Date: May 6, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Game-winner for Durant

From Elias: Kevin Durant put Oklahoma City ahead to stay when he made a two-point field goal with 11.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the series opener against the Grizzlies. It was the third time in in Durant's career that he made a go-ahead field goal in the final 15 seconds of either the fourth quarter or overtime in a playoff game. He made two such shots in last year's playoffs: one each against the Mavericks and Lakers.

Oklahoma City Thunder


Unique statistical line for Durant

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, all off the defensive glass. The NBA has kept track of offensive and defensive rebound breakdowns since the beginning of the 1972-73 season and Durant is the only player over that span with 35 or more points and at least 15 rebounds in a playoff game without recording at least one offensive rebound.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Balanced offensive attack for the Pacers

From Elias: The Pacers won the opening game of their series against the Knicks with offensive balance unlike any in the team's NBA playoff history. It was the first time since Indiana joined the NBA that each of its starters scored in double figures, gathered at least four rebounds and handed out two or more assists in one playoff game. Each of the last four NBA teams to do that over the last ten postseasons won the game, including the Bulls in their triple-overtime victory over Brooklyn in Game 4 of their just-completed first-round series.

Indiana Pacers

Pacers produce while Anthony sits

From Elias: The Pacers managed to get Carmelo Anthony into foul trouble and they took advantage of his time on the bench. Anthony spent 35 minutes and 45 seconds on the court in Game 1, during which time the Knicks outscored the Pacers, 76-69. But with Anthony out of the game (for 12 minutes and 15 seconds), Indiana had a 33-19 advantage.

Indiana Pacers


Smith off the mark

From Elias: J.R. Smith continued to shoot blanks for the Knicks, missing 11 of his 15 field-goal attempts in Sunday's loss. Smith's poor playoff shooting actually dates back to last season. He has missed 93 shots from the field in his last nine playoff games (43-for-136, 32%). That's the highest nine-game total in the NBA postseason by a player coming off the bench in each game since Eddie Johnson of the Suns shot 66-for-159 (42%) from the field over a nine-game span during the 1989 playoffs.

New York Knicks



Hudson is unbeatable with a five-run lead

From Elias: The Braves staked Tim Hudson to a 5-0 lead with a five-run third inning that would prove to be more than enough for Hudson, who improved his record to 4-1 this season in Atlanta's 9-4 victory over the Mets. A five-run lead is money in the bank for Hudson, who has a career record of 79-0 when he's been on the mound under those circumstances.

Atlanta Braves


Votto has a field day at Wrigley

From Elias: Joey Votto had three hits on Sunday and he went 7-for-12 in the Reds' three-game sweep of the Cubs in Chicago. Votto is the fifth player in franchise history to post a batting average of .583 or higher with at least seven hits during a sweep of a series of three or more games at Wrigley Field. The other players to do so for the Reds are Wally Berger (.643, 9-for-14, July 1938); Frank Robinson (.615, 8-for-13, May 1957); Joe Oliver (.636, 7-for-11, August 1989); and Dmitri Young (.583, 7-for-12, September 1998).

Cincinnati Reds


Humber far from perfect

From Elias: Philip Humber's nightmarish start to his Astros career continued when he allowed eight runs in four innings and absorbed another loss on Sunday, this time at the hands of the Tigers. Humber is 0-7 with an 8.82 ERA through his first seven games with Houston. Since the major leagues began keeping track of earned runs (1912 in the NL and 1913 in the AL), the only other pitcher to begin his tenure with a franchise by losing his first seven games while posting an ERA over 8.00 was Jason Marquis with the Nationals in 2010 (8.79 ERA).

Houston Astros

Gonzalez wins after allowing a leadoff homer

From Elias: Starling Marte led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Gio Gonzalez, but the Pirates' lead was short-lived. The Nationals tied the score in the following frame and never looked back after taking the lead in the fourth on their way to a 6-2 win at Pittsburgh. Gonzalez had never allowed a first-inning leadoff home run before this year, but he's now done so in each of his last two starts (after Andrelton Simmons took him deep to lead off the bottom of the first at Atlanta on April 30). Gonzalez is the only major-league pitcher who has surrendered two such homers this season.

Washington Nationals


Cobb notches 11th win since August 1

From Elias: Alex Cobb improved his record to 4-2 this season in the Rays' 8-3 victory at Colorado. Cobb is 11-3 with a 2.97 ERA since August 1, 2012. That ties him with Gio Gonzalez (11-5, including his victory on Sunday) for the most wins in the majors over that span.

Tampa Bay Rays


El Día de la Batalla de Puebla

From Elias: Jaime Garcia defeated Marco Estrada as the Cardinals completed a four-game sweep of their series at Milwaukee. It was the 37th game in major-league history that featured a pair of Mexican-born starting pitchers (including one previous game in which Garcia and Estrada started against each other), but it was the first of those games played on Cinco de Mayo.

St. Louis Cardinals


Reddick finally gets a hit at Yankee Stadium

From Elias: Josh Reddick's ninth-inning double in the Athletics' 5-4 win in the Bronx was his first hit in 34 career at-bats at Yankee Stadium. Reddick was the first player to go hitless in his first 33 at-bats in road games against the Yankees since Bill Monbouquette, a pitcher, went 0-for-his-first-39 for the Red Sox and Tigers at the original Yankee Stadium from 1959 to 1966. Monbouquette snapped his streak with a single off Dooley Womack.

Oakland Athletics


Royals get to Reed

From Elias: Billy Butler hit a game-tying two-run double off Addison Reed with two outs in the ninth inning, before Alex Gordon's bases-loaded walkoff single in the tenth inning gave the Royals a 6-5 win over the White Sox. Reed was charged with a blown save after converting his last 16 save opportunities, dating back to August 25, 2012. It was the longest streak of its kind for a White Sox pitcher since Bobby Jenks converted 17 straight save chances in 2007.

Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox


Another early shower for Halladay

From Elias: The Marlins scored five first-inning runs off Roy Halladay on their way to a 14-2 laugher over the Phillies. It was the second start of Halladay's career in which he allowed as many as five runs in the first inning, and the other was more than 14 years ago (seven first-inning runs allowed for the Blue Jays on April 29, 1999 at Anaheim). Halladay lasted only 2¿ innings on Sunday, after a 3¿-inning stint in his previous start (April 30 at Cleveland). It's the fewest innings that Halladay has thrown over a span of two consecutive starts in his major-league career.

Philadelphia Phillies


Round number for Mauer

From Elias: Joe Mauer collected the 1300th hit of his career as the Twins topped the Indians. Mauer is one of 11 players who have at least 1300 hits for their current team, but none of the ten other players in that group have a career batting average for their team as high as Mauer's .322 mark with the Twins.

Minnesota Twins


Darvish allows two homers but the Rangers win

From Elias: Yu Darvish allowed a first-inning home run to David Ortiz and a second-inning shot by David Ross, but the Rangers took Darvish off the hook before Adrian Beltre's RBI single in the ninth inning gave Texas a 4-3 walkoff win. Darvish hadn't allowed more than one home run in any of his previous 28 starts, which was the longest streak of its kind in the majors entering play on Sunday. That distinction now belongs to Max Scherzer, who hasn't allowed more than one home run in any of his last 26 regular-season starts.

Texas Rangers


Morrow helps Blue Jays avoid being swept

From Elias: Brandon Morrow pitched eight innings and allowed only three hits to beat the Mariners as the Blue Jays salvaged the final game of their weekend set against Seattle. It was the eighth start of Morrow's career in which Toronto was in danger of being swept in a series and Morrow is 3-1 with a 2.12 ERA in those games.

Toronto Blue Jays


Chalk doesn't hold

From Elias: The Orioles topped the Angels in Anaheim with Jason Hammel earning the victory and Jerome Williams taking the loss. It was a surprising outcome, considering the starting pitchers' track records against their respective opponents. Hammel had lost each of his three previous career starts against the Angels and Williams was 3-0 in three previous career games versus the O's.

Baltimore Orioles


Six straight OT wins in road playoff games

From Elias: The Penguins squandered a 4-2 lead in the third period of their game against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum but won in overtime, 5-4, on a power play goal by Chris Kunitz. It was Pittsburgh's sixth straight win in road overtime games in the playoffs, a streak which began in 2001. Only three other NHL teams have recorded six or more consecutive wins in road overtime games in the Stanley Cup playoffs: the Canadiens (nine in a row from 1993 to 1998), Islanders (eight, 1977 to 1981) and Hurricanes (six, 2002 to 2006).

Pittsburgh Penguins

Islanders tie NHL record with seventh straight home loss in the playoffs

From Elias: The Islanders have lost their last seven playoff games at Nassau Coliseum: two versus Ottawa in 2003, two against Tampa Bay in 2004, two versus Buffalo in 2007 and Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. That ties the NHL record for consecutive home losses in the playoffs, a mark the Islanders now share with the Maple Leafs (1952-1956), Blackhawks (1975-1979), Bruins (1994-1996), Canucks (1996-2003) and Senators (2007-2012).

New York Islanders

Youth is served

From Elias: Rookie Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the first three playoff goals of his NHL career in the Senators' 6-1 win over the Canadiens. The 20-year-old Pageau is the fifth player in the NHL's expansion era to record a playoff hat trick before his 21st birthday. The other players to do that since 1968 were Wayne Gretzky (who had two playoff hat tricks at age 20 in 1981), Peter Zezel (age 20 in 1986), Patrick Kane (age 20 in 2009) and Sean Couturier (age 19 in 2012).

Ottawa Senators


Rookie scores in overtime

From Elias: Minnesota's Jason Zucker scored the first playoff goal of his NHL career 2:15 into overtime to earn the Wild a 3-2 win in Game 3 of their series against the Blackhawks. Zucker is the second rookie to notch his first playoff goal with an overtime tally this year. The Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist did that on Thursday night in Anaheim. That matches the number of rookies who pulled off that feat over the previous seven playoff years combined: Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly in 2010 and San Jose's Benn Ferriero in 2011.

Minnesota Wild