Date: December 9, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Wade's shooting leads Heat

From Elias: Dwyane Wade was 9-for-12 (75%) from the field, finishing with 26 points in the Heat's 106-90 home win over the Hornets. It was Wade's best shooting performance in a game in which he attempted more than 10 field goals since going 16-for-21 (76%) in a 48-point outburst against the Magic on December 28, 2007.

Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets


The 4th quarter is Crawford's time

From Elias: Jamal Crawford came off the bench to score 21 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, in the Clippers' 117-99 home win over the Suns. It was the ninth time this season that Crawford has scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter of a game, 50% more than any other NBA player. Kobe Bryant is second with six.

Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns


Parker efficient in limited playing time

From Elias: Tony Parker, who was on the court for less than 26 minutes, made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts, handed out nine assists, and did not commit a turnover in the Spurs' 132-102 win at Charlotte. Since the NBA began compiling turnovers for individuals in 1977, only four other players have shot better than 80% (minimum 10 FG made) and recorded nine assists in a game without turning the ball over: Rickey Green (1984), John Stockton (1989), Stephon Marbury (2000) and Jason Terry (2009).

San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Bobcats


A forgettable shooting night for Felton

From Elias: Raymond Felton made just nine of 30 field-goal attempts in the Knicks' 93-85 loss at Chicago. Felton is the first New York player to take at least 30 shots from the floor and make fewer than 10 of them since Willis Reed had an identical 9-for-30 line against the Lakers at the "old" Madison Square Garden on October 21, 1967.

Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks


Belinelli's hot start leads the way for Chicago

From Elias: Marco Belinelli scored 15 of his 22 points in the first quarter of the Bulls' 93-85 home win over the Knicks. Belinelli is the second Chicago player in the post-Jordan era to score 15+ first-quarter points in a game against New York. Derrick Rose also scored 15 at United Center on February 16, 2010.

Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks


Mayo provides rare scoring burst from Dallas backcourt

From Elias: O.J. Mayo led all scorers with 40 points in the Mavericks' 116-109 win at Houston. Only one other Dallas starting guard in the last 18 seasons has scored at least 40 points in a game. Michael Finley lit up the Pistons for 42 on November 27, 2002. Mayo has now scored at least 30 points three times in his first season with the Mavs. Before Mayo, no starting guard had even reached that plateau in a game for Dallas since Jason Terry on February 8, 2010 (36 at Golden State).

Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets


Knight's Iverson-like line

From Elias: Brandon Knight scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five assists in the Pistons' 104-97 win at Cleveland. The last Detroit starting guard to reach those levels of points, rebounds, and assists in a non-overtime game was Allen Iverson (30, 7, 9) at Sacramento on November 11, 2008.

Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Charlotte let down by its defense

From Elias: The Bobcats lost to the Spurs, 132-102 at Time Warner Cable Arena. In the last 15 years, only one other team has lost a home game by 30+ points despite scoring in triple digits. The Kings fell 139-107 to the Magic in Sacramento on January 13, 2009.

Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs


Lee rebounds, makes free throws in Warriors' win

From Elias: David Lee scored 24 points, making all eight of his free-throw attempts, and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Warriors' 101-97 win at Washington. Lee is the first player to be perfect from the foul line on at least eight attempts, and pull down 15+ boards, in a non-overtime game since the Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, against the Celtics on St. Patrick's Day last season.

Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

Celtics avoid home-and-home sweep

From Elias: One night after losing in Philadelphia, the Celtics gained revenge on the 76ers, defeating them 92-79 at TD Garden. Boston avoided losing to the same opponent on consecutive days for the first time since January 1997, when they were swept in a home-and-home series by the Knicks.

Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers

Third quarter outburst leads Hawks to victory

From Elias: The Hawks outscored the Grizzlies 32-13 in the third quarter of their 93-83 road win. But Memphis managed to outscore Atlanta in the other three periods. The 10-point margin represented the Hawks' largest margin of victory in a game in which they "lost" three quarters since November 11, 1995. Atlanta's 37-15 fourth-quarter advantage was the key to its 113-100 victory over the Mavericks at Reunion Arena that night.

Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies



Rangers trade their hit leader

From Elias: The Rangers have reportedly traded Michael Young to the Phillies. Young's 2,230 hits are the most in Texas franchise history. There are now three active players who sit atop their current team's all-time hit list: Derek Jeter (3,304), Todd Helton (2,420) and David Wright (1,426).

Texas Rangers