Line of the Night: 1.22.14

DeMar DeRozen posted a career-high 40 points to lead the Raptros past the Mavericks.

DeMar DeRozen posted a career-high 40 points to lead the Raptros past the Mavericks.

Vince Carter returned to his old stomping ground as the Dallas Mavericks visited the Toronto Raptors.  Carter had a dunk that was reminiscent of the Vinsanity days, but DeMar DeRozen dropped a career-high 40 points on the visitors to lead the Raptors to a win.  In the main event, the Thunder, one night after topping Portland, the team with one of the three best records in the West, beat the Spurs, owners of the West’s best record.  Kevin Durant had a dirty double-double with 10 missed field goals and 11 turnovers, but he also posted 36 points and shot better than .500 from the field.  Offseason trade partners Milwaukee and Detroit met up with the lowly Bucks earning a win over the Pistons.  Brandon Jennings lit up his former team for 30 points, but Caron Butler scored as many off the bench for the Bucks.  Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins exited the match-up between the Kings and the Rockets early due to injury as the Rockets cruised to a win over the depleted Kings’ roster.  Evan Turner provided the 76ers with a 30/10 game and Michael Carter-Williams posted a double-double to lead Philly pas the Knicks. Jeff Green scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Celtics past the Wizards, spoiling a triple-double from John Wall, which was further spoiled by an atrocious shooting night that saw Wall go 9/28 from the field.   Paul Millsap was 2 steals shy of a 5X5 game as the Hawks beat the Orlando Magic.  Rookie sensation Victor Oladipo had a solid all-around game.  Three Bulls starters scored 20+ points as the Bulls faced the Cavaliers in their first game against Luol Deng who was recently traded from the team whom he played his first 8 seasons.  Joakim Noah posted a game-high 18 rebounds.  Making sure that Noah doesn’t one-up him, DeAndre Jordan was sure to grab an evening-high 20 rebounds, but unlike Noah, Jordan was unable to come away with a win, as the Clippers lost to the Bobcats.  And in the late game, the Pacers visited the Suns who took down the team with the league’s best record in a blowout that saw the Suns build up a healthy lead by halftime and nurture it throughout the second half of the game.      

John Wall posted a triple-double, but he also missed 20 of 29 shots.

John Wall posted a triple-double, but he also missed 20 of 29 shots.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Jeff Green.  DeMar DeRozen’s career/evening-high was impressive, no doubt, but his other numbers were meager at best, whereas Green got 6 more rebounds than DeRozen.  John Wall’s triple-double would have almost certainly been my pick for Line of the Night had his FG% not been so embarrassing.  Missing 20 of twenty 29 shots in awful and really detracts from the all-around game he had, while Kevin Durant’s numbers, also amazing, were diluted by the fact that he turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 11 times. 

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Jeff Green earned Line of the Night with an impressive scoring performance that also included 9 rebounds.

Jeff Green earned Line of the Night with an impressive scoring performance that also included 9 rebounds.

Al Jefferson: 24 points (12/23), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 27 points (11/20), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Victor Oladipo: 24 points (8.13), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Paul Millsap: 24 points (9/17), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks, 3 steals

John Wall: 28 points (9/29), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals

Jeff Green: 39 points (14/26), 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block, 1 assist

Michael Carter-Williams: 19 points (5/18), 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals

Evan Turner: 34 points (13/22), 11 rebounds, 2 assists

Dwight Howard: 26 points (10/13), 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

James Harden: 24 points (7/16), 9 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Caron Butler: 30 points (12/21), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Brandon Jennings: 30 points (11/23), 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Tony Parker: 37 points (14/22), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Reggie Jackson: 27 points (12/17), 8 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

DeMar DeRozen: 40 points (15/22), 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 36 points (12/22), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 11 turnovers

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