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Sunday, February 18, 2007
Elias Says ...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider

A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:

NBA
• The Western Conference recorded 52 assists in a 153-132 victory in the NBA All-Star Game, breaking the All-Star Game record of 46, set by the West in a loss in 1984.

The West also tied the record for most points scored in a regulation-time All-Star Game, set by the West in 1961 and tied by the West in 1992. The overall record is 155 points in a double-overtime win in 2003 by -- you guessed it -- the West.

 Tony Parker
Parker
 Tracy McGrady
McGrady
Tracy McGrady (11) and Tony Parker (10) were the third pair of teammates to record at least 10 assists in the same All-Star Game. The others: Magic Johnson (22) and Rickey Green (11) in 1984 (an overtime game), and Allen Iverson (11) and Jason Kidd (10) in 2004.

Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points in 21 minutes, 15 seconds, the second-highest ratio of any 20-point scorer in an NBA All-Star Game. The record is held by Michael Jordan, who scored 40 points in 29 minutes in 1988.
 Amare Stoudemire
Stoudemire

• Stoudemire wasn't shy, taking 22 field-goals attempts in his 21:15 of playing time. The only other player to average more than a shot a minute in an All-Star Game (minimum: 10 FGA) was Terry Cummings in 1985 (17 FGA in 16 minutes).

• The Eastern Conference committed only seven personal fouls, the lowest total in All-Star Game history, and the total of 17 by both teams combined was also a record low.

NHL
Jaroslav Halak became only the fourth goaltender ever to snap a team losing streak of six or more games with a victory in his NHL debut when the Canadiens defeated the Blue Jackets 3-2. Montreal had lost its last six games. The only other goalies to do so were Arturs Irbe (snapping a 13-game losing streak by the Sharks in 1991), Claude Pronovost (eight losses by the Bruins in 1956), and Marcel Pelletier (eight losses by the Blackhawks in 1951).

 Alexander Semin
Semin
Alexander Semin nearly redeemed himself, scoring with 44 seconds remaining in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins. But Caps fans could only wonder what might have happened had Semin converted the penalty shot he missed five minutes prior to his goal.

The last player to score a goal after missing a penalty shot in an ultimate one-goal loss was Brad Isbister on the Islanders in a 4-3 loss to the Wild in 2002.

 Mark Recchi
Recchi
Mark Recchi scored his 20th goal of the season in the Penguins' win. Recchi, who signed up for his third different stint with Pittsburgh last summer, had three seasons with 20 or more goals in his first tour of duty with the Penguins and 24 goals in the lone season during his second stay (2005-06). The only other player with at least one 20-goal season in three different tenures with a particular team -- that is, playing for another NHL team between each -- was Luc Robitaille with the Kings.

Martin Straka scored against Blackhawks goaltender Patrick Lalime in the second minute of the Rangers' 2-1 victory on Sunday. It was Straka's first goal in 10 games against Lalime. Straka has failed to score against only three goaltenders that he has faced at least 10 times: Patrick Roy (18), Nikolai Khabibulin (12), and Grant Fuhr (10).

Golf
 Phil Mickelson
Mickelson
 Charles Howell III
Howell
Charles Howell III captured the Nissan Open by becoming only the second player to defeat Phil Mickelson in a playoff. Mickelson had won seven of eight previous playoffs, losing only at the 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic to Jesper Parnevik.

• Despite Sunday's loss, Mickelson's playoff winning percentage of .778 (7-for-9) still ranks third in PGA Tour history among players who have participated in at least five tiebreakers, behind Walter Hagen (6-for-6) and Tiger Woods (10-for-11, .909).

 Robert Allenby
Allenby
Jeff Quinney and Robert Allenby did it again, both placing in the top 10 at the Nissan Open. Quinney and Allenby share the PGA Tour lead with four top-10 finishes each this season.

Prior to 2007, Quinney played 18 PGA Tour events over six seasons (2000-2005), and he never finished higher than 29th.

Allenby has finished in the top 10 in all four tournaments he has played this season, tying the longest streak of his PGA Tour career. He had only three top-10 finishes in each of the last two seasons.