Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 28, 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 are the most points scored by a pair of teammates in a playoff game this year?
A: LaMarcus Aldridge (46) and Damian Lillard (31) combined to score 77 points for the Trail Blazers at Houston on April 20, in Game 1 of their first-round series.
Q: Prior to Russell Westbrook last night, have any other players produced at least 40 points, 10 assists and 5 steals in a playoff game?
A: Only one: Michael Jordan finished with 44 points, 10 assists and 5 steals against the Cavaliers on May 3, 1989.
Q: How many times have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 or more points in the same playoff game?
A: Last night was the seventh such game, tying the tandem of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant for the second most playoff games of that type in NBA history. Elgin Baylor and Jerry West each scored 30-plus points in 24 playoff games.
Q: Which was the last pair of teammates to combine for 65 or more points in at least four different games in one year's playoffs (before Durant/Westbrook this year)?
A: Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant had five such games in the 2001 playoffs.
Q: Prior to last night, when was the last time that a pair of teammates scored at least 65 percent of their team's points in a playoff win?
A: On May 24, 2012, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James scored 66 percent of the Heat's points in a win over the Pacers.