Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
It's the third time this season that Phoenix won a game after falling behind by at least 15 points. The Suns had only two victories of that type all of last season.
• The Suns trailed by 15 points in the second quarter, but rallied to beat the Rockets 100-91 increasing their winning streak to 11 games. It's the first time in more than four years that an NBA team extended a double-digit winning streak by overcoming a deficit of 15 or more points. The last team to do it was Dallas in November 2002. The Mavericks started that season 12-0, and then fell behind by 16 points to Seattle, before winning and lengthening their streak to 13 games.
• The Wizards beat the Knicks 99-98 with Caron Butler scoring the winning basket with 2.2 seconds remaining. On Monday, Gilbert Arenas' 3-point field goal at the buzzer gave Washington a 114-111 win over Utah. It's the first time in the last two seasons that an NBA team has won back-to-back games and scored the winning points in each game with less than three seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The last team to do that was Sacramento in March 2005.
• Quentin Richardson scored 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for New York, becoming the first Knicks player with at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in one game since Patrick Ewing on March 30, 1999, against Indiana. Entering play on Wednesday, the only NBA team that had gone a longer time since it last had a player post a 35/10 (points/rebounds) game was the Hornets, who have not had one since Dec. 30, 1995, when Larry Johnson had 38 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime game against Detroit.
• Memphis took a 70-49 halftime lead and cruised to a 118-102 victory over Philadelphia. On Monday, the Grizzlies scored 72 points in the first half in a loss to Phoenix. Over the last 13 seasons, there has been only one other instance in which an NBA team scored 70 or more points in the first half in each of back-to-back games and it was also the Grizzlies who did it that other time (in March 2003).
• The Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova scored a game-high 22 points in the team's loss to Chicago. At age 19, he's the youngest player in Bucks history to score 20 points in a game. The only other Milwaukee player to do that before age 21 was Gary Brokaw, who scored 22 points in a game at age 20 in January 1975.
• Charlotte lost to New Jersey 92-85 but its strategy to foul Jason Collins was effective. Collins was 3-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, matching the most free throws missed by one NBA player in one quarter this season. Pau Gasol misfired on seven attempts from the foul line in one quarter on Jan. 13.
• Toronto trailed Sacramento by one point through three quarters, but outscored the Kings 33-16 in the final period to win 101-85. It's only the second time in the Raptors' 12-season history that they won a game by at least 15 points after trailing heading into the fourth quarter. The other game was a 98-81 win over the Knicks in January 2005.
• Richard Hamilton was held to 10 points in Detroit's 100-99 loss to Utah, ending his streak of eleven consecutive games scoring at least 20 points. That was the longest single-season streak for a Pistons player in almost six years -- since Jerry Stackhouse scored 20 or more points in 21 straight games, from January to March 2001.
• Chris Webber made his Pistons debut in Detroit's loss. Webber entered the game with 16,661 points in his NBA career. The only player with a higher total at the time of his Pistons debut was Adrian Dantley (17,936 points prior to his first game with Detroit in 1986).
• Kobe Bryant scored 34 points in the Lakers' win at San Antonio. It's the ninth time that Bryant has scored at least 30 points against the Spurs with Tim Duncan in the lineup for San Antonio. The only other player with as many 30-point games vs. Duncan and the Spurs as Kobe is Allen Iverson, who has also done that nine times.
• Rookie tackle Marcus McNeill was chosen for the Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Willie Anderson, and increasing San Diego's league-high total to 10 Pro Bowlers. Prior to the 2006 Chargers, the two most recent teams to send at least 10 players to the Pro Bowl while not winning a postseason game that season were the 1977 Rams and 1995 49ers.
• The Chargers announced on Thursday that Marty Schottenheimer will be back with team in 2007. San Diego was 14-2 during this past regular season. You have to go back 80 years to find the only head coach in NFL history to win 14 (or more) games in a season and not return to that team the following year. Hall-of-Famer Guy Chamberlin led the 1926 Frankford Yellow Jackets to a 14-1-2 record as a player-coach and then moved on to coach and play in 1927 for the Chicago Cardinals.
• Pavel Datsyuk had four assists (and one goal) in the Red Wings' win at Phoenix on Jan. 11 and he had also four assists in their 5-3 win over Nashville on Wednesday night. Datsyuk is the first Red Wing to have a pair of games with four (or more) assists in such close proximity since Carl Liscombe had four-assist games three days apart in 1944 (March 4 vs. Chicago, March 7 at Boston).
• Eric Lindros had one assist for the Stars in their win over Calgary on Wednesday night but he failed to score a goal for the 16th consecutive game, matching the previous longest drought of his 13-season NHL career. Lindros went 16 games without a goal with the Rangers from Feb. 25 through April 4, 2003.
• The Pirates traded reliever Mike Gonzalez to the Braves for first baseman Adam LaRoche, who hit 32 home runs and had 90 RBIs in 2006. Last season, Pittsburgh's first basemen combined for the fewest RBIs (78) from that position for any National League team, while ranking tied for last in home runs (19).