Date: December 2, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Lillard

LILLARD EXCELS FROM BEYOND THE ARC

From Elias: Damian Lillard went 4-for-7 from 3-point range in the Trail Blazers' double-overtime win over the Cavaliers. Lillard has made at least one basket from beyond the arc in all 17 games he has played in his NBA career. Only one other player made a "trey" in each of the first 17 games of his NBA career: Rudy Fernandez had one in each of his first 20 NBA games.

Portland Trail Blazers

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Varejao

VAREJAO GRABS 17 MORE BOARDS

From Elias: Anderson Varejao grabbed 17 rebounds in the Cavaliers' loss, giving him 244 in 16 games this season. Over the last 16 seasons (since 1997-98) only three other players had that many rebounds in their first 16 games of a season: Detroit's Ben Wallace in 2002-03 (251 rebounds in his first 16 games of the season), Minnesota's Kevin Garnett in 2004-05 (244) and Orlando's Dwight Howard in 2011-12 (256).

Cleveland Cavaliers

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Sanders

SANDERS IS A SUPER SUB

From Elias: Larry Sanders scored 18 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked five shots off the bench in the Bucks' win over the Celtics. Sanders is the first player in over nine years to score that many points with that many rebounds and blocks in a game he did not start. Chicago's Tyson Chandler scored 21 points with 17 rebounds and seven blocks as a sub at Philadelphia on Feb. 12, 2003.

Milwaukee Bucks

CELTICS TAKE 17-0 LEAD BUT LOSE

From Elias: The Celtics lost to the Bucks despite opening the game with a 17-0 run. Believe it or not, the last three NBA teams to score the first 17 or more points of a game all lost: the Celtics on Saturday night, the Bulls against the Nets on Jan. 5, 2007 (Bulls led 18-0, lost 91-86) and the Nets against the Celtics on Dec. 9, 2006 (Nets led 18-0, lost 92-90).

Boston Celtics

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Parker

AN EXPENSIVE WIN FOR THE SPURS

From Elias: Tony Parker scored 30 points and Tim Duncan scored 27 in the Spurs' overtime win over the Grizzlies. It was the 19th time that both Parker and Duncan have scored at least 25 points in a regular-season game, and San Antonio is 14-5 in those 19 games.

San Antonio Spurs

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James

JAMES SCORES 21 POINTS

From Elias: LeBron James scored 21 points in Miami's win over Brooklyn Saturday night, the 15th consecutive game in which James scored at least 20 points. That matches the longest single-season 20-point-scoring streak that James has had since he joined the Heat at the start of the 2010-11 season. James scored 20 or more points in 15 straight games early in his first season on South Beach.

Miami Heat

NETS GO COLD

From Elias: The Nets failed to score a point for 7:20 in the fourth quarter in their loss to the Heat. It was the longest points-scoring drought for the Nets since March 14, 2011 against the Celtics, when they went 8:09 without a point spanning the first and second quarters. The Nets won that game, 88-79.

Brooklyn Nets

A BAKER'S DOZEN FOR SEVEN ROCKETS

From Elias: Seven different Rockets scored at least 13 points in their win over the Jazz. It's only the fifth time in Rockets history that they had seven different players score at least 13 points in a game and it was the first such game in over 20 years. The last such occurrence for the Rockets came on April 2, 1992 against Denver: Hakeem Olajuwon (17 points), Sleepy Floyd (17), Dave Jamerson (16), Kenny Smith (15), Larry Smith (15), Vernon Maxwell (14) and Carl Herrera (13).

Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz

THUNDER WINS BY AT LEAST A DOZEN

From Elias: The Thunder beat the Hornets, 100-79, and has won each of its last four games by at least a dozen points. It's the longest such streak for the Oklahoma City franchise since November 2004, when the SuperSonics had a four-game streak.

Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Hornets

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Deng

DENG CARRIES BULLS

From Elias: Luol Deng led all players with 25 points, and his seven assists were tied for the game high. It was only the second time in his 554 NBA games that Deng has led all players in points and assists (outright or tied) in a game. He also did it on Feb. 16, 2012 against the Celtics (23 points, 10 assists).

Chicago Bulls


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