Date: March 18, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Durant

Durant extends streak to 32 games, joins Wilt, Big O and Michael

From Elias: Kevin Durant poured in 35 points in the Thunder's victory at Chicago, extending to 32 his fabulous streak of scoring at least 25 points in consecutive games. Monday night's game had represented a particular challenge to the streak, in that the Bulls entered the contest having allowed a league-low average of 92.2 points per game this season, and they had permitted only 89.8 points per game on their own floor.

But Durant smoked the Chicago defense and reached the 25-point mark with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. In terms of streaks within a single season, Durant became only the fourth different player in NBA history to score 25-plus points in each of 32 consecutive games. Wilt Chamberlain had three such streaks (including a single-season record of 80 consecutive games of 25-plus points encompassing every game of his spectacular 1961-62 season); Oscar Robertson had a 46-game streak in the 1963-64 season; and Michael Jordan had a 40-game streak in the 1986-87 season.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Pacers deal 21st consecutive loss to Sixers

From Elias: The Pacers held off the 76ers, whose feisty effort made it a closer game than most anticipated, but who eventually went down to their 21st consecutive defeat, 99-90. The losing streak is now the longest in the history of a franchise that entered the NBA in 1949 and has played well over 5000 games; it's also now the fifth-longest single-season losing streak in NBA history. The longest losing streak in NBA history - either in a single season or with no such restriction - was a 26-game spiral endured by the Cavaliers three seasons ago.

Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers

Nuggets do it again, snuffing out another long winning streak

From Elias: The Clippers arrived in Denver the possessors of an 11-game winning streak, but to the Nuggets, that meant that they had the Clippers exactly where they wanted them. For not only had the Nuggets ended the Clippers' franchise-record 17-game winning streak at the Pepsi Center on New Year's Day 2013; but Denver had actually won each of the last five games in which it had hosted a team that entered the contest on a double-digit winning streak.

Make that six in a row. The Nuggets out-scored the visitors, 16-2, over the game's last four and one half minutes to earn a 110-100 victory, ending the Clippers' streak.

Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers

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Williams

Spectacular shooting by Williams has Brooklyn's most senior fans recalling Dem Bums

From Elias: Deron Williams made 11 of his 13 field-goal attempts, pacing the Nets to their ninth consecutive home victory, a comfortable 108-95 decision over the Suns. We did the math: Williams hit 84.6 percent of his shots, his highest shooting percentage in exactly 400 games, since he made 13 of 15 from the floor while playing for the Jazz against the Clippers in 2008.

The victory give Jason Kidd's squad the longest home winning streak for a major-league team in Brooklyn since, yes, the Boys-of-Summer Dodgers won 10 in a row at Ebbets Field from July 25 to August 20 of 1953.

Brooklyn Nets

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Jefferson

Millsap and tough 2nd-half D lead Hawks over Bobcats

From Elias: Paul Millsap scored 28 points to lead all scorers, helping the Hawks to a 97-83 win over the Bobcats in Charlotte. Millsap had scored 33 points in the Hawks' last game against the Bobcats, back on December 28. His total of 61 points over those games represents his second-highest total over two consecutive appearances against any NBA team within one season; in the fall of 2010, Millsap produced a total of 64 points over two consecutive appearances against the Heat.

The Bobcats scored just 31 points and connected on only 28.9 percent of their shots in the second half of their loss to the Hawks. It was the lowest second-half shooting percentage permitted by the Hawks in over two years (since the Bocks shot 28.2 percent after halftime on March 2, 2012) and it was the fewest second-half points they have allowed in nearly three years (since the Celtics managed just 31 points in the third and fourth quarters on April 1, 2011).

Charlotte Bobcats

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Jones

Jones paces Rockets in lopsided win

From Elias: With Dwight Howard out with an injury and James Harden playing but enduring the dog days of the schedule, Terrence Jones stepped up to score a game-high 30 points as the Rockets easily dispatched the Jazz, 124-86. It was the fourth game this season in which Jones has been Houston's outright scoring leader, and the Rockets have won all four of those contests.

Houston Rockets

Celtics complete a dubious cycle with loss at Dallas

From Elias: Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 19 points, the final three coming on a field goal from behind the arc after the Celtics had sliced his team's lead to two points with less than two minutes left to play. Nowitzki's shot gave Dallas a five-point lead, and the Mavs went on to win, 94-89.

And so, the Celtics completed an ignominious run: like all NBA teams, they visit each team in the opposite conference once per season, but the Celtics lost every road game against a Western Conference team for the first time in their 68-season history. They lost at Memphis, Minnesota, Houston and San Antonio in November; at Oklahoma City, Denver, Los Angeles (the Clippers), Golden State and Portland in January; at Phoenix, Los Angeles (the Lakers), Sacramento and Utah in February; and at New Orleans and Dallas on Sunday and Monday nights.

Boston Celtics

NHL

Coyotes shock Kings, who hadn't lost this way since 2008

From Elias: The Coyotes, visiting the Kings, scored the game's first two goals and its last two goals, those last two coming in the third period of Phoenix's 4-3 victory. It marked the first time in more than five years that the Kings had taken a lead into the third period at home, only to leave the Staples Center without earning a point. The last such instance came on Dec. 1, 2008, when the Maple Leafs scored three third-period goals win, 3-1.

Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes

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Rask

Rask helps Bruins to 9th straight win

From Elias: Tuukka Rask earned first-star honors by making 33 saves in his 4-1 victory over the Wild in Boston, thereby extending the Bruins' winning streak to nine games. Rask's latest victory maintained his season-long pattern of stinginess in interconference games at TD Garden. Rask is 7-1-2 with a 1.17 goals-against average in his 10 home games against Western Conference teams; he has allowed a total of just 12 goals in those games, with no more than two goals allowed in any of them.

Boston Bruins

Iginla puts home another pair

From Elias: Jarome Iginla scored two goals in the Bruins' win against Minnesota on Monday, after doing the same in Boston's victory against Carolina on Saturday. It's the sixth time in Iginla's NHL career that he has scored at least two goals in each of two consecutive team games in one season and the first time he's done so for a team other than Calgary. The last of his five pairs of back-to-back multiple-goal games for the Flames came back in November 2010. Iginla is the second player to produce two straight multi-goal games for the Bruins this season, joining Brad Marchand, who did it on January 19 and 20.

Boston Bruins

Palat takes NHL rookie lead with 13th multiple-point game of season

From Elias: Rookie Ondrej Palat contributed a goal and an assist in the Lightning's 4-3 win over the Canucks. Palat leads all NHL rookies with 13 multiple-point games this season, one more than Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon. Ten of Palat's multiple-point games have come over his last 28 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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Backes

Backes goes 2-for-2 and Blues win by that margin

From Elias: David Backes took only two shots on goal and scored on both of them to lead the Blues to a 3-1 win over the Jets. That was the 16th time that Backes has scored two-or-more goals in an NHL game, but only the third of them in which he scored on every shot he put on target. The others were two-goal games against Columbus in February 2007 (the first multi-goal game that Backes had in the NHL) and against Anaheim in March 2012.

St. Louis Blues


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