Line of the Night: 1.17.14

Melo posted a 20/20 game, but Blake Griffin's game-high 32 points was enough to earn a win for the Clippers.

Melo posted a 20/20 game, but Blake Griffin’s game-high 32 points was enough to earn a win for the Clippers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers got another big rebounding night from Anderson Varejao as they topped the Denver Nuggets.  Tristan Thompson came away with a 20/10 game on 8/9 shooting.  A Lakers/Celtics game is not what it was 4 years ago as both teams are dwelling in the cellar, but the Lakers managed to come out on top, spoiling Rajon Rondo’s season debut for the Celtics.  Rookie sensation Trey Burke, who the Pistons passed up on, posted a 20/10 game against Detroit as the Jazz earned a win.  The Kings lost by the narrowest of margins to the Grizzlies, despite a monster night on the glass from DeMarcus Cousins. Blake Griffin posted a game-high 32 points to lead the Clippers past the Knicks and spoil a 20/20 game from Carmelo Anthony.  The Warriors and the Thunder were trading buckets all night, allowing for Stephen Curry to post 37 points, but the Warriors failed to seal the deal as the Kevin Durant posted an NBA-season/career-high 54 points to lead the Thunder to a win.  The Bobcats handed the Magic their 10th straight loss behind a 30/15 game from Al Jefferson.  LeBron James finished 2 rebounds, shy of a triple-double as the Heat beat the 76ers.  Steve Nash’s former teams went head-to-head as the Mavericks beat the Suns last night.  The Portland Trailblazers pulled to within half a game of the Spurs with a win over San Antonio last night.  The Timberwolves dropped their third straight as they lost to the Raptors, and the Wizards finally reached .500 as they beat the Bulls for their third straight win. 

 

LaMarcus Aldridge got the better of Tim Duncan last night, but the Spurs still have a half-game lead over the Trailblazers.

LaMarcus Aldridge got the better of Tim Duncan last night, but the Spurs still have a half-game lead over the Trailblazers.

Some solid performances.  Triston Thompsons’ 20/10 game on 8/9 shooting was pretty impressive, as was Gasol’s all-around game.  DeAndre Jordan’s rebounding and defensive stats were amazing, as was Curry’s 30/10 game, and Melo’s 20/20 game was also astounding, even if he went 4/23 in the process.  But there is no doubt here that Line of the Night honours should go to Kevin Durant.  The first, and only, 50+ point game of the season, Kevin Durant twice came close, posting 48 points twice, and broke his own NBA-season/career-high total, meaning that he actually has all three of the top scoring performances so far this season.  His all-around numbers were pretty good as well, not to mention his ability to get to the line and hit 3’s. 

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Top Performances:

MVP candidate Kevin Durant posted an NBA-season-high 54 points to earn Line of the Night.

MVP candidate Kevin Durant posted an NBA-season-high 54 points to earn Line of the Night.

LaMarcus Aldridge: 26 points (11/22), 13 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

Goran Dragic: 28 points (12/20), 7 assists, 5 rebounds3 steals

Monta Ellis: 24 points (10/20), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

LeBron James: 21 points (7/13), 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Al Jefferson: 30 points (13/17), 16 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 54 points (19/28), 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Stephen Curry: 37 points (11/18), 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

DeAndre Jordan: 11 points (4/8), 16 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks, 2 assists

Blake Griffin: 32 points (12/20), 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

Carmelo Anthony: 26 points (4/23), 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

DeMarcus Cousins: 22 points (6/20), 17 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

Pau Gasol: 24 points (9/15), 13 rebounds, 6 assists

Triston Thompson: 20 points (8/9), 10 rebounds 2 blocks, 1 steal

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