Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Mavericks beat the Bucks on Wednesday night, giving Dallas 46 wins in its last 50 games. Only one other team in NBA history won at least 46 times in a 50-game span within one season: the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, who began that season with a 46-4 record.
• Michael Redd had 34 points in the first three quarters but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter in the Bucks' 105-103 loss. Kobe Bryant is the only other NBA player to score 34 or more points in a game this season, all before the fourth quarter. Kobe's done that three times, but in each case the Lakers won by at least 10 points and his fourth-quarter scoring was not needed.
• Andre Iguodala had 26 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds in Philadelphia's loss at Washington. The last 76ers player to reach all three of those statistical levels in one game was Wilt Chamberlain, who had 31 points, 15 assists and 21 rebounds against the San Diego Rockets on March 5, 1968.
• DeShawn Stevenson led all scorers with 28 points in Washington's victory. It was the first time that Stevenson scored the most points by any player for either side in a game that his team won since Jan. 10, 2004, when he tallied 17 points for Utah.
• Twenty-one-year-old Josh Smith had 25 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots for Atlanta on Wednesday night. Since 1973, when the NBA began recording blocked shots for individuals, only one player younger than Smith had at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in one game: Shaquille O'Neal, who did that five different times during the 1992-93 season.
• Paul Pierce made late game-tying field goals at the end of the fourth quarter and at the end of the first overtime in Boston's double-OT victory against Orlando. He's the first NBA player to force overtime and then double-overtime with game-tying baskets with less than 20 seconds remaining since Pau Gasol did that for Memphis on Dec. 19, 2005, vs. Detroit.
• Josh Boone scored a game-high 22 points in the Nets' win over the Pacers. Boone was 11-for-13 (.846) on field goals but 0-for-4 from the foul line. It was the first time in 35 years that an NBA player made more than 80 percent of his field-goal attempts in a game on at least 10 attempts, while missing all of his free throws on at least four attempts. The last player to do that was Philadelphia's Fred Carter on Feb. 11, 1972 at Portland (13-for-15 from the field, 0-for-4 from the line).
• LeBron James was 6-for-20 (.300) from the field in Cleveland's loss to the Knicks. It was LeBron's lowest field-goal percentage in any of the 62 games this season in which he attempted at least 15 shots.
• For the second time in less than a week, a bad first quarter doomed the Heat on the road. Last Friday, Miami trailed Indiana 33-9 at the end of the first period, on the way to a 95-70 loss. On Wednesday, the Heat fell behind 31-15 after one quarter, before losing at Toronto 96-83. Those are the only two games that Shaquille O'Neal has played in his three seasons with Miami in which the Heat allowed at least 30 points and scored no more than 15 in the first quarter.
• The Spurs overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat the Hornets 92-88. It was the sixth time this season that San Antonio won a game after trailing by at least 10 points after half time, but it was the team's first of those six victories at home. The Spurs had only one comeback win of that type -- home or road -- all of last season.
• Tim Duncan, who had missed all eight of his 3-point field-goal attempts this season, finally made one on Wednesday night. That leaves Ronnie Brewer and Anderson Varejao as the players who have attempted the most shots from downtown this season without a conversion (each is 0-for-8).
• Denver led 35-32 at the end of the first quarter, but lost to Seattle 100-97. It marked only the second time since the team joined the NBA that the Nuggets scored 35 or more points at home in the first quarter and then failed to reach 100 points in the game. The other game was a 97-91 loss to Portland on April 5, 1996, in which the Nuggets scored 39 points in the opening period.
• The Hurricanes lost 6-1 at Toronto on Tuesday and 5-1 at Philadelphia on Wednesday. It's only the second time in NHL history that a defending Stanley Cup champion lost games on consecutive days, each by at least a four-goal margin. In 1949-50, the Cup-holding Maple Leafs lost 5-1 at home to the Red Wings on New Year's Eve and were shut out 5-0 on New Year's Day in Detroit.
• Anaheim's Dustin Penner scored two goals in the Ducks' 3-1 win in Chicago. Penner has scored 12 goals (in 27 games) since the All-Star break, tying him with Colorado's Paul Stastny for second-most over that span by a rookie, behind Pittsburgh's Jordan Staal (14 goals).
• Buffalo's Jochen Hecht scored two goals in the Sabres' 4-3 win over the Devils. Hecht had only one goal (and two assists) in his 14 previous career games against Martin Brodeur.