Line of the Night: 12.28.13

Al Jefferson posted a huge 20/20 game last night.

Al Jefferson posted a huge 20/20 game last night.

The Suns continue their winning ways as Jeff Hornacek makes a case for Coach of the Year (unlike another rookie head coach).  This evening it was the 76ers who was the victims of the Suns surprise success.  Thaddeus Young posted a game-high 30 points.  The T-Wolves are finally back up to .500 with a win over the Bucks.  Kevin Love had another MVP night with 33 points and 15 rebounds.  The struggles of the Denver Nuggets continued as they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies.  Anthony Davis brought his A-game against Dwight Howard and the Rockets, posting 18 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, but Dwight did one better and scored 24 points (on 10/12 shooting) while hauling in 18 rebounds, leading the Rockets to the win. Dallas managed to top the Bulls despite a 20/10 game from Joakim Noah.  Al Jefferson started earning his new contract last night with a 20/20 game, posting 24 points and grabbing 23 rebounds for the Bobcats.  But alas, it was in vain as they lost to Atlanta, a team that is becoming expert at overtime games over the past couple of weeks.  John Wall posted a 20/10 game to help the Wizards beat the Pistons and come to within one game of .500.  If the Wizards win the next game, it will be the first time they have entered the new year with a .500 record in five years!  After handing New York an embarrassing loss on their home court, the Raptors hosted the Knicks and treated them to more of the same as they down New York: 115-100. Kyle Lowry was trying out for the Knicks, posting a 30/10 game against the team that it was rumoured he might be traded to a couple of weeks ago.  Most impressive part of Lowry’s game was that he only got 1 turnover for his 11 assists.  That’s some Jose Calderon/Chris Paul play-making there. Lance Stephenson went off the Brooklyn Nets, posting 23 points and nearly posting another triple-double as the Pacers handed the Nets another loss.  The Boston Celtics overcame a 32-point performance from Kyrie Irving as the Celtics downed the Cavaliers by 3 points.  Portland hosted the Heat who were without LeBron James, but still managed to beat the Trailblazers behind a 37-point performance by Chris Bosh.  Mario Chalmers was flirting with a triple-double.  And the Utah Jazz went to the Staples Center so rookie point guard Trek Bruke could get a lesson from Chris Paul.  Blake Griffin led all scorers with 40 points and Chris Paul narrowly missed a triple-double as the Clippers beat the Jazz. 

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both played like MVPs last night.

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both played like MVPs last night.

My pick for Line of the night has to go to Al Jefferson.  Love likely would have got this on most any other night, and Griffin’s high-octane scoring performance would have done the same, especially a 40/10 game, but a 20/20 game just doesn’t come along too often.  That said, Dwight’s 10/12 from the field was pretty amazing as well, as was Chris Paul near triple-double.  So many great options tonight. 

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Top Performances:

Chris Bosh had an MVP caliber game last night.

Chris Bosh had an MVP caliber game last night.

Chris Paul: 21 points (8/16), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals

Blake Griffin: 40 points (13/20), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Chris Bosh: 37 points (15/26), 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Lance Stephenson: 27 points (7/11), 9 rebounds, 7 assists,

Kyle Lowry: 32 points (10/17), 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Paul Millsap: 33 points (10/18), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Al Jefferson: 24 points (10/18), 23 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Dwight Howard: 24 points (10/12), 18 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 9 turnovers

Kevin Love: 33 points (11/17), 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Thaddeus Young: 30 points (10/18), 10 rebounds, 4 steals

Michael Carter-Williams: 27 points (12/28), 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

Miles Plumlee: 22 points (10/14), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist, 1 steal

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