Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 4, 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: What's the record for the most games decided by five-or-fewer points in a single round of the NBA playoffs?
A: There have been 22 games decided by five-or-fewer points in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the most such games in any single round in NBA playoff history. The previous high: 18 games decided by five-or-fewer points in the first round in 2011.
Q: The Hawks attempted 44 three-pointers on Saturday ... is that a record for a playoff game?
A: That's a record for an NBA playoff game of any length. The previous high for any team was 42 by the Mavericks in a double-overtime victory at Sacramento on May 10, 2003.
Q: When was the last time that the Thunder/Sonics franchise made at least 60 percent of its field-goal attempts in a playoff game?
A: The only other time in franchise history that the Thunder/Sonics shot better than 60 percent from the floor in a playoff game came on April 28, 1992 -- the Sonics defeated the Warriors, 129-128, while Seattle made 61.5 percent of its field-goal attempts.
Q: Russell Westbrook has achieved triple-doubles in two of his last three games. Who was the last player before Westbrook to earn two triple-doubles in a three-game span in the playoffs?
A: Rajon Rondo was the last: he had two triple-doubles in a three-game span against the Bulls in Games 2 and 4 in the opening round of the 2009 playoffs.
Q: Before the Warriors on Saturday, when was the last time that a team scored at least 120 points and lost in a winner-take-all playoff game?
A: In Game 5 of a best-of-five first-round series in 1991, the Pacers lost at Boston, 124-121.