Line of the Night: 1.25.14

Terrance Ross scored a career high and a franchise-record 51 points for the Raptors last night.

Terrance Ross scored a career high and a franchise-record 51 points for the Raptors last night.

Kevin Durant was back in action last night after missing one game, and it seems like the rest did him well as he not only posted a game-high 32 points, but also posted game-highs in assists and rebounds, earning a triple-double as the Thunder topped the 76ers.  Thaddeus Young was 2 steals shy of earning a triple-double the hard way.  Up in Canada, DeMar DeRosen took it easy after having scored 40 and 34 points in back-to-back games and let Terrance Ross run the show.  Ross responded in kind by posting a career-high 51 points!  The total, however, was not enough to top the Clippers who came away with a win. Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge, arguably the two best power forward in the game, went head-to-head last night.  Though both played well, neither played to their season averages, but it was Aldridge’s Trailblazers that came out on top as the T-Wolves fell below .500 again. The Washington Wizards seem to have the same problem with staying at .500 as the T-Wolves do, as they dropped to 21-22 on the season after a loss to the Jazz.  The Atlanta Hawks soundly defeated the Milwaukee Bucks: 112-87.  After losing on their home court by a single point to the Grizzlies last night, the Houston Rockets visited Memphis where they lost their second game in as many nights.  Zach Randolph posted a game-high 17 rebounds. Lance Stephenson was 3 assists shy of a triple-double, and Paul George contributed a double-double, but the Pacers failed to secure a win over the Denver Nuggets.  And Michael Jordan’s former team visited the team he now earns as the Bulls earned a win over the Bobcats by a 2-point margin.  Joakim Noah was 2 assist short of a triple-double.  Al Jefferson posted a 30/10 game in the loss.

Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the only active players to post a triple-doubles like the one Durant posted last night.

Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are the only active players to post a triple-doubles like the one Durant posted last night.

There are two players who are standing above all other players last night: Terrance Ross and Kevin Durant.  Terrance Ross is the only player to ever average less than 10 points per game and post a 50 point game in the same season.  He also tied a franchise record for most points scored in a game (Vince Carter was the first Raptor to pull of the feat).  However, since the 85/86 season, fans have seen 35 instances where players have posted numbers as good or better than Ross’s numbers.  Still, to put together a game that usually only comes up once or twice a season is pretty impressive.  Durant’s numbers, though, are perhaps even more impressive.  Since the 85/86 season, only 4 other players have managed to pull off a triple double with as many points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks as Durant in a regulation game:, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Coleman and LeBron James, which puts Durant in some pretty rare company.  This kind of game only happens about once every 5 or 6 years.  Weighing the rarity of the numbers alongside the value, I have to go with Durant over Ross.  Durant posted 5 more rebounds and 9 more assists, which for me more than makes up for the 19 point lead Ross has on Durant.  Couple with his defensive stats, which are slightly better than Ross as well, Durant seems to have a slight edge, but both players deserve kudos for the historic games they recorded.    

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Top Performances:

Zach Randolph led all rebounds last night.

Zach Randolph led all rebounds last night as Memphis beat Houston for the second time in two nights.

Al Jefferson: 32 points (15/26), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist

Lance Stephenson: 23 points (10/16), 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Zach Randolph: 15 points (7/16), 17 rebounds, 3 assists

Blake Griffin: 30 points (10/18), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Terrance Ross: 51 points (16/29), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Thaddeus Young: 13 points (5/17), 10 rebounds, 8 steals, 3 assist

Kevin Durant: 32 points (12/17), 14 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Serge Ibaka: 25 points (12/16), 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal

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