Date: January 17, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Only Oscar is faster than the King

From Elias: LeBron James scored his 20,000th point and handed out his 5,000th assist Wednesday night, in his 726th career game. Only one player in NBA history reached those two milestones in fewer games than James: Oscar Robertson did it in 671 games. Jerry West (789 games) is third on this list.

Miami Heat


Only West outdoes James

From Elias: LeBron James scored 25 points and handed out 10 assists as he went over 20,000 points for his NBA career. Of the 37 other players who have scored at least 20,000 points in their NBA career, only one had at least 25 points and 10 assists in the game in which he scored his 20,000th point: Jerry West in 1969 (36 points, 11 assists).

Miami Heat

The Hornets beat the Celtics

From Elias: The Hornets beat the Celtics, 90-78, Wednesday night. It's only the fourth time in Celtics history that they were beaten by at least 12 points at home by a team that came into the game with more than twice as many losses as wins, this far into a season. They previously lost games in that manner to the Knicks in 1961 and 2006 and to the Pistons in 1981.

It was the eighth consecutive meeting between these two teams in which neither reached 100 points. That matches the longest current streak for any pair of NBA teams. Neither team has scored at least 100 points in each of the last eight games between the Hawks and Trail Blazers.

New Orleans Hornets, Boston Celtics


Son vs. father

From Elias: Austin Rivers became the fourth player to face his father as the coach of the opposing team in a NBA game. The others were Jan Van Breda Kolff vs. Butch (once), Coby Karl vs. George (once) and Mike Dunleavy vs. Mike Sr. (18 times).

New Orleans Hornets

Spurs dominate division at home

From Elias: The Spurs have won 19 straight home games against teams from the Southwest division dating back to December 2010. The last NBA team to win 19 or more consecutive home games against teams from its own division was the Heat, who had a 20-game winning streak from 2004 to 2006. (Miami was in the Atlantic division in 2003-04 before moving to the Southeast.)

San Antonio Spurs


Boozer is becoming a name brand

From Elias: Carlos Boozer scored 36 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in the Bulls' overtime win over the Raptors. Only one Bulls player in the post-Michael Jordan era had that many points and rebounds in a game. Elton Brand (44 points, 12 rebounds) on April 13, 2000 against Washington.

Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors

Mavs are losing streak extenders at home

From Elias: The Mavericks extended the Rockets losing streak to five games with a victory over them Wednesday night. Over the last six seasons (2007-08 to present), Dallas is 27-0 in home games versus opponents on losing streaks of at least four games.

Dallas has now won nine straight games against Houston, which matches the second-longest winning streak for either team in this intrastate rivalry. The Rockets won the first nine games of the series (1980 to 1982) and 11 straight games from 1996 to 1999.

Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets

The Hawks bounce back

From Elias: The Hawks beat the Nets, 109-95, two days after scoring only 58 points in a loss to the Bulls. It was the largest increase in points from one game to the next for the Hawks since 2009. Atlanta lost at Detroit, 94-88, on November 29, and then beat Toronto at home, 146-115, in its next game which was played on December 2. That's an increase of 58 points from one game to the next.

Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets


Big night for Teague

From Elias: Jeff Teague scored 28 points and handed out 11 assists in the Hawks' win over the Nets. It's been almost five years since a Hawks player had that many points and assists in a game. On April 2, 2008 Joe Johnson, who witnessed Teague's performance as an opponent, had the exact same numbers in a win over the Raptors.

Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets


Nikola, Shaq and Dwight

From Elias: Nikola Vucevic grabbed 15 rebounds in Orlando's victory over Indiana. Vucevic has had at least a dozen rebounds in each of his last eight games. Only two other players in Magic history have had eight consecutive games with a dozen boards within one season: Shaquille O'Neal had three such streaks, all nine games in length; and Dwight Howard did it four times, with a long of 14 last season.

Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic


Back-to-back big games for Westbrook

From Elias: Russell Westbrook made 12 of 20 shots from the field and scored 32 points for the Thunder Wednesday night, two days after scoring 36 points on 14 of 24 from the field. Westbrook is the fourth player this season to score at least 30 points while making at least 58 percent of his shots from the field in back-to-back games. O.J. Mayo did it for Dallas in November, James Harden for Houston in December and Carmelo Anthony for New York in December.

Oklahoma City Thunder


Wall excelling off the bench

From Elias: John Wall scored 14 points, handed out 10 assists and had three steals off the bench for the Wizards Wednesday night. The last Washington player with that many points, assists and steals in a game as a substitute was Frank Johnson on February 4, 1985 against Cleveland (20 points, 10 assists and three steals).

Washington Wizards

Another close one for the Blazers

From Elias: The Trail Blazers lost to the Cavaliers, 93-88. It was the eighth consecutive game played by the Blazers in which the final margin was not more than six points, matching the longest such streak in franchise history. Portland played eight straight games decided by six or fewer points in January 1979.

Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers


Mariners get much needed slugger

From Elias: The Mariners received Washington slugger Michael Morse in a three-team trade on Wednesday. Seattle's team slugging percentage last season was .369, the lowest in the major leagues. Morse's slugging percentage of .516 over the last three seasons was the 18th-highest in the major leagues among players with at least 1,000 at-bats over that span. Morse has a higher slugging percentage than the following players over the last three seasons: Buster Posey (.509), Adrian Gonzalez (.507), Evan Longoria (.507) and Ryan Howard (.483).

Seattle Mariners

NCAA Men's Basketball

MCBB - Atop the Leaderboard - 'Cuse and Louisville

Syracuse and Louisville are the only Big East teams to average more than 75 PPG, with Syracuse leading the way with 79.0 PPG this season. Louisville leads the way with more than 40 points per game in the paint, while Syracuse isn't far behind, averaging 37.3 PPG in the paint. Syracuse and Louisville are the only Big East teams to average more than 14 2nd-chance PPG this season.

Louisville Cardinals, Syracuse Orange