Date: January 9, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Evans has a Rodman-like night

From Elias: Reggie Evans had the most interesting statistical line of the night in the NBA. Evans grabbed 23 rebounds and scored only two points in the Nets' romp over the 76ers. Only six other players in NBA history had a game in which they had at least 23 rebounds and no more than two points. Dennis Rodman had five such games in his NBA career. In one of them he hauled in 28 rebounds without scoring a point. Ben Wallace had two games like that, while Arnie Risen (1954), Bill Bridges (1965), Bill Russell (1968) and Wilt Chamberlain (1973) had one each.

Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers

20/20 vision for the Nets

From Elias: The Nets beat the 76ers, 109-89, three days after vanquishing the Kings, 113-93. It's the first time in almost four years that the Nets won back-to-back games, each by at least 20 points. The last time they did it was Feb. 4 and 7, 2009 (115-88 at Washington and 114-70 versus Denver).

Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers

Pacers take the Heat

From Elias: The Pacers beat the Heat, 87-77, on Tuesday night. Indiana has not allowed more than 92 points in any of its last 10 home games. That's one shy of the franchise record. The Pacers held their opponents under 93 points in 11 consecutive home games within one season three times in franchise history (1997-98, 2003-04 and 2005-06).

Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat


Harden believes in the charity stripe

From Elias: James Harden went 8-for-8 from the line in the Rockets' win over the Lakers. It's the third time this season that Harden was perfect from the line in a game while taking at least eight shots. Only one other player has that many such games this season: Kevin Durant, who has eight.

Harden has made 300 free throws in 34 games this season. Only two players over the previous 17 seasons made that many free throws in their first 34 games of a season: Allen Iverson in 2005-06 (303) and Dwyane Wade in 2006-07 (305).

Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers

The Suns are not shining

From Elias: The Suns' record stands at 12-24 after their loss to the Bucks. It's the fourth time in franchise history in which Phoenix won no more than one-third of its first 36 games. They also did it in 1968-69 (8-28), 1996-97 (12-24) and 2003-04 (12-24).

Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks