Date: December 5, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

WE'VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE

From Elias: The Wizards improved their record to 2-13 by defeating the mighty Heat. Washington entered the game with a .071 winning percentage (1-13), the lowest in NBA history for a team that defeated the defending champion ten or more games into a season. The previous low was a .091 winning percentage (2-20) by the Providence Steamrollers, entering their victory over the Baltimore Bullets on December 29, 1948, when the league was known as the BAA (Basketball Association of America).

Washington Wizards, Miami Heat

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James

WIZARDS TOP HEAT DESPITE A TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR JAMES

From Elias: LeBron James registered game-high totals of 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists but that wasn't enough for the Heat in its 105-101 loss at Washington. It was James' fifth regular-season triple-double since he joined the Heat, but Miami has a losing record (2-3) in those games.

Miami Heat, Washington Wizards

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Randolph

MONSTER GAME FOR RANDOLPH

From Elias: Zach Randolph scored 38 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to an overtime victory against the Suns. Randolph joined Dwight Howard (45 points and 23 rebounds for the Magic at Golden State on January 12 of this year) as the only players in the last 12 seasons (2001-02 to date) to reach those minimums of points and rebounds in an NBA game. Randolph was the fourth player ever to total at least 38 points and 22 or more rebounds in a game versus Phoenix, and he joined elite company: Wilt Chamberlain (66 PTS, 27 REB on Feb. 9, 1969), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (39 PTS, 23 REB on Feb. 8, 1971) and Bob Lanier (38 PTS, 22 REB on Jan. 3, 1973).

Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns

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Bryant

BRYANT COMES UP SHORT IN A LOSS TO THE ROCKETS

From Elias: Kobe Bryant missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining in the Lakers' 107-105 loss at Houston. Bryant has missed the last six potential game-tying or go-ahead three-pointers that he's taken within the final four seconds of either the fourth quarter or overtime of regular-season games. The last shot of that kind that Bryant made was in 2010, when he beat the Kings with a buzzer-beating three-pointer on New Year's Day.

Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets

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Shved

SHARP SHOOTING SHVED

From Elias: Alexey Shved made four of his seven three-point attempts and led the Timberwolves with 17 points as they won at Philadelphia, 105-88. Shved, who hit four of six shots from beyond the arc against the Bucks on Friday, is the 20th rookie in NBA history to record four or more three-pointers and a field-goal percentage from that range of better than 50 percent in each of two consecutive games. No rookie has ever done that in three straight games. Shved was the first rookie with a two-game streak of that kind since San Antonio's Gary Neal in February 2011. Nick Van Exel (1993-94), Paul Pierce (1998-99), James Harden (2009-10) and Stephen Curry (2009-10) are arguably the most noteworthy names on that list.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers

THUNDER SHOOT THE LIGHTS OUT

From Elias: The Thunder shot 40-for-66 from the floor (60.6%), including 7-of-14 from three-point range, and they made 30-of-34 shots from the line (88.2%) as they won their first game in Brooklyn. It was only the third game since the inception of the three-point line in the NBA in 1979 (and the first since March 1996) in which the SuperSonics/Thunder franchise had a field-goal percentage of 60 percent or higher, a three-point percentage of 50 percent or higher and a free-throw percentage of 80 percent or higher.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets

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Williams

30-POINT GAMES AGAINST BOTH THE THUNDER AND BULLS

From Elias: Deron Williams registered 33 points for the Nets in their loss to the Thunder. Williams was the first player to score as many as 30 points in a regular-season game against Oklahoma City since the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins did it on April 24 (32 points). The previous high for points in one game by an opposing player versus the Thunder this season was 29 by Thaddeus Young.

Williams' 33-point game versus Oklahoma City left the Bulls as the only NBA team that hadn't allowed a 30-point game to an opposing player this season, but only temporarily. That changed when Paul George scored 34 points in the Pacers' 80-76 win at Chicago.

Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder


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