Date: May 15, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Duncan ties Wilt's playoff record

From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Spurs' 109-91 win over the Warriors. That was the 143rd playoff game in which Duncan reached double-figures in both of those categories, tying Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record. Shaquille O'Neal fell one short of Wilt's mark when he retired two years ago.

San Antonio Spurs


Warriors' backcourt goes silent

From Elias: The Spurs held Stephen Curry to nine points and Klay Thompson to four in Tuesday's victory. It was the first time since 1977 that both of Golden State's starting guards scored fewer than 10 points each in the same playoff game. The last Warriors guards to do so were Phil Smith and Gus Williams against the Lakers.

Golden State Warriors

Pacers beat the Knicks on the backboards and the scoreboard

From Elias: The Pacers dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Knicks, 54-36, in a 93-82 victory. It was the fourth time during the 2013 postseason that Indiana registered at least 15 more rebounds than its opponent. All other teams have combined for four such games (one each for Houston, the LA Clippers, Memphis, and Miami).

It was the first playoff game since the Pacers joined the NBA in which all three of their frontcourt starters - in this case, Paul George (14), Roy Hibbert (11), and David West (10) - grabbed at least 10 rebounds.

Indiana Pacers


Kidd remains scoreless

From Elias: Jason Kidd played 16 minutes without scoring in the Knicks' loss. It was the eighth consecutive game in which Kidd failed to score. Only one other player in NBA history played at least 5 minutes in each of eight straight playoff games without scoring: Charles Jones (one game with Washington in 1988, and seven with Houston in 1995).

But there's a big difference in those streaks: Jones played a total of 93 minutes in his eight scoreless games. Kidd has played 177 minutes during his eight-game pointless streak.

New York Knicks


May 14 was Cy Young Day in MLB

From Elias: For only the fourth time in major-league history, seven Cy Young Award winners started on the same day: Bartolo Colon, R.A. Dickey, Felix Hernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Jake Peavy, CC Sabathia, and Barry Zito. The previous occurrences:

April 21, 1974 - Vida Blue, Steve Carlton, Mike Cuellar, Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Jim Perry, and Tom Seaver April 5-10, 1993 - Roger Clemens, Doug Drabek, Dwight Gooden, Orel Hershiser, Greg Maddux, Rick Sutcliffe, and Bob Welch


Ageless Rivera stands alone atop this season's saves leaders

From Elias: Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 16th save of the season in the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Mariners. By doing so, the 43-year-old Rivera took sole possession of the major-league lead in saves. No player in his 40s other than Rivera himself (two years ago) had done that since Hoyt Wilhelm led the majors with three saves for a period of four days early in the 1969 season. Wilhelm was 46 years old at the time.

New York Yankees


CarGo wrecks Wrigley

From Elias: Carlos Gonzalez went 5-for-5 and hit a pair of home runs in the Rockies' 9-4 win over the Cubs. In the 98 seasons that the Cubs have played at Wrigley Field, only six other opposing players went 5-for-5 or better and hit two or more homers in the same game there. The only other active player to have done so was Albert Pujols in 2004 (5-for-5, 3 HR).

Colorado Rockies


Dickey makes early lead stand up

From Elias: The Blue Jays scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning, and with R.A. Dickey on the mound for Toronto you could have turned off the TV at that point. The Jays cruised to a 10-6 win over the Giants. Dickey has won the last 24 games in which he was staked to a lead of four of more runs, and Dickey's teams have a 30-1 record when giving him a four-run cushion.

Toronto Blue Jays


Young Moore remains unbeaten

From Elias: Mike Moore improved to 7-0 in the Rays' 5-3 win over the Red Sox. Moore is the first pitcher age 23 or younger to win his first seven decisions in a season since Chad Billingsley and Eric O'Flaherty both did at age 22 in 2007.

Tampa Bay Rays


Beltran finally breaks out vs. Mets

From Elias: Carlos Beltran went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs in the Cardinals' 10-4 win over the Mets. Beltran came into the game with a .122 career batting average against the Mets, the lowest such mark by any active position player (minimum: 40 at-bats). Three active players have a lower BA vs. New York than Beltran - at least prior to his 3-for-5 outburst: Ricky Nolasco (.050), Josh Johnson (.050), and Jason Marquis (.073). Beltran had only one RBI versus the Mets in 15 games prior to Tuesday.

St. Louis Cardinals

Phillies extend solo-HR streak

From Elias: Kevin Frandsen and Domonic Brown hit solo homers in the Phillies' 6-2 win over the Indians. Each of Philadelphia's last 16 home runs has been hit with the bases empty. With the addition of the two solo shots on Tuesday, that is the Phillies' longest such streak during the expansion era. They had a streak of 15 straight solo home runs in 2009.

Philadelphia Phillies


Padres rally against Johnson for late win

From Elias: The Padres rallied for two runs off Jim Johnson in the ninth inning to post a 3-2 victory at Baltimore. It's tough to say which was more unlikely: San Diego's rally or Johnson's failure. It was only the fourth win over the last three seasons in which the Padres trailed during or after the ninth inning, tying them with the Yankees for the fewest such victories in the majors during that time.

For his part, Johnson entered the game with a streak of 35 consecutive save conversions, by far the longest in the majors at the time. In fact only two pitchers had streaks even half as long as Johnson's: Grant Balfour, 24; and Mariano Rivera, 20.

Baltimore Orioles


Bailey completes the job in victory at Miami

From Elias: Homer Bailey struck out 10 without issuing a walk in a complete-game victory as the Reds defeated the Marlins, 6-2. Bailey threw 125 pitches, matching the highest single-game total by any Reds pitcher during Dusty Baker's six seasons as manager. Bronson Arroyo threw 125 pitches for Cincinnati in an 8-inning performance in 2011.

Cincinnati Reds


McCutchen hits 4th walkoff home run

From Elias: Andrew McCutchen homered in the 12th inning to give the Pirates a 4-3 win over the Brewers. It was the fourth walkoff home run of McCutchen's career, tying Willie Stargell and Richie Hebner for the team high during the divisional era.

Pittsburgh Pirates


Peavy continues his early-season success

From Elias: Jake Peavy allowed two runs over seven innings to earn the win in the White Sox' 4-2 victory at Minnesota. Peavy improved his record to 5-1, but the clock is ticking. Peavy has traditionally pitched well early in the season, posting a 50-26 (.658) career record through the end of May, but only a 75-68 (.524) mark from June 1 to the end of the season.

Chicago White Sox

Dodgers win despite little offense

From Elias: The Dodgers' offense consisted of four singles in a 2-0 win over the Nationals. It was the Dodgers' first victory since 1998 in which they four or fewer hits with no extra-base hits and no walks.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Astros off to worst start in team history

The Tigers defeated the Astros, 6-2, as Houston's record fell to 10-30. That's the Astros' worst mark through 40 games in team history. Their previous low was 13 wins through 40 games in 1967 and 1975. Over the last 10 seasons, only two other teams had a record as poor as 10-30 through Game 40: Detroit in 2003 (9-31) and Kansas City in 2006 (10-30).

Detroit Tigers



Malkin extends assist streak in win over Senators

From Elias: Evgeni Malkin recorded a goal and an assist as the Penguins posted a 4-1 win in Game 1 against the Senators. Malkin has picked up assists in all seven of Pittsburgh's playoff games this year. He's the first NHL player to register assists in each of his team's first seven games of a playoff year since 1999, when Colorado's Peter Forsberg and Boston's Jason Al1lison both did so.

Pittsburgh Penguins


Quick's playoff performance is from another era

From Elias: Jonathan Quick made 35 saves in the Kings' 2-0 victory over the Sharks. With that shutout, Quick lowered his career goals-against average to 1.98 in 39 playoff games. Eleven other goaltenders compiled a GAA below 2.00 having played at least 20 games in the postseason. Of those, only Patrick Lalime played in the last 50 years.

Los Angeles Kings