Line of the Night: 1.30.14

"Magic" Dragic continues his All-star level play; last night he led the Suns past the team with the league's best record.

“Magic” Dragic continues his All-star level play; last night he led the Suns past the team with the league’s best record.

It was a slow night in the Association last night, but there were some solid performances.  The Clippers travelled to Oakland to take on the Warriors, and an evening-high 20 rebounds from DeAndre Jordan, and a game-high 27 points from Blake Griffin, the Clippers were unable to answer for a balanced attack from the Warriors.  David Lee posted a 20/10 game in the win.  The Pacers continued to struggle against western conference teams as they fell to the Suns last night, leaving the Thunder I sole possession of the league’s best record.  The Pacers are not 7-3 over the last ten games, all of the losses coming against western conference teams, and one of the win having required an overtime period to beat the Kings.  Lance Stephenson posted a triple-double in the loss, while Goran Dragic posted a game-high 28 points to help the Suns put down the Pacers.  And the Knicks managed a win over the Caveliers.  Disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving recently expressed disinterest in playing for the Cavaliers, if rumours are true, but his contribution continues to be that of a scorer whose percentage doesn’t warrant the number of shots he’s taking, while his assist totals are underwhelming.  Carmelo Anthony posted an evening-high 29 points.

Stephen Curry and David Lee might be the best point guard/power forward duo in the league outside of Paul/Griffin.

Stephen Curry and David Lee might be the best point guard/power forward duo in the league outside of Paul/Griffin.

Tough call to night.  Some good lines, but not a lot of great lines.  Curry and Lee both posted 22 on solid percentages, and though Lee has a larger margin in the rebound category than Curry does in the assist department, Curry had better defensive numbers.  Dragic has as many assists as Curry, and 5 more points, but his percentage wasn’t as good.  Jordan’s rebounding night was tops in the league last night, but he failed to break double-digits in points.  As the rule goes, when in doubt, go with the triple-double.  Though Stephenson’s scoring total was nothing to write home about, his assist and rebound numbers were impressive, despite his effort coming in a loss.  So Stephenson gets my support for Line of the Night honours.

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Lance Stephenson has proved to be a triple-double machine this season.

Lance Stephenson has proved to be a triple-double machine this season.

Top Performers:

Kyrie Irving: 24 points (10/25), 6 rebounds, 3 assists,

Goran Dragic: 28 points (11/21), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Lance Stephenson: 14 points (6/12), 10 rebounds, 10 assists

Roy Hibbert: 26 points (9/17), 6 rebounds, 2 blocks

DeAndre Jordan: 9 points (3/4), 20 rebounds, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 27 points (11/21), 3 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists

David Lee: 22 points (10/15), 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Andrew Bogut: 14 points (7/11), 17 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Stephen Curry: 22 points (8/10), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steals, 1 block

Carmelo Anthony: 29 points (8/17), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

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