Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 1, 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: The Spurs outscored the Thunder, 51-5, in bench points on Saturday. When was the last time a team was outscored by that many bench points in a playoff game? Where does that rank for fewest bench points in a playoff game by the Thunder?
A: The last time before Saturday that a team was outscored by at least 46 in bench points in a playoff game was on May 7, 2012, when the Spurs' substitutes outscored those of the Jazz, 57-10, in San Antonio's 87-81 victory. The Thunder's total of five bench points on Saturday set a franchise record for the lowest such total in a playoff game.
Q: The Thunder had no bench points in the first half. How many teams this season -- regular season and playoffs -- have had no bench points in the first half of a game?
A: That had happened twice in the 2013-14 regular season (the Celtics on December 11 against the Clippers, and the Cavaliers on March 28 at Brooklyn), and it had happened once in this year's playoffs prior to Saturday (the Wizards on May 13 at Indiana).
Q: What's the fewest bench points by a team in a game in this year's playoffs?
A: Two -- by the Pacers in a win at Washington on May 11.
Q: The Spurs had 33 points off turnovers on Saturday – is that the most for any team in the 2014 playoffs?
A: San Antonio's point total off turnovers tied for the highest by any team in the 2014 playoffs. The Mavericks scored 33 points off turnovers against the Spurs on April 23.
Q: The Spurs had 42 points in the first half last night -- is that their lowest point total at halftime in this year's playoffs? If so, what was their previous low?
A: Prior to last night, San Antonio's previous lowest first half points total had been 43, on April 20 against Dallas and May 27 at Oklahoma City.