Date: January 28, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Durant: 41 points and game-winning basket

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 41 points and his basket with 1.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter gave the Thunder a 111-109 victory over the Hawks. Durant was the first NBA player to score at least 40 points and make a game-winning field goal in the final two seconds since Deron Williams did that against Oklahoma City on April 6, 2010. Williams' jumper with 1.1 seconds to go in overtime capped a 42-point performance in a 140-139 win for the Jazz.

Oklahoma City Thunder


Lowry joins elite company

From Elias: Kyle Lowry's 31 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals carried the Raptors to a 104-103 win over the Nets in Brooklyn. No other NBA player had a 30/5/5/5 (points/assists/rebounds/steals) game this season and the only three guys to do that last season were Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Lowry became the fifth player since 1973 (when steals were first officially recorded in the NBA) with a game of that kind in a one-point win. The others were James (in 2008) and three Hall of Famers: Clyde Drexler (1988), Larry Bird (1981) and Julius Erving (1979).

Toronto Raptors


Green and Dragic on target

From Elias: Gerald Green scored 30 points and Goran Dragic added 24 of his own in the Suns' 124-113 win over the 76ers. Green (10-for-12) and Dragic (9-for-13) were a combined 19-for-25 (.760) from the floor, the second-highest field goal percentage in a game this season for any two NBA teammates who each attempted more than 10 field goals. Blake Griffin and Darren Collison collaborated for a 21-for-27 (.778) performance from the field in a Clippers win over the Lakers earlier this month.

Phoenix Suns


Crawford scores 25 points off the bench

From Elias: Jamal Crawford came off the bench and scored a game-high 25 points in the Clippers' easy triumph over the Bucks. It was the fifth time this season that Crawford scored at least 25 points in a game that he did not start and the Clippers won. That's the most 25-point games as a reserve that contributed to a victory for any NBA player this season.

Los Angeles Clippers


Love is perfect from the line

From Elias: Kevin Love was 14-for-14 from the foul line and his 31 points led all players in the Timberwolves' victory over the Bulls. The only other NBA player to make at least that many free throws without a miss in a game this season is Carmelo Anthony, who sank all 16 of his attempts from the charity stripe on January 17 against the Clippers.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Favors leads Jazz in points and rebounds

From Elias: Derrick Favors led the Jazz with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the team's 106-99 victory against the Kings. It was only the second time in Favors' career that he produced a team-high in both points and rebounds in a Utah win. He also did that in March 2012 in an overtime victory over the Warriors.

Utah Jazz



Varlamov improves to 5-0-1 when facing 40-plus shots

From Elias: Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves when he led the Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Stars in Dallas on Monday. Varlamov has a 5-0-1 record in the six games in which he's faced 40 or more shots on goal this season. Varlomov's five wins in such games rank him second among NHL goaltenders this season, behind Toronto's Jonathan Bernier, who's won six times when facing 40-plus shots.

Colorado Avalanche


Staal brothers rescue Hurricanes from 2-0 deficit

From Elias: The Hurricanes trailed the Blue Jackets, 2-0, with less than nine minutes remaining in the third period of their game in Raleigh. But the Staal brothers came to Carolina's rescue when Eric scored twice in 60 seconds to tie the game at 2-2 and Jordan tallied less than two minutes later with a goal that was decisive in a 3-2 Hurricanes victory over Columbus.

It was only the sixth time in their two seasons as Carolina teammates that Eric and Jordan Staal scored goals in the same game (three times in 2012-13 and three times this season). This was Eric's first multiple-goal game since March 2, 2013, when he scored twice against Florida. The 76 games Eric Staal played in the interim was his second-longest streak without a multi-goal game. Eric's only longer stretch without a multiple-goal game was the first 83 games of his NHL career (Oct. 2003 to Oct. 2005).

Carolina Hurricanes


Marchand scores 4 points

From Elias: Brad Marchand scored one goal and assisted on three more in the Bruins' 6-3 victory over the Islanders. It was the third time that Marchand recorded four or more points in one game in his NHL career. He had a four-point day in a 6-2 Bruins win at Colorado in January 2011 (two goals, two assists), and a five-point night in an 8-0 Boston victory versus Florida in December 2011 (three goals, two assists). Over the last four seasons, all other Bruins players combined have scored four-plus points in a game only four times (one each by Nathan Horton, Brian Rolston, Patrice Bergeron and Jarome Iginla).

Boston Bruins


Another shutout for Fleury

From Elias: Marc-Andre Fleury posted his fourth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Fleury has recorded as many shutouts in 43 starts this season as he did in 95 starts over the previous two seasons combined (three in 64 starts in 2011-12, one in 31 starts in 2012-13). Fleury's four shutouts are the most he's registered in one season since he had four in 2008-09.

Pittsburgh Penguins