Line of the Night: 11.4.14

Geralrd Green poses for a poster as he led all bench players last night with 26 points.

Gerald Green poses for a poster as he led all bench players last night with 26 points.

In his third game back in a Cavs uniform, LeBron James has not yet seemed to develop the kind of chemistry he had with his teammates in Miami, going 4-12 from the field as the team lost by nearly 20 points.  Kevin Love posted a 20/10 game for the Cavs, while Damian Lillard scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Trailblazers and Robin Lopez shot the lights out.  The Phoenix Suns got a 20/10 game from Markief Morris and a combined 48 points from Gerald Green and Isaiah Thomas off the bench as the Suns handed the Lakers their 5th straight loss.  Kobe Bryant seemed intent on putting the record for most missed field goals in a career out of reach for any other player, going 14/37 last night.  THITY-SEVEN SHOTS!!!!  He scored an evening-high 39 points, while Jordan Hill had 15 points and 15 rebounds.  Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik and Anthony Davis all posted double-doubles, to lead the New Orleans Hornets Pelicans over the Charlotte Bobcats Hornets.  The Hornets, who had high expectations coming into the season, are now 1-3 while the Pelicans pull even to a .500 record with the win.   The Orlando Magic preserved their perfect record, dropping their fourth straight game to start the season, losing to the Bulls, who were without All-Stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.  Pau Gaol posted a double-double in the win, while Aaron Brooks came off the bench to score 13 points and hand out 8 assists.  Nikola Vucevic maintained his double-double streak in the loss.

 

 

The Thunder failed to capitalize on an All-Star performance from Serge Ibaka.

The Thunder failed to capitalize on an All-Star performance from Serge Ibaka.

Another double-double streak was on the line last night as John Wall and the Washington Wizards faced the New York Knicks.  Though Wall’s double-double streak was broken, the Wizards did come away with the win.  Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 18 points, but needed 23 shot to do it.  The Thunder got an All-Star performance from Serge Ibaka, but continued to struggle in the absence of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as they dropped a game to the Toronto Raptors.  The Thunder put out an excellent defensive effort, holding the Raptors to under 40% shooting, while shooting over 50% from the floor themselves, but lost the game at the charity stripe as they shot a dismal 56% compared to the Raptors nearly 85%.  In Indiana, Chris Copeland came off the bench to score 19 points for the Pacers, but it was the Bucks that came out on top behind a game-high 23 points from Brandon Knight.  And in the main event, two of the remaining four teams with undefeated records went head-to-head as the Miami Heat played host to the Houston Rockets.  Chris Bosh led the way for the Heat with 21 points, and Dwyane Wade had 19, but it was not enough to overcome the Rockets as Dwight Howard had his best game of the season so far, scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while James Harden was a rebound shy of a triple-double and scored 25 points.  Trevor Ariza had a solid game, gong 5/9 from beyond the arch while adding 5 boards and 5 assists.

 

LINE OF THE NIGHT

 

James Harden was an assist shy of a triple-double as he helped the Rockets stay undefeated.

James Harden was an assist shy of a triple-double as he helped the Rockets stay undefeated.

Last night saw some great performances, but some of the seemingly impressive totals are a little less impressive when you look at the entire line.  Dwight Howard, for instance, committed 4 fouls and turned the ball over 5 times without getting a single block or assist, while Kobe’s evening-high 39 points came on the heels of him taking 37 shots and missing 23 of them.  Neither is very impressive in that context.  Anthony Davis may have had the best defensive outing, but James Harden put up some nice defensive stats to go along with his near triple-double and 25 points.  Lillard had a slight edge on Harden in the points column, and had no turnovers compared to Harden’s 5, but Harden got 3 more assists, 3 more rebounds and 1 more block than did Lillard, so their numbers are pretty close.  It’s a tough call because while Haden posted his numbers playing against the best shooting guard in the league outside of himself, Dwyane Wade, Lillard managed to hold Kyrie Irving to 3/17 shooting.  I’m going to give the edge to Harden, though, because the game featured two undefeated teams and Harden was the engine of that victory.  Honourable mention to Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka, Isaiah Thomas, and Markief Morris.

 

TOP PERFORMANCES:

 

Damian Lillard led the Trailblazers past LeBron James and the Cavs.

Damian Lillard led the Trailblazers past LeBron James and the Cavs.

Kevin Love: 22 points (7/14), 10 rebounds, 2 assists

Dwight Howard: 26 points (10/16), 10 rebounds, 1 steal

Serge Ibaka: 25 points (11/15), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Isaiah Thomas: 22 points (8/16), 9 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Markief Morris: 23 points (9/18), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Kobe Bryant: 39 points (14/37), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Damian Lillard: 27 points (6/13), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

James Harden: 25 points (6/13), 10 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Anthony Davis: 23 points (10/17), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

 

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