Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 11, 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: Which teams have won the NBA Championship after losing Game 3 at home to fall behind, two games to one, in The Finals?
A: The Washington Bullets in 1978 and the Mavericks in 2011.
Q: Which was the last team to score at least 71 points in the first half of a Finals game?
A: The Lakers scored 75 in the first half of Game 2 in 1987 against the Celtics.
Q: Who was the last player to score 20-or-more points in a Finals game, and his points total was higher than he had produced in any previous NBA regular-season or playoff game?
A: The Nets' Kenyon Martin, who scored 35 points in Game 4 of the 2002 Finals.
Q: What has been the Heat's largest deficit at any point of a home game during the "Big Three" era?
A: The 25-point deficit that the Heat faced at one point last night was the largest that they have faced in any home playoff game in the "Big Three" era; in regular-season play, the Heat's largest such deficit is also 25 points, against the Thunder on January 29 of this year.
Q: Which was the last team to win 30-or-more road games during the regular season and four-or-more road games in the playoffs?
A: The 2004-05 Suns (31-10 during the season, 5-2 in the playoffs).