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Robinson's late scoring surge leads Bulls
From Elias: Nate Robinson scored five points through the first three quarters, but exploded for 23 in the fourth quarter and six more in overtime as the Bulls posted a thrilling 142-134 triple-overtime Game Four victory over the Nets. No player had scored that many points after the end of the third period since LeBron James scored 29 in a double-overtime Game Five victory in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals at Detroit.
Both starting lineups produce points
From Elias: All five starters for both the Nets and Bulls scored at least 15 points in Chicago's triple-overtime win. And that doesn't even include Nate Robinson, who led all scorers with 34 off the bench. The last NBA playoff game in which all 10 starters scored 15-plus points was Game Four of a second-round series between the Celtics and Bucks in 1987. Boston's starting five consisted of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Danny Ainge and Dennis Johnson, while Terry Cummings, Paul Pressey, Jack Sikma, Sidney Moncrief and John Lucas started for Milwaukee. The Celtics won, 138-137, in two overtime periods at Milwaukee Arena.
KD does it all for Thunder
From Elias: Kevin Durant led all scorers with 41 points, while also pacing all Thunder players with 14 rebounds and four assists in Oklahoma City's 104-101 Game Three win at Houston. Only two other NBA players have scored 40-or-more points while leading their team outright in points, rebounds, and assists in a playoff win by three-or-fewer points: Oscar Robertson did that for the Cincinnati Royals at Boston in 1963, and Paul Pierce did it for the Celtics at Indiana in 2003.
Grizzlies blow out Clippers in second half
From Elias: The Grizzlies, who trailed by a point at the end of the second quarter, routed the Clippers, 104-83, in Memphis. It was the largest margin of victory in a playoff game by a team that trailed at halftime since the Hornets downed the Spurs, 101-79, in Game Five of their second-round series in 2008. San Antonio rebounded from that loss to take Games Six and Seven, before losing to the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.
Horford's big game leads Atlanta rout
From Elias: Al Horford scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Hawks' defeated the Pacers, 90-69, in Game Three of their first-round series. Horford was the first Atlanta player to record at least 25 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game since Dikembe Mutombo put up a 26/15 line against the Pistons at the Omni in 1997. Horford and Mutombo are the only two Hawks players to go 25/15 in a playoff win since the team moved to Atlanta from St. Louis in 1968.
Moore is nearly unhittable
From Elias: Matt Moore lifted his record to 5-0 this season, allowing one run on three hits in six innings in the Rays' 10-4 road win over the White Sox. Moore has allowed just 13 hits in 32 innings this season. He's the fifth pitcher in American League history to win his first five starts while allowing less than one-half hit per inning, joining the Tigers' George Mullin in 1909, Detroit's Al Benton in 1945, and the Yankees' Bob Turley in both 1955 and 1958.
Infante last in lineup but not in production
From Elias: Ninth-place hitter Omar Infante went 3-for-4, with a go-ahead two-run home run, three RBI, and a stolen base in the Tigers' 7-4 home win over the Braves. The last player to record at least three hits, three RBIs, a home run, and a stolen base from the #9 slot was the Rays' Sean Rodriguez at Seattle on July 31, 2011. Infante is the first player to do that in the Tigers' 113-year history.
Markakis, Jones homers a familiar site for O's
From Elias: Back-to-back fourth-inning home runs by Nick Markakis and Adam Jones led the Orioles to a 7-3 win at Oakland. It was the 16th time that Markakis and Jones have homered in the same game as starting outfielders, the highest such total by any current pair of teammates. (The Dodgers' Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp rank second with 14.) And it's also the most by any pair of Baltimore starting outfielders in franchise history. The old record was 10 games, by Frank Robinson with both Paul Blair and Curt Blefary.
Burnett beats Cards again
From Elias: A.J. Burnett improved his record to 2-2 as the Pirates won, 5-3, at St. Louis. Both of Burnett's wins this season have come at the expense of the Cardinals, against whom his ERA stands at 1.38. The last Pittsburgh pitcher to record two wins against St. Louis in the month of April was Brian Fisher in 1988. In 2012, Burnett was 1-2 with an ERA of 8.80 against the Cardinals.
Pronk batters Toronto lefties
From Elias: Travis Hafner's three-run home run in the fourth inning off J.A. Happ tied the score at three, and his RBI triple off Brett Cecil in the seventh drove in the deciding run in the Yankees' 5-4 home win over the Blue Jays. Between 2003 and 2006, Pronk recorded more than one extra-base hit in a game off left-handed pitching nine times for the Indians. But over his last six seasons in Cleveland (2007-2012), he did so just three times, most recently on April 11, 2012 against the White Sox.
Hicks finally records XBH
From Elias: Aaron Hicks finally stroked his first major-league extra-base hit, a two-run double in the eighth inning of the Twins' 7-2 home win over the Rangers. Hicks thus ended a streak of 64 straight at-bats without an XBH to start his career, the second-longest by any Twins position-player since the team relocated from Washington in 1961. Tom Tischinski didn't record more than a single in any of his first 90 big-league at-bats in 1969 and 1970.
Haren's bat, arm defeat Reds
From Elias: Dan Haren allowed two runs in six innings, and also gave the Nationals the lead for good with a second-inning RBI single in Washington's 6-3 home victory over the Reds. Haren became the fourth pitcher this season to earn a win and record a game-winning RBI in the same game, joining Clayton Kershaw (April 1), Gio Gonzalez (April 3), and Adam Wainwright (April 13). Saturday was the fourth anniversary of Haren's last game-winning RBI, for the Diamondbacks against the Cubs in 2009.
Big Papi slugs Sox to another win
From Elias: David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double in the Red Sox' 8-4 home win over the Astros. In seven games this season, Ortiz has recorded 14 hits, including four doubles, and two home runs, good for 24 total bases. That's the highest total by any Boston player over his first seven games of a season since Carl Everett put up 27 total bases in 2000.
King Felix continues run of superb command
From Elias: Felix Hernandez allowed two runs in eight innings, walking one and striking out seven as the Mariners took a 3-2 decision over the Angels. Over his last three starts, Hernandez has surrendered just three runs and two walks while fanning 28 batters. The only other Seattle pitchers to record that many strikeouts and two-or-fewer walks over a three-start span were Mike Moore (August 1988) and King Felix himself (June-July 2012).
Santana's dominant start to 2013
From Elias: Ervin Santana pitched seven shutout innings, striking out five without issuing a walk to lead the Royals to a 3-2 triumph over the Indians. In five starts in 2013, Santana has posted a 2.00 earned-run average and a 31-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The only other Kansas City pitcher to compile an ERA below 3.00 while striking out at least six times as many batters as he walked over his first five starts was Dick Drago (1.83 ERA, 16 K, 2 BB) back in 1971.
Another easy save for Gregg
From Elias: For the second straight night, Kevin Gregg saved a Cubs victory in Miami by pitching a perfect ninth inning. That equals the number of "clean" saves recorded by the North Siders' other closer, Carlos Marmol, over the last two seasons combined.
Ross wins it with sac-fly
From Elias: Cody Ross' 10th-inning sacrifice fly allowed A.J. Pollock to score the winning run in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 win over the Rockies. It was the second extra-inning walk-off sacrifice fly in Arizona history; Chris Snyder hit a scoring fly ball in the 16th inning against Colorado on Sept. 16, 2006.
Brown hits another three-run blast vs. Mets
Domonic Brown provided the big blow with a three-run fifth-inning home run in the Phillies' 9-4 win over the Mets in New York. Brown's last long ball was also a three-run shot against the Mets, in Philadelphia on April 10. None of Brown's previous 13 major-league homers had come with more than one runner on base.
Gomez' seventh-inning blast is game-winner for Milwaukee
From Elias: Carlos Gomez's two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning gave the Brewers the lead for good in their 6-4 win at Dodger Stadium. Gomez had never previously recorded a game-winning RBI on a home run later than the fourth inning of a game.
Padres beat Giants 8-7 in 13
From Elias: The Padres defeated the Giants, 8-7 in 12 innings. It was the highest-scoring extra-inning game between the two National League West rivals since San Diego took an 11-10, 12-inning decision at Jack Murphy Stadium on August 4, 1993.
Consistency key to scoring title for St. Louis
From Elias: Martin St. Louis all but officially wrapped up his second NHL scoring title when he had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's season-ending loss to the Panthers. St. Louis, who also won the Art Ross Trophy in the 2003-04 season, finished with a total of 60 points while playing in all 48 games for the Lightning this year; he never went more than one game without scoring points. He racked up 12 points in January (in six games), 13 in February (14 games), 18 in March (14 games) and 17 in April (14 games). The only other NHL players with a double-figure point total in all four calendar months this season were Steven Stamkos, John Tavares and Patrick Kane.
Nash scores 20 in ninth straight season
From Elias: Rick Nash reached the 20-goal plateau for the ninth consecutive season when he scored the first of his two goals in the Rangers' 4-0 win over the Devils. Nash, who was traded to the Rangers by the Blue Jackets last summer, will finish the 2012-13 NHL campaign as the only active player with a current streak of at least nine straight 20-goal seasons. Five players who had entered this year having scored 20-or-more goals in each of the past nine NHL seasons had their streaks come to an end largely because of the lockout-shortened 48-game schedule: Jarome Iginla (13 seasons), Marian Hossa (12), Vincent Lecavalier (12), Ilya Kovalchuk (10) and Martin St. Louis (9).
Green scores twice on power play
From Elias: Capitals defenseman Mike Green scored two goals, both on power plays, in Washington's 3-2 overtime win against the Bruins. It was the 14th multiple-goal game of Green's NHL career and his sixth game with two power play goals. Green's total of 14 multi-goal games stands second among active NHL defenseman, behind Sergei Gonchar (22); in addition, Green's total of six multi-PPG games is the highest by any current D-man.
Columbus puts up 25 shots in third
From Elias: The Blue Jackets trailed, 1-0, heading into the third period of their game against Nashville, but they won after outscoring the Predators, 3-0, over the final 20 minutes and outshooting them, 25-5 in the final period. The 25 shots on goal set a Columbus franchise record for one period, and were the most shots by one team in a single period in an NHL game this season, topping the previous high of 24, done three times.
Mason saves 40 again
From Elias: Flyers goaltender Steve Mason stopped 43 of the Senators' 44 shots on goal in his 2-1 win at Ottawa on Saturday night, after facing 41 shots while posting a victory over the Bruins in his last game (Tuesday). Over the last 40 years, the only other Flyers goaltender to win consecutive games in one season while facing at least 40 shots on goal in each game was Robert Esche in 2006-07 (Dec. 28 and Jan. 2).
Zetterberg puts up two points in four straight
From Elias: Henrik Zetterberg scored the Red Wings' first two goals and assisted on their third as Detroit clinched a playoff berth for the 22nd consecutive season with its 3-0 win at Dallas on Saturday night. Zetterberg scored 10 points over the Red Wings' final four games this season (two goals, eight assists) with at least two points in each game. He's the first Detroit player to record two or more points in each of four consecutive team games in one season since Pavel Datsyuk had a four-game streak in December 2011. It's the third time that Zetterberg has registered four straight multiple-point games (he also did that in 2006-07 and again in 2007-08).
Neal's hat trick
From Elias: James Neal, playing in his first game after being sidelined for three weeks due to a concussion, scored three goals for the Penguins in their 8-3 win over the Hurricanes. It was the third career hat trick for Neal, who had scored only one goal in his last 13 games when he was injured on April 5. Before that slump, Neal was tied for second in the race for the NHL goal-scoring leadership, having scored 17 times in his first 26 games (through March 10).
Rookie Schwartz scores twice
From Elias: Rookie Jaden Schwartz scored two goals in a game for the first time in his brief NHL career to help the Blues post a season-ending 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. Schwartz is the second St. Louis freshman to record two goals in a game this season, joining Vladimir Tarasenko, who did that twice (January 19 and March 28). The only other NHL team to have more than one rookie with multiple-goal games this season is Tampa Bay (three: Cory Conacher, Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik).
Eller scores in bunches
From Elias: Lars Eller contributed a goal and two assists to the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs. Eller finished the season with a total of 30 points in 45 games but he did the majority of his scoring in a relatively small number of games. Eller's 10 multiple-point games (3 three-point games and 7 two-point games) accounted for 23 of the 30 points he registered this season.