Date: December 19, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Duncan turns back the clock

From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 31 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots but it wasn't enough for the Spurs, who lost at Denver. It was only the second time in Duncan's NBA career that he reached those statistical minimums in each of those categories. The other game in which Duncan did that was more than 11 years ago (32 Pts, 19 Reb, 5 Blk at Phoenix on December 14, 2001).

Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs


Another 30-point game for Bryant

From Elias: Kobe Bryant registered his seventh straight 30-point game in the Lakers' come-from-behind win against the Bobcats. It's Bryant's sixth career streak of seven or more consecutive games with at least 30 points (considering his career-high 16-game streak in 2002-03 as two streaks of seven or more games). No NBA player has had as many streaks of that kind as Bryant since Michael Jordan had 13 streaks of at least seven straight 30-point games.

Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats

Lakers draw even with the Bobcats

From Elias: Despite their loss to the Lakers, the Bobcats all-time record against Kobe and company stands at 8-8. The Lakers are one of only four teams against which the Bobcats have an all-time record of .500 or better. Charlotte is 11-6 against the Timberwolves, 9-6 versus the Kings and 8-8 against the Warriors.

Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Lakers


Triple-double isn't enough

From Elias: The Wizards suffered their second overtime-loss to the Hawks this season despite Jordan Crawford scoring 27 points to go along with his 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Crawford was the sixth player in franchise history to register a triple-double against the Hawks. He joined Si Green (1964 against the St. Louis Hawks), Gus Johnson (1969), Wes Unseld (1970), Darrell Walker (1991) and Gilbert Arenas (2004). Only Crawford and Unseld did it in losses.

Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards

Raptors take their time

From Elias: The Raptors defeated the Cavaliers, 113-99, despite not registering any fast-break points. It was the fourth NBA game over the last nine seasons (2004-05 to date) in which a team scored as many as 113 points without any of them coming on fast breaks, and Toronto was the team to do it in each of those instances.

Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers


Calderon's turn to lead

From Elias: Toronto has won three straight games, each with a different outright scoring leader (Linas Kleiza on Friday, Alan Anderson on Sunday and Jose Calderon on Tuesday). It's the longest winning streak of that kind for the Raptors since December 2009, when they won three in a row with Amir Johnson, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani posting the team highs in points.

Toronto Raptors


As Mayo goes, so go the Mavericks

From Elias: O.J. Mayo scored a game-high 26 points as the Mavericks topped the 76ers. Dallas improved its record to 12-13 this season, but the Mavericks are 11-6 in games in which Mayo was their leading scorer (either outright or tied), and that includes each of the team's four overtime losses.

Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers

Miami rejects Minnesota

From Elias: Miami blocked 14 shots while defeating the Timberwolves, who had only one blocked shot to their credit. It matched the largest blocked-shot differential in any NBA game this season and it was the first game in which the Miami blocked at least 13 more shots than its opponent in exactly 13 years. The Heat lost to the Hornets at Miami Arena on December 18, 1999, despite blocking 15 shots (including nine by Alonzo Mourning), compared to only two for Charlotte.

Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves


Scoring is secondary for Noah

From Elias: Joakim Noah scored only 11 points but he grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists to help the Bulls defeat the Celtics. Noah was the first NBA player to register a triple-double in those three categories while scoring no more than 11 points since Rajon Rondo did it last season (10 Pts, 10 Reb, 20 Ast on April 11). Noah was the first player to do it for the Bulls since Kirk Hinrich on February 28, 2004 (11 Pts, 12 Reb, 10 Ast).

Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics

Pacers can't score on the road

From Elias: The Pacers, who dropped a 98-93 decision at Milwaukee on Tuesday, have played 15 games on the road this season without scoring more than 97 points in any of them. That's the longest streak of its kind for any NBA team to begin a season since the Bulls were held to 97 points of fewer in each of their first 15 road games in 1999-2000.

Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks