Date: December 6, 2012

Elias Says...

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

NBA

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Bryant

BRYANT EFFICIENTLY REACHES MILESTONE

From Elias: Kobe Bryant became the fifth player to reach 30,000 points in the Lakers' 103-87 win at New Orleans. Bryant shot 10-for-17 from the floor and finished with 29 points Wednesday night. It was the seventh time in the last three years that Kobe has scored at least 29 points while missing seven-or-fewer shots from the field. All seven were in road games, although one was on his regular home court, "at" the Clippers last April.

Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets

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Garnett

K.G. HAUNTS FORMER TEAM

From Elias: Kevin Garnett scored 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in the Celtics' 104-94 home win over the Timberwolves. In seven career games against his former team, Garnett has shot 61% from the field and averaged 10.3 rebounds. No other player with more than five career games against Minnesota has shot better than 60% and averaged double-digit rebounds.

Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Smith

SMITH SINKS KNICKS' FIRST BUZZER-BEATER IN 5 YEARS

From Elias: J.R. Smith's two-point shot as time expired gave the Knicks a 100-98 win at Charlotte. It was New York's first game-winning buzzer-beater since Steve Francis nailed a three-pointer in a 90-89 win at Washington on March 10, 2007.

New York Knicks, Charlotte Bobcats

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Hibbert

PACERS WIN DESPITE HIBBERT'S SHOOTING STRUGGLES

From Elias: Roy Hibbert shot just 3-for-13 from the field, but his Pacers still defeated the Trail Blazers, 99-92. It was the sixth time since the start of last season that Hibbert has attempted at least 10 field goals while making less than 25% of them. That's the highest total by any starting center over that span. Indiana is now 3-3 in those games. All other teams are a combined 4-19 since the start of the 2011-12 season when their starting center shoots that poorly (10+ FGA, <.250 FG%).

Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers

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Lawson

LAWSON'S LeBRON-LIKE PERFORMANCE NOT ENOUGH FOR NUGGETS

From Elias: Ty Lawson scored 32 points, making 12 out of 16 shots from the floor, and also recorded seven assists and five steals in the Nuggets' 108-104 loss at Atlanta. Lawson became the first player to score 30+ points, make 75% of his field-goal attempts, and register at least five assists and five steals since LeBron James (35 points, 12/16 FG, 8 assists, 5 steals) on March 30, 2011 at Washington.

Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks

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Thompson

WARRIORS' BACKCOURT LEADS WAY

From Elias: Klay Thompson led all scorers with 27 points, while his backcourt mate Stephen Curry added 22 in the Warriors' 104-97 win at Detroit. It was the fifth time this season that Thompson and Curry each scored 20 points in a game. That's the highest total by any pair of starting guards in the NBA in 2012-13.

Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors

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Varejao

CENTERS REBOUND DESPITE POOR SHOOTING

From Elias: Starting centers Joakim Noah and Anderson Varejao each grabbed 15 rebounds in the Bulls' 95-85 win at Cleveland. But Noah made just five of 13 shots from the floor, while Varejao was worse, shooting 4-for-16. There has been only one other NBA game in the last 10 years in which both starting centers pulled down 15+ rebounds while shooting under 40%. That was between the Pacers (Jeff Foster) and Nuggets (Marcus Camby) on December 2, 2006.

Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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Cousins

COUSINS SCORES AND REBOUNDS

From Elias: DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Kings' 107-100 home win over the Raptors. It was Cousins' 10th game over the last two seasons with at least 25 points and a dozen rebounds. That ties Al Jefferson and Josh Smith for third-most in the NBA over that span behind Kevin Love (26) and Dwight Howard (17).

Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors

CLIPPERS BLOW OUT MAVS AGAIN

From Elias: The Clippers defeated the Mavericks, 112-90 at STAPLES Center. The last time these teams met, Los Angeles won in Dallas by a score of 94-75. It's only the second time since the team relocated to L.A. in 1984 that the Clippers have posted consecutive 19+ point wins over any opponent. They beat the Nuggets by 27 and 34 points in two straight meetings in 1992.

Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers

MAGIC & JAZZ STRUGGLE FROM DOWNTOWN

From Elias: The Magic made just one of 15 three-point attempts while the Jazz shot 1-for-10 from long range in Utah's 87-81 home win. Since the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979, there have been only six other games in which both teams attempted at least 10 three-pointers, and both made 10% or less.

Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz

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Splitter

SPLITTER TAKES OVER IN FOURTH

From Elias: The Spurs and Bucks were tied at 76 after three quarters, but San Antonio, led by Tiago Splitter's 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting, pulled away for a 110-99 win. Splitter became the first Spurs player to shoot 5-for-5 or better from the floor in the fourth quarter of a win, after the team was tied or trailing at the end of the third, since February 13, 2008. On that date, Manu Ginobili shot 5-for-5 in the final quarter of a come-from-behind win at Cleveland.

San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks


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