Date: December 18, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
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Gasol extends the game

From Elias: The Grizzlies eked out a one-point victory in triple overtime at San Antonio, but they would never have had that opportunity were it not for Marc Gasol, who scored a game-high 26 points in dramatic fashion. Gasol made his first three-point field goal of the season as time expired in the fourth period to send the game to overtime and his layup with nine seconds remaining in the first overtime period knotted the score to force the second overtime. Before Wednesday's game, Gasol had made only two game-tying or go-ahead field goals during his NBA career in the final 10 seconds of either the fourth quarter or of an overtime period, both in overtime wins for Memphis (March 20, 2013 vs. Oklahoma City and November 1, 2013 vs. Detroit).

The Spurs' defeat on Wednesday matched their club record for overtime losses in a calendar month after they dropped games in extra time at Brooklyn on December 3 and against the Lakers last Friday. San Antonio previously lost three overtime games in February 1984 and December 1994.


Mack perfect from downtown

From Elias: Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points off the bench while making every one of his six three-point field-goal attempts in the Hawks' one-sided win at Cleveland. Mack is the second player to go 6-for-6 (or better) from beyond the arc in an NBA game this season, and the first one also did so in a game he didn't start. The Mavericks' Devin Harris made all six of his three-point attempts in a double-overtime victory at Chicago on December 2. Mack equaled the Hawks' single-game record for most three-pointers without a miss. Al Harrington (Dec. 2005), Mike Bibby (Dec. 2008) and Kyle Korver (Nov. 2013) each had a 6-for-6 game from downtown for Atlanta.


Robinson shines in first career start

From Elias: Thomas Robinson scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help the Trail Blazers defeat the Bucks. Robinson played 150 previous NBA games but Wednesday's game was the first that he ever started. Since the NBA began keeping track of games started in 1970-71, Robinson is the first player to score at least 15 points and pull down 15 or more rebounds in his first career start after having played 80 or more previous games, all as a substitute.


Wade scored almost half of Miami's points

From Elias: Dwyane Wade scored 42 points in Miami's 105-87 loss to the Jazz. Wade scored 48.3 percent of his team's points, which is the highest percentage of its kind for any player in an NBA game this season. The only other player who scored at least 45 percent of his team's points in a game this season is Carmelo Anthony (46 points for the Knicks in a 102-100 loss on November 14, also against Utah). Wade scored a higher percentage of his team's points in only one other game during his career. He tallied 50 points for the Heat in a 122-99 loss at Orlando on February 22, 2009 (50.5 percent of Miami's points).


Griffin scores, Clippers win

From Elias: Blake Griffin scored 31 points as the Clippers defeated the Pacers. Griffin is averaging 25.6 points per game in Clippers' victories this season, compared to his 15.6 PPG average in their losses. That ten points-per-game difference between Griffin's scoring averages in wins and losses is the largest for any NBA player who has appeared in more than 15 games this season.


Drummond rebounds

From Elias: Andre Drummond pulled down 24 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass, but it wasn't enough for the Pistons, who dropped a 117-106 decision to the Mavericks. It was the third game of Drummond's NBA career (including two last season) in which he recorded 24 or more rebounds with at least seven of them on the offensive end of the court. The only other active player with as many career games of that type as Drummond is Dwight Howard, who has done so five times, most recently in February 2012.


Thomas sparks the Suns' comeback off the bench

From Elias: Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his 28 minutes off the bench to help the Suns post a come-from-behind victory at Charlotte. Thomas, who hasn't started a game this season, has scored at least 20 points in eight games. That ties him with Ryan Anderson for the second-most 20-point games as a substitute in the NBA this season this season, one fewer than Jamal Crawford.


Career high for Plumlee

From Elias: Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 23 points in the Nets' 105-89 loss at Toronto. It was the first game of Plumlee's NBA career in which he was the leading scorer, either outright or tied. But Plumlee's Achilles' heel bit him once again on Wednesday as he went 5-for-11 from the free-throw line. Plumlee has made only 41 percent of his foul shots this season (39-for-95) and his total of 56 missed free throws is the second-highest in the league, behind Dwight Howard (63).

Rockets win when they score 100

From Elias: The Rockets needed overtime to reach the century mark in their 115-111 win at Denver, but that seems to be their magic number this season. Houston is 14-0 in games in which they scored in triple digits and they are the only NBA team that is undefeated under those circumstances. It also matches the longest such winning streak to begin a season in franchise history. The Rockets won the first 14 games in which they scored at least 100 points in 2008-09.

Celtics have their way with the Magic

From Elias: The Celtics posted a 109-92 win at home to continue their domination of the Magic. Boston's 12-1 record against Orlando since January 11, 2011 is their best mark against any team since that date. The Celtics have won their last eight home games against Orlando, matching their longest home winning streak in the history of that rivalry. It also equals Boston's longest current home winning streak against one team (eight consecutive wins at home versus the Timberwolves).



Anderson turns back the Devils

From Elias: Ottawa's Craig Anderson posted his third shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory at New Jersey on Wednesday. Anderson has an 8-2-1 record in 11 career games versus the Devils, including a 5-1-0 mark in six games against them for the Senators. Anderson's .773 lifetime points percentage versus New Jersey is the highest among active goaltenders who've played at least 10 games against the Devils. Henrik Lundqvist ranks second with a 31-14-6 (.667) mark.


Svedberg works overtime

From Elias: Bruins rookie Niklas Svedberg made 35 saves in his 3-2 overtime victory against the Wild in Minnesota. It was Svedberg's fourth win this season, all of which have come on the road, including three in overtime (2) or via a shootout (1). The only other NHL goaltenders with at least three road wins posted after the 60th minute of a game this season are Frederik Andersen (4), Sergei Bobrovsky (3), Robin Lehner (3) and Roberto Luongo (3).