Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 24, 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: How many times has Dwight Howard scored at least 25 points in the first half of a playoff game, and what is his team's record in those games?
A: Wednesday night was the second time that he did that. The first was on April 16, 2011, when playing with Orlando. He scored 31 points in the first half and finished with 46 in that game, though the Magic lost to the Hawks, 103-93.
Q: What is Dwight Howard's high for points in a quarter in a playoff game?
A: He scored 20 points in the second period against the Hawks on April 19, 2011
Q: Prior to Wednesday night, when was the last time the Spurs had at least nine turnovers in one quarter in a playoff game?
A: The Spurs last had nine in the fourth quarter against the Jazz on May 22, 2007.
Q: Where does Wednesday night's 21-point loss rank among largest home losses for the Spurs in a playoff game during the Popovich era?
A: The margin in Wednesday's playoff home loss was the second-largest for San Antonio under Popovich -- the Spurs lost by 22 at home to the Mavericks on May 9, 2006.
Q: Road teams have won nine of the 16 first-round playoff games this year. Have road teams ever had that many wins over Games 1 and 2 of the eight first-round series?
A: No, this is the first time since the playoffs expanded to 16 teams in 1983-84, thereby creating eight first-round series, that road teams have had more wins than losses in Games 1 and 2 of those eight series.