Date: April 22, 2013

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By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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James, game-high in 3 categories, ties his playoff low for shots, sets his playoff high in FG pct.

From Elias: LeBron James put up 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists┐he was the game-high performer in each of those categories┐and he connected on nine of 11 shots from the field in the Heat's 110-87 Game 1 win over Milwaukee. James's total of 11 field-goal attempts matched the fewest that he's ever had in an NBA playoff game (he also had 11 in playoff games in 2007 and 2011), but his 81.8-percent shooting from the field was his highest in any of the 116 playoff games he has played with the Cavaliers and the Heat.

Now consider this: Sunday night's game marked the eighth time that James has been the outright game-high performer (no ties) in points, rebounds and assists in the same playoff game. Not only is that the highest total of games of that nature for any player in the NBA's shot-clock era, but LeBron's total of eight such games stands higher than the combined total of the next three players on that list! Larry Bird has the second-most games of that type (three), followed by Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal (two apiece).

Miami Heat


George makes 17 foul shots in his triple-double

From Elias: Paul George grabbed headlines with a triple-double in the Pacers' 107-90 victory over the Hawks. It was just the second triple-double by a Pacers player in the team's NBA playoff history; the other was produced by Mark Jackson in Game 5 of a 1998 Eastern Conference Semifinal series┐the clincher for Indiana┐against the Knicks.

George had 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, with quite an unusual shooting breakdown: he went 3-for-13 from the floor, including 0-for-5 on three-point shots, while making 17-of-18 from the line. George set a record for the lowest field-goal percentage (23.1 percent) of any player who had a playoff triple-double since the NBA introduced the shot clock for the 1954-55 season. The old mark of 25 percent was shared by Lenny Wilkens of the St. Louis Hawks against the Lakers in 1966 and Wes Unseld of the Baltimore Bullets against the Bucks in 1971 (each shot 3-for-12). George also set an NBA playoff-game record for the most free throws made by a player earning a triple-double. The old mark had been held by Oscar Robertson, who shot 16-of-19 from the line while turning in a triple-double for the Cincinnati Royals in a series-clinching overtime win over the Syracuse Nationals in 1963.

Indiana Pacers


Spurs' three stars never showed this kind of balance in playoffs

From Elias: Tony Parker (18 points), Manu Ginobili (18) and Tim Duncan (17) led the Spurs' scoring attack in their 91-79 victory over the Lakers in their first-round series opener. It was the 137th NBA playoff game that Parker, Ginobili and Duncan have played together, but in none of the 136 previous games did they achieve the kind of scoring balance that they showed on Sunday, when all three of them finished within a single point of one another.

San Antonio Spurs


Durant and Jordan

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 24 points in the Thunder's series-opening victory over the Rockets. It was Durant's 27th consecutive playoff game in which he scored more than 20 points (since May 15, 2011). That's the longest such streak in the playoffs for any NBA player since Michael Jordan topped 20 points in each of the last 47 postseason games of his career (1996 to 1998). Durant surpassed a 26-game streak of that kind fashioned by Kobe Bryant (2002 to 2003).

Oklahoma City Thunder

Home court advantage

From Elias: NBA teams held serve on their home court in each of the eight playoff-series openers this weekend. Since 1984, when the NBA expanded the postseason to include 16 teams, there have been only three other years in which home teams won the first game of all eight first-round series (1988, 1990 and 2004).



The old and the young

From Elias: Jaromir Jagr (age 41) and Dougie Hamilton (age 19) each scored a goal in the Bruins' 3-0 win over the Panthers on Sunday. It was the fourth time in Bruins history that they had a 40-something player and a teenager score goals for them in the same game. The first pair of Bruins to do that was Jean Ratelle (age 40) and Steve Kasper (age 19) on Feb. 14, 1981 at Los Angeles, and 30 years later Mark Recchi (age 42 and 43) and Tyler Seguin (age 18 and 19) teamed up with goals in the same game twice in 2010-11 (Nov. 17 and Feb. 17). The only other two-generation goal pairing in the NHL this season is Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson (age 40) and Mika Zibanejad (age 19), who pulled it off three times before Zibanejad turned 20 years old last Thursday.

Boston Bruins

Rangers hitting the net

From Elias: The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 18-6, during their current three-game winning streak (6-1 vs. Florida, 8-4 at Buffalo and 4-1 vs. New Jersey on Sunday). The 18 goals are the most that the Rangers have scored over any three-game span in one season since Jan. 22-26, 2002, when they scored 19 times while posting wins against the Islanders (5-4), Bruins (8-4) and Capitals (6-3).

New York Rangers


Another multiple-goal game for Tlusty

From Elias: Jiri Tlusty recorded his league-leading eighth multiple-goal game of the season when he scored twice for the Hurricanes in their 3-2 win against the Lightning. Tlusty, who had scored two goals in only four of his 228 games in the NHL before this year, is only the third player to register at least eight multi-goal games in one season for the Hurricanes since the team relocated to Carolina from Hartford in 1997. Jeff O'Neill had nine multiple-goal games for the Canes in 2000-01, and Eric Staal notched nine such games in 2005-06 and eight in 2008-09.

Carolina Hurricanes


Late game-winner for Johansen

From Elias: Ryan Johansen scored with 1:37 remaining in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and his goal was the game-winner for the Blue Jackets in their 4-3 victory at San Jose. It was only the second time this season that a Columbus player scored a tiebreaking goal in the final five minutes of the third period. The Blue Jackets' other late-game go-ahead goal was scored by Vinny Prospal at the 19:35 mark of the third period on February 21 and it earned Columbus a 3-2 win at Detroit.

Columbus Blue Jackets


McGinn is central in Colorado's win

From Elias: Jamie McGinn scored a pair of goals for the Avalanche in its 5-3 win over the Blues. McGinn has tallied six goals in 14 games versus Central Division teams this season, with at least one goal against each team (St. Louis 2; Chicago, Columbus, Detroit and Nashville 1 each), but he's recorded only five goals in 30 games against the rest of the Western Conference.

Colorado Avalanche


Hiller wins again in Edmonton

From Elias: Jonas Hiller made 27 saves as he led the Ducks to a 3-1 win in Edmonton. Hiller has an 11-3-0 record in 14 career starts versus the Oilers and he's won all seven starts he's made against them in Edmonton, allowing a total of 11 goals in those seven games (and only one goal over his last three starts there).

Anaheim Ducks



Catch a rising star

From Elias: John Buck opened the scoring with a second-inning solo homer that would be all the Mets needed in their 2-0 victory against the Nationals. Buck has seven home runs and 22 RBIs in the 15 games that he's started behind the plate for the Mets. Since the major leagues began tracking RBIs in 1920, no other player has accumulated as many as seven homers and 22 RBIs for a season in his first 15 games started as a catcher.

New York Mets


Arencibia is the first since Berra

From Elias: J.P Arencibia hit his seventh home run of the season as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees on Sunday, and all of his homers have been hit in games that he's caught at Rogers Centre. Arencibia is the first catcher to hit as many as seven home runs over his club's first 13 home games of a season since Yogi Berra went deep eight times during New York's first 13 games at Yankee Stadium in 1956.

Toronto Blue Jays


Zito and Hubbell

From Elias: Barry Zito tossed seven innings in the Giants' shutout win over the Padres in San Francisco. Zito has won each of the three games that he's started at AT&T Park this season and he hasn't allowed a run in the 21 innings that he's pitched there. Zito is the second Giants pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record scoreless outings of seven or more innings in each of his first three home starts of a season. The other is Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, who did it for the 1933 New York Giants. Hubbell also had two scoreless relief appearances at the Polo Grounds that season within the span of his first three home starts.

San Francisco Giants


Phillips puts Reds ahead

From Elias: Brandon Phillips snapped a 2-2 tie with an RBI single in the seventh inning that opened the flood gates for an eight-run frame by the Reds, who then held on to beat the Marlins, 10-6. Phillips, who ended Saturday's game with a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning, has 18 game-winning RBIs in the seventh inning or later during his major-league career, but this weekend marked the first time he's ever driven in such late-inning game-winners in back-to-back games.

Cincinnati Reds


Reynolds and Santana homer in the same game

From Elias: The Indians won a back-and-forth struggle with the Astros on the strength of home runs by Mark Reynolds, Carlos Santana and Drew Stubbs. It was the fourth game this season in which both Reynolds and Santana homered, the most for any pair of big-league teammates.

Cleveland Indians


Young hits in a dozen straight games

From Elias: Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an infield eighth-inning single that ignited a four-run rally to give the Phillies the lead in their 7-3 win against the Cardinals. Young has had hitting streaks of a dozen or more games in each of the last ten seasons (2004-2013). Ichiro Suzuki had hitting streaks of at least 12 games in each of the past 12 years (2001-2012).

Philadelphia Phillies


Dunn's hitless streak ends with a bang

From Elias: Adam Dunn snapped the longest hitless streak of his career (31 at-bats) with a seventh-inning homer in the White Sox' 5-3 loss to the Twins. Last season, both Tampa Bay's Luke Scott (41 at-bats) and Milwaukee's Brooks Conrad (36 at-bats) ended personal hitless streaks of 31 or more at-bats with home runs.

Chicago White Sox

Trumbo walks off in the 13th

From Elias: Mark Trumbo led off the bottom of the 13th inning with a home run off Phil Coke that gave the Angels a 4-3 win over the Tigers. Over the last 11 seasons (2003 to date), the only other Angels player to hit a walkoff homer in in the 13th inning or later of a game is Bobby Abreu, who hit a 14th-inning game-ender off Seattle's Brian Sweeney on September 10, 2010.

Los Angeles Angels


Cain streak ends, but he helps Royals sweep two in Boston

From Elias: Lorenzo Cain entered Sunday's first game at Boston with hits in each of his last seven plate appearances, the longest such streak for any major-leaguer this season and the longest for a Royals player since Eric Hosmer in 2011. Cain's streak of consecutive hits ended with a first-inning ground out, but the next time he stepped to the plate (in the fourth inning) he tied the game with a RBI-double and then scored on a two-run single by Salvador Perez that closed the scoring in the Royals' 4-2 win. After going 1-for-3 in Sunday's opener, Cain had a .632 batting average (12-for-19) over his last five games to establish a career-high for hits over a five-game span.

Cain went 0-for-3 in the nightcap, but he drove in the deciding run with a bases-loaded walk in the tenth inning that gave the Royals a 5-4 win. Cain has RBIs in five of his nine career plate appearances with the bags full, including all three of his bases-loaded plate appearances this season (with a sac-fly, a single and a walk), but he had never had an RBI-walk until Sunday night.

Kansas City Royals


Martin batting ninth

From Elias: Leonys Martin went 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple to help the Rangers beat the Mariners. Martin is the second player in franchise history (dating back to the 1961 expansion Senators) to homer and triple in one game from the ninth spot of the batting order. The other Texas player to do so was Juan Beniquez, against the Blue Jays on May 22, 1977.

Texas Rangers


Who's the old guy on the mound?

From Elias: Roberto Hernandez earned his first major-league victory since 2011 as the Rays downed the Athletics on Sunday. At age 32 (we think), Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) became the oldest pitcher to win a game for Tampa Bay since Hideo Nomo beat the Blue Jays on June 27, 2005 at age 36.

Tampa Bay Rays

Brewers sweep Cubs

From Elias: The Brewers completed a three-game series sweep of the Cubs with a 4-2 win at Miller Park. Milwaukee is 18-2 in its last 20 home games against the Cubs. The only team against which the Brewers have ever posted a record better than 18-2 over a span of 20 home games is the Pirates. Milwaukee topped Pittsburgh in 22 straight games at Miller Park from May 4, 2007 to April 26, 2010.

Milwaukee Brewers

Orioles blow a three-run lead

From Elias: The Dodgers erased a three-run deficit with a four-run fifth inning and then tacked on runs in the seventh and ninth innings to top the Orioles, 7-4. It was Baltimore's third loss this season in games in which it led by three or more runs (April 3, 7 and 21). The Orioles lost only two games in that fashion after the All-Star break last season. Before Sunday, the Dodgers hadn't won a game this season in which they trailed by more than two runs.

Baltimore Orioles

Bucs bullpen holds down the fort

From Elias: Five Pirates pitchers combined to shut down the Braves for six innings in relief of Jonathan Sanchez to help Pittsburgh top Atlanta, 4-2. Justin Wilson was credited with the win and Jason Grilli earned the save. It was the first victory for the Pirates' bullpen in a nine-inning game in which it pitched six or more innings without being charged with a run since September 25, 2009, when the Bucs beat the Dodgers, 3-1, despite a three-inning start from Jeff Karstens. The winner in that game was Donnie Veal and Matt Capps notched a save.

Pittsburgh Pirates

D-backs escape Denver with a win

From Elias: The Diamondbacks put an end to the Rockies' eight-game winning streak by salvaging the last game of their three-game set at Colorado. Arizona is 6-0 in series finales this season (compared to 4-8 in other games), including three wins in which they avoided being swept in a series.

Arizona Diamondbacks