Date: January 16, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Howard and Bryant bash the Bucks

From Elias: Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant each scored 31 points in the Lakers' win against the Bucks. It was the first game of Howard's NBA career in which both he and a teammate each scored more than 30 points.

Los Angeles Lakers


Crawford leads Clippers with 30 points

From Elias: Jamal Crawford scored 30 points, but he had only one assist and no rebounds in the Clippers' win against the Rockets. He's the only NBA player this season to score at least 30 points in a game without producing either two or more rebounds or at least two assists. The last player to do so had been Crawford himself, in a 34-point, one-rebound and one-assist performance for Portland, last April against Golden State.

Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets


Four players pace Indiana win

From Elias: Roy Hibbert, Paul George, George Hill and David West each scored 15 or more points and pulled down at least seven rebounds in the Pacers' victory over the Bobcats. The only other team that had four different players produce a 15/7 (points/rebounds) in a win this season was the Bulls, in a triumph at Madison Square Garden in December.

Indiana, before Tuesday night, last had four players with at least 15 points and seven or more boards in any game more than two decades ago, when Rik Smits, Detlef Schrempf, Vern Fleming and Dale Davis turned that trick against the Nets in December 1992.

Charlotte Bobcats, Indiana Pacers

Hornets score 35 points in first quarter

From Elias: The Hornets forged a 35-28 lead through one period and went on to beat the 76ers, 111-99. They were the first team to score 35 or more points in the first quarter at Philadelphia in Doug Collins' three seasons as the Sixers' head coach.

Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Hornets


Lopez perfect from foul line

From Elias: Brook Lopez scored a game-high 22 points, including 10-for-10 from the foul line, in Brooklyn's win over Toronto. Over the past 20 years the only other Nets centers who were 10-for-10 or better from the charity stripe in one game were Lopez himself, at Chicago in December 2010 (when he made all 11 of his free throws) and Benoit Benjamin in January 1995 vs. the Pacers (10-for-10).

Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets

Something had to give

From Elias: The Trail Blazers and Nuggets were tied 99-99 through four quarters on Tuesday night, which put two streaks on the line. Portland had won its last six overtime games, tying a franchise record, while Denver had won four in a row when playing more than 48 minutes.

It was only the second OT game in the last five seasons in which each club was riding a winning streak of at least four games when playing an extra period. The other was a Jazz-Clippers matchup in November 2010.

Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers