Line of the Night: 12-20-13

 

The fact that a team who was 45-37 last season with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, is playing without all three and is still around .500 is a testament to how good Pau Gasol really is. MVP vote anybody?

The fact that a team who was 45-37 last season with Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, is playing without all three and is still around .500 is a testament to how good Pau Gasol really is. MVP vote anybody?

The Raptors took the Mavericks into overtime and beat them by a single point.  James Harden was ice cold from the floor as the visiting Rockets fell to Pacers.  Paul George posted a game-high 24 points and had a solid all-around game.  Rudy Gay has continued to shoot the ball fairly well for the Kings, and DeMarcus Cousins is playing well, but it just doesn’t seem to be enough as the Kings got embarrassed by the defending champions.  The Pistons and the Bobcats, two teams trying to claw their way to .500, met up last night, with the Bobcats coming out on top.  Kemba Walker posted a game-high 34 points and Al Jefferson posted a 20/10 game, while, on the other side of the court, Andre Drummond posted a game-high in blocks and rebounds.  Paul Milsap posted a double-double against his former team as the Hawks beat the Jazz.  The Nets took Philly into overtime, but were unable to finish them off, losing by a single point, making it one of two overtime games last night decided by a single point.  Deron Williams and Paul Pierce both posted double—doubles for Brooklyn.  The Suns put down the Nuggets: mundane games were had by all.  Pau Gasol almost had a triple-double as he led the Lakers past the T-Wolves.  It seems the Lakers are actually playing better basketball without Kobe Bryant!  In the third overtime game of the night Kyrie Irving posted an evening-high 39 points in an overtime win against the Bucks, who themselves just got off of an overtime game against the Knicks.  The Cavs came out on top: 113-109.

 

Uncle Drew posted an evening-high 39 points in an OT win over the Bucks.

Uncle Drew posted an evening-high 39 points in an OT win over the Bucks.

There were some solid performances. Irving’s 39-point performances is immensely impressive, but his all-around game was not as impressive as some.  Brandon Knight’s near triple-double was a solid all-around game, but his FG% was a little low.  Kevin Love posted a higher rebound+assist number than Irving, but his scoring wasn’t nearly as high.  I think I’m going to have to go with Pau Gasol on this one.  The Lakers lost their franchise player, again, and he stepped up big.  Not only did he post a solid 20/10 game, but he was close to a triple-double himself and had an impressive .666 FG% to go along with some nice defensive stats.  That said, I wouldn’t argue with anybody who picked Irving for LOTN.

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Top Performers:

Evan Turn hard a stellar all-around game for the 76ers.

Evan Turn hard a stellar all-around game for the 76ers.

Brandon Knight: 17 points (6/20), 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Kyrie Irving: 39 points (13/25), 6 assists, 4 blocks, 3 rebounds

Nikola Pekovic: 22 points (7/18), 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Kevin Love: 25 points (9/18), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Pau Gasol: 21 points (10/15), 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Michael Carter-Williams: 15 points (5/13), 10 assists, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 block

Evan Turner: 29 points (13/22), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Paul Pierce: 24 points (7/9), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals

Deron Williams: 17 points (5/12), 14 assists, 3 rebounds

Andre Drummond: 14 points (7/13), 15 rebounds, 5 blocks,

Al Jefferson: 24 points (11/24), 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Kemba Walker:  34 points (12/17), 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Chris Bosh: 25 points (11/16), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

LeBron James: 18 points (8/11), 8 assists 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

DeMarcus Cousins: 27 points (11/15), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Paul George: 24 points (7/16), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Dirk Nowitzki: 22 points (10/22), 9 rebounds, 5 assists

Jose Calderon: 23 points (8/13), 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Monta Ellis: 21 points (9/19), 11 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds

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