Date: April 6, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Carmelo ties NBA record

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony tied an NBA record by scoring 40 or more points and converting at least 60 percent of his field-goal attempts in three straight team wins. Four other players reached those thresholds in points and field-goal percentage in three consecutive games all won by their teams: Wilt Chamberlain (in 1961 and 1967), Moses Malone (1982), Adrian Dantley (1982) and Bernard King (1984).

New York Knicks


Thompson dominates Celtics

From Elias: Tristan Thompson scored 29 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the Cavaliers' win at Boston. He was the first player in more than a decade to reach each of those statistical levels in a regular-season game against the Celtics. The last man to do that had been Shaquille O'Neal, who totaled 48 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers in a win over the Celtics at Staples Center in March 2003. (Carmelo Anthony had 42 points and 17 boards in a playoff loss to the Celtics in 2011.)

Cleveland Cavaliers


Gay and DeRozan key two-point win

From Elias: Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan each made 12 of 23 field-goal attempts against the Timberwolves, with Gay scoring 26 points and DeRozan netting 25. The Raptors needed every one of those field goals in their 95-93 victory. It was the first time this season that teammates each converted at least a dozen field goals in a game their team won by two or fewer points.

Toronto Raptors


Kobe's assist total now his 2nd-highest in 17 years in NBA

From Elias: Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 24 points and nine assists in their 86-84 victory over the Grizzlies. Bryant, with 34 assists in his last three games, has lifted his assists total for the season to 444, which is now the second-highest total of his NBA career, now in its 17th season. Ten years ago, in the 2002-03 season, Bryant assisted on 481 baskets, which stands as his career high, albeit an imperiled one, with six games remaining in the season.

Los Angeles Lakers


Curry can not only swish, but dish

From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 18 points on an off-shooting night, but his 15 assists contributed to the Warriors' 111-107 win at Phoenix. It was on February 27 that Curry scored 54 points in a game at New York, so he's now only the second player in Warriors' history¿and remember, this is one of only three franchises, along with the Knicks and the Celtics, that trace their histories back to the NBA's first season, in 1946-47¿to have a game of 50-plus points and one of 15-plus assists in the same season. Rick Barry had highs of 64 points and 16 assists in the 1973-74 season.

Golden State Warriors

Jazz wins at home, holding Hornets bench to 8-percent shooting

From Elias: It's not often that you see a game in which an NBA team's bench - collectively - make less than 20 percent of its field-goal attempts. Well, on Friday night in Salt Lake City, the Jazz held the Hornets' bench to less than half of that percentage: the New Orleans substitutes made only two of 25 field-goal attempts, a shooting percentage of exactly eight percent. If you had watched each of the NBA's last 40,000 games, dating back to the early seventies, you would have seen only one other occasion on which a team's subs took at least 25 shots and had a field-goal percentage below 10 percent; on March 20 of last year, the Bucks held the Trail Blazers' subs to 2-for-29 shooting (6.9 percent).

Utah Jazz


Marion: like a fine wine

From Elias: Shawn Marion, just 32 days shy of his 35th birthday, scored 25 points and collected 12 rebounds, leading his team in both categories, in the Mavericks' victory at Sacramento. It was the second time he has produced 25-and-10 totals (points-and-rebounds) in his last 19 games, matching the total of 25-and-10 games that he had produced in his first 260 games with the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks


Harden gets rolling early

From Elias: James Harden poured in 17 points in the first quarter and the Rockets ran off to a 116-98 triumph at Portland, keeping pace with the Lakers, Jazz and Mavericks, each of whom won on Friday night. Harden's first-quarter flurry matched the most points he has ever scored in the opening period of an NBA game; he had 17 in a game against the Wizards on December 12 of this season.

Houston Rockets

76ers cruise after 40-point first quarter

From Elias: The 76ers took a 40-26 lead at the end of one quarter and cruised to a 101-90 win over the Hawks. It was the fewest points scored by the 76ers in any of the now 61 games in franchise history in which they scored at least 40 points in the opening period.

Philadelphia 76ers


Miller picks up the slack

From Elias: Mike Miller picked up the slack for Miami's sidelined stars by scoring 26 points in the Heat's victory over the Bobcats. It was the first time in Miller's last 140 games that he took game-high scoring honors. He had done so 50 previous times in his NBA career (including when he shared that distinction), but not since March 31, 2010 when his 27 points for Washington led all players in a game against New Orleans.

Miami Heat

Thunder's 5th win allowing 75 or fewer points

From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Pacers on Friday night, 97-75. It was the fifth time this season that Oklahoma City won a game and held an opponent to 75 or fewer points. That ties the Thunder with the Heat and Raptors for the most such wins this season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Sharp shooting from line helps Bulls edge Magic

From Elias: The Bulls made 13 of 14 free-throw attempts (92.9 percent) in their 87-86 win against the Magic. The only other team in the last two seasons to record such a high free-throw percentage in a one-point victory was the Trail Blazers, who sank 20 of their 21 attempts from the charity stripe (95.2 percent) in a 101-100 decision over the Clippers this January.

Chicago Bulls



Astros are first team with 13 or more strikeouts in 4 straight games

From Elias: The Astros on Friday night became the first team in major-league history to strike out at least 13 times in each of four consecutive games of one season. Houston's batters totaled 13 strikeouts on Opening Night, followed by 15,15 and 13 in the next three games.

Brett Wallace set a major-league record with 11 strikeouts in Houston's first four games. Before this year, the record for strikeouts in a team's first four games of a season was 10, by Pat Burrell for the Phillies in 2001.

Houston Astros


Davis continues power surge

From Elias: Chris Davis, who smacked a grand slam and drove in five runs against the Twins on Friday, has hit at least one home run and registered three or more RBIs in all four Orioles games this season. He's the first major-league player with a home run and at least three RBIs in each of four consecutive games -- at any point in a season -- since Bill Dickey did that in five straight games for the Yankees in June 1937.

Davis's 16 runs batted in are easily the highest total through four team games of a season since the major leagues starting recording RBIs in 1920. The previous record was 12 RBIs through four games, by Dolph Camilli (1935 Phillies), Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals) and Charles Johnson (2000 Orioles).

Baltimore Orioles

Royals rally with five straight multi-run innings

From Elias: The Royals trailed the Phillies at the end of four innings, 4-0, but Kansas City put up crooked numbers in each of the next five frames in a 13-4 rout of Philadelphia. The Royals became just the third team in major-league history to be held scoreless through a game's first four innings and then record at least two runs in each of the next five innings. The other teams to do that were Brooklyn in 1896 and the Chicago Cubs in 1930.

Kansas City Royals


Giants blanks Cardinals with bases-loaded walk

From Elias: The Giants blanked the Cardinals, 1-0, with Angel Pagan's bases-loaded walk producing the only run of the game. It was the first time since 1967 that San Francisco won a 1-0 game by virtue of an RBI-walk. On September 1 of that year, in a marathon at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Dick Groat drew a walk with the bags full in the top of the 21st inning and that plated Jim Ray Hart with the winning run.

Barry Zito threw seven scoreless innings and San Francisco's starting pitchers have not allowed an earned run in 26 innings this season. That's the longest streak of innings to begin a season without allowing an earned run for any team's starters since 1976, when the Brewers starters went 31 2/3 innings into the campaign without permitting an earned run.

San Francisco Giants


Fielder greets reliever with home run

From Elias: Joe Girardi brought in Boone Logan to face Prince Fielder with the Yankees holding a 3-2 lead over the Tigers in the fifth inning, and Fielder promptly belted a three-run homer to highlight Detroit's 8-3 victory.

It was the 28th time in his major-league career that Fielder hit a home run as the first batter faced in a game by a particular relief pitcher. That's easily the highest such total for any player since 2006 (Fielder's first full season in the majors). Next-most: Albert Pujols (24) and Paul Konerko (21).

Detroit Tigers


Smyly shuts down the Yankees with four perfect innings

From Elias: Drew Smyly punctuated the Tigers' victory by retiring all 12 Yankees batters that he faced. He's the first pitcher to record a "perfect save" of four or more innings since John Wasdin did so for the Rangers against the Marlins in 2005.

Detroit Tigers


Frazier and Cozart make Reds history

From Elias: Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart each hit two home runs in the Reds' 15-0 win over the Nationals. It's the first time in Reds history (which goes back to the 1800s) that they had multiple-homer games by their starting shortstop and third baseman in the same game.

Frazier and Cozart were the first starting shortstop-third base tandem to each go deep twice in a game for a National League team since the Pirates' Jackie Hernandez and Richie Hebner did that in 1971 for a Pittsburgh team that would go on to win the World Series.

Cincinnati Reds


Bonifacio's night to forget

From Elias: Emilio Bonifacio struck out four times and committed three errors on Friday night. The only other major-league player in the last 100 seasons who had at least four strikeouts and three or more errors in one game was Ryan Zimmerman (also 4 and 3) in 2007.

Toronto Blue Jays

Familiar script for Blue Jays

From Elias: The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays, 6-4, after the game was tied through seven innings, 4-4. Last season, Toronto was 3-10 (.231) in games tied at the end of the seventh inning, the lowest such winning percentage in the major leagues. The Blue Jays are 0-2 in those types of games in 2013.

Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays


Rockies club two more homers

From Elias: Wilin Rosario and Dexter Fowler slugged home runs in the Rockies' win over the Padres on Friday. That made Colorado the first National League team since the 2003 Pirates to hit at least two home runs in each of its first four games of a season. The only other time that the Rockies began a season with multiple homers in each of its first four games was in 2001.

Colorado Rockies


Four straight multi-hit games for Cruz

From Elias: Nelson Cruz, who was 3-for-4 in the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Angels on Friday, now has at least two hits in all four of Texas's games this season. Cruz is the third player in franchise history to collect multiple hits in each of the team's first four games of a season. He joins Vladimir Guerrero (who did so in the first 4 games in 2010) and Pete O'Brien (first 5 games in 1988).

Texas Rangers


Zobrist drives home three runs

From Elias: Ben Zobrist knocked in three of the Rays' four runs in Friday night's 4-0 win against Indians, giving him three games with two or more RBIs already this season. That matches his total number of multi-RBI performances through his first 56 games of the 2012 season.

Tampa Bay Rays



Jokinen makes great first impression

From Elias: Jussi Jokinen, making his debut for the Penguins after being acquired from Carolina in a trade, scored Pittsburgh's only goal in regulation time and only goal in the shootout that earned the Pens a 2-1 victory over the Rangers. It was the ninth time in the eight seasons that the NHL has used the shootout to determine a winner in games tied at the end of overtime that a player who scored his team's only regulation goal was also the only player on either club to score in the subsequent shootout. Jokinen was the second NHL player to do that in a game this year; Patrick Kane pulled off that feat in the Blackhawks' shootout win at Detroit on March 3.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Miller solves Senators

From Elias: Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller made 35 saves in his 4-2 win over the Senators in Buffalo. Miller has struggled to beat Ottawa in recent seasons, particularly on home ice. Entering play on Friday Miller had won only one of his last eight games versus the Senators in Buffalo (1-4-3 since February 2009) and only two of his last 12 home games against them (2-6-3 with one no-decision).

Buffalo Sabres


Backes loves facing the Blue Jackets

From Elias: David Backes scored the game-winning goal for the Blues in their 3-1 victory over the Blue Jackets. Backes has scored 15 career goals against Columbus (in 38 games), his highest total versus any NHL team. The only other club that Backes has a double-digit goal total against is Anaheim (11 goals). Since he entered the NHL in the 2006-07 season, the only player with more goals against the Blue Jackets than Backes is Patrick Sharp (24).

St. Louis Blues


Another game-winning goal on the road for Datsyuk

From Elias: Pavel Datsyuk scored his second goal of the game with 16 seconds left in overtime to earn the Red Wings a 3-2 win at Colorado. It was the 27th two-goal game of Datsyuk's NHL career and his first since Nov. 19, 2011 (at Los Angeles). Datsyuk has scored only five goals in his last 22 games but they've all come on the road and four of them have been game-winners.

Detroit Red Wings