Date: November 14, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

ANOTHER BAD START

From Elias: Washington extended its season-opening losing streak to six games with a 92-76 loss at Charlotte. The Wizards, who began the 2011-12 season with an 0-8 record, are the second team in NBA history to start each of two consecutive seasons with a losing streak of at least six games. The Grizzlies did that in 2001-02 (0-8) and 2002-03 (0-13), the first two seasons after they relocated to Memphis from Vancouver.

Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards

A GREAT START

From Elias: The Knicks, leading by one entering the fourth quarter, outscored the Magic 22-13 in that quarter to finish with a 99-89 victory. New York is now 5-0 on the season, having won all five games by 10-or-more points. They are just the third team in NBA history to win their first five games of a season, all by double-digit margins. The 1957-58 Celtics won their first five in that fashion and the 1985-86 Nuggets won their first six that way.

New York Knicks, Orlando Magic

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Calderon

WHO NEEDS POINTS?

From Elias: Toronto guard Jose Calderon scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 10 assists in the Raptors' 74-72 win over the Pacers. Calderon's triple-double was just the second in the NBA this season (Greg Monroe last Wednesday for Detroit was the first) and the 11th in team history.

The 74 points scored by Toronto is the lowest total in a win by a team with a player who recorded a triple-double. The previous mark was an Atlanta 76-65 win over Cleveland on May 2, 1999, with Mookie Blaylock registering 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

What's more remarkable than that is that Toronto scored just five points in the fourth quarter and still won the game! The last team to win a game in which it scored five-or-fewer points in the fourth quarter did so in the lowest scoring game in NBA history. On Nov. 11, 1950, Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons coach Murray Mendenhall instituted stall tactics against the Lakers and their large frontcourt of George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen and Jim Pollard in a game at the very narrow court in the Minneapolis Auditorium. The Lakers, on a 30-game home-court winning streak at the time (still the longest in franchise history), led 17-16 entering the fourth quarter, and led 18-17 with less than 10 seconds left until Larry Foust scored the winning basket for the Pistons, with the game ending 19-18.

Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers

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Varejao

BIG GAMES IN A LOSS

From Elias: The Nets cruised to a 114-101 win over the Cavaliers despite allowing 34 points to Kyrie Irving and 35 points to Anderson Varejao. Only once before in team history have the Nets won a game in which they allowed two opposing players to score 34 or more points. On Feb. 11 1986, New Jersey beat Detroit, 130-122, as Isiah Thomas had 39 points and Kelly Tripucka scored 37. And only once before had Cleveland lost a game in that fashion: on Jan. 12, 1991, a 128-120 loss to Denver, when Larry Nance had 34 and Brad Daugherty had 38.

Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Lillard

LONG DISTANCE ROOKIES

From Elias: Portland rookie Damian Lillard drained five three-pointers in Portland's 103-86 win in Sacramento on Tuesday night. Lillard has at least one three-point field-goal in each of his eight games as an NBA player, as does Cleveland rookie Dion Waiters, who reached that mark earlier in the day. Only two other players started their careers with eight-or-more consecutive games with a three-point field-goal: Rudy Fernandez for the Blazers (first 20 in 2008) and Walt Williams for the Kings (9 in 1992-93).

Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers

LOW SCORING AFFAIR

From Elias: The Spurs eked out an 84-82 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Only one of the previous 146 games between these two teams ended with so few points scored. Early in the 1998-99 season, when the teams were shaking off the rust of the lockout, the Lakers went into San Antonio and beat the Spurs 80-75. Both Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan played in that game, and they are the only remaining members of their respective teams still active today.

Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

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Bryant

TOUGHEST OPPONENT

From Elias: The Lakers are now 21-28 in games started by Kobe Bryant against the Spurs, a .429 winning percentage. That ties for the worst record by the Lakers in games started by Kobe against a particular opponent. Amazingly, in 14 starts against Charlotte, Los Angeles is just 6-8 (.429).

Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs

MLB

AGE IS NOT AN ISSUE

From Elias: Davey Johnson won the National League Manager of the Year award, beating out Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy in the voting. Johnson, who is 69 years old, is the second-oldest winner of the award in either league. The oldest was Jack McKeon, who won the award at age 72 with the 2003 Marlins.

This is Johnson's second Manager of the Year award, having earned the same honor in the American League with the 1997 Orioles. His wins, 15 years apart, represents the longest span of time between Manager of the Year awards. The previous longest span was 14 years for Jim Leyland, who won in 1992 with Pittsburgh and next in 2006 with Detroit.

Washington Nationals

GOOD IN BOTH LEAGUES

From Elias: Oakland manager Bob Melvin edged out Buck Showalter to win the American League Manager of the Year award. This is Melvin's second such award, with his previous win in the National League with the 2007 Diamondbacks. Melvin and Davey Johnson are the fifth and sixth managers to win the award in each league. The others are Bobby Cox (1985 Blue Jays; 1991, 2004 and 2005 Braves); Tony La Russa (1983 White Sox; 1988 and 1992 Athletics; 2002 Cardinals); Jim Leyland (1990 and 1992 Pirates; 2006 Tigers); and Lou Piniella (1995 and 2001 Mariners; 2008 Cubs).

Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics


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