Top 5 Questions to Elias: April 30, 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 playoff series have had at least four overtime games in NBA history?
A: Two -- the current first-round series between the Thunder and Grizzlies (in which four consecutive games have needed an extra period), and a first-round series between the Bulls and Celtics in 2009.
Q: What's the lowest total of points that the Wizards have scored in a playoff win?
A: Before Tuesday's 75-69 win at Chicago, their lowest total in a win had been 88, done twice: on April 2, 1974 at New York and on April 30, 2008 at Cleveland.
Q: Where did the Wizards' 75 points Tuesday rank among the lowest totals by a team in a series-clinching win?
A: It was the third-lowest such total in the shot-clock era. Detroit beat Indiana, 69-65, in the clinching game of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, two weeks after Indiana had defeated Miami, 73-70, to win an Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
Q: DeAndre Jordan finished with 25 points and 18 rebounds in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Who was the last Clippers player with 20+ points and 15+ rebounds in a postseason game?
A: Blake Griffin -- 28 points, 16 rebounds on May 19, 2012 against Spurs.
Q: Which Sonics/Thunder players have produced a triple-double in the playoffs?
A: Only Gary Payton (twice, in 2000 and 2002) and Russell Westbrook (twice, in 2011 and Tuesday night).