Line of the Night: 11.7.14

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to their 5th win of the season.

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to their 5th win of the season.

There were three overtime games last night, including two double-overtime games as over half the league was in action.  The first overtime game saw the Charlotte Hornets improve to 3-3 as they beat the Atlanta Hawks.  Al Jefferson was a rebound shy of a 30/10 game, and Kemba Walker was a rebound shy of a triple-double for the Hornets.  The Hawks got double-doubles from Al Horford and Jeff Teague.  The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves also went into overtime with the Magic coming out on top.  Kevin Martin scored a game-high 21.  DeMarcus Cousins had a strong night as he took the Kings to a double-overtime win over the Suns, scoring 25 points and hauling in an evening-high 18 rebounds.  Eric Bledoe scored a team-high 23 points for the Suns, while Miles Plumblee brought in 16 rebounds.  The 76ers got a game-high 31 points from Tony Wroten but dropped the game to the Bulls, leaving them winless on the season.  Roy Hibbert had a 20/10 game for the Pacers, but they were unable to beat the Celtics who relied on a balanced attack to win the game.

 

 

Kyle Lowry making short work of John Wall on his way to a triple-double.

Kyle Lowry making short work of John Wall on his way to a triple-double.

In Brooklyn, the Nets were able to improve their record to 3-2 as they beat their cross-town rivals.  The Knicks got a team-high 19 points from Carmelo Anthony who continues to struggle from the floor, going 5-20.  Deron Williams scored a game-high 29 in the win.  Rookie Jabari Parker scored a team-high 18 for the Bucks, but the Pistons came away with the win with a balanced team effort.  Nobody in Washington’s starting line-up reached double digits in points as the Toronto Raptors torched the Wizards: 103-84.  Kyle Lowry posted a triple-double in the win (giving him more triple-doubles in a Raptors uniform than any player in Raptors history), and DeMar DeRozen scored a game-high 25 points.  Memphis continues to borrow the template of the 2004 Pistons as they relied on a balance team effort to maintain their perfect record, topping the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Chandler Parsons went a dismal 1/11 from the field, but Dirk Nowitzki was playing like he was 27 years old ago, going 11-18 from the field and leading the Mavs to a win over the Utah Jazz with 27 points and 10 rebounds.  And finally, the Cleveland Cavaliers got a double-double from LeBron James and earned a win over the Denver Nuggets.  Randy Foye came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points for the Nuggets.

 

LINE OF THE NIGHT

 

Al Jefferson winning the tip against the Hawks.

Al Jefferson winning the tip against the Hawks.

Al Jefferson’s evening-high 34 points puts him in contention for Line of the night, but DeMarcus Cousins managed two get twice as many rebounds and also managed to get to the line a lot, scoring 25 points on 14 shots despite only hitting 6 of those shots.  Though Cousins outdid Jefferson on the glass with an evening-high 18 boards, Jefferson had a much higher FG% and also manage to drop some number in each statistical category.  Jeff Teague led all playmakers with 15 assists, but he gets knocked out of the running due to his low FG%, shooting a dismal 9/23 from the floor.  Kyle Lowry had an impressive night, helping the Raptors to their best start in franchise history with a triple-double, but he was a meager 5/13 from the floor and only scored 13 points.  Choosing between Jefferson and Lowry is tough, but I’m going with Al Jefferson due in part to his dominant scoring (he posted 21 more points than Lowry), and the fact the though he didn’t get a triple-double, he did manage a solid all-around game.  Honourable mention to Randy Foye, who went 5/10 from beyond the arc and was close to a 30/10 game off the bench for the Nuggets.

 

Top Performances:

 

Randy Foye led all bench players in points and assists.

Randy Foye led all bench players in points and assists.

DeMarcus Cousins: 25 points (6/14), 18 rebounds, 2 blocks

Jeff Teague: 22 points (9/23), 15 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block

Tony Wroten: 31 points (11/27), 7 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Kyle Lowry: 13 points (5/13), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal

Randy Foye: 28 points (10/19), 9 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Roy Hibbert: 22 points (8/16), 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists

Dirk Nowitzki: 27 points (11/18), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Al Horford: 24 points (11/16), 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

Al Jefferson: 34 points (15/24), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

 

 

 

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