Line Of The Night: 1.31.14

Al Jefferson had a career night, one game after it was announced that he had been snubbed by coaches voting for the All-Star reserves.

Al Jefferson had a career night, one game after it was announced that he had been snubbed by coaches voting for the All-Star reserves.

Kevin Durant close out the month of January, the month in which he played at the highest level of his career, with a solid game as the Thunder blew out the Nets.  Durant’s totals weren’t as impressive as some of his other games in January, as Scott Brooks pulled him out early once a substantial lead was build up, but 30 minutes was enough time for Durant to post a game-high 26 points.  The Kings got a career night out of Rudy Gay, who posted a game-high 35 points, but it was not enough to get the past the Mavericks, who got a team-high 34 points out of freshly minted All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.  The Denver Nuggets struggled without point guard Ty Lawson, and though Randy Foye handled the play-making duties with an impressive, evening-high 16 assists, the

Stephen Curry scored 44 points against the Utah Jazz, a season high to the talented point guard.

Stephen Curry scored 44 points against the Utah Jazz, a season high to the talented point guard.

Nuggets fell to a balanced team effort from the Toronto Raptors.  Al Jefferson, fresh off of his All-Star snub, had a statement game, posting a career-high 40 points, leading all rebounders with 18 boards, leading the Bobcats to their 21st win of the season, and matching their win total of the previous season with two months left to play.  The win came at the expense of the Lakers, who are still getting solid assist numbers from Kendall Marshall, 12 assists and only 3 turnovers, and All-Star caliber play from Pau Gasol, who was 1 rebound shy of a 20/10 game.  Kevin Love out scored and out rebounds Zach Randolph, but it was the Grizzlies who beat the Timberwolves.  The cellar dwellers of the east met up last night, and the Bucks came away with a ‘win’, and by ‘win’ loss, since both teams are trying to secure the best odds of landing the first pick.  If you are trying to lose and you win, is that considered a loss?  You’ll have to ask Orlando.  Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 29 points, but the 76ers were decimated by the Atlanta Hawks, who put out a balanced, team effort.  And finally, Stephen Curry went apeshit on the Jazz, posting 44 points, a season-high for Curry, leading the Warriors to a win over Utah, and spoiling the festivities around the celebration of former Jazz coach, who had a jersey number retired in his honour. 

Both Kevin Love and Zach Randolph posted 20/10 games, but it was Memphis who came away with the win.

Both Kevin Love and Zach Randolph posted 20/10 games, but it was Memphis who came away with the win.

Stephen Curry’s 44 point performance was impressive, but and he did require fewer shots to reach 40 points than did Al Jefferson, but Jefferson also led all players in rebounds last night, while also managing to hand out more assists than Curry, which is especially impressive since Curry is a point guard and Jefferson is a forward/center.  Jefferson’s game was no doubt a response to those who failed to vote him onto the All-Star team ahead of a player like Chris Bosh who did make the All-Star team despite scoring fewer points and getting less rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. 

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Top Performers:

Rudy Gay posted a 30/10 for the Kings, but it was not enough as the Mavs came away with the win.

Rudy Gay posted a 30/10 for the Kings, but it was not enough as the Mavs came away with the win.

Pau Gasol: 24 points (9/17), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks

Stephen Curry: 44 points (14/26), 4 assists, 2 rebounds

Thaddeous Young: 29 (11/19), 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 assist

Kevin Love: 28 points (12/20), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Zach Randolph: 26 points (11/20), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Al Jefferson: 40 points (18/32), 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Randy Foye: 10 points (4/13), 16 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals

Rudy Gay: 35 points (10/16), 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Dirk Nowitzki: 34 points (11/19), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steal

Kevin Durant: 26 points (10/12), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Serge Ibaka: 25 points (12/12), 9 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 assist  

Andrew Bogut: 16 points (8/11), 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals

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