Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I’ve done. But...– Patrick Ewing
Pacers go scoreless over last 4 minutes in loss
From Elias: Orlando’s shutout of the Pacers over the game’s last four minutes, five seconds marked only the second time in the NBA’s last 500 playoff games that a team had been blanked over a game’s last four minutes. In last year’s playoffs, the Heat scored the last 16 points in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Celtics, who went scoreless...
Big Four combine for 94.9% of Thunder's points
From Elias: Russell Westbrook (28 points), Kevin Durant (25), Serge Ibaka (22) and James Harden (19) combined for 94 of the team’s 99 points and Durant hit the game-winner with 1.5 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s 99-98 victory over the Mavericks. OKC’s big four scored 94.9 percent of the team’s points, and the team needed every one of those points; that’s the...
11 straight playoff losses for Knicks, near tying...
From Elias: The Knicks’ loss in Miami on Saturday marked New York’s 11th straight loss in a playoff game, a streak that stretches back to 2001. It’s tied for the second-longest streak in NBA history; the Baltimore Bullets (1965-1970) and the Nuggets (1988-1994) each lost 11 in a row, and the Grizzlies set the record of 12 consecutive playoff losses from 2004 to 2006. The...
My heroes were Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson. I think they were...– Steve Nash
LeBron's 32 points in 31 minutes leads to blowout
From Elias: LeBron James scored 32 points in a mere 31 minutes, 41 seconds of playing time in the Heat’s 100-67 rout of the Knicks in the opening game of a first-round series. It was the 41st time in his 93 playoff games that James has scored 30-or-more points, but it was the first of those 93 games in which James connected on at least 70 percent of his field-goal attempts; he made 10 of his...
Rose nears first triple-double for Bulls in...
From Elias: Derrick Rose contributed 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists to the Bulls’ 103-91 victory over the 76ers in the NBA’s playoff opener, but he left late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury later diagnosed as a torn ACL, and he has been declared out of the playoffs. During the just-completed regular season, the Bulls went 18-9 in the 27 games that Rose missed (they...
Rockets win season finale with strong defense
From Elias: With the season winding down, the Rockets turned on the defense, holding the Hornets to just six points in the fourth quarter and rallying for an 84-77 victory. That was the lowest-scoring fourth quarter in the NBA in more than two years - since the Jazz scored only six points in the final period of a blowout loss to the Lakers (101-77 on Dec. 9, 2009).
Raptors rout Nets in their biggest victory at home...
From Elias: The Raptors closed their season with a 98-67 rout of the Nets. It was Toronto’s first victory by 30 or more points since December 2009 (94-64 at Detroit), and their first at home since March 2008 (96-54 vs. Miami).
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your...– Magic Johnson
Hawks soar to big early lead, set record versus...
From Elias: The Hawks showed the Mavericks early that they had every intention of clinching the #4 seed and a first-round home-court advantage, racing to a 36-13 lead in the first quarter of their victory on Thursday night. It was the largest first-period lead for the Hawks since February 11, 1999 (23 points against the Charlotte Hornets), and the largest against the Mavericks in an even longer...
Bibby takes advantage of rare start
From Elias: Mike Bibby turned back the clock on Thursday night, recording 12 assists in the Knicks’ 104-84 victory at Charlotte. Bibby, who made only his fourth start of the season, posted at least 12 assists in a game for the 38th time in his NBA career. But it was his first such game since January 23, 2009, when Bibby was a member of the Hawks.
A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.– Pat Riley
Wizards start rolling at seasons end, match record...
From Elias: The Wizards took advantage of Miami’s “B” team, posting a 104-70 victory over the Heat that extended Washington’s winning streak to six games. Only one other team in NBA history finished a season with six straight wins but failed to make the playoffs. The San Diego Rockets, who won their last seven games in 1970-71, missed the playoffs despite a pair of future...
Everyone plays a role in Nuggets blowout
From Elias: It seemed as though everyone except John Elway and Joe Sakic contributed to the Nuggets’ 131-102 victory over the Timberwolves. Seven players scored at least 12 points, and two others reached double-figures in rebounds (Kosta Koufos) or assists (Andre Miller). No other team had nine players in double-figures in points, rebounds, or assists in the same game this season.
Rondo matches assist record from 1969/81/84
From Elias: Rajon Rondo captured the 2011-12 assist title with a flourish, capping his season with a 15-assist performance in the Celtics’ 87-74 win over the Bucks. As if to make a point, Rondo did not score a single point in the game; in fact, he took only one shot (a 27-footer). Only two other players in NBA history recorded at least 15 assists in a game in which they did not score: John...
Ibaka keeps on blocking
From Elias: Serge Ibaka blocked four shots in the Thunder’s last game of the regular season, a 106-101 loss to the Nuggets. Ibaka ended the season with a streak of 30 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot. It’s the longest such streak for any NBA player this season and the second-longest in SuperSonics/Thunder history, one shy of Ibaka’s 31-game streak that overlapped...
But, hey I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing...– Shaquille O’Neal
Redick and Anderson help Magic beat Bobcats
From Elias: J.J. Redick scored a career-high 31 points and Ryan Anderson grabbed 13 rebounds as the Magic disposed of the hapless Bobcats. Anderson leads Orlando in both points per game (15.9 PPG) and rebounds per game (9.0 REB/G) over the club’s last nine games, all without Dwight Howard.