Line of the Night: 12.30.13

Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis both posted All-Star numbers in a win over the Trailblazers.

Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis both posted All-Star numbers in a win over the Trailblazers.

The Bobcats and Jazz squared off in Utah with the Jazz coming out on top.  Al Jefferson had another solid all-around game for the Bobcats in the loss.  LeBron James returned to the line-up as the Heat narrowly defeated the Nuggets: 97-94.  LeBron James and Ty Lawson scored a game-high 26 points.  LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard combined for nearly 60 points, but it was not enough as the Trailblazers fell to the Pelicans: 110-108.  Jrue Holiday posted game highs in points (31) and assists (13).  The T-Wolves didn’t manage to stay at .500 for very long as they lost to the Mavericks.  Shaw Marion posted a team-high 32 points for the victors, whilst Kevin Love posted an evening-high 36 points in the loss.  Mike Conley grabbed an evening-high 6 steals and poured in a game-high 26 points and 9 assists, but it was not enough as the Grizzlies fell to the Bulls.  After

Even at 35 years of age, Shawn Marion is still capable of posting All-Star numbers.

Even at 35 years of age, Shawn Marion is still capable of posting All-Star numbers.

bitching that he got bench, Josh Smith went onto to show everybody why he got benched in the first place, shooting an abysmal 6/19 from the floor, which combined with Bandon Jenning’s 5/16, pretty much made it impossible for the Pistons to beat the Wizards, wasting a 20/10 game from Greg Monroe and a 15/15 game from Andre Drummond.  Despite taking more shots than anybody on the Pistons, Smith failed to outscore three of his fellow starters and only score a single point more than the remaining starter, which was, not surprisingly, Jennings.  John Wall chipped in a game-high 29 points for the winning effort that brought Washington to .500.  Trevor Ariza tied Conley’s evening-high 6 steals.  And finally, Goran Dragic made Chris Paul look like a rookie last night, lighting him up for 26 points while holding Paul to 11 as the Sun embarrassed the Clippers 107-88.  DeAndre Jordan grabbed 6 offensive boards, but only managed to score 2 points? 

Mike Conley gave another stellar defensive effort last night.

Mike Conley gave another stellar defensive effort last night.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Jrue Holiday.  Drummond had a great night on the glass, and Love and Marion posted impressive scoring numbers, while Davis, Conley, Ariza and Dragic all more impressive defensive stats, but Holiday’s defensive stats were not too bad, and he posted 31 points, plus 20 rebounds+assists.  And he did it in an upset against the team with the second- best record in the league. 

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Goran Dragic was able to do what few point guards in this league can do: Out perform Chris Paul in a head-to-head match-up.

Goran Dragic was able to do what few point guards in this league can do: Out perform Chris Paul in a head-to-head match-up.

Goran Dragic: 26 points (10/15), 8 assists, 5 steals, 1 rebound

Greg Monroe: 22 points (7/17), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Andre Drummond: 16 points (7/10), 16 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Trevor Ariza: 15 points (5/11), 11 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists

John Wall: 29 points (7/15), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Mike Conley: 26 points (9/19), 9 assists, 6 steals, 6 rebounds

Kevin Love: 36 points (14/24), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Shawn Marion: 32 points (14/19), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 27 points (13/19), 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 1 assist

Jrue Holiday: 31 points (14/28), 13 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

LeBron James: 26 points (8/15), 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 block

Al Jefferson: 18 points (8/23), 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 2 assists

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