Line of the Night: 11.5.14 (Guy Fawkes Edition)

Kyle Lowry posted an evening-high 35 points.

Kyle Lowry posted an evening-high 35 points.

Chris Bosh (23 points and 13 rebounds) and Dwayne Wade (25 points, 7 assists) didn’t skip a beat as they played games on back-to-back nights, but the same could not be said of the rest of the Heat as the Charlotte Hornets bounced back from a rough couple of games to top their division rivals and pull to within one game of a .500 record.  Al Jefferson was a bucket shy of a 30/10 game for the Hornets.  The Raptors bounced back from a sub-par game that they managed to win and got an All-Star performance from Kyle Lowry, who had an evening-high 35 points, and DeMar DeRozen (23 points, 6 assists), which spoiled the double-doubles Boston got from Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk and the triple-double Rajon Rondo pulled out.  Carmelo Anthony managed to facilitate in the triangle offense, handing out 8 assists, but he shot an embarrassing 5/21, allowing the Detroit Pistons to earn their first win of the season.  Greg Monroe was put back in the starting line-up for the Detroit Pistons and responded with a near 20/20 game.

 

Rajon Rondo got his first triple-double of the season.

Rajon Rondo got his first triple-double of the season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves visited the Brooklyn Nets and earned a road win behind double-doubles from Thaddeus Young, Ricky Rubio, and Nikola Pekovic.  Andrew Wiggins had his best game in the NBA, scoring 17 point, and Kevin Martin posted a team-high 26 points.  Two perfect records went head-to-head in Philly as the Magic and 76ers squared off.  Neither team had won a game yet, but one of them had to win last nigth.  The 76ers managed to keep Nicholas Vucevic off the glass, breaking his string of double-doubles, and got an All-Star performance from Tony Wroten, but still dropped the game to the Magic.  With Joakin Noah out, Taj Gibson and Paul Gasol picked up the slack, each picking up 20/10 games to lift the Bulls past the Milwaukee Bucks.  The Pacers visited the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards and got big games from Donald Sloan and Chris Copeland, forcing an overtime period, but John Wall stepped up and posted a 30/10 game to lift the Wizards to the win and first place in their division.

 

 

Mike Conley helped the Grizzlies stay undefeated with a 20/10 game.

Mike Conley helped the Grizzlies stay undefeated with a 20/10 game.

The Spurs did not look like they were in championship form as they hosted the Atlanta Hawks.  Though they came away with the victory behind a stellar defensive performance from Tim Duncan, the rest of the roster seemed to struggle.  The Memphis Grizzlies maintained their perfect record at the expense of the Phoenix Suns.  Mike Conley led the game in points (24) and assists (11).  The Reunion between the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James is still off to a slow start as the Cavs lost to the Utah Jazz (yes, that Utah Jazz), despite getting a combined 65 points from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.  Derick Favor recorded another 20/10 game as he led the Jazz to a victory.  Gordon Hayward hit the game winner.  The Denver Nuggets continue their struggles as they got blown out by the Kings, who have their best start since Chris Webber was on the team.   Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins combined for 59 points with Cousins posting a 30/10 game.  And in the main event, the hottest rivalry in the NBA played out in Oakland as the Clippers visited the Warriors.  Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan both had double-doubles for the Clippers, but it was not enough as the Warriors maintained their perfect record by routing the Clippers behind a game-high 28 points from Stephan Curry.  Draynond Green also had a solid night got the Warriors, going 8/13 for a career-high 24 points to go along with 8 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a block.

 

LINE OF THE NIGHT

 

John Wall earned Line of the Night with a 30/10 game paired with an excellent defensive effort.

John Wall earned Line of the Night with a 30/10 game paired with an excellent defensive effort.

With two 30/10 games and several 30+ point nights, there are a number of viable options for LOTN.  Kyle Lowry led all scorers with 35 points with an extremely efficient shooting night (12/17), but the rest of his stat line was not so impressive.  DeMarcus Cousins scored 5 fewer points with 3 fewer shots, keeping him close to Lowry in the points column, but he also contributed 11 rebounds.  As impressive as that was, John Wall scored 31 points and managed to dish out 10 assists, grab 6 rebounds, and he had better defensive stat line than did Cousins, grabbing 3 steals and blocking a shot.  Though Wall did not shoot the ball as well as either Lowry or Cousins, his defensive effort compensates for the fact that his FG% wasn’t quite as high (though it was over .500).  With that said, Wall gets my vote for Line of the Night.  Honourable mention goes out to Tim Duncan, who had an exceptional game on the defensive end, blocking 6 shots and getting 3 steals; Greg Monroe, who led all players in rebounds with 18; Mike Conley, who had a 20/10 game with extremely efficient shooting; and Rajon Rondo who, posted the second triple-double of the season.

 

TOP PERFORMANCES:

 

Stephen Curry helped the Warriors maintain their perfect by topping the rival Clippers.

Stephen Curry helped the Warriors maintain their perfect by topping the rival Clippers.

Kyrie Irving: 34 points (12/23), 2 steals, 1 assist

Rajon Rondo: 13 points (5/8), 15 assists, 10 rebounds

Donald Sloan: 31 points (10/21), 7 assists, 6 rebounds

Pau Gasol: 22 points (8/14), 14 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

Kyle Lowry: 35 points (12/17), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Mike Conley: 24 points (9/14), 11 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound

LeBron James: 31 points (8/18), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Stephen Curry: 28 points (9/18), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Greg Monroe: 23 points (8/17), 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Al Jeffferson: 28 points (13/25), 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist

Rudy Gay: 29 points (9/12), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

DeMarcus Cousins: 30 points (10/14), 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

John Wall: 31 points (11/21), 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Dwyane Wade: 25 points (9/18), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Tony Wroten: 28 points (9/16), 8 assists, 5 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks

Tim Duncan: 17 points (5/12), 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 4 assists, 3 steals

Draymond Green: 24 points (8/13), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

 

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