Date: April 23, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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George does it all as Pacers tie series

From Elias: Paul George filled the boxscore with 27 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a blocked shot in the Pacers' victory over the Hawks in Game 2 of their first-round series. He became the first player to reach each of those levels in any of the NBA's last 859 playoff games - since New Jersey's Jason Kidd hit them in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons in 2003. (Kidd had 34 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block in that contest.)

Only one other active player has reached those levels in a postseason game: Paul Pierce with Boston during the 2003 playoffs (40 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and a block).

Indiana Pacers


DeRozan closes the door on the Nets

From Elias: DeMar DeRozan demonstrated first-rate closing skills in Game 2 against the Nets, breaking an 85-85 tie with a bucket with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and then adding eight more points as the Raptors evened the series with a 100-95 win. The last two players to score at least 10 points, including the point(s) that put his team ahead to stay, over the last three minutes of an NBA playoff game, were LeBron James, who victimized the Celtics in 2011, and Kevin Durant who did it against the Nuggets in 2011.

Toronto Raptors

Wizards start series with two huge comeback wins

From Elias: The Wizards overcame second-half, double-digit deficits to win each of the first two games of their first-round series against the Bulls, and they did it in Chicago. The last NBA team to win the first two games of a playoff series by overcoming second-half deficits of 10-or-more points in each game was the Nets, who also did it on the road, against the Pistons in the first two games of the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals. The Nets went on to play in the Finals that year, losing to the Spurs in six games.

Washington Wizards


Canadiens sweep Lightning

From Elias: The Canadiens completed a sweep of their first-round series against the Lightning with a 4-3 win in Montreal on Tuesday. It was the Canadiens' league-high 22nd sweep of a best-of-seven playoff series but their first since 1993 against the Sabres. (Montreal won each game of that series 21 years ago by a 4-3 score, with the last three victories coming in overtime.) The only other NHL teams with even half as many four-game sweeps as the Canadiens are the Bruins and Red Wings (14 each). Tampa Bay is the 10th different team that the Canadiens have swept in a best-of-seven series. They've also made short work of the Blackhawks, Bruins, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Blues, Flyers, Whalers and Sabres.

Montreal Canadiens


Pacioretty's late goal clinches Canadiens sweep

From Elias: Max Pacioretty scored a power play goal to break a 3-3 tie with 42.6 seconds remaining in the third period and that goal enabled the Canadiens to beat the Lightning, 4-3, and wrap up a four-game sweep of their first-round playoff series. Pacioretty is the second player in Canadiens history to score a tiebreaking goal in the final minute of the third period in a regulation-time victory which clinched a playoff series for Montreal. The other Canadiens player to do that was Mats Naslund in Game 5 of a best-of-five first-round series against the Bruins in 1985. Naslund's goal at the 19:09 mark of the third period was the only goal scored by either team in that series-deciding game played at the Montreal Forum.

Montreal Canadiens


Rask blanks Red Wins

From Elias: Tuukka Rask posted the fourth shutout of his NHL playoff career with a 3-0 win at Detroit that gives the Bruins a two-games-to-one lead in their first-round series against the Red Wings. Rask's other postseason shutouts came in Boston's last two playoff series in 2013: two versus the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final and one against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final. Rask is the fourth goaltender in Bruins history to register shutouts in each of three consecutive team playoff series. The others are Tiny Thompson (1934-1937), Don Simmons (1957-1958) and Tim Thomas (2011-2012).

Boston Bruins


Nash assists Rangers to Game 3 victory

From Elias: Rick Nash recorded only four assists over his final 41 games during the regular season but he's assisted on four goals over the first three games of the Rangers first-round playoff series against the Flyers: one in each of the first two games and two in New York's 4-1 win in Game 3. Nash is the first Rangers forward to register at least one assist in each of the team's first three games of a playoff year since Mark Messier in 1995. Two Rangers defensemen did that in the interim: Fedor Tyutin (2007) and Dan Girardi (2012).

New York Rangers


Pujols joins the 500 home run club

From Elias: Albert Pujols hit two home runs - the second of which was the 500th of his career - to help lead the Angels to a 7-2 win over the Nationals on Tuesday night. Pujols is the 26th player in major-league history to hit 500 home runs, but the first of which to hit his 499th and 500th in the same game. Two players hit their 500th and 501st homers in the same game: Mark McGwire (1999) and Harmon Killebrew (1971).

Pujols, age 34 years, 96 days old on Tuesday, is the third youngest player to reach 500 homers, behind Alex Rodriguez (32 years, 8 days) and Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days).

Los Angeles Angels

Fernandez and Wood put on a show

From Elias: Jose Fernandez struck out 14 Braves and opposing starter Alex Wood fanned 11 Marlins in Miami's 1-0 won over Atlanta on Tuesday night. It marked the first time that opposing starting pitchers, each younger than 24, each struck out more than 10 batters in a game since July 31, 1901, when Reds' 22-year old pitcher Noodles Hahn struck out 11 and the Cubs' 22-year old starter Long Tom Hughes fanned 15.

The game featured 28 total strikeouts and no walks. That is the most strikeouts without a walk being issued in any major-league game since 1900.

Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins

Another 1-0 game

From Elias: The Marlins edged the Braves by a score of 1-0 on Tuesday night. There have now been 12 games that have ended by a score of 1-0 already this season, the most such games before the end of April in major-league history. The old mark was 11 in 1992.

Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins


DeJesus comes through with runners in scoring position

From Elias: David DeJesus had three RBIs, delivering singles with the bases loaded in the first inning and with second and third in the third inning, to lead the Rays to a 7-3 win over the Twins on Tuesday night. DeJesus entered the game 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position this season, which was tied for the third most at bats without a hit in that situation entering Tuesday's action, behind Logan Forsythe (0-for-14), John Jason (0-for-12) and J.P. Arencibia (0-for-12).

Tampa Bay Rays


Cueto three-hits the Pirates again

From Elias: Johnny Cueto followed up his three-hit shutout against Pittsburgh last Wednesday by allowing only one run and three hits in a complete game victory over the Pirates on Tuesday night. Cueto is the first pitcher to pitch a complete game with three or fewer hits allowed in consecutive starts, both against the same team, since Kerry Wood did it against the Marlins in July 2003.

Cincinnati Reds


Wainwright shuts down the Mets

From Elias: Adam Wainwright hurled seven shutout innings and earned the win in the Cardinals' 3-0 victory over the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night. Wainwright entered the day with a 6.03 career ERA in eight appearances (six starts) against the Mets, the highest among the 47 active pitchers with at least 35 innings pitched against New York.

St. Louis Cardinals

Melky and Lawrie deliver crushing blows in Jays win

From Elias: Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each hit three-run home runs in the eighth inning turning a 3-3 tie into a 9-3 lead in Toronto's win over Baltimore on Tuesday night. It's the first time the Blue Jays hit multiple home runs with at least two men on in the same inning since May 14, 2010 when Travis Snider and Vernon Wells each did it in the third inning against Texas. The last time Toronto did that in the eighth inning or later was on June 24, 2004 when Orlando Hudson and Dave Berg did it in the ninth inning against Tampa Bay.

Toronto Blue Jays


Lester struggles in loss to the Yankees

From Elias: Jon Lester allowed 11 hits and walked four in the Yankees' 9-3 romp over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. That matched the most base runners Lester has allowed via hit, walk or hit by pitch in a game in his major-league career. Lester allowed 15 runners (12 hits, 2 walks and a HBP) against the Cubs on May 20, 2011 and against the Rays (8 hits, 7 walks) on June 11, 2013.

Boston Red Sox


Headley's homer in the 12th wins it for the Padres

From Elias: Chase Headley homered leading off the 12th inning to snap a 1-1 tie and give the Padres the lead in a game San Diego would go on to win, 2-1, on Tuesday night. It is the third time that Headley has hit a go-ahead home run in extra innings in a game the Padres would eventually win in his career. That ties the most such home runs in San Diego's franchise history. Six other players have hit three go-ahead extra-inning home runs in a winning effort for the Padres: Nate Colbert, Adrian Gonzalez, Tony Gwynn, Darrin Jackson, Benito Santiago and Dave Winfield.

San Diego Padres

Three runs, three homers at Coors

From Elias: Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado each hit solo home runs in the Rockies' 2-1 victory over the Giants at Coors Field. The Giants lone run of the game came on a home run by Hunter Pence. It is only the second game in the history of Coors Field in which at least three runs were scored and all came across the plate on solo home runs. The only other time that happened was on July 9, 1995, when Eric Young, Dante Bichette, Larry Walker and John Vander Wal each hit solo blasts for the Rockies, while Wil Cordero homered for the Expos' only run in a 4-1 Colorado win.

Colorado Rockies


McHugh brings back memories of Randy Johnson

From Elias: Collin McHugh didn't allow a run or a walk and struck out 12 batters in the Astros' 5-2 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night. Prior to McHugh, the last Astros pitcher to not allow a run or a walk while striking out at least 12 hitters in a game was Randy Johnson, who K'd 16 Pirates on August 28, 1998.

Houston Astros


Olt homers in Cubs' win

From Elias: Mike Olt hit a three-run home run in a four-run fifth inning which lifted the Cubs to a 9-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Olt only has eight hits on the season, but four of them have been home runs. He is the only player in the majors whose home runs have accounted for at least half of his hits (minimum: 5 hits).

Chicago Cubs