Line of the Night: 1.24.15

Carmelo Anthony earned Line of the Night honours with the highest point in an NBA game in 6 years with a franchise record and career-high 62 points.

Carmelo Anthony earned Line of the Night honours with the highest point in an NBA game in 6 years with a franchise record and career-high 62 points.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the first time in the city’s history, but the setback wasn’t enough to prevent them from pulling out a win over the lottery-bound Boston Celtics.  Serge Ibaka scored a game-high 21 points.  The Spurs bench scored 62 points and Tim Duncan had a solid rebounding night as the Spurs topped the Hawks.  Jason Kidd coached the Nets to a win over his former team as the Nets beat the Mavericks by the narrowest of margins.  Deron Williams, still working his way back from injury, came off the bench to score 18 points and hand out a game-high 11 assists, and Mirza Teletovic posted a career-high 34 points. New York’s other team was also in action last night and saw a historic performance from Carmelo Anthony as he scored a career-high 62 points in a win over the Bobcats.  This scoring output marks an NBA-season high and a franchise record for the Knights, as well as being the highest total scored 2007 when Kobe Bryant posted 65 points against the Portland Trailblazers.  Blake Griffin and Joakim Noah were both 3 assists shy of a triple-double as the Clippers squared off against the Bulls with the Clippers coming out on top.  Giannis Antetokoumpo (?) was the only member of the Bucks’ starting line-up to reach 10 points as they dropped a game to the Cavaliers.  Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond posted a 20/20 game for Detroit last night.

Andre Drummond posted a 20/20 game for Detroit last night.

posted a double-double as he squared off against fellow 2012 draftee Anthony Davis, but despite outrebounding and scoring Davis, the Pistons fell to the Pelicans.    The T-Wolves managed to climb back up to .500 with a win over the Warriors, earned by the narrowest of margins: 121-120.  Stephen Curry led handed out 15 assists to lead all play-makers last night, and both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic posted 20/10 games with Love coming up 2 assists shy of a triple-double.  The Memphis Grizzlies and Houstons Rockets fought a close battle in a game that was decided by a single point, and though Chandler Parsons managed a game-high 34 points,

Isaiah Thomas (left) and Marcus Thornton (right) both posted career-highs in points for the Kings last night.

Isaiah Thomas (left) and Marcus Thornton (right) both posted career-highs in points for the Kings last night.

the Rockets fell to the Grizzlies.  Pau Gasol posted another futile 20/10 game as the Lakers fell to the lowly Magic, who happened to get a huge 20/20 game from Tobias Harris.  DeMar DeRozen continued his scoring spree last night as the Raptors topped the 76ers, posting a game-high 34 points, while teammate Kyle Lowry posted a triple-double in the win.  The Suns succumbed to the Wizards who returned to a .500 record with the win.  And finally, the Pacers Paul George scored a team-high 36 points, but was outscored by two members of the Kings as Isaiah Thomas posted career-high 38 points, while teammate Marcus Thornton also scored a career-high with 42 points.  Despite enduring to career-highs, the Pacers managed a convincing win to improve the league’s best record.   

Tobias Harris grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds as the Magic beat the Lakers.

Tobias Harris grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds as the Magic beat the Lakers.

Last night had some amazing performances.  Chandler Parsons set a record for 3-pointers in a halfTwo players posted 20/20 games (Harris and Drummond), Kyle Lowry posted a triple double, and no less than four players posted career highs: Mirza Teletovic (34 points), Isaiah Thomas (38 points), Marcus Thornton (42 points), and Carmelo Anthony (62 points).  Normally, any one of these players would be the clear-cut choice for Line of the Night, but last night there is one player who stands above the rest.  Only eight players have scored more points in a single game Carmelo Anthony did: Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, David Thompson, David Robinson, Pete Maravich, George Gervin and Rick Barry.  This puts Anthony in some pretty rare company.  Given that no player has been able to reach this total for almost 7 years, it seems obvious that Anthony is the only choice for Line of the Night, especially when one considers that he also added 13 rebounds.  That said, it would have been nice to see him posted at least 1 assist. 

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Top Performances:

Kyle Lowry's triple-double was overshadowed by Athony's 62 point game.

Kyle Lowry’s triple-double was overshadowed by Athony’s 62 point game.

Marcus Thornton: 42 points (16/27), 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Isaiah Thomas: 38 points (13/31), 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Paul George: 36 points (12/22), 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 2 assists

Kyle Lowry: 18 points (7/11), 13 assists, 10 rebounds

DeMar DeRozen: 34 points (10/22), 9 rebounds, 1 assist

Tobias Harris: 28 points (9/15), 20 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Chandler Parsons: 34 points (11/17), 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Kevin Love: 26 points (7/18), 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal

Stephen Curry: 33 points (12/21), 15 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Blake Griffin: 26 points (11/18), 13 rebounds, 7 assists,

Carmelo Anthony: 62 points (23/35), 13 rebounds

Deron Williams: 18 points (5/8), 11 assists, 3 rebounds

Mirza Teletovic: 34 points (12/18), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Tim Duncan: 17 points (7/14), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks

Andre Drummond: 21 points (9/17), 20 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

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