Line of the Night: 1.10.14

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin

In last night’s main event, the Brooklyn Nets went head-to-head with the Miami Heat, and though it took two overtimes, the Nets came away with a win over the defending champions and remaining unbeaten in the new year.  The visiting Rockets fell to the Atlanta Hawks.  Golden State narrowly beat the Boston Celtics be a basket.  The Pacers decimated the Wizards, holding them to only 66 points.  The Clippers beat the Lakers by almost 40 points as Blake Griffin posted a game-high 33 points.  The Suns fell to the Grizzlies behind Mike Conley’s game-high 31 points.  The Bulls topped the Bucks who have still not reached the double-digit mark for wins on the season.  The T-Wolves are back at .500 after a win over the Bobcats.  The Dallas Mavericks posted a win over the Pelicans.  The Pistons got double-doubles from each member of its front court as they beat the 76ers and the Piston’s Josh Smith was one steal shy of a 5X5 game.    The Kings put together back-to-back wins with a win over the Orlando Magic.  And, finally, the Cavs topped the Jazz in a battle of the cellar dwellers. 

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Josh Smith.  His field goal percentage was a little low, but his defensive stats (4 steals and 5 blocks), coupled with his rebounding and assists more than make up for that.  Honourable mention goes to Blake Griffin.  Griffin’s free-throw shooting is greatly improved, and his rebounding and play making was crucial for the Clippers.  And a 30+ point game with only 15 shots attempted is pretty good.  Griffin was also the only player to score over 30 and reach double-figures in another category. 

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Top Performers:

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins: 24 points (9/16), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Mike Conley: 31 points (11/19), 7 assists

Blake Griffin: 33 points (12/15), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks

LeBron James: 36 points (12/21), 7 rebounds, 5 assists

Joe Johnson: 32 points (14/25), 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Jeff Green: 25 points (11/17), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Josh Smith: 22 points (8/23) 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 blocks, 4 steals

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