Date: January 22, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Durant Has A Kobe-Like 10-Game Stretch

From Elias: Kevin Durant, with 46 points in Tuesday night's win against the Trail Blazers, has scored at least 45 points four times in his last 10 games. The only other players in the past 25 years with four (or more) 45-point performances in a 10-game span of a season are Kobe Bryant (many times, most recently in March-April 2007) and Bernard King (during the 1990-91 season).

Durant has scored 383 points over his last 10 games, the highest 10-game total in any season since Bryant scored 396 points in a 10-game stretch late in the 2006-07 campaign.

Oklahoma City Thunder


James Converts 9 Free Throws In Final Quarter

From Elias: The Heat trailed the Celtics, 86-84, with less than three minutes remaining in the game, but LeBron James took over from there. He made seven free throws in a 9-0 Miami run that earned the Heat a 93-86 victory. James converted nine foul shots overall in the final period, his highest total in any quarter in one day shy of two years -- since he sank 10 shots from the line in the second quarter on January 22, 2012 against the Bucks.

Miami Heat


Gay Drops 41 On Pelicans

From Elias: Rudy Gay's 41 points highlighted the Kings' win over the Pelicans, and made Gay the first NBA player in almost three years to score at least 40 points in a game after playing for a different franchise earlier that season. The two most recent players to do that had been Portland's Gerald Wallace and Sacramento's Marcus Thornton, both in March 2011.

Sacramento Kings

Magic Road Woes Continue

From Elias: The Magic's 101-90 loss to the Nets in Brooklyn was Orlando's sixth straight road defeat by more than 10 points. Only one other team in the last three seasons lost at least six straight games away from home by 11-or-more points: the Bobcats had an eight-game skid of that kind in February-March 2013.

Orlando Magic


Blatche Leads Nets Off The Bench

From Elias: Andray Blatche has come off the bench to score 20, 19 and 18 points, respectively, in Brooklyn's last three games, all of them victories. He's the first Nets reserve to register 18 or more points in each of three straight games, all wins, since Darryl Dawkins did that in January 1986.

Brooklyn Nets

Jazz Down By 18 Points Through 1 Quarter

From Elias: The Timberwolves forged a 34-16 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 112-97 triumph over the Jazz in Salt Lake City. That was the largest deficit faced by Utah through the first 12 minutes of a home game since the Lakers were ahead 38-18 at the end of one period on March 20, 2008.

Utah Jazz



Anderson Extends Winning Streak Against Washington

From Elias: Craig Anderson recorded his third shutout of the season with a 2-0 win at Washington on Tuesday. It was Anderson's seventh win in his last seven games versus the Capitals, dating back to February 2012. That's the longest winning streak against the Capitals since the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury won seven straight decisions versus Washington from January 2006 to March 2008.

Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals

Islanders Overcome Another 2-Goal Deficit

From Elias: The Islanders trailed, 2-0 and 3-1, in their game at Madison Square Garden but rallied to beat the Rangers, 5-3. It was the sixth time since December 29 that the Islanders won a game in which they trailed by two goals or more, and five of those six wins were recorded in regulation time. No other NHL team has posted more than two two-goal comeback wins over the past 24 days. Before this stretch, the Islanders had recorded only four 60-minute wins after trailing by at least two goals over the last six seasons.

New York Islanders


1 and 1 For Jovanovski

From Elias: Ed Jovanovski scored one goal and assisted on another for the Panthers in their 4-3 win at Buffalo. It was the first time that the veteran defenseman recorded both a goal and an assist in the same game since Oct. 26, 2009, when he posted "one and one" for the Coyotes in a game against the Rangers. In the interim, Jovanovski recorded ten multiple-assist games and one multi-goal game (a hat trick, no less!).

Florida Panthers


Umberger Scores Twice

From Elias: R.J. Umberger scored two goals in a game for the second time this season to help lead the Blue Jackets to a 5-3 win against the Kings. Umberger's other multiple-goal game this season was against his former team, the Flyers, on December 21, but between that game and the one on Tuesday he scored only one goal in 12 games. Umberger has registered 18 multi-goal games in his six seasons with Columbus. The only other player with a double-digit total of multiple-goal games for the Blue Jackets since 2008-09 is no longer with the club: Rick Nash (23).

Columbus Blue Jackets


Rookie Defenseman Scores 3 Points

From Elias: Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas recorded one goal and two assists in the Devils' 7-1 rout of the Blues in snowy Newark. Over the last 23 seasons, the only other time a rookie defenseman scored as many as three points in one game for New Jersey was when Brian Rafalski tallied one goal and two assists in a 3-1 Devils victory over the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 13, 2000.

New Jersey Devils


Lehtonen Posts His 10th Shutout For Stars

From Elias: Kari Lehtonen needed to make only 18 saves to post his second shutout of the season with a 4-0 win against Minnesota. It was the 24th shutout of his NHL career and 10th since the Atlanta Thrashers traded him to the Stars in February 2010. Lehtonen is the third goaltender to reach double-figures in shutouts for the Stars since the team moved to Dallas in 1993, after Marty Turco (40) and Ed Belfour (27).

Dallas Stars