Date: January 15, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Hawks score 20 points in the first half

From Elias: The Hawks scored only 20 points in the first half in their 97-58 loss to the Bulls. There have been more than 49,000 games played in the NBA in the shot clock era (since 1954-55) and this was only the third in which a team scored 20 or fewer points in the first half. The Clippers scored 19 points in the first half against the Lakers on December 14, 1999 and the Jazz (then in New Orleans) scored 20 first-half points against the SuperSonics on January 4, 1975.

Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls


Collison and Mayo lead Mavs

From Elias: Darren Collison scored 23 points and handed out nine assists while O.J. Mayo scored 20 points and also had nine assists. It's only the fifth time in Mavericks history that they had two players with at least 20 points and nine assists in the same game. Mark Aguirre and Derek Harper did it in 1988, Jason Kidd and George McCloud in 1996, Michael Finley and Robert Pack in 1999 and Steve Nash and Tim Hardaway in 2002.

Dallas Mavericks

The Wizards win again

From Elias: The Wizards beat the Magic Monday night for their third consecutive win. Washington was 4-28 (.125) prior to this three-game winning streak. Only two other teams in NBA history with a winning percentage as low as .125 at least 20 games into a season won three straight games. In 1999-2000, the Bulls, who were 2-26 (.071), won three straight games; in 2002-03, Memphis was 2-18 (.100) when it went on a four-game winning streak.

Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic


As usual, Durant and Westbrook lead Thunder

From Elias: Kevin Durant scored 41 points and Russell Westbrook scored 36 in Oklahoma City's victory over Phoenix. Durant and Westbrook were the first pair of teammates to score at least 36 points each in a non-overtime game since November 29, 2008 when New York's David Lee (37) and Al Harrington (36) turned the trick against Golden State. The last pair of Thunder/Supersonics to do it in a non-overtime game was Lonnie Shelton (37 points) and Gus Williams (36) on January 22, 1982 at Boston.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns

OKC is the first NBA team to 30 wins

From Elias: Oklahoma City was the first NBA team to 30 wins this season. It was the third time in franchise history that the Thunder/SuperSonics were the first NBA team to 30 wins in a season. They also did it in 1993-94 and 1997-98.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Another big road win for the Clippers

From Elias: The Clippers beat the Grizzlies in Memphis, 99-73. It's the third time this season that the Clippers won a road game by at least 26 points. They won at Milwaukee, 111-85, on December 15 and they earned a 103-77 victory in Phoenix two days before Christmas. That matches the most such road wins the Clippers had in their previous 19 seasons combined.

Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies


Hayward shines off the bench

From Elias: Gordon Hayward came off the Jazz bench and scored 22 points and handed out four assists in Utah's win over Miami. It was the second time this month that Hayward had at least that many points and assists in a game as a substitute. He had 27 points and five assists against Dallas on January 7. The last Utah player with two such games off the bench in one calendar month was Jeff Hornacek in December 1995.

Miami Heat, Utah Jazz


Rondo's 16th career triple/double

From Elias: Rajon Rondo had a triple/double in the Celtics' win over the Bobcats. It was the 16th triple/double of Rondo's career, tying him with his teammate Kevin Garnett for fifth-most among active NBA players, behind Jason Kidd (107), LeBron James (33), Grant Hill (29) and Kobe Bryant (18). The Celtics are 15-1 in the 16 games in which Rondo registers a triple/double.

Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets