Date: January 25, 2015

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Lillard extends unusual streak

From Elias: Damian Lillard, who scored 20 points to go along with seven assists in the Trail Blazers' win over the Wizards on Saturday night, has put together an unusually consistent streak. Lillard has scored at least 20 points, but fewer than 25, and handed out at least five assists, but fewer than 10, in each of his last six games. No other player in NBA history scored between 20 and 24 points, while recording between five and nine assists in each of six consecutive games. One player--Gail Goodrich for the 1969-70 Suns--did that in five straight games.

Portland Trail Blazers


Randolph giving opponents the willies

From Elias: Zach Randolph's 17 points and 14 rebounds powered the Grizzlies to a 101-83 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night. Randolph has scored 15 or more points and pulled down at least a dozen rebounds in each of his last seven games, the longest such stretch in the NBA this season. The only player over the last four seasons who fashioned a longer run of that kind is Kevin Love, who had three separate eight-game streaks with at least 15 points and 12 or more rebounds over that period.

Memphis Grizzlies

Jefferson jolts Knicks with seven rejections

From Elias: Al Jefferson came off the bench and blocked seven Knicks shots in the Hornets' win on Saturday, three nights after the 76ers' Jerami Grant, also as a reserve, rejected eight New York field-goal attempts. Those are the only two instances in the last two seasons in which any non-starter blocked at least seven opponent attempts in the same NBA game.

In fact, prior to Wednesday night, it had been eight years since any player--starter or sub--had blocked at least seven field-goal attempts by the Knicks in a single game. The last to do so, before Grant, was Emeka Okafor with 10 blocks on January 12, 2007.

Charlotte Hornets

Nets routed again

From Elias: The Nets lost to the Clippers on Thursday night, 123-84, and to the Jazz on Saturday evening, 108-73. It's just the fifth time in NBA history that a team has been defeated by at least 35 points in each of back-to-back games. That had previously been done by the Pistons (November 1966), 76ers (April 1994), Bucks (April 1994), and 76ers again (February 2014). No NBA team has lost three consecutive games by 35 or more points.

Brooklyn Nets


Mayo strikes from downtown

From Elias: O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, including three field goals from downtown in a 47-second span of the second quarter, to help the Bucks defeat the Pistons on Saturday night. Four NBA players this season --Ryan Anderson, Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Ben McLemore--connected on a trio of three-pointers in a shorter span of a game than did Mayo. But no Bucks player had done so since Bobby Simmons (in 34 seconds) on February 2, 2008.

Milwaukee Bucks