Date: April 4, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Melo puts up big numbers for second straight night

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points and made 17 of his 27 field goal attempts (63 percent) on Wednesday, a day after his 50 point performance on 18-for-26 shooting (69 percent) on Tuesday night. Over the last 28 seasons, only three other players have scored at least 40 points and made at least 60 percent of their field-goal attempts in consecutive days: Michael Jordan (November 5-6, 1991), Shaquille O'Neal (November 9-10, 1994) and Hakeem Olajuwon (January 13-14, 1995).

New York Knicks

First 50 win season for the Clippers

From Elias: The Clippers recorded their 50th win of the season when they defeated the Suns at the Staples Center on Wednesday. It is the first time the Clippers have won 50 games in a season since they entered the NBA in 1970. Every other NBA team that was in existence in the Clippers first season has won 50 or more games at least three times since 1970, and only two of the teams that have entered the league since have never had a 50-win season: Toronto (first season was 1995-96) and Charlotte (first season was 2004-05). To put that in perspective even more, the Lakers, who share the same building as the Clippers, have won 50 or more games 27 times since 1970-71.

Los Angeles Clippers


Dismal shooting night for Holiday

From Elias: Jrue Holiday shot a dismal 2-for-24 from the field in the 76ers' loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday night. Only one player in the shot-clock era has had a worse shooting performance from the field in a game with at least 20 attempts than Holiday had on Wednesday: Houston's Mike Newlin made only 1 of his 22 field goal attempts against Seattle on January 31, 1973.

Philadelphia 76ers


Big night for Nets' backcourt

From Elias: MarShon Brooks scored 27 points on 12-for-16 shooting and handed out seven assists and Deron Williams chipped in with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting and had eight assists in the Nets' win over the Cavaliers on Wednesday. It is only the fourth time that the Nets have had multiple players with at least 24 points, 7 assists and a .550+ field-goal percentage in the same game, and the first time since Derrick Coleman and Kenny Anderson both did it against the Cavaliers on December 26, 1992.

Brooklyn Nets


Toronto's rookie center sinks 16 free throws

From Elias: Rookie center Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 of his 24 points from the free-throw line in the Raptors' win over the Wizards on Wednesday night. Over the last 42 seasons, only one other rookie center has made 16 free throws in a game. San Antonio's David Robinson scored 17 points from the charity stripe against Golden State on March 2, 1990.

Toronto Raptors


Rubio does it all for the T-Wolves

From Elias: Ricky Rubio recorded 19 points, 12 assists and 8 steals to lead the Timberwolves to a win over the Bucks in Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Over the last 20 years, only two other players have reached those levels in those three categories in the same game: Chris Paul registered 33 points, 13 assists and 8 steals on April 22, 2012 against New Orleans and John Wall scored 29 points and had 13 assists and 9 steals in an overtime game on November 2, 2010 against Philadelphia.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Nuggets get a rare win in Utah

From Elias: The Nuggets beat the Jazz by a score of 113-96 in Utah on Wednesday night. Denver entered Wednesday's action with a 14-65 (.177) record on the road against the Jazz since that franchise began playing in Utah in 1979. That was the second worst record for any team in games played against the Jazz in Utah behind Detroit's 4-29 (.121) mark.

Denver Nuggets

Celtics win despite a weak effort on the boards

From Elias: The Celtics defeated the Pistons despite being out-rebounded by a 52-34 margin on Wednesday night. It marked the second time this season that Boston has won a game despite recording 15 fewer rebounds than its opponents. Only three other teams have won multiple such games in 2012-13: Miami (6), Atlanta (4) and Milwaukee (2).

Boston Celtics


Rangers' pitching dominates for second straight game

From Elias: Five Rangers pitchers combined to shutout the Astros with 15 strikeouts in Texas' win in Houston on Wednesday afternoon. That followed the 15 strikeout, zero run performance by Rangers pitchers - led by the nearly perfect Yu Darvish - on Tuesday. The Rangers are the first team since 1900 to allow no runs and register 15 or more strikeouts in consecutive games.

Texas Rangers


White Sox' catcher starts the season with a bang

From Elias: Tyler Flowers hit one of four home runs for the White Sox in the team's 5-3 win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon. Flowers has homered in each of the first two games Chicago has played this season. Only one other White Sox catcher has gone deep in each of the team's first two games of a season: Sherm Lollar in 1958. Prior to Flowers, the last major league catcher to do that was Atlanta's Brian McCann in 2007.

Chicago White Sox


Escobar comes through under pressure

From Elias: Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a come from behind 3-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday afternoon. Escobar entered Wednesday's game just 3-for-21 with one RBI and no extra base hits in late game pressure situations in his career.

Minnesota Twins

Yankees off to a rough start

From Elias: The Red Sox jumped on the Yankees early, scoring six runs in the first three innings, en route to a 7-4 victory in the Bronx on Wednesday night. The Yankees have not held a lead in either of their first two games of this season. It is the only time that the Yankees have started a season at home and failed to lead at any point in either of the first two games of the campaign since they began playing their home games at the old Yankee Stadium in 1923.

Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees


Mets lefty bats get to Richard

From Elias: Clayton Richard allowed three home runs, two to left-handed hitters Lucas Duda and Ike Davis, in the Padres' 8-4 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday night. Richard allowed only two home runs to the 211 left-handed hitters he faced during the 2012 season. The two lefty swingers who homered off Richard last season were Gregor Blanco and Matt Carpenter.

New York Mets, San Diego Padres

Gonzalez beats Marlins with his arm and his bat

From Elias: Gio Gonzalez hurled six shutout innings and chipped in with a home run at the plate in the Nationals' 3-0 win over the Marlins on Wednesday night. Only two other pitchers in the Expos/Nationals franchise history have pitched at least six shutout innings and hit a home run in the same game: Floyd Youmans on June 8, 1986 against the Phillies and Livan Hernandez on September 14, 2010 against the Braves.

Washington Nationals


Reynolds wins it for Tribe in extra innings

From Elias: Mark Reynolds hit a home run for what proved to be the game-winning run in the 11th inning in the Indians' 3-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. In the three seasons prior to 2013, Reynolds had only 5 hits in 41 extra-inning at bats (.122) without a home run.

Cleveland Indians

Cubs are denied a 2-0 start for the 18th straight season

From Elias: The Cubs could not follow up their opening day victory with a win in their second game, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Pirates on Wednesday night. The Cubs have now gone 18 consecutive seasons - since 1995 - without winning each of their first two games, the longest current streak for any major league team.

Chicago Cubs


Joyce jolts Orioles in the ninth

From Elias: Matt Joyce led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run to cap a come from behind win for the Rays over the Orioles on Wednesday night. It is only the second time that Joyce has hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later in his career, his only other such instance coming on May 9, 2012 when he hit a three-run home run off of David Robertson in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium in a 4-1 Rays win.

The Orioles blew a 4-0 lead in the loss. Baltimore lost only one game in which it led by at least four runs in 2012, tied with Detroit, Kansas City and Toronto for the fewest such losses in the American League.

Tampa Bay Rays


Another game winning hit for Votto

From Elias: Joey Votto drove in the winning run with a base hit in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Reds 5-4 win over the Angels on Wednesday night. It was the seventh time that Votto had a game-ending hit since July of 2009, which ties him with Matt Kemp for the most such hits for any player over that span.

Cincinnati Reds


Braves rough up Halladay again

From Elias: The Braves touched up Roy Halladay for five runs and knocked him from the game with one out in the fourth inning in their win over the Phillies on Wednesday. Halladay has pitched fewer than five innings and allowed four or more runs in only four starts since he joined the Phillies in 2010 - and three of them have come against the Braves (his other such start with Philadelphia came against the Cardinals). Only three A.L. teams were able to do that to Halladay at least three times in his 12 seasons with the Blue Jays: the Rangers (4 times) and A's (3).

Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies


Axford being bitten by the long ball

From Elias: John Axford allowed home runs to Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler in the ninth inning in the Rockies 7-3 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night. Axford has allowed three home runs in two appearances this season. In 2012, Axford did not allow his third home run until June 19th - which was his 29th appearance of the season.

Milwaukee Brewers



New acquisitions pay immediate dividends for the Rangers

From Elias: Three players acquired by the Rangers in trades over the past two days, Ryane Clowe, Derick Brassard and John Moore, all debuted for New York on Wednesday and they each made a significant offensive contribution to a 6-1 Rangers win over the Penguins. Brassard tallied four points with one goal and three assists, becoming only the third player ever to record four points in his first game as a Ranger. The others were Hank Goldup (1942) and Hall of Famer Doug Bentley (1954). Clowe, who had been goalless in 28 games with San Jose this year, scored two goals and added an assist for good measure, and Moore scored the final goal in Wednesday's game. It was the first time in Rangers history that three players making their debuts for the team scored goals in the same game.

New York Rangers


Rangers deal struggling Gaborik

From Elias: Marian Gaborik, who was traded to the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, scored only two goals over his last 22 games with the Rangers. That matches Gaborik's lowest goal total over any 22-game span in his 12-season NHL career. He had one two-goals-in-22-games stretch with Minnesota in the 2001-02 season, and four overlapping two-in-22 spans for the Wild in the 2003-04 season.

New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets

Flyers win third straight

From Elias: The Flyers extended their winning streak to a season-high three games with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory against the Canadiens on Wednesday. That leaves only three NHL teams without a winning streak of more than two games this year: Calgary, Colorado and Phoenix.

Philadelphia Flyers