Date: December 16, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Irving is youngest NBA player to score 40 at MSG

From Elias: Kyrie Irving scored 41 points in the Cavaliers' loss to the Knicks and at age 20 he became the youngest player to score 40 or more points in an NBA game at the current Madison Square Garden. He broke the record held by Michael Jordan, who was 21 when he scored 42 points against the Knicks in New York on January 5, 1985. (Rick Barry was the youngest with a 40-point game at the old MSG. He had a 57-point performance there for the San Francisco Warriors in 1965, when he was 21 years old.)

Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks

Knicks win sixth straight one-point game

From Elias: The Knicks edged the Cavaliers, 103-102, for their sixth straight win in a game decided by one point, the longest current winning streak for any NBA team in one-point games. It's one shy of the franchise record; New York won seven straight games that were decided by the minimum margin from 1966 to 1967.

New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

Pacers win another low-scoring game

From Elias: The Pacers defeated the Pistons on Saturday night, 88-77, for their league-high fourth victory this season when scoring fewer than 90 points. Indiana's four wins when failing to score at least 90 points equal its total such victories from the previous four seasons combined.

Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers

Unusual 30-point win

From Elias: The Heat's quarter-by-quarter point totals were 26, 24, 29 and 23 in their 102-72 rout of the Wizards. Miami also accounted for the only other NBA game this season in which a team won by at least 30 points despite not scoring 30 or more points in any period. Erik Spoelstra's club did that in a 103-73 triumph over the Nets on November 7.

Miami Heat, Washington Wizards


Lee scores and boards

From Elias: David Lee had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the Warriors' win at Atlanta. It was his seventh straight 20/10 (points/rebounds) game, the longest such streak since Kevin Love began last season with eight straight games of that kind. The only other Warriors player in the last 40 years who registered at least 20 points and 10 or more rebounds in seven consecutive games was Joe Smith, who had a seven-game streak meeting each of those minimums in the 1996-97 season.

Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors

Bulls win a close one at home

From Elias: The Bulls defeated the Nets on Saturday night, 83-82, a welcome relief for a United Center crowd that's seen so many of those nail-biters end the wrong way over the past decade. Chicago has lost 14 home games over the last 10 seasons by one point, the most such defeats for any NBA team over that period.

Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls

Mavericks lose despite dominating first and fourth quarters

From Elias: The Mavericks outscored the Timberwolves by the same 32-22 score in both the first and fourth quarters, but Minnesota dominated the second and third periods, as well as the overtime, in its 114-106 win. Dallas was the first NBA team in more than three years to lose a game in which it outscored its opponent by at least 10 points in both the first and fourth quarters. Utah had been the last club to do that, in a 104-99 loss to Sacramento in November 2009.

Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves


Paul dishes 13 assists in 26 minutes

From Elias: Chris Paul had 13 assists while playing only 26 minutes in the Clippers' 111-85 victory over the Bucks. It was the fewest minutes played by Paul in any of the 197 NBA games in which he had more than 10 assists.

Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks


Rondo: two straight games with seven turnovers

From Elias: Rajon Rondo committed seven turnovers on Saturday night against the Spurs, after he had the same number of giveaways the night before versus the Rockets. Prior to Rondo, the most recent Celtics players who were responsible for at least seven turnovers in each of back-to-back games were Paul Pierce in December 2003 and Larry Bird in November 1987.

Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs