Elias Says ...
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
• LeBron James scored 37 points in the Cavaliers' 108-100 win over the Bulls on Thursday night, raising his scoring average for the season to 31.0 points per game. A 30-point average would have been enough to lead the NBA in scoring on Christmas morning in any season since 1996. But this season, James is likely to rank third, behind Allen Iverson (33.5) and Kobe Bryant (32.5), both of whom have clinched a 30-ppg mark. All three have one game remaining before Christmas. James needs seven points Friday night to maintain his 30-point average.
* The last time any player had a 30-point average on Christmas: 1996 -- Michael Jordan (30.7).
* The last time two players had 30-point averages in the same season on Christmas: 1984 -- Bernard King (31.7) and Purvis Short (30.1).
* The only previous times that three or more players had 30-point averages in the same season on Christmas: 1965 -- Wilt Chamberlain (33.7), Jerry West (32.9), and Oscar Robertson (31.1); and 1961 -- Wilt Chamberlain (48.6), Elgin Baylor (37.7), Bob Pettit (30.9), and Oscar Robertson (30.5).