Line of the Night: 11.6.14

James Harden had another solid all-around game.

James Harden had another solid all-around game.

It was a slow night in the NBA with only two games.  The San Antonio Spurs opted to rest Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan as they visited the Houston Rockets.  Not a good sign when Greg Popovich feels like he’s got to rest key rotation players in the 4th game of the season, especially against a division rival.  Corey Joseph came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points and Aron Brynes posted a double-double, but the Rockets had a relatively easy time earning the win behind Dwight Howard’s best game of the season.  He scored and evening-high 32 points and led all players with 16 rebounds.  James Harden had a solid all-around game with 20 points, 6 assists, and 6 rebound, but he also had 8 turnovers.  Jason Terry went 4/5 off the bench for the Rockets, giving them 16 points in the win.  The only other game of the evening was in Portland as the Trailblazers hosted the Mavericks.  Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons both struggled from the floor, shooting a combined 11/30, giving the Trailblazers an open window to run away with the game, which they did, beating the Mavericks 108-87.  Nicholas Batum was a basket, a rebound and an assist shy of a triple-double, LaMarcus Aldridge posted a game-high 20 points, and Damian Lillard had a solid game with 18 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.

 

 

 

LINE OF THE NIGHT

 

Dwight Howard easily came away with Line of the Night, leading all players in points and rebounds.

Dwight Howard easily came away with Line of the Night, leading all players in points and rebounds.

Heading into the season, Hakeem Olajuwon suggested that Diwght Howard could be an MVP candidate.  The first three games of the season gave no indication of that as Dwight fouled out of one game and collected 5 fouls in two others, all while turning the ball over without making many plays.  Whatever slump Dwight was in, he has shaken it off and managed to demonstrate the kind of MVP form that Olajuwon suggested he was capable of.  Though a couple of guys had great shooting nights, namely Corey Joseph (9/11) and Jason Terry (4/5), none had the kind of night on the glass, or on the defensive end, that Dwight had.  Howard easily comes away with Line of the Night here.  Honourable mention for to James Harden and Damina Lillard for solid all-around games.

 

Top Performances:

 

Damian Lillard help lead the Trailblazers to another win.

Damian Lillard help lead the Trailblazers to another win.

Corey Joseph: 18 points (9/11), 1 rebound

Jason Terry: 16 points (4/5), 2 assists, 2 steals

LaMarcus Aldridge: 20 points (10/16), 7 rebounds

Damian Lillard: 18 points (6/13), 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Dwight Howard: 32 points (12/18), 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

James Harden: 20 points (8/15), 6 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal

 

 

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