Date: November 24, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Rondo

RONDO PLAYING LIKE MAGIC

From Elias: Rajon Rondo handed out 16 assists as the Celtics beat the Thunder, 108-100. It was the 12th time in as many games this season for Rondo that he posted a double-digit assist total. The only other player in NBA history to be credited with ten or more assists in each of his first dozen games of a season is Magic Johnson, who did it twice (his first 44 games in 1983-1984 and his first 15 games in 1990-1991).

Boston Celtics

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Lopez

LOPEZ SCORING WITH ACCURACY

From Elias: Brook Lopez scored 26 points on the strength of 13-for-24 shooting from the floor to lead the Nets to an 86-76 win against the Clippers. It was Lopez's fifth game this season, and his third in a row, in which he had at least 10 field goals while making more than half of his shots from the floor. Only LeBron James (seven) and Kobe Bryant (five) have as many such games this season as Lopez.

Brooklyn Nets

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Duncan

DUNCAN TURNING BACK THE CLOCK

From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to compliment Tony Parker's 33 points and ten assists as the Spurs rolled over the Pacers. It was Duncan's third straight game with 20 or more points and at least 14 rebounds, his longest streak of that kind in any season since three straight games in January 2004.

San Antonio Spurs

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Parsons

ANTHONY AND PARSONS BATTLE IN THE FIRST PERIOD

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony (37), James Harden (33) and Chandler Parsons (31) all topped the 30-point mark as the Rockets downed the Knicks in Houston, with Anthony and Parsons scoring 18 first-quarter points apiece. It was the first NBA game in the last eight seasons in which two players each netted 18 or more points during the opening period. The last time that happened was on April 18, 2005, when Anthony (18 first-quarter points for the Nuggets) and Joe Johnson (18 for the Suns) did it.

Houston Rockets, New York Knicks

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Iguodala

IGUODALA LEADS DENVER

From Elias: Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 29 points for the Nuggets in their victory over the Warriors. It was the first time since Iguodala joined the Nuggets that he was the outright leading scorer in a game. Iguodala did that 61 times during his eight previous NBA seasons with Philadelphia, and the Sixers posted a 40-21 record in those games.

Denver Nuggets

MAGIC SPELL OVER CLEVELAND

From Elias: Orlando defeated the Cavaliers to extend its winning streak versus Cleveland to ten straight games (since February 2010). It's the Magic's longest current winning streak against any team as well as the Cavaliers' longest current losing streak versus one opponent. The Cavs, who beat the 76ers on Wednesday, remain one of four NBA teams that haven't won two straight games this season. (The others are the Wizards, Raptors and Pistons.)

Orlando Magic

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Hayward

HAYWARD HAS VALUE COMING OFF THE BENCH

From Elias: The Jazz beat the Kings, 104-102, thanks to Gordon Hayward's tie-breaking jump shot with 4.5 second remaining in the game. Hayward, who scored a game-high 23 points off the bench, has scored at least 15 points in each of his last three games since losing his spot as a starter. Hayward averaged 20.7 points per 48 minutes, all as a starter, over Utah's first ten games this season, compared to 34.8 points per 48 minutes over his last three games as a substitute.

Utah Jazz

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Gay

GAY'S 21 POINTS IS ENOUGH TO TOP LAKERS

From Elias: Rudy Gay scored a team-high 21 points to help the Grizzlies top the Lakers. The Lakers haven't allowed an opposing player to score as many as 25 points in their last 11 games (since Portland's Nicolas Batum dropped 26 points versus L.A. on October 31). That's the longest streak of its kind for the Lakers during the shot-clock era (1954-1955 to date).

Memphis Grizzlies

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Knight

KNIGHT LIFTS PISTONS

From Elias: Brandon Knight's layup with 7.8 seconds remaining in the game gave the Pistons a 91-90 triumph over the Raptors. It was only the second time in Knight's NBA career that he attempted a potential go-ahead field goal in the final ten seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime, and it was the first time that he was successful on such an attempt.

Detroit Pistons

HORNETS CAN'T DEFEND THE THREE-POINTER

From Elias: The Suns made 11 of 25 three-point field-goal attempts in their overtime win versus New Orleans. It was the Hornets' sixth consecutive game in which their opponent made at least ten three pointers, the longest streak of its kind for any team in NBA history. Four other teams had five-game streaks of that nature, most recently the Cavaliers in January 2011.

Phoenix Suns

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Horford

HORFORD HOT FROM THE START

From Elias: Al Horford scored 14 of his 26 points in the first quarter of the Hawks' victory at Charlotte. It was Horford's career high for points in the first quarter of a game and it was one point shy of his career high for any period of an NBA game (15 third-quarter points at Golden State, Feb. 21, 2010).

Atlanta Hawks


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