Line of the Night: 2.10.14

Maurice Speights had a career night for the Warriors, earning Line of the Night honours.

Maurice Speights had a career night for the Warriors, earning Line of the Night honours.

After losing an important game to the Denver Nuggets, the Golden State Warriors responded with a thrashing of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeating them by 43 points!  Mark Jackson brought the bench in early to finish up the game, that didn’t stop Andrew Bogut and David Lee from posting double-doubles.  Maurice Speights posted a career-high 32 points.  The Detroit Pistons defeated the Spurs to win their third straight game and first game under interim head-coach John Loyer.  Greg Popovich, who usually pulls his starters out only when the Spurs have a comfortable lead, pulled them out early with the game in reach.  The Pacers topped the Nuggets as they became the first team in the east to win 40 games.  Roy Hibbert had a solid all-around game, and David West scored a game-high 25 points.  Jeff Green scored a game-high 29 points and Kelly Olynyk posted a double-double off the bench as the Boston Celtics topped the Milwaukee Bucks.  Kevin Love posted another 30/10 game, but the Timberwolves were unable to capitalize on his performances as the Rockets earned a road win and handed the T-Wolves their 4th straight loss.  Dwight Howard posted a double-double for the Rockets with an evening-high 15 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks.  And finally, Tyreke Evans came off the bench to record a 20/10 game, but the Raptors weather the performances and topped the Pelicans: 108-101. Kyle Lowry had a double-double for the Raptors.

Tyreke Evans gave the Pelicans a much needed lift off the bench.

Tyreke Evans gave the Pelicans a much needed lift off the bench.

Some solid performances, but no clear-cut choices.  Two of the best performances of the night came from guys coming off the bench: Speights and Evans.  Evans worked the ball and got his fair share of rebounds to do along with 23 points and 3 steals.  Looking strictly at the productivity, I’m inclined to pick Lowry, considering that he posted more assists and rebounds than Evans, but he also played nearly 6 more minutes.  Speights, though, who led all players in points, player almost 4 fewer minutes than Evans and didn’t even crack 29 minutes of playing time.  It is a close one, but I’m going with Maurice Speights on this one. Kevin Love is the only player with a 30/10 game last night, and so deserves consideration, but his FG% was simply too low when compared to Speights, Evans and Lowry.

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Top Performances:

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to their 27th win of the season.

Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to their 27th win of the season.

Kevin Love:  31 points (9/23), 10 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal

Kyle Lowry: 19 points (9/13), 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

Stephen Curry: 23 points (7/11), 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Tyreke Evans: 23 points (10/14), 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Maurice Speights: 32 points (12/15), 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist

Jeff Green: 29 points (11/22), 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebounds, 1 block

Roy Hibbert: 14 points (6/12), 12 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

Dwight Howard: 18 points (7/13), 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

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