Date: November 22, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Hibbert

HIBBERT'S TRIPLE-DOUBLE ENDS LONG DROUGHT

From Elias: Roy Hibbert recorded a triple-double, including a career-high 11 blocked shots, in the Pacers' 115-107 overtime victory over the Hornets. It was Indiana's first triple-double since Jermaine O'Neal's on January 22, 2003 against Toronto. The Pacers' span of 774 games without a TD was the third longest in NBA history. The longest triple-double drought was 898 games by the Raptors and that streak ended earlier in this calendar year when Ben Uzoh posted a TD against the Nets in Toronto's final game of the 2011-12 season.

Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets

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Love

LOVE MAKES AUSPICIOUS DEBUT

From Elias: Kevin Love scored 34 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his season debut, as the Timberwolves lost to the Nuggets, 101-94. Love fell one short of the highest point total ever tallied in a player's season debut this far into a season. (It was Minnesota's 10th game.) That mark was set by Frank Selvy, who scored 35 points for the Milwaukee Hawks in his first game of the 1954-55 season. It was Milwaukee's 12th game.

Same idea, different category: Love's total of 14 rebounds was the third highest in league history in a season debut this far into the schedule. Bill Russell (16 in his first game of the 1956-57 season) and Tyrone Hill (15 in 2002-03) had the higher totals.

Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Duncan

DUNCAN TURNS BACK THE CLOCK IN BOSTON

From Elias: Tim Duncan scored 20 points and added 15 rebounds in the Spurs' 112-100 victory at Boston. At age 36, Duncan became the oldest visiting player ever to post a 15-15 game (that is, points and rebounds) against the Celtics. Among the players to previously hold that distinction are Dolph Schayes (1958-71), Wilt Chamberlain (1971-98), Charles Barkley (1998-99), and Kevin Willis (1999-2012).

Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs

THUNDER TAKE DOWN ANOTHER 1ST-PLACE TEAM

From Elias: The Thunder defeated the Clippers, 117-111, in overtime on Wednesday. Oklahoma City has won 19 of its last 32 games against opponents in sole possession of first place in their division, dating back to January 2010.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers

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Varejao

VAREJAO JUST MISSES CAVS REBOUND RECORD

From Elias: Anderson Varejao grabbed 19 rebounds in the Cavaliers' 92-83 win over the 76ers. Varejao ranks second in the NBA with an average of 13.7 rebounds per game, and his total of 137 boards is the second highest through 10 games by any player in Cavs history. Only Rick Roberson posted a higher rebound total over his first 10 games of a season (and just barely), taking down 139 rebounds through 10 games in 1972-73.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers

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Lillard

LILLARD TAKES OVER BLAZERS' SCORING LEAD

From Elias: Damian Lillard topped the Trail Blazers with 24 points in Wednesday's 114-87 loss at Portland. That made Lillard the team leader in scoring this season with an average of 19.5 points per game; he already held the team lead in assists per game (5.8). No rookie has led Portland in scoring since Sidney Wicks in 1971-72 (24.5 PPG); no rookie has led Portland in assists since Kelvin Ransey in 1980-81 (6.9 per game). No rookie has led the Blazers in both points and assists in the same season since Geoff Petrie did it in Portland's first season in the NBA (1970-71).

Portland Trail Blazers

KNICKS FAIL TO GAIN EDGE IN TURNOVERS FOR 1ST TIME THIS SEASON

From Elias: The Mavericks defeated the Knicks, 114-111, as New York committed as many turnovers as their opponent for the first time in 10 games this season. Both teams turned the ball over 14 times, as the Knicks maintained a margin of 58 fewer turnovers than their opponents this season. That's New York's best margin through 10 games since the NBA started tracking that category in 1970.

Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks

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James

JAMES, WADE, AND BOSH SCORE BIG IN VICTORY

From Elias: The Big Three lived up to their billing on Wednesday night, as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade scored 28 points each and Chris Bosh added 24 in the Heat's 113-106 overtime victory against the Bucks. It was the 15th time that all three players topped the 20-point mark for Miami with predictable results: the Heat have a 13-2 record in those games, with 10 straight wins.

Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

BOBCATS ARE ON A ROLL

From Elias: The Bobcats defeated the Raptors, 98-97, for their fifth win in their last six games. It's the first time since January 2011 that Charlotte has won five times in six games. Last season, there was no span of six games in which the Bobcats managed even a 3-3 record.

Charlotte Bobcats, Toronto Raptors

WIZARDS FORCE OVERTIME BUT CAN'T FIND FIRST WIN

From Elias: This one had to be extra painful as the Wizards' record fell to 0-10 in an overtime loss at Atlanta. Only two other teams in NBA history extended a season-long losing streak to 10 or more games in OT: the Clippers in 1994-95 (falling to 0-13) and the Grizzlies in 2002 (0-11).

Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards


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