Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 4, 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: How many times has LeBron James scored 30-or-more points in a Finals game? Who holds the record for most 30-point Finals games?
A: James has scored 30-or-more points five times in his 22 Finals games. The record is held by Jerry West, who scored 30-plus points 31 times in his 55 Finals games.
Q: How often has the Game 1 winner gone on to win the Finals?
A: The Game 1 winner has won 47 of the 67 previous Finals (70 percent).
Q: Where does the Spurs' total of six Finals appearances rank among NBA teams since the 1997-98 season (during which Tim Duncan was a rookie)?
A: San Antonio's total of six (counting this year) ranks second to the Lakers, who have seven Finals appearances since 1998.
Q: Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan will be appearing in their sixth NBA Finals together. What's the record for most years in the NBA Finals by a head coach/player tandem?
A: 10 by Red Auerbach/Bill Russell
Q: Which player has the highest points per game in Game 1 of the NBA Finals all-time, with a minimum of three such games?
A: Shaquille O'Neal -- 33.3