Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Chris Bosh had 34 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 92-85 victory over the Magic. The only other NBA players to reach those levels of points and rebounds in one game this season are Yao Ming (twice) and Amare Stoudemire, both centers. No forward had done it since Antawn Jamison, more than a year ago (March 14, 2006).
• Six different players contributed at least 10 points for Miami in its 91-83 win over the Hawks. It was Miami's lowest point total in a game in which at least six of its players scored in double-digits since a 101-86 loss to the Bulls on May 1, 1999.
• Shaquille O'Neal scored 10 points and had six assists but grabbed only three rebounds in 21 minutes. It was only the fourth game in O'Neal's NBA career in which he had at least twice as many assists as rebounds. The last time it happened was on March 29, 2000 (four boards and eight assists for the Lakers in a win at Vancouver).
• Donyell Marshall scored three points in the Cavaliers' 98-90 loss to the Mavericks. What makes that more compelling to us than what Dirk or LeBron did last night? Marshall's 3-point field goal accounted for all of Cleveland's bench scoring, the fewest points for a team's subs in an NBA game this season.
• LeBron James had "only" 31 points after scoring 37, 36, 46, and 39 points in his previous four games against the Mavs. The leaves Kobe Bryant as the only player to score more than 35 points in his last four games against one team (40, 43, 43 and 38 vs. the Celtics).
• The Bobcats erased an 18-point third-period deficit in their 92-84 win at Boston, thanks in no small part to an 18-0 run that set a franchise record for consecutive points in a game. It was the Bobcats' second comeback victory in as many nights; they defeated the Cavaliers on Tuesday night after trailing by 12 points in the second half. Over the last four seasons (since 2003-04), the other NBA team to win games on consecutive days after trailing in each by as many as a dozen points during the second half were the Bulls, on April 16-17, 2006.
• Jason Hart's game-winning field-goal with three seconds remaining in the game gave the Clippers a 104-103 triumph at Milwaukee. The Clippers are 5-0 this season in games decided by a single point, after playing (and winning) only one minimum-margin game all of last season. They own the league's longest current winning streak in one-point games (six in a row, one more than the Spurs).
• Indiana made only 35.4 percent (28 of 79) of its field-goal attempts while dropping a 90-72 decision at San Antonio. Not only do the Pacers own the league's lowest field-goal percentage for the season (43.5 percent), but this was the 19th game in which they made fewer than 40 percent of their attempts (the most in the league).
• Gilbert Arenas capped the NBA's final game of the night in what's becaome his trademark fashion. His 2-pointer as time expired gave the Wizards a 108-106 triumph at Seattle. It was Arenas's third last-second, game-winning field goal this season; no other player in the league has made more than one of those shots.
• Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers beat the Flyers 5-0 in New York on Wednesday night. It was Lundqvist's fourth shutout (in 19 games) since Feb. 9, tying him with San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov for the league high over that span. Lundqvist had only three shutouts in 92 career starts before Feb. 9. All seven of Lundqvist's NHL shutouts have come at Madison Square Garden.
• Brendan Shanahan returned to assist on two of the Rangers' goals; he missed the club's previous 15 games after suffering a concussion in a collision with Mike Knuble on Philadelphia's last visit to Madison Square Garden (Feb. 17). Prior to that injury, Shanahan had missed only 12 of 586 games since turning 30 years old in 1999. He had played a career-high 284 consecutive games when he suffered the concussion.
• Milan Michalek scored two goals for the Sharks in their 4-1 win at Chicago. It was Michalek's fifth straight game with at least two points; he's recorded four goals and seven assists over that span. The only other player in San Jose franchise history to have five (or more) consecutive multiple-point games is Joe Thornton, who's had three such streaks for the Sharks, all last season (two six-game streaks and one five-game streak).
• Rookie Drew Stafford scored two goals for the Sabres in their 5-2 win over the Capitals. Stafford, who had several brief stints with Buffalo earlier this season, leads the Sabres with nine goals in the team's 15 games since his last recall from the minors on Feb. 16.
• The Oilers lost a 5-1 decision to Colorado to extend their winless streak to 12 games, and they haven't scored more than two goals in any of those games. That's the third-longest streak of that kind in NHL history. The Blackhawks set the league record by playing 15 games in a row without either winning or scoring as many as three goals in 1928-29. The Penguins had a 14-game streak in 2003, and the Islanders had a 12-game streak in 1972-73 (their inaugural season).
Edmonton's streak began with Ryan Smyth's final game with the team, prior to his trade to the Islanders. For the record, Smyth missed 10 games in December and the Oilers posted a 5-5-0 record, scoring an average of 2.7 goals per game.
• Jon Lieber is apparently the odd man out of the Phillies' rotation and the new face in their bullpen. Despite having a current streak of 213 consecutive starts, Lieber has made 47 relief appearances during his major-league career, with 36 of them coming in one season (1996). Lieber hasn't been summoned from the 'pen since Aug. 16, 1998, when he struck out the only batter he faced to save the Pirates' 4-1 win at Busch Stadium. Did we mention that there were two runners on base and that the batter representing the potential tying run was Mark McGwire?