Top 5 Questions to Elias: June 13, 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 had halftime leads of at least 15 points in both Game 3 and Game 4. Which was the last team to fashion a halftime lead of at least 15 points in consecutive Finals games, both on the road?
A: The Spurs are the first team to have halftimes leads that large in two consecutive games, both on the road, in the Finals.
Q: What is the largest margin of victory on the road in NBA Finals history?
A: 23 points -- the Celtics defeated the Rockets, 94-71, in Game 3 of the 1981 Finals.
Q: Which was the last team to win consecutive Finals games by 15 or more points?
A: The last team to win two straight games in the same Finals series, each by at least 15 points, was the Pistons, in Games 3 and 4 against the Spurs in 2005.
Q: The Spurs have shot 55 percent or better in each of the past two games. Which was the last team to shoot at least 55 percent in two straight Finals games?
A: Only one other team has shot at least 55 percent from the field in two straight games in one Finals series – the Lakers in the first two games of the 1987 Finals against the Celtics.
Q: The Spurs have shot 54.2 percent from the floor through the first four games of the Finals. What is the best shooting percentage for a team in the first four games of an NBA Finals?
A: The Lakers shot 54.6 percent in the first four games of the 1984 Finals against the Celtics.