Thursday, February 22, 2007
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Manu Ginobili scored 40 points and Tim Duncan added 30 in the Spurs' 103-96 win over the Hawks. The last San Antonio player to score at least 40 points in a regulation (non-overtime) game in which one of his teammates scored as many as 30 was David Robinson (43), complemented by Pat Cummings (31) in a 161-153 victory over the Nuggets on Nov. 7, 1990. No teammates had gone 40/30 in a regulation game for any NBA team since Allen Iverson (47) and Chris Webber (34) did it for the Sixers on March 31, 2006.
• Kyle Korver scored a game-high 31 points in 34 minutes as the Sixers beat the Knicks by 20 points. It was the third time in his career that Korver scored at least 30 points in a game in which he didn't start and played fewer than 35 minutes. The only current NBA players to do that as many times as Korver are Ben Gordon (six times) and Cuttino Mobley (three).
• The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors 86-85 improving their all-time mark in one-point decisions at Toronto to 5-0. In their history, the Raptors are 15-15 in home games decided by one point, with one-third of those defeats coming against Cleveland. The Hornets (2-0) are the only other team with as many as two single-point road wins against the Raptors.
• The Hornets overcame 46 points from Vince Carter to defeat the Nets 111-107. Carter was the sixth NBA player to score more than 45 points in a regulation game this season, but only the second of them to do so in a loss. On Nov. 11, Michael Redd had 57 points in the Bucks' 113-111 loss to Utah.
• The Bucks dropped a 136-129 double-OT decision at Indiana after losing in two overtimes in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3. Milwaukee became only the second team in the last 22 seasons (since 1984-85) to lose a pair of multiple-overtime games in the same calendar month. The other team to do so was Phoenix, losers of three such games in January 2006.
• Adam Morrison scored a game-high 26 points, all in the second half, in the Bobcats' 100-95 victory at Minnesota. The only other NBA player to score as many as 25 points in a game this season in which he was scoreless at halftime was Chucky Atkins, who scored 27 second-half points for Memphis in a 115-111 loss at Sacramento on Nov. 15.
• Jeff Van Gundy spoiled Pat Riley's return to the sidelines as the Rockets defeated Miami. Van Gundy has a 14-12 career mark in regular-season games he's coached against Riley and a 13-11 record against his former boss during the playoffs (Knicks vs. Heat in four straight postseasons from 1997 to 2000). The only other coaches with a winning record against Riley in both the regular season and in the playoffs are Phil Jackson and Billy Cunningham.
• The Suns (41-13) defeated the Celtics (13-40) at Phoenix in the "no-brainer" of the night. Over the last six seasons, teams with a record at least 25 games above .500 have won all 28 home games against opponents with a record at least 25 games below the .500 mark.
• The Pistons followed Tuesday's win at Milwaukee with a 110-88 triumph over the Magic, improving to 11-3 this season in the second of games played on consecutive days. Detroit has the most such wins for any NBA team and it owns the league's second-best record in the second games of back-to-backs, behind the Mavericks' perfect 10-0 mark.
• And while we're on the subject, the Grizzlies are now 0-17 in the second of back-to-back games this season, courtesy of Wednesday's overtime loss to the Warriors. Only three other NBA teams have ever started a season with that many straight losses in such games: the 2000-01 Bulls (20), 1984-85 Warriors (19) and 1990-91 Kings (17). The Warriors' and Kings' streaks spanned those entire seasons.
• Mike Miller set a single-game franchise record with 45 points in the overtime loss. That leaves the Charlotte as the only current NBA team that's never had a player score as many as 45 points in a game. Gerald Wallace holds the franchise Bobcat's single-game record with 42 points.
• The Sharks posted a 3-2 shootout win at Washington, as
Alexander Ovechkin's point drought extended to a career-high four games. Prior to this month, when he had separate three- and four-game streaks without a point, Ovechkin had never played more than two consecutive NHL games without either a goal or an assist. Over the last two seasons the Capitals are 47-45-18 in games in which Ovechkin has scored points and 5-24-4 in games in which he hasn't (including the one game he missed due to injury).
• Henrik Zetterberg scored the game-winning goal at 13:38 of the third period and added an empty-netter as the Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-2. Zetterberg leads the NHL in both goals (12) and points (23) this February; both figures are personal highs for any calendar month.
The Red Wings have won 13 straight home games, all in regulation time. That's the second-longest winning streak of that kind for any team since the NHL introduced the five-minute overtime period in 1983-84. The 1984-85 Flyers posted 14 straight regulation victories in Philadelphia.
• Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy won his first-round match and is now 7-0 during his brief WGC-Accenture Match Play career. Ogilvy's winning streak has been bettered by only three players. Tiger Woods holds the record, winning two titles during a 13-match winning streak sandwiched between losses to Peter O'Malley (2002 first round) and Nick O'Hern in (2005 second round). Both David Toms (2005-2006) and Kevin Sutherland (2002-2003) had eight straight victories.
• Only 10 of the 23 American golfers made their way into the second round, the fewest in any year of the event. (The previous low was 13 in 2001 and 2006.) South Africa, Australia and England each placed four golfers in the round of 32, and along with ten from the USA, it marks the first time that four countries advanced at least four golfers out of the opening round.