Date: December 11, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Patriots roll over Texans

From Elias: The Patriots defeated the previously 11-1 Texans by 28 points on Monday, 42-14. That was the largest margin of victory over the team with the best record in the NFL, at least 10 games into a season, since the Seahawks had a 38 - 9 win over the 13-2 49ers on Dec. 21, 1997.

Tom Brady threw four touchdowns without an interception, his 14th such game in the NFL, extending his own record in that category. (Brett Favre is second with 12 games of four or more touchdowns without an interception.) It was the 22nd time that the Patriots scored 40 or more points in one of Brady's starts, tying Dan Fouts for the second-highest total in league history. Len Dawson led the Chiefs and Texans to a 40-point game 23 times.

New England Patriots, Houston Texans



Parker records first triple-double

From Elias: Tony Parker recorded the first triple-double of his NBA career in the Spurs' win in Houston on Monday, in his 826th game in the league. Only three other players in NBA history have gone 800 or more games into their career before their first triple-double: Karl Malone (in his 860th game), Patrick Ewing (#834) and Cedric Maxwell (824th).

San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets


Warriors win fourth straight game

From Elias: The Warriors defeated the Bobcats on Monday, 104-96, and they are now 4-0 on their current seven-game road trip. It's only the second time in team history that the Warriors have won four-or-more consecutive games in one season, all of which were road games and not played at a neutral site (as was common in the early years of the NBA). The Warriors won five straight, all on the road, in seven days from October 29 to November 4, 1978.

Stephen Curry and David Lee have each scored 20 or more points in each of the Warriors' last five games. Since "Run TMC" broke up in the early 1990s, the only Warriors players to each score 20 or more points in five straight games were Monta Ellis and Corey Maggette, who had two such streaks in the 2009-10 season.

Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors

Hot Heat

From Elias: The Heat made 39 of 67 shots (58.2%) in its win over the Hawks on Monday after going 40 for 69 (58.0%) against the Hornets on Saturday. The only team with a higher shooting percentage over two games this season than the Heat's 58.1 mark is the Mavericks, who were 97 for 158 (61.4%) in their third and fourth games of the season. It's Miami's best field-goal percentage in a two-game span since February 2006.

Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat

Kings not regal in Dallas

From Elias: The Mavericks defeated the Kings on Monday for their 17th straight home win over Sacramento. That's the Mavericks' longest ever home winning streak against one opponent; they had previously won 16 straight against the Warriors, from 1982 to 1988.

It's the third-longest current home winning streak by one team against another in the NBA. The Spurs have won 27 consecutive home games against the Warriors; and the Suns have won 24 in a row at home against Milwaukee.

Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings


Turner leads 76ers to victory

From Elias: Evan Turner had 18 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the 76ers' win over the Pistons on Monday for his fifth career 15/10/5 game (points/rebounds/assists), all of which have come in the last two seasons. Over that time, all other 76ers players have combined for two 15/10/5 games (one each for Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala).

Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons