Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 21, 2014
Each night the Elias Sports Bureau fields questions from broadcasters, reporters and other members of the media.
Here are the top five questions (and answers) from last night.
Q: Who was the last player age 37 or older to score 27 or more in a postseason game?
A: Prior to Tim Duncan scoring 27 points on Sunday ... it was Tim Duncan, who scored 30 points at Miami in Game 6 of last year's NBA Finals.
Q: Tim Duncan scored 27 points on Sunday, the fifth time that he has scored 25-or-more points in a playoff game since he turned 35 years of age in 2011. Which players in NBA history scored 25-or-more points in the most playoff games after turning 35?
A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did that 46 times, more than the combined total of such games by the two players with the next-highest totals (Michael Jordan, 19; Karl Malone, 16).
Q: When was the last time that the Wizards won their first road game of a playoff series?
A: On April 18, 1986, the Washington Bullets won, 95-94, at Philadelphia in Game 1 of a first-round series.
Q: Who were the most recent players to score 55 or more points in a playoff game?
A: The most recent was Allen Iverson, who scored 55 for Philadelphia vs. New Orleans in a first-round game in 2003. Prior to him, Michael Jordan had scored 55 for Chicago vs. Washington in a first-round game in 1997, and Charles Barkley had scored 56 for Phoenix at Golden State in a first-round game in 1994.
Q: How many times prior to this season have the Clippers lead the NBA in scoring?
A: The franchise now known as the Clippers began as the Buffalo Braves in 1970. It moved to San Diego, and took the name "Clippers" in 1978, then moved to Los Angeles in 1984. In its first 43 seasons in the NBA, only once had the team led the league in scoring; that happened in the 1973-74 season, when the Braves led the NBA with 111.6 points per game.