Line of the Night: 1.23.14

LaMarcus Aldridge posted a career-high as he earned Line of the Night and led the Trailblazers to a win.

LaMarcus Aldridge posted a career-high as he earned Line of the Night and led the Trailblazers to a win.

It was a slow night in the association last night with only two games on deck.  The Portland Trailblazers hosted the Denver Nuggets.  Not a single player on the Nuggets’ roster managed more than 18 points, all of whom were eclipsed by a career performances from MVP candidate LaMarcus Aldridge, who literally scored more than any two Nuggets combine as he posted a career-high 44 points to lead all scorers last night.  He also chipped in 13 rebounds and 5 assists.  Aldridge’s career performance came on the heels news that he would not be appearing in the starting line-up at the All-Star game, despite the fact that he is widely considered to be playing the best basketball at the power forward position in the NBA right now.  In the only other game of the night, the Lakers travelled down to Florida to square off against the heat.  Three years ago, this game would have been one of the highlights of

Kobe Bryant, who is averaging a paltry 13.8 points per game in 6 games was voted to start in his 16th All-Star game.

Kobe Bryant, who is averaging a paltry 13.8 points per game in 6 games was voted to start in his 16th All-Star game.

the season, but with Kobe Bryant, who was just selected to his 16th All-Star game (second only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), coupled with the absence of Dwyane Wade (who missed his 4th straight game), the match-up was lacking some of the excitement that might have been present otherwise.  That didn’t stop LeBron James and Chris Bosh from performing to All-Star standards, however, and Pau Gasol likewise offered up a 20/10 game in what was ultimately a Lakers’s loss, though the lottery bound Lakers put up enough of a fight to make it a close one: 109-102.

LaMarcus Aldridge made this an easy choice tonight.  Bosh, James and Gasol all had fine games, but none of them had a career night.  Aldridge scored more points, and grabbed more rebounds, and among the top performers, nobody matched Aldridge’s bock total, and no player posted more blocks than Aldridge last night (though a few matched him).  LaMArcus Aldridge is the clear-cut choice for Line of the night. 

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Chris Bosh scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Heat past the Lakers.

Chris Bosh scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Heat past the Lakers.

Top Performances:

LeBron James: 27 points (9/15), 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Chris Bosh: 31 points (15/22), 6 rebounds

Pau Gasol: 22 points (9/15), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

LaMarcus Aldridge: 44 points (15/29), 13 rebounds, 5 assists 2 blocks

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