Date: December 12, 2013

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Paul Delivers For Rivers

From Elias: Chris Paul made Doc Rivers' return to Boston a successful one by posting team-high totals of 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Clippers topped the Celtics. It was the 12th game of Paul's NBA career in which he led his team, either outright or tied, in each of those three categories, but it was his first such game during his two seasons with the Clippers.

Rivers became the 16th man to coach against a team that he previously coached to an NBA championship, including Alex Hannum, who's the only man to coach against two NBA teams after leading them to titles (St. Louis Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers). That list includes Bill Russell, Bill Fitch and K.C. Jones, all of whom did so after coaching Boston to championships.

Los Angeles Clippers


Bucks Have Seen Enough Of Duncan

From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Spurs easily disposed of the Bucks in Milwaukee. Duncan has per-game averages of 22.0 points and 11.4 rebounds in his 30 career games against the Bucks. The only other players who have career averages against Milwaukee as high as Duncan's in both of those categories (minimum: 10 games) are Billy Cunningham (24.5 PPG, 11.7 RPG) and Charles Barkley (22.2 PPG, 11.5 RPG).

San Antonio Spurs


Anthony Leads Knicks

From Elias: Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 30 points as the Knicks fought off a late comeback attempt by Chicago in their 83-78 win at New York. Anthony has been the Knicks' leading scorer (either outright or tied) in each of the team's 21 games this season. The Knicks are the first NBA team to have the same leading scorer in each of their first 21 games of a season since Allen Iverson was Philadelphia's top scorer in each of the team's first 21 games in 2005-06.

New York Knicks


Back-To-Back Gems For Love

From Elias: Kevin Love led the Timberwolves to a victory over the 76ers with 26 points and 15 rebounds one night after he scored 26 points and gathered 16 rebounds to help Minnesota top the Pistons. Love has seven 25/15-games (points and rebounds) this season, while no other NBA player has had more than two such games.

Minnesota Timberwolves


Westbrook On Target

From Elias: Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and made all 11 of his foul shots to help the Thunder post a 116-110 win at Memphis. Westbrook is a career 81 percent shooter from the charity stripe, but Wednesday's game was only the second of his NBA career in which he took more than ten free throws and made all of them.

Oklahoma City Thunder


Cousins Is Best At Home

From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points and hauled down 11 rebounds for the Kings in their blowout loss to the Jazz at Sacramento. It was the ninth game this season in which Cousins had at least 20 points and ten or more rebounds, and eight of those games have been on his home court. The exception was Cousins's 23-point, 19-rebound effort in a one-point loss to the Clippers at Staples Center on November 23.

Sacramento Kings


Nelson Comes To Life In 2nd Half

From Elias: Jameer Nelson scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead the Magic to a 92-83 victory at Charlotte. That matched the most points that Nelson has ever scored in the second half of a game in which he was scoreless at the intermission. Nelson had 17 points for Orlando (all in the second half) in a loss to the Pistons on April 11, 2007.

Orlando Magic

Pelicans Wake Up In Overtime

From Elias: The Pelicans had a 15-10 advantage during the overtime period in their victory over the Pistons after Detroit "won" the fourth period, 22-13, to send the game into extra time. It was the first game since April 4, 2007 in which New Orleans scored more points in an overtime period than it did in the fourth quarter. On that date, the Hornets outscored the SuperSonics 17-8 during the OT period after blowing a late lead by being outscored 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

New Orleans Hornets



Rookie Goaltender Shines For Kings

From Elias: Martin Jones made 38 saves for the Kings in his 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Jones, who made his NHL debut on December 3, has played four games for the Kings and he's won all of them while allowing a total of three goals. He's the first goaltender ever to allow an average of less than one goal per game while winning the first four games of his NHL career. The previous record for fewest goals given up in the process of a goaltender winning his first four NHL games was four by the Ducks' Viktor Fasth earlier this year (Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2013).

Los Angeles Kings


Kane Still On A Roll

From Elias: Patrick Kane extended his assist streak to a career-best seven games when he recorded the first of his two assists in the Blackhawks' 7-2 rout of the Flyers. Kane's second assist was the 300th of his NHL career. The Buffalo, New York native becomes the fourth active U.S.-born player with at least 300 assists; the others are Scott Gomez (534), Matt Cullen (368) and David Legwand (343).

Chicago Blackhawks