Date: December 14, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Bengals turn around halftime deficit

From Elias: The Bengals stormed back from a 13-10 halftime deficit to post a comfortable 34-13 win at Philadelphia. It was Cincinnati's second-largest margin of victory in a game it trailed at the half. In the final game of the 1986 season, the Bengals beat the Jets 52-21 after trailing 21-17 after two quarters at Riverfront Stadium. The Eagles hadn't lost by 21+ points in a game they led at the intermission since a 34-10 loss (with a 10-0 halftime lead) at Oakland in 1971. And the last time Philadelphia lost a home game in that manner was to the Chicago Cardinals at Shibe Park in 1947 (led 7-3, lost 45-21).

Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles


Dalton's TD run provides the winning margin

From Elias: Andy Dalton's 11-yard touchdown run gave the Bengals the lead for good in their victory at Philadelphia. That was the longest rushing touchdown by a Cincinnati quarterback since Jon Kitna scored from 12 yards out at Carolina on December 8, 2002.

Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals



Anthony scores 30 despite leaving with injury

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points in 22:55 before leaving with an ankle injury in the Knicks' 116-107 home win over the Lakers. No New York player had scored 30+ points while playing less than 24 minutes since Johnny Green (33 points in 22 minutes) in a neutral-site contest against the San Francisco Warriors in Philadelphia on December 30, 1964.

New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers


Kobe's shots lead to Lakers losses in 2012-13

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 31 points on 10-for-24 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Lakers' 116-107 loss at Madison Square Garden. Los Angeles is now 1-11 in games in which Bryant has at least 20 field-goal attempts, and 8-3 when he shoots 19-or-fewer times.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers fall five under

From Elias: The Lakers' loss in New York dropped their record to 9-14. Los Angeles is five games under .500 for the first time since finishing the 2004-05 season 34-48, a span of 580 games. That had been the third-longest current streak by any team. The Spurs have not been five under since the end of the 1996-97 season, after which they drafted Tim Duncan. And the last time the Nuggets dipped five games below .500 was in February 2005.

Los Angeles Lakers


Lillard's all-time great start

From Elias: Damian Lillard scored 29 points and handed out 6 assists in the Trail Blazers' 98-90 home win over the Spurs. Through 22 games, Lillard has now recorded 416 points and 141 assists. That's the fourth-fewest games any player has needed to reach the 400-point/140-assist milestone. Oscar Robertson got there in just 17 games in 1960. And Isiah Thomas (1981) and Allen Iverson (1996) both needed 21 career games to reach 400/140.

Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs


Harris comes off bench to lead Hawks

From Elias: Devin Harris scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half of the Hawks' 113-90 home win over the Bobcats. Harris, who didn't enter the game until more than seven minutes had expired in the first quarter, made six of his seven field-goal attempts before halftime. The last Hawks' non-starter to score 15+ points and shoot better than 80% in the first half of a game was Ira Newble (15 points, 6/6 FG) against the Lakers on March 25, 2003.

Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats



Hamilton to Halos?

From Elias: Josh Hamilton has reportedly signed a free-agent contract with the Angels. Hamilton's .260 lifetime batting average in Anaheim is his second-lowest at any stadium where he has at least 75 at bats. He's hit .224 at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Los Angeles Angels