Top 5 Questions to Elias: May 29, 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: Paul George produced 31 points in the second half Wednesday night. Who was the last Pacers player to score at least 30 points in one half of a postseason game?
A: Reggie Miller, who scored 33 points against the 76ers in the first half on April 24, 2001 in a first-round game in Philadelphia.
Q: Was Paul George's total of 21 fourth-quarter points the highest for any player in a playoff game this season?
A: Yes; the previous high for fourth-quarter points in a game in this year's playoffs was 19 by LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers on April 20 against Houston.
Q: Prior to Paul George last night, who was the last player to contribute at least 35 points, five rebounds and five steals in a playoff game in which his team faced elimination?
A: Allen Iverson was the last to do it, finishing with 42 points, five rebounds and five steals against the Celtics in a first-round game in April 2002. The 76ers won the game, after Boston has won the first two games of the best-of-five series.
Q: Has a team reached the NBA Finals after trailing in three different series prior to the Finals?
A: Yes, the 76ers reached the Finals in the 2000-01 season despite trailing in each of their prior three series.
Q: The Spurs starters scored 39 points in Game 4 ... was that their season low?
A: That total of 39 points was their lowest in a playoff game this year. During the 2013-14 regular season, San Antonio's lowest such total was 34 on February 10 at Detroit.