Date: December 30, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

Bucks post unusual blowout win

From Elias: The Bucks defeated the Heat, 104-85 despite being outrebounded 51-45 and outshot from the floor, 43.4-40.8. Milwaukee's 19-point margin of victory was the largest by a team that was outrebounded by five and outshot by 2.5% since the Hawks beat the Nets by 28 on March 6, 1987.

Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat

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James

"Big Three" lose big

From Elias: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh each played at least 34 minutes in the Heat's 104-85 loss at Milwaukee. Miami's 19-point loss matched its biggest margin of defeat in a game in which each of the "Big Three" played at least 30 minutes. The Heat lost 91-72 to the Celtics on April Fool's Day, 2012.

Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

Raptors win on road by unlikely margin

From Elias: The Raptors, who entered Saturday with a 10-20 record, beat the Magic 123-88 in Orlando. Toronto's 35-point margin of victory was the third-largest in NBA history by a road team that entered at least 10 games under .500. Two such teams won by 41 points. The 28-41 Warriors defeated the 7-62 Mavericks, 134-93 in April 1993. And the 22-59 Thunder beat the 19-62 Clippers, 126-85 in the last game of the 2008-09 season.

Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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Calderon

Calderon swishes, dishes in limited PT

From Elias: Jose Calderon scored 15 points and handed out 10 assists while playing just 24 minutes, 20 seconds of the Raptors' 123-88 win at Orlando. The last NBA player to record 15 points and 10 assists while playing less than 25 minutes also did so in a Toronto uniform. Jarrett Jack recorded 15 points and 12 assists in 24:48 at Detroit on April 12, 2010.

Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic

Carlesimo's Nets start off fast again

From Elias: One night after scoring 33 first-quarter points in P.J. Carlesimo's first game as the team's head coach, the Nets put up 34 points in the first period of their 103-100 win over the Cavaliers in Brooklyn. Carlesimo is the first head coach whose squad scored at least 33 first-quarter points in each of his first two games with a team since the Spurs did it for John Lucas in December 1992.

Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Lopez

Lopez and the G-Man

From Elias: Brook Lopez scored 35 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Brooklyn's 103-100 home win over Cleveland. It was the fourth time that Lopez has recorded at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game, and he's started all four in the middle. The only other player in the Nets' NBA history with more than one such game as a starting center is Mike Gminski, who did it twice, on back-to-back nights in April 1986.

Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Gordon

Gordon impressive despite limited minutes in season debut

From Elias: Eric Gordon scored 24 points while playing 24:52 in his season debut, a 98-95 Hornets win at Charlotte. No player had scored that many points in less than 25 minutes in his first game of the season since Ray Allen, playing for Seattle, scored 24 points in 23 minutes against Phoenix on December 23, 2003.

Charlotte Bobcats, New Orleans Hornets

Rockets struggle from start to finish

From Elias: The Thunder outscored the Rockets by five points in the first quarter, 13 in the second, four in the third and eight in the fourth of their 124-94 win at Houston. It was only the fourth time in Rockets history that the team was outscored by 4+ points in every quarter of a home game. They suffered two such losses in January 1998, to the Cavaliers and Jazz, and another to the Kings in March 2002.

Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Gay

Gay makes shots when they count

From Elias: Rudy Gay made all four of his field-goal attempts in the last five minutes of the Grizzlies' 81-72 home win over the Nuggets. To that point, Gay had shot just 4-for-14 (29%) from the floor. The last player to go 4-for-4 or better from the field in the last five minutes of a game in which he'd previously taken at least 10 shots while shooting under 30% was Denver's Arron Afflalo (started 3-for-11, finished 5-for-5) in a home win over the Mavericks on February 10, 2011.

Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets

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Pekovic

Frontcourt leads Minnesota to victory

From Elias: Center Nikola Pekovic scored 28 points, while forwards Kevin Love and Andrei Kirilenko added 23 and 20, respectively, in the Timberwolves' 111-107 home win over the Suns. Minnesota became the first team this season to have all three members of its starting frontcourt score at least 20 points in a non-overtime game. The last time the T-Wolves pulled this off was on February 25, 2009, when Love, Ryan Gomes, and Mike Miller each scored 20+ against the Jazz.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns

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Hickson

Hickson extends Rose Garden streak

From Elias: J.J. Hickson scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' 89-85 home win over the 76ers. Hickson has recorded double-digit point and rebound totals in each of his last nine home games, the longest streak of its kind by a Portland player since Mychal Thompson had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in 10 straight games in Oregon in 1982.

Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers

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Pierce

Two Celtics shoot 20% vs. Warriors

From Elias: Paul Pierce shot 4-for-20 from the field while teammate Jeff Green was 2-for-11 in the Celtics' 101-83 loss at Golden State. It was only the second time in the last 30 years that the Warriors held two players taking more than 10 shots from the field to 20% or less shooting. On November 14, 2005, Ben Gordon shot 2-for-12 while Chris Duhon was 1-for-11 in Golden State's home win over Chicago.

Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors

Bulls win without a hot shooter

From Elias: The Bulls beat the Wizards, 87-77, despite not having a single player shoot better than 50% from the field. That was the largest win by any team without a player making more than half his shots since March 5, 2012 when the Trail Blazers beat the Hornets 86-74. And Chicago had only posted a double digit win in such a game twice in the last 35 years: on January 27, 2006 against Washington and on November 27, 2010 at Sacramento (both by 11).

Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

Hawks get offense from all five starters

From Elias: All five Hawks starters scored at least 15 points in Atlanta's 109-100 home win over the Pacers (Lou Williams 21, Al Horford 20, Zaza Pachulia 17, Kyle Korver 16, Jeff Teague 15). The last time the Hawks' entire starting lineup scored 15+ was on March 19, 2008 (Joe Johnson 24, Horford 20, Josh Smith 20, Mike Bibby 15, Marvin Williams 15).

Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers


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