first-half field-goal percentage in the NBA since the Kings shot 17 percent before halftime at Dallas in January 2012.

Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets

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Williams

Who needs Love? Williams follows Pekovic's example vs. Hornets

From Elias: Derrick Williams set a career high with 28 points in the Timberwolves' 97-95 victory over the Hornets. Williams was the seventh player, excluding rookies, to establish a new career high in points this season against New Orleans. That group includes Williams's teammate Nikola Pekovic, who scored 31 points in a win over the Hornets in December.

Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets

NHL

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Ovechkin

It doesn't take Ovechkin long to solve Miller

From Elias: Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a quick 1-0 lead in their game against the Sabres when he fired a wrist shot past Ryan Miller only 19 seconds after the opening faceoff. It was the 350th goal of Ovechkin's NHL career and his fastest goal ever from the start of a game. (His previous best was 26 seconds in a game at Philadelphia on March 22 last year.)

Ovechkin's early tally was also his 16th goal in 24 games against Ryan Miller, matching his highest total versus any NHL goaltender. He has also scored 16 goals versus Kari Lehtonen (in only 18 games).

Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres

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Gonchar

Gonchar sets personal best, approaches team record for D-men

From Elias: Sergei Gonchar extended his assist streak to seven games, recording two assists in the Senators' 4-1 win over the Jets. Gonchar's assist streak is the longest of his 18-year career and the longest in the NHL this season. He's the third defenseman in Senators history to register assists in each of seven or more consecutive team games in one season. Filip Kuba holds the team record for defensemen with an eight-game assist streak in October 2008, and Erik Karlsson recorded assists in seven straight games in February 2012.

Ottawa Senators

Penguins win 9th in a row

From Elias: The Penguins extended their winning streak to nine games with a 2-1 victory over the Bruins on Sunday. It's the second-longest winning streak in the NHL this season, behind the Blackhawks' run of 11 consecutive wins from February 15 through March 6. The Penguins' current winning streak began with five games in which they outscored their opponents, 26-18, and scored at least four goals in each game. But the last four games have been low-scoring affairs, with Pittsburgh outscoring the opposition, 11-4, on aggregate and failing to score more than three goals in any of them.

Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins


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