Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 13, 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: Before LeBron James scored 49 points last night, what was the highest points total that any player had scored in an NBA playoff game against the Nets?
A: It had been 40, done four times, most recently by Indiana's Anthony Johnson on May 4, 2006.
Q: Who was the last player to score at least half of his team's points in a playoff game?
A: Tracy McGrady, who scored 46 of Orlando's 77 points on April 23, 2003, at Detroit.
Q: Who was the last player to score 50 points in a regulation-time playoff game?
A: Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 50 for the Mavericks in June 2006 against Phoenix.
Q: Where does LeBron James rank in number of career playoff games scoring 45-plus points?
A: Last night was his seventh such game, tying Allen Iverson for third all-time behind Michael Jordan (23) and Wilt Chamberlain (8).
Q: What is the record for the most consecutive playoff series with at least one road win?
A: Miami's win on Monday gave it a record 14 straight series with at least one road win. The Heat had been tied with the Bulls at 13 prior to its victory in Brooklyn. (Chicago's streak ran from April 1991 to April 1994.)