Date: February 26, 2010

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

NBA

CAVALIERS COME BACK AGAINST CELTICS

The Celtics led the Cavaliers by 10 points after the first quarter on Thursday, and they held a one-point lead going to the fourth quarter, but Boston wound up losing by 20 points to Cleveland, 108-88.

It was Boston's largest-ever margin of defeat in a game in which it led going to the fourth quarter. The previous most was 18 points, at Milwaukee in 1979 and at Charlotte in 1993.

It's only the second time in Celtics history that they've lost by 20 after leading by double-digits after the first period. The other time was in Seattle on Feb. 19, 1975, when the Supersonics (head coach: Bill Russell), defeated the Celtics, 121-95, after Boston led, 33-19, after one quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

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Williams

WILLIAMS TAKES OVER IN 4TH QUARTER

Mo Williams scored 14 fourth-quarter points on Thursday, three shy of his most final-period points for Cleveland. Over the last three seasons, no Cavaliers player besides LeBron James and Williams has scored 14 or more points in the fourth quarter of a game.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

CLEVELAND ENDS SKID IN BOSTON

Before Thursday the Cavaliers had lost their last five regular-season games in Boston, tied for their longest current road losing streak vs. any team. Cleveland has a current five-game losing streak in Washington.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

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Curry

CURRY'S SECOND 30/12 GAME

Stephen Curry had his second NBA game of at least 30 points and one dozen assists on Thursday against Denver. He's only the fourth player in NBA history to have more than one 30/12 (points/assists) game as a rookie: Oscar Robertson had 13 such games in 1960-61; and Michael Jordan had two in 1984-85.

Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

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Billups

WHAT HAS GOTTEN INTO BILLUPS?

Chauncey Billups scored 37 points on Thursday. He's scored 35 or more points in three of his last 16 games after scoring 35 or more in only three of his first 869 career games.

Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors

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Salmons

BUCKS UNDEFEATED WITH SALMONS

With a win over the Pacers on Thursday, the Bucks are now 5-0 since John Salmons joined the team and he's scored at least 15 points in each game. Salmons is only the second mid-season acquisition -- as in, he played for another NBA team earlier that season -- in league history to score 15-or-more points in each of his first five games with his new team while also playing for the winning side in each one. The other player to do it was Xavier McDaniel, in his first six games with Phoenix (after being acquired from Seattle) in December 1990.

Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers

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Bogut

BOGUT EXTENDS STREAK

Andrew Bogut blocked two shots for the Bucks Thursday, giving him at least one blocked shot in each of his last 22 games. That's the longest streak for any NBA player this season.

Bogut's streak is the longest of its kind for a Bucks player since Ervin Johnson blocked shots in 24 straight games in 1997-98, but he'll have to continue his streak into next season to match the franchise record of 61 straight games, shared by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (overlapping the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons) and Elmore Smith (1975-76).

Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers


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