Line of the Night: 1.16.14

Serge Ibaka led all players in rebounds and blocks, earning Line of the Night.

Serge Ibaka led all players in rebounds and blocks, earning Line of the Night.

A slow night in the association last night.  The Nets and Hawks were both on the road in London last night, where Joe Johnson posted a game-high 29 points and the Nets improved their 2014 record to 6-1.  Andre Blatche posted a 20/10 game off the bench before the London audience.  Kevin Durant visited former teammate James Harden in Houston, and showed him how to get it done, scoring an evening-high 36 points as he led the Thunder to a win over the Rockets.  Serge Ibaka added an evening-high 15 rebounds and 5 blocks to the win.  And finally, the Pacers hosted the Knicks and managed to improve the league’s best record to 31-7.  Lance Stephenson and Carmelo Anthony tied for a game-high 28 points, which was a career-high for Stephenson. 

Kevin Durant posted an evening-high 36 points last night.

Kevin Durant posted an evening-high 36 points last night.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Serge Ibaka.  Durant’s scoring output was impressive, but his FG% wasn’t.  He made up for that by getting to the line, but Ibaka’s rebounding numbers not only led all players, so did his blocks, as he racked up 5.  Blatche had a similar night to Ibaka with much better passing, but his FG%, though impressive, was not as impressive as Ibaka’s.  There is certainly a case to be made for a couple of players tonight, but Ibaka’s my choice for his dominance on defense and the glass.

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Andre Blatche was the 6th man of the night last night.

Andre Blatche was the 6th man of the night last night.

Top Performers:

Lance Stephenson: 28 points (10/17), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Carmelo Anthony: 28 points (8/17), 7 rebounds, 2 blocks

Kevin Durant:  36 points (8/21), 7 assists, 5 rebounds

Serge Ibaka: 21 points (10/13), 15 rebounds, 5 blocks

Joe Johnson: 29 points (11/15), 5 assists, 4 rebounds

Andre Blatche: 20 points (10/18), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

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