Line of the Night: 2.1.14

Kevin Love stuffed the stat sheets last night with 43 points and 19 rebounds.

Kevin Love stuffed the stat sheets last night with 43 points and 19 rebounds.

The Charlotte Bobcats, one game removed from tying last season’s win total, fell to the Phoenix Suns, who were led by Goran Dragic’s game-high 25 points.  The Miami Heat squared off against the New York Knicks.  All-Star reserve Chris Bosh posted 4 points after going 2/11 from the field, scoring literally 1/10 of the points Al Jefferson posted the night before.  LeBron James, though, was able to life the Heat past Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks with a stellar all-around game that included a game-high 30 points.  The Sacramento Kings got another All-Star performance out of Rudy Gay, but Tim Duncan’s 20/15 game eclipsed Gay’s stellar play as the Spurs topped the Kings. Joakim Noah pulled down a game-high 16 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Bulls to beat the Pelicans.  Anthony Davis post 6 blocks in the win.  The Memphis Grizzlies had their way with the Milwaukee Bucks thanks in part to a 20/10 game from Zach Randolph. James Harden returned to the line-up for the Rockets and led them to a win over the Cavs.  Jeremy Lin came off the bench to post a triple-double for the Rockets.  The Detroit Pistons got 20 or more points from 4 players as they earned a win over the 76ers.  Kevin Love was a rebound short of a 40/20 game, as he led all players in rebounds and points, but the T-Wolves were still unable to beat the Hawks and fell a game below .500 again.  In his first game of

Jeremy Lin posted a triple-double off the bench.

Jeremy Lin posted a triple-double off the bench.

February, Kevin Durant looked almost human as the Thunder fell to the Wizards and Durant shot a meager 8/21 from the field.  John Wall led all play-makers with 15 assists.  One game removed from setting an NBA record low for rebounds in a game with 17 boards, the Nets improved to 27, which is still an embarrassing number.  The Pacers, though they beat the Nets on the boards (46-27), only won the game by a single point.  DeMar DeRozen posted a 30/10 for the Raptors to celebrate his first All-Star bid, but it was not enough to lead the Raptors past the Trailblazers who had two All-Star reserves to trump Toronto’s.  LaMarcus Aldridge posted a 25/15 game for Portland.  And finally, the Clippers topped the Jazz.  Blake Griffin scored a game-high 25 points and DeAndre Jordan pulled in 14 rebounds.

Andre Drummond (left) and Greg Monroe (right) both dropped 20/10 games for Detroit, shooting a combined 18/21 from the field.

Andre Drummond (left) and Greg Monroe (right) both dropped 20/10 games for Detroit, shooting a combined 18/21 from the field.

Some solid performances last night, and many of them came in a loss.  DeRozen’s 30/10 game was impressive, but the Raptors lost.  Rudy Gay’s all-around game was solid, but not enough to get the Kings past the Spurs, and Kevin Love’s game, which was easily the best of the night, came as the T-Wovles fell to the Hawks. It must be frustrating for these players to put up games like this and then lose.  Kevin Love is the easy choice for Line of the Night as he led all players in points and rebounds and posted a solid FG percentages, but honourable mention goes out to Detroit’s big men, Mr. Drummond and Moose, Tim Duncan, who was three rebounds shy of breaking his own record for the oldest player to record a 20/20 game, and Jeremy Lin who posted a triple-double off the bench. 

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Top Performances:

Blake Griffin and the Clippers continue to find ways to win without All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

Blake Griffin and the Clippers continue to find ways to win without All-Star point guard Chris Paul.

Blake Griffin: 25 points (9/19), 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Kyle Lowry: 23 points (7/15), 8 assists, 5 rebounds 2 steals

DeMar DeRozen: 36 points (14/29), 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block

John Wall: 17 points (7/18), 15 assists, 6 steals, 5 rebounds

Zach Randolph: 23 points (8/19), 10 rebounds, 3 assists

Rudy Gay: 23 points (9/18), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals

Tony Parker: 18 points (8/19), 10 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Kevin Love: 43 points (12/22), 19 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal

Tim Duncan: 23 points (8/13), 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks

LeBron James: 30 points (13/22), 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals

Greg Monroe: 21 points (8/10), 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists

Enes Kanter: 23 points (10/19), 14 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal

LaMarcus Aldridge: 27 points (8/22), 15 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Joakim Noah: 14 points (5/9), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Paul Millsap: 20 points (9/18), 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

Jeremy Lin: 15 points (6/12), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Andre Drummond: 22 points (10/11), 14 rebounds, 5 blocks, 1 assist

Anthony Davis: 24 points (10/14), 8 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 steals, 3 assists

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