Date: December 15, 2012

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Five straight games with 30 points for Kobe

From Elias: Kobe Bryant scored 30 points to lead the Lakers to a 102-96 victory over the Wizards on Friday night. It marked the fifth straight game that Bryant has scored at least 30 points. Only two other players in NBA history have scored 30-or-more points in five consecutive games after turning 34 years old: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (five straight during the 1981-82 season) and Michael Jordan (five straight during the 1997-98 season).

Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards


Durant and Westbrook lead OKC to tenth straight win

From Elias: Kevin Durant had a team high 31 points and Russell Westbrook dished out 13 assists to lead the Thunder to their 10th consecutive victory on Friday night. Durant has led the team in scoring and Westbrook has been the high assists man in each of Oklahoma City's wins during the streak. Only one other team in NBA history has won ten consecutive games with one player leading them in scoring and another leading in assists (outright or tied) in each game. In 1994-95, the Jazz won 13 straight games with Karl Malone leading the team in points and John Stockton posting the most assists in every game during the streak.

Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento Kings

Mavericks' record streak snapped

From Elias: The Mavericks misfired on all 13 of their three-point field-goal attempts in the team's loss to the Raptors in Toronto on Friday night. That snapped Dallas' streak of 1,108 consecutive games with a three-point field goal, by far the longest such streak in NBA history, over 100 games longer than the next longest streak (986 by Toronto).

Dallas' 0-for-13 effort from three-point range was its most attempts without a make in a game in franchise history. The Mavericks' previous worst three-point performance was 0-for-10 against Seattle on November 1, 1997.

Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors


Three Magic bench players score 15 points

From Elias: J.J. Redick (16 points), E'Twaun Moore (15 points) and Andrew Nicholson (15 poins) each came off the bench and made a major contribution in Orlando's victory over Golden State on Friday night. It is only the second time in Orlando's franchise history that three players each scored at least 15 points off the bench in a winning effort. The only other time that happened was on February 24, 1991 when Jerry Reynolds, Nick Anderson and Michael Ansley each did it in a victory over Sacramento.

Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic


Johnson hits the game winner for Brooklyn

From Elias: Joe Johnson hit a game-winning shot as time expired to lift the Nets to a double-overtime win over the Pistons on Friday night. Prior to his game-winner, Johnson was just 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) on potential go-ahead shots in the final three seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime in his career.

Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons


Pekovic shoots lights out in Minnesota's win

From Elias: Nikola Pekovic scored 31 points on 14-for-18 shooting from the field to help lead Minnesota to a victory over New Orleans on Friday night. Over 1,400 other players have attempted at least 18 shots from the field in a game in Minnesota's franchise history, but only one made as high a percentage of his shots as Pekovic did against the Hornets (77.8 percent). Pooh Richardson went 14-for-18 from the filed against Dallas on January 2, 1991.

Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets


Hill becomes the second Pacer to record a triple-double this season

From Elias: George Hill recorded 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Pacers to a 95-85 win over the 76ers on Friday night. Hill is the second Pacer to register a triple-double this season (Roy Hibbert on November 21), marking the first time Indiana has had two different players do that in the same season since 1992-93 (Pooh Richardson and Detlef Schrempf). The Pacers did not have a single player record a triple-double in any of the nine seasons prior to 2012-13.

Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers


Smith is nearly flawless off the bench

From Elias: Greg Smith came off the bench and shot 8-for-9 from the field to help lead the Rockets to a win over the visiting Celtics on Friday night. It marked the second time this season that Smith has made at least 85 percent of his shots from the field on at least eight attempts (7-for-8 on December 4). Only one other player in the league has done that multiple times in 2012-13: Tyson Chandler (three times).

Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics

Bucks defense smothers Cavs

From Elias: The Bucks blocked seven shots and forced 27 turnovers en route to a 90-86 win over Cleveland on Friday night. It is the first time Milwaukee has recorded at least seven blocks and forced its opponent to turn the ball over at least 27 times in the same game since February 21, 1989 (eight blocks and 28 forced turnovers against Indiana).

Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers

NCAA Men's Basketball

MCBB- Obekpa Blocks Nine Shots

Chris Obekpa of St. John's blocked nine shots against St. Francis (NY) Saturday. This is his second game this season with at least nine blocks, joining Jordan Bachynski of Arizona State as the only two players to accomplish this.

St. John's Red Storm

MCBB- Williams leads Wagner

Jonathon Williams had 33 points and 17 rebounds Saturday. He is the only player to score more than 30 points and get at least 17 rebounds this season.

Wagner Seahawks