Date: December 20, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Monroe snaps Pistons' record streak

From Elias: Greg Monroe registered 35 points and 10 rebounds in Detroit's loss to Toronto on Wednesday night. Incredibly, Monroe is the first Piston in more than 13 years to record at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game, since Grant Hill had 35 points and 14 boards on May 2, 1999. Detroit's streak of 1,079 consecutive games without a 35-point/10-rebound performance entering Wednesday's action is the longest such streak in NBA history.

Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors


Pacers' threesome buries the Jazz

From Elias: Gerald Green (21 points, 7-for-12 from the field), Paul George (20 points, 9-for-13) and George Hill (20 points, 8-for-13) each scored at least 20 points and made over 58 percent of their field goal attempts in Indiana's victory over Utah on Wednesday night. It marked only the second time over the last 13 seasons that Indiana had three such players in a game. On November 9, 2010, Mike Dunleavy, Darren Collison and Tyle Hansbrough each did it for the Pacers in a 144-113 win over Denver.

Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz


Pierce is deadly from the field

From Elias: Paul Pierce scored 40 points and made 13 of his 16 field goal attempts in Boston's victory over Cleveland on Wednesday night. Pierce's .813 field-goal percentage is the second highest in a 40-point performance in the Celtics' franchise history. On March 27, 1979, Bob McAdoo shot 18-for-22 (81.8%) from the field and scored 42 points for Boston against the Cavaliers.

Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers

Knicks bring back the glory days

From Elias: The Knicks defeated the Nets by a score of 100-86 at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. New York ran its record to 19-6 with the victory, marking only the third time in the team's franchise history it has won at least 19 of its first 25 games of a season. The previous two times the Knicks did that they went on to win their only NBA titles: 1969-70 (23-2) and 1972-73 (20-5).

Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks


OKC's dynamic duo strikes again

From Elias: Kevin Durant had 41 points and 13 rebounds and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 27 points and 11 assists in the Thunder's 100-92 win in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Over the last 20 seasons, there have been only four other instances in which a player had 40+ points and 10+ rebounds and a teammate had 25+ points and 10+ assists in a regulation game: Phoenix' Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson on March 13, 1996, Denver's Antonio McDyess and Nick Van Exel on January 20, 2000, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash on January 15, 2002 and New Orleans' David West and Chris Paul on January 6, 2009.

Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder


Harden keeps knocking down the free throws

From Elias: James Harden knocked down 17 of his 18 free throw attempts in a 33-point performance in Houston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night. It is already the fourth time in this young season that Harden has scored at least 15 points from the free-throw line in a game, which ties the second most games in a single season in Houston's franchise history. Moses Malone made at least 15 free throws in seven games in 1981-82 and in four games in 1978-79.

Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers

Suns shoot lights out from near and far

From Elias: The Suns shot 17-for-28 from three-point range (60.7 percent) and made 10 of 11 free throw attempts (90.9 percent) in their 121-104 win over Charlotte on Wednesday night. Phoenix became only the fifth team since the league instituted the three-point line in 1979 to make at least 60 percent of its shots from beyond the arc and 90 percent of its free-throw attempts in the same game (minimum: 25 three-point attempts), and the first to do so since Dallas on April 5, 2009.

Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats


Ellis has a long night

From Elias: Monta Ellis made only one of his 14 shots from the field in Milwaukee's loss to Memphis on Wednesday night. It is only the third time a Bucks player has made one-or-fewer field goals with at least 14 attempts in a game. Junior Bridgeman went 1-for-14 on January 20, 1980 and 0-for-14 on January 24, 1984.

Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies


Warriors lose despite getting some fine individual performances

From Elias: Stephen Curry scored 32 points, David Lee had 29 points and Jarrett Jack registered 28 points off the bench for the Warriors but it did not help as the team dropped a 131-127 decision to the Kings on Wednesday night. It marked the first time in nearly 18 years that a team lost a game that ended in regulation despite having three players each score at least 28 points. The last time that happened in a non-overtime game was on January 15, 1995 when Portland's Rod Strickland (32), Clifford Robinson (30) and Clyde Drexler (30) each did it in a 131-124 loss to Seattle.

Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings