Line of the Night: 2.11.14

Joakim Noah earned Line of the Night with a triple-double that took the Bulls past the Hawks.

Joakim Noah earned Line of the Night with a triple-double that took the Bulls past the Hawks.

The Phoenix Suns hosted the Miami Heat in a game that saw LeBron James score an evening-high 37 points while leading his team to a win. The Thunder went into Portland in a game that carries a huge impact on the standings and playoff positioning.  The Thunder came away with the win, extending the Thunder’s lead to 5 games over the Trailblazers, who have the next best record in the West.  Kevin Durnat posted another 30/10 game, the only one of the evening.  Robin Lopez pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds in the loss.  Bradley Beal tied LeBron James’s evening-high with a career-high 37 points as he had a career night and helped lead the Wizards past the Grizzlies.  The Lakers had to start two point guards and two small forward due to a personal shortage, and the Utah Jazz were more than happy to take full advantage if the mismatches as they cruised to a win over the Lakers.  Chris Kaman had his best game of the season and showed what he is still capable of if given the minutes, scoring 25 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.  Anthony Bennett finally started to look like a number one pick, post a near 20/10 game off the bench for the Cavs and helping to lead them to a win over the Kings.  The Atlanta Hawks were overwhelmed by the Bulls starting front court as Taj Gibson posted a 20/10 game and Joakim Noah posted a triple-double to lead the Bulls to a convincing win.  And the visiting Mavericks were handed a loss in Charlotte by the Bobcats who continue to get All-Star numbers from Al Jefferson, despite the fact he was snubbed for a spot on the All-Star team.    

LeBron James scored an evening-high 37 points to lead the Heat past the Suns.

LeBron James scored an evening-high 37 points to lead the Heat past the Suns.

With Durant posted the only 30/10 game of the evening, and LeBron posting a near 30/10 game with 5 steals, there are several legitimate picks for Line of the Night.  I’m going with Joakim Noah, and not just because he posted a triple-double.  His rebounding and assist numbers were at an elite level last night, and his scoring was at an All-Star level, scoring a respectable 19 points on a very high FG%.  Coupled with that, he also threw in three blocks.  That said, I wouldn’t argue with anybody who picked James or Durant.  And an honourable mention goes out to Chris Kaman who had an excellent all-around game.

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Kevin Durant led the Thunder past the Trailblazers with the only 30/10 game of the evening.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder past the Trailblazers with the only 30/10 game of the evening.

Top Performances: 

Bradley Beal: 37 points (15/24), 5 rebounds, 2 assists

Taj Gibson: 24 points (12/19), 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block

Al Jefferson: 30 points (14/23), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks

Kevin Durant: 36 points (15/28), 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

LeBron James: 37 points (12/22), 9 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 assists

Joakim Noah: 19 points (9/15), 16 rebounds, 11 assists, 3 blocks

Chris Kaman: 25 points (11/24), 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

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