Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 14, 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: When was the last time that the Pacers were outrebounded by at least 39 rebounds in a game in either the playoffs or the regular season?
A: On Nov. 8, 1980, the Pacers were outrebounded, 75 to 35, in a regular-season game against the Warriors in Oakland.
Q: Before Marcin Gortat last night, who was the last Wizards player with a 30-point, 15-rebound game in the playoffs?
A: Moses Malone, who collected 31 points and 16 rebounds in April 1987 against the Pistons.
Q: Prior to last night, what was the largest margin of victory for the Wizards franchise in a road playoff game?
A: On March 30, 1971, the Baltimore Bullets defeated the 76ers, 120-105, in Philadelphia.
Q: What is the largest margin of defeat in Game 5 of a best-of-seven series for a home team that had entered the game with a three-games-to-one series lead?
A: The Pacers' 23-point loss last night tied the previous mark, set in April 1979, when the Spurs, leading the series three games to one, lost Game 5 at home to the 76ers, 120-97. (The Spurs wound up winning that Eastern Conference Semifinals Series in seven games.)
Q: Prior to the Thunder last night, which was the last NBA team to win a playoff game with at most two players scoring 10-or-more points?
A: The Heat -- exactly one year earlier. On May 13, 2013, Miami defeated Chicago, 88-65, with only LeBron James (27) and Chris Bosh (14) scoring in double-digits.