Friday, November 3, 2006
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The National League's Gold Glove recipients were announced Friday, with two first-time winners: Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran.
Pujols, who hit 49 home runs this year, becomes only the second player to win a World Series, hit 40 or more homers and earn a Gold Glove in the same season; Mike Schmidt did that in 1980.
Beltran is the first Mets outfielder to win a Gold Glove since Tommie Agee in 1970. The Mets had been tied with the White Sox for the longest current drought for any major league team since it last had an outfielder win a Gold Glove. The White Sox have not had an outfielder win a Gold Glove since 1970, when Ken Berry earned that honor.
• Francisco Liriano, who was 12-3 for the Twins this season, is expected to miss the 2007 season after he undergoes elbow surgery. Since the end of World War II, only one pitcher won 12 or more games as a rookie and did not pitch in the majors in the following year: Kerry Wood, who was 13-6 in 1998 but missed the 1999 season after undergoing elbow surgery.
• Allen Iverson scored 39 points and distributed 10 assists in Philadelphia's win over Orlando on Friday night. Iverson has 71 points and 16 assists in two games this season. Only two other players in NBA history scored 70 or more points with 15 or more assists in their team's first two games of a season: Larry Bird for Boston in 1987 (75 and 15) and Nick Van Exel for Denver in 2001 (71 and 17).
• Kyle Korver came off the bench to score 28 points for Philadelphia, shooting 10-for-13 (.769) from the field. Over the past 10 seasons, only one other 76ers reserve made at least 10 field goals and converted at least 75 percent of his shots: Toni Kukoc, who was 10-for-12 (.833) as a non-starter against the Knicks in a season-opening victory for Philadelphia in October 2000.
• Cleveland defeated the Spurs 88-81, giving the Cavaliers their first win in San Antonio since Dec. 8, 1988. That was so long ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was an active NBA player in that season. The Cavs' drought of 17 years, 330 days between wins on the road against one opponent was the longest current drought and the fifth-longest for any team in NBA history. The record is 19 years, 81 days between wins by Washington at Seattle (from January 1980 to March 1999).
• Tim Duncan matched his career high by missing 10 free throws in the loss. It was the seventh time in Duncan's NBA career that he misfired on 10 attempts from the foul line in one game. The only other player to miss at least 10 foul shots for San Antonio in an NBA game was David Robinson, who did it once (6-for-18 on April 4, 1993).
• In Denver's 112-109 loss to Minnesota, Carmelo Anthony took four shots within the last 15 seconds of the game and missed them all. Three of them were 3-point attempts that would have tied the game. Over the past two seasons, only one other NBA player had four field-goal attempts within the final 15 seconds of the fourth quarter. On March 7, 2006, Minnesota's Marcus Banks was 3-for-4 from the field with less than 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Timberwolves lost to Houston 93-87.
• Sacramento defeated Chicago 89-88, continuing the Bulls' woes in one-point games. Chicago has lost its past five games decided by one point, the longest current streak in the league. Since January 2001, the Bulls are 4-15 (.211) in games decided by the minimum margin, the worst such record in the NBA over that span.
• Mike Miller scored 21 points in the fourth quarter in Memphis' win against Charlotte. That was the most points scored in one quarter by a Grizzlies player since Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 21 in the third quarter on April 17, 2000 at San Antonio. Miller's previous career high for a quarter was 17 points.
• Joe Johnson scored 30 points in Atlanta's victory over the Knicks. It was the 17th time in Johnson's NBA career that he scored at least 30 points in a game and the fourth time he did so against the Knicks. Johnson has more than one 30-point game against only one other team (Charlotte, 2).
• Chris Bosh had 26 points and 15 rebounds, despite playing only 33 minutes, in Toronto's victory over Milwaukee. Bosh became the first player in Raptors history to record 25 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in one game while playing fewer than 40 minutes.
• With their 6-2 victory against Phoenix on Friday night, the Anaheim Ducks improved their record to 10-0-4 and became only the third team in NHL history to secure at least one point in each of its first 14 games of a season. The others to do that were Edmonton in 1984-85 (15 games, 12-0-3), and Montreal in 1943-44 (14 games, 11-0-3).
• The Blue Jackets tied their franchise single-game record with four power play goals in their 5-4 shootout win over the Flames on Friday night. (Columbus had four PPGs in a game on four previous occasions.) The Blue Jackets tallied eight power play goals (in 25 chances) in their first three games this season, but they had only three (in 46 opportunities) over their next seven games, before going 4-for-9 against Calgary.
Columbus scored four times during the shootout, tying the most for any team since the process was implemented at the start of last season.