Date: December 8, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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George setting a nice pace

From Elias: Paul George scored 28 points in the Pacers' win over the Spurs increasing his season total to 495 in 20 games. The only other Pacers player to score at least 495 points in his first 20 games of a season was Jermaine O'Neal in 2004-05 (537 points).


An efficient 32 points for Lopez

From Elias: Brook Lopez scored 32 points and made 11 of 13 shots from the field in the Nets' win over the Bucks. It's the second time in his career that Lopez scored at least 30 points and made at least 80 percent of his field-goal attempts in a game. Lopez scored 37 points and made 14 of 17 shots from the field in a win over Detroit on March 26, 2010. The only other players to have two such games in a Nets uniform are Buck Williams (1982 and 1987) and Darryl Dawkins (1983 and 1985).


Curry has more dimes than the Grizzlies

From Elias: Stephen Curry handed out 15 assists in the Warriors' win, two more than the entire Grizzlies team had in the game. The last Warriors player to have more assists in a game than the combined total off the players on the opposing team was Baron Davis on January 11, 2008, also against the Grizzlies. Davis handed out 19 assists, all Grizzlies players combined for 18 in that contest.


Dirk outscores LaMarcus

From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki outscored LaMarcus Aldridge, 28-19, in the Mavericks' win over the Trail Blazers. Aldridge had outscored Nowitzki in the last eight matchups between the two players.


James extends winning streak against Minnesota

From Elias: LeBron James scored 21 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out eight assists in Miami's win over Minnesota. James' teams have won their last 15 games against the Timberwolves dating back to February 2006. That's the longest current winning streak against one team for LeBron James. James had a current 14-game winning streak against the Timberwolves and Raptors entering Saturday's action. The first nine of James' wins against Minnesota came in a Cavaliers uniform, the last six in a Heat jersey.

Three glass cleaners for the Pistons

From Elias: Andre Drummond (14), Greg Monroe (12) and Josh Smith (10) all hauled in at least 10 rebounds in the Pistons' win over the Bulls. It's the first time since January 12, 2006 that the Piston had three players with double-digit rebound totals in the same game. In that game at San Antonio, Ben Wallace (12), Tayshaun Prince (12) and Rasheed Wallace (10) turned the trick. The last time they did that against the Bulls was on February 9, 1988. Bill Laimbeer (18), Rick Mahorn (10) and Dennis Rodman (10) were the glass cleaners in that game.

Detroit Pistons


Hamilton rains threes on Sixers

From Elias: Jordan Hamilton's three three-pointers in a 67-second span in the fourth quarter turned a 90-86 Nuggets lead to 99-88 advantage in their win over the Sixers. The last Nuggets player to can three shots from long distance in 70 or fewer seconds was Chauncey Billups at Detroit on January 26, 2011.



Seguin shines in second

From Elias: With Dallas trailing Philadelphia, 1-0, Tyler Seguin scored three consecutive goals in the second period to lead the Stars to a 5-1 win over the Flyers. Seguin is only the second player to score three goals in one period (consecutive or not) for the Stars since the team moved to Dallas in 1993, joining Jussi Jokinen who did that in the second period of a game against Colorado on Nov.

16, 2007. Seguin's natural hat trick was the third by a Dallas Stars player; the others were by Brett Hull (March 18, 2001 vs. Ottawa) and Mike Ribeiro (Jan. 21, 2009 at Florida).

Dallas Stars

Leafs goalies seeing lots of rubber

From Elias: The Maple Leafs allowed exactly 50 shots on goal in their 3-2 overtime win versus Dallas on Thursday and they did it again in their 4-3 shootout victory at Ottawa on Saturday. It's the second time his season that an NHL team has allowed at least 50 shots on goal in each of two consecutive games. The Senators did that on October 12 and 13 in losses at San Jose (50 shots) and Anaheim (56 shots). That had happened only once in the previous 30 NHL seasons, by the Florida Panthers in April 2006.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Bruins overcome late deficit

From Elias: The Bruins had trailed the Penguins, 2-1, since the middle of the first period but David Krejci tied the score at 2-2 with 1:29 remaining in the third period and Zdeno Chara scored with 13 seconds left in regulation time to earn Boston a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh. It was the first time that the Bruins won a non-overtime game in which they trailed in the last two minutes of the third period since Dec. 4, 1986, when Tom McCarthy (19:42) and Ray Bourque (19:59) scored the tying and winning goals in a 3-2 victory against the Quebec Nordiques at Boston Garden.

The Bruins were on the wrong end of the only other non-overtime NHL game this season in which the winning team trailed in the last two minutes of the third period. That was a 4-3 setback at New Jersey on October 26, with defensemen Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene scoring the tying and winning goals for the Devils.

Boston Bruins


Huberdeau's third-period goal holds up

From Elias: Jonathan Huberdeau's goal snapped a 1-1 tie early in the that period and the Panthers' nursed that one-goal lead the rest of the way to record a 2 -1 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. Huberdeau has scored seven goals this season with four of them coming in third periods, which ties him with Marcel Goc for the Florida team lead in that category. As a rookie last season only four of Huberdeau's 14 goals were third-period tallies.


The Sabres can't beat Price

From Elias: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 23 saves in his 3-2 win over the Sabres in Montreal. Price has a 1.76 goals-against average in 14 career home games versus the Sabres, allowing three or fewer goals in each game, yet his victory on Saturday night was only his fifth against Buffalo at Bell Centre (5-5-4).


Backstrom ends drought

From Elias: Nicklas Backstrom ended his streak of seven consecutive games without an assist when he recorded the first of his two assists in the Capitals' win over the Predators. Backstrom's seven-game assist drought was the second-longest of his NHL career; he went 10 games without an assist in 2011 (Feb. 17-March 18).


Rookie lifts Devils in overtime

From Elias: Eric Gelinas scored at the 1:15 mark of overtime to give the Devils a 4-3 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Gelinas is only the second rookie defenseman to score a regular-season overtime goal for the Devils. Paul Martin was the first with his extra-time tally against the Kings on Feb. 15, 2004. Before Gelinas, the only rookie defenseman to score an overtime goal in an NHL game this season was the Bruins' Torey Krug on November 25 versus Pittsburgh.


Bonino racking up multi-point games

From Elias: Nick Bonino tallied one goal and one assist for the Ducks in their 5-2 win at St. Louis. It was Bonino's fourth two point game this season, all of which have come in his last 16 games. Bonino had registered only five multiple-point games in 128 career NHL games before that.