Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 22, 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: Blake Griffin scored 35 points while playing 29:32 in Monday's game against Golden State. Who was the last player to score at least 35 points in a playoff game while playing no more than 30 minutes?
A: Nick Van Exel scored 36 points in 30 minutes for Dallas on May 8, 2003 against Sacramento.
Q: Entering Monday night's game, what was the largest margin of victory for the Clippers in a playoff game?
A: Prior to Monday's 40-point win, the largest margin of victory in a Clippers' playoff victory had been 25 points, on May 10, 2006 at Phoenix. The Clippers won that game, 122-97.
Q: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 65 points in the Thunder's loss to the Grizzlies on Monday. Who was the last duo to combine for at least 65 points in a playoff loss?
A: Durant and Westbrook were the last to do so -- they combined for 71 points on June 19, 2012 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Oklahoma City lost in Miami, 104-98.
Q: Who were the most recent players to have 45+ points and 15+ rebounds in a playoff game?
A: LaMarcus Aldridge, who had 46 and 18 on Sunday night at Houston; LeBron James, 45 and 15 for Miami at Boston in 2012; and Dwight Howard, 46 and 19 for Orlando vs. Atlanta in 2011.
Q: Among the five players with at least four scoring titles (Wilt Chamberlain, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, and Kevin Durant), who was the youngest at the time of his fourth scoring title?
A: Durant was the youngest (25 years, 199 days as of the last day of the 2013-14 regular season).