Date: November 4, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

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Rondo

RONDO AND STOCKTON

From Elias: Rajon Rondo scored only 12 points but he handed out 12 assists as the Celtics registered their first victory of the season with an 89-86 triumph at Washington. Rondo is the first NBA player to begin a season with three straight games of more than 10 assists since Utah's John Stockton did that in 2001, his next-to-last season in the league. Rondo has recorded more than 10 assists in each of his last 25 regular-season games, dating back to March 14. That's two games shy of the longest streak of its kind in NBA history, a 27-game streak by Stockton during the 1990-1991 season.

Boston Celtics

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Lillard

ANOTHER 20-POINT, 9-ASSIST GAME FOR LILLARD

From Elias: Damian Lillard scored 20 points and added nine assists for the Trail Blazers in their overtime win at Houston. Lillard (21.3 PPG and 9.0 APG) is the third player in NBA history to post per-game averages at least 20 points and nine or more assists through his first three games in the league. The others to do so were Oscar Robertson for the Cincinnati Royals in 1960 (24.0 PPG, 10.0 APG) and John Wall for the Wizards in 2010 (23.7 PPG, 10.3 APG).

Portland Trail Blazers

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Jennings

JENNINGS DOES WHAT HE HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE

From Elias: Brandon Jennings' three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Bucks a 105-102 victory over the Cavaliers. Before Saturday night's game-winner, Jennings had missed each of his 11 career potential go-ahead field-goal attempts in the last 10 seconds of either the fourth quarter of a game or of an overtime period.

Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers

MAVERICKS DON'T NEED NOWITZKI TO BEAT THE BOBCATS

From Elias: The Mavericks improved their all-time record against the Bobcats to 16-0 with a 126-100 triumph at Dallas. Dallas is the first NBA team to win its first 16 or more games versus a particular franchise since Utah won its first 17 games against the Vancouver Grizzlies (from 1996 to 2000). The Mavericks' victory over Charlotte on Saturday was their first against the Bobcats without the services of either Dirk Nowitzki (injured) or Jason Terry (now with the Celtics).

Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Bobcats

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West

PACERS CONTROL THE GLASS IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME WIN

From Elias: The Pacers outrebounded the Kings, 67-47, in their double-overtime victory at Indiana, led by David West (18 rebounds) and Paul George (a career-high 17 boards). It was only the third time in the franchise's NBA history that a pair of Pacers teammates each gathered 17 or more rebounds in one game. Dan Roundfield (17) and Ron Behagen (17) did it in a loss to the Celtics on February 7, 1978, as did Clark Kellogg (20) and Herb Williams (17) in a victory over the Jazz on December 18, 1984.

Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings

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Landry

LANDRY HAS THE HOT HAND OFF THE BENCH

From Elias: Carl Landry scored 23 points on the strength of 11-for-16 shooting from the floor as the Warriors topped the Clippers. Landry, who made seven of his nine field-goal attempts in Golden State's season opener and went 5-for-10 from the floor on Friday, is one of five NBA players to make at least 50 percent of his field-goal attempts in each of his first three games this season (minimum: five field goals in each game), along with Kobe Bryant, Darren Collison, Rajon Rondo and Brandan Wright. But while Landry hasn't started a game this season, the four other players on that list have each started all of their teams' games.

Golden State Warriors

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Lowry

NETS SAY HELLO TO BROOKLYN

From Elias: The Nets beat the Raptors in Brooklyn, despite Kyle Lowry posting team-high totals of points (28), rebounds (8) and assists (8) for Toronto. It was only the second game of Lowry's seven-season NBA career that he led his team, outright, in each of those three categories, and his team lost both of those games. Lowry did that for the Rockets in a loss to the Lakers in L.A. on January 3 of last season (22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists).

Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors

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Allen

ALLEN'S FOUR-POINT PLAY SAVES THE DAY

From Elias: Ray Allen scored 23 points on the strength of 6-for-10 shooting from three-point range that included a go-ahead four-point play with 6.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter in Miami's 119-116 triumph over the Nuggets. (Allen had seven four-point plays during his five seasons with the Celtics.) Allen, who saw 28:40 of playing time on Saturday, is the third player in franchise history to score as many as 23 points off the bench while making six or more three-pointers in fewer than 29 minutes on the court. He joined Voshon Lenard (Dec. 16, 1999) and Daequan Cook (Jan. 14, 2009).

Miami Heat

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Leonard

SPURS SHOT WELL, BUT LEONARD WAS PERFECT

From Elias: The Spurs posted a 56.8 field-goal percentage while beating Utah, 110-100. Kawhi Leonard had a perfect shooting night, going 5-for-5 from the floor, including one three-pointer, and 2-for-2 from the line. Leonard joined Danny Green (6-for-6, 4-for-4, 2-for-2 on April 23, 2012) as the only players in franchise history to have a "perfect" shooting from the floor (minimum: five attempts), from three-point range (minimum: one attempt) and from the foul line (minimum: two attempts).

San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz


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