Date: December 12, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lakers lose despite Bryant's 42 points and Howard's 20 rebounds

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 42 points and Dwight Howard pulled down 20 rebounds, but that wasn't enough in the Lakers' 100-94 defeat at Cleveland. The Lakers became just the third team in NBA history to lose a regular-season or playoff game in which it allowed 100 or fewer points and had one player score 40 or more points, while another registered at least 20 rebounds.

The Lakers lost Game Four of the 1969 NBA Finals at Boston, 89-88, despite 40 points by Jerry West and 31 rebounds from Wilt Chamberlain. The Heat lost to the Celtics in February 1997 by a 100-99 score, with Alonzo Mourning scoring 45 points and Kevin Willis recording 21 rebounds for Miami in that game.

Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers


Anthony takes down the Nets

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony's 45 points keyed the Knicks' 100-97 victory over Brooklyn. It's the first time in franchise history that a Knicks player scored more than 40 points in a regular-season or playoff win against the Nets. The previous high for the Knicks in a win against their now intra-city rivals was Bernard King's 40 points in Game One of the first round of the 1983 playoffs at New Jersey.

New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets

Nuggets rally from 17-point deficit

From Elias: The Nuggets fell behind, 21-4, in the first quarter, but rallied to defeat the Pistons, 101-94. It's the second time this season that Denver came from at least 15 points down to win a game, having also done so against the Timberwolves last month. The Nuggets were the only NBA team that did not win a regular-season or playoff game after trailing by 15 or more points in either of the previous two seasons.

Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

Wizards win low-scoring game

From Elias: The Wizards defeated the Hornets, 77-70, ending Washington's streak of 39 straight losses when scoring fewer than 80 points. They had last won such a game on February 25, 2004 in a 76-74 decision at Toronto. Only two teams entered play on Tuesday night with longer current losing streaks when failing to score at least 80 points: the Hawks (47 in a row) and Nets (42).

Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets

Clippers' first seven-game winning streak in more than two decades

From Elias: The Clippers defeated the Bulls for their seventh straight win. It's their longest winning streak since Danny Manning, Ron Harper and company won eight in a row in November/December 1991. Prior to Tuesday night, the only other NBA team that had not fashioned a winning streak of seven or more games over the previous 20 seasons was the Bobcats, who did not debut in the league until 2004.

Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls