Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Elias Says ...
By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN Insider
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• The Nets scored only six points in the fourth quarter, but held on to beat the Cavaliers, 83-72. That's the fewest points scored by the winning team in any quarter of an NBA postseason game in the shot-clock era. New Jersey also held the previous record, scoring eight points in the fourth quarter on May 7, 1993, in a first-round victory over Cleveland.
• The Nets were 9-for-20 (.450) from the foul line, becoming the first NBA team to win a playoff game despite making fewer than 50 percent of its free throws since the Lakers were 17-for-36 (.472) from the line in a win against Minnesota on May 31, 2004.
• Jason Kidd had six assists and eight turnovers, only the third postseason game of his NBA career in which he had more giveaways than helpers.
• Larry Hughes was 3-for-17 (.176) from the field, tying the lowest field-goal percentage for any player in the postseason over the last two years (min: 15 FGA). Stephen Jackson was 3-for-17 on Tuesday night and Hughes was also 3-for-17 on May 5, 2006 against Washington.
• With Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw serving suspensions, three Phoenix players logged at least 45 minutes in the Suns' loss to San Antonio: Shawn Marion, Raja Bell and Steve Nash. It's the first time in five years that a team had three individuals play at least 45 minutes in a non-OT playoff game. Wally Szczerbiak, Kevin Garnett and Chauncey Billups did that for Minnesota in a loss at Dallas on April 24, 2002.
• Manu Ginobili scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, tying his career-high for points in any quarter of a postseason game. He scored 15 in the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the 2005 NBA Finals against Detroit, an 84-69 Spurs victory.
• Marion had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. The last player with a 20/10 (points/rebounds) in the first half of a playoff game was Shaquille O'Neal (21/11) on April 27, 2003 vs. Minnesota.
• Hunter Pence was 4-for-4 on Wednesday night, giving him seven hits in his last seven at-bats. Only three other active players had hits in seven consecutive at-bats as rookies: Ken Griffey, Jr. (1989), Jason Bay (2004) and Jason Ellison (2005).
• A.J. Burnett pitched a complete game, striking out 10 batters and allowing only one run, in Toronto's 2-1 win over Baltimore. Burnett also whiffed 10 and allowed one run last Friday night against Tampa Bay. Jake Peavy is the only other pitcher in the majors with 10 strikeouts in each of back-to-back starts this season. Peavy's streak ended at four, when he fanned only five batters on Wednesday night.
Burnett is the first Blue Jays pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters in consecutive starts since Roger Clemens in September 1998.
• Carl Crawford had a three-run triple in Tampa Bay's 11-8 win over Texas. Crawford entered this season batting .386 (17-for-44) with the bases loaded, but 16 of those hits were singles and the other was a double. This year, in two at-bats with the bags full, Crawford has had a grand slam and a triple.
• Jack Cust hit a home run on Wednesday night giving him seven homers in his first 10 games with Oakland. The last player to hit at least seven home runs in his first 10 games played with a team was Reggie Sanders for the 2001 Diamondbacks.
• Cole Hamels struck out 11 batters in Philadelphia's s 6-2 win over Milwaukee. Hamels also had two hits, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to combine a 10-K performance with a multihit game since Curt Schilling on July 2, 2000 against the Pirates.
• Brad Hawpe hit two home runs off Brandon Webb in Colorado's 5-3 win over Arizona. The only other player to hit two dingers in one game against Webb was Ray Durham in 2003, Webb's rookie season.
• Kevin Kouzmanoff was 3-for-3 and won the game for the Padres with a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning against Cincinnati. Only two other players this season were a perfect 3-for-3 (or better) in a game with a walk-off RBI: Brandon Inge on April 29 and Carlos Lee on May 15.
• Ryan Church's three-run double was the key hit in Washington's 6-4 victory over Atlanta. Entering the game, the Nationals were batting .135 with the bases loaded this season, the second-lowest average in the major leagues, ahead of only San Diego (.094).
• Washington used seven pitchers in the game, the fourth time in the major leagues this season that a team used as many as seven pitchers in a nine-inning victory. The Nationals have accounted for two of those four instances; Manny Acta used seven pitchers on April 4 against Florida, resulting in the first major-league victory of his managerial career.
• Mike Mussina allowed five runs to the White Sox in 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday afternoon and took the loss for the Yankees. Dating back to last September it was the eighth consecutive regular-season start in which Mussina pitched six or fewer innings, the longest streak of his 17-year major-league career.
• Alex Rodriguez was 0-for-8 in the day-night doubleheader at Chicago, the worst 0-fer of his career in a twin bill. It was the 24th time that A-Rod played two games in one day in the big leagues.
• Carlos Silva allowed five runs in six innings and took his third consecutive loss in Cleveland's 7-1 win over the Twins. Minnesota was shut out in each of Silva's two previous starts. He's the first Minnesota starter for whom the team scored no more than one run over three consecutive starts since Pat Mahomes in April 1993.
• Derek Roy scored nine seconds into the first period, giving Buffalo a lead it never surrendered in a 3-2 victory over Ottawa. That was the earliest goal in an NHL playoff game in 25 years -- since Vancouver's Stan Smyl lit the lamp against Calgary after only eight seconds elapsed on April 7, 1982.
• Chris Drury's goal extended Buffalo's lead to 3-0, giving Drury his 15th career game-winning goal in the playoffs, the second-most for any active player, behind Joe Sakic's 18.