Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 10, 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: Before LeBron James in Game 2, who was the last player with at least 35 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 60 percent or better from the floor in a Finals game?
A: Shaquille O'Neal had 36 points and 20 rebounds, while making 16-of-21 field-goal attempts (76.2 percent) in Game 4 of the 2004 Finals against the Pistons.
Q: Prior to LeBron James on Sunday, who was the last player to score 30-or-more points over the last three quarters of a Finals game?
A: James did it in Game 7 of last year's Finals, scoring 33 in periods two through four. The last player other than James to do it was Russell Westbrook, who scored 33 points over the last three quarters of a Finals game in 2012.
Q: Since LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Heat, what is Miami's record in home playoff games in which the series is tied prior to the game?
A: Miami is 8-1 in such games (not including Game 1 of a series).
Q: Who has played in the most playoff victories in NBA history?
A: Derek Fisher has the most career playoff wins in NBA history with 161. He broke the previous record of 155, by Robert Horry, earlier in this year's playoffs.
Q: Who are the most recent individuals to play in the NBA in one season, and then be a head coach in the NBA in the next season?
A: Jason Kidd played for the Knicks in the 2012-13 season, then served as the head coach of the Nets this past season. Prior to Kidd, the last was Avery Johnson, who played for the Warriors in the 2003-04 season, and then coached the Mavericks the following season.