Date: January 8, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Wizards shock Thunder after doing the same to Heat

From Elias: The Wizards, who entered Monday with a record of 4-28 (.125), posted a 101-99 home win over the defending Western Conference-champion Thunder. Last month, Washington brought a 1-13 (.071) record into a victory over the defending NBA champions, the Heat. Only one other NBA team has ever posted victories over each of the previous season's finalists in games it entered with a winning percentage under .200 (minimum 10 games). In 2004-05, the Hawks were 3-15 when they defeated the defending-champion Pistons, and 9-37 at the time of their victory over the Lakers, the runners-up in 2003-04.

Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder

Washington posts an all-time upset

From Elias: The 4-25 (.125) Wizards' victory over the 26-7 (.788) Thunder represented the third-largest negative disparity in winning percentage by a winning team at least 30 games into a season. The 4-31 (.114) Clippers downed the 28-7 (.800) Trail Blazers in April 1999, and the 7-27 (.206) Waterloo Hawks beat the 27-4 (.871) Syracuse Nationals in January 1950.

Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder


Ellington shoots the lights out in Sacramento

From Elias: Wayne Ellington made 10 of 11 field-goal attempts, including six of seven from three-point range, in the Grizzlies' 113-81 win at Sacramento. Since the NBA instituted the three-point line for the 1979-80 season, more than 300 players have shot better than 90% from the floor while making at least 10 shots. But only two others have done that while sinking at least six three pointers. Seattle's Richie Frahm (December 20, 2003) and Philadelphia's Jodie Meeks (January 13, 2012) were, like Ellington, 10-for-11 overall and 6-for-7 from downtown.

Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings

Grizzlies post biggest-ever road win

From Elias: Memphis' 113-81 win at Sacramento represented the largest margin of victory for the Grizzlies in a road game. Their previous record was 30 points, in a 104-74 win at Toronto on April 6, 2005.

Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings

Two pairs of Blazers put up 15/10 games

From Elias: Four Trail Blazers recorded double-doubles in Portland's 125-119 overtime win over Orlando: Damian Lillard (18 points, 10 assists), Nicolas Batum (16 points, 10 assists), LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points, 10 rebounds) and J.J. Hickson (20 points, 15 rebounds). It was only the second time in the last 20 years that a team had two players with 15 points and 10 assists, and two different players with 15 points and 10 rebounds. On December 22, 2006, Steve Nash and Boris Diaw had the points and assists while Amar'e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion had the points and rebounds for the Suns in an overtime loss to the Wizards.

Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers


Taj Gibson shoots, rebounds Bulls to victory

From Elias: Taj Gibson came off the bench to make eight of nine field-goal attempts (89%) and haul in seven rebounds in the Bulls' 118-92 home win over the Cavaliers. It's been nearly a decade since a Chicago player posted a field-goal percentage that high (minimum: 8 FG made) while grabbing that many rebounds. Tyson Chandler went 8-for-9 from the field with 17 rebounds at Philadelphia on February 12, 2003.

Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers


Davis has second big game against Spurs

From Elias: Anthony Davis scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Hornets' 95-88 home win over the Spurs. Last month, Davis put up 18 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at San Antonio. Only two other rookies in the Duncan era (since 1997-98) have recorded more than one 17-point/9-rebound game against the Spurs. Pau Gasol had three such games in 2001-02, and Amar'e Stoudemire had two the following season.

New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs


Hayward's all-around performance off the bench

From Elias: Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score 27 points, grab six rebounds, and hand out five assists in the Jazz's 100-94 home win over the Mavericks. It's been nearly a quarter century since a Utah substitute recorded 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in a non-overtime game. Thurl Bailey put up 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists at Portland on April 19, 1988.

Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz


Anthony cold from the floor

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony shot 6-for-26 from the field in the Knicks' 102-96 home loss to the Celtics. The only other players this season to miss at least 20 field-goal attempts in a game are Anthony's teammate Raymond Felton (9/30 on December 8) and Kobe Bryant (twice: 9-for-29 on December 14 and 16-for-41 on December 22).

Boston Celtics, New York Knicks