Line of the Night: 2.12.14

Blake Griffin scores 2 of his evening-high 36 points via a photogenic dunk.

Blake Griffin scores 2 of his evening-high 36 points via a photogenic dunk.

Alec Burk came off the bench to score a game-high 26 points for the Jazz, who managed to defeat the 76ers despite a solid all-around game from Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams.  The Timberwolves won an important game against the Nuggets behind a 30/10 game from Kevin Love that was two assists shy of a triple-double, and an amazing defensive effort from Ricky Rubio who was 3 steals shy of earing a triple-double the hard way.  The Pelicans managed to earn a win over the Bucks with a balanced effort.  The Washington Wizards got a 30/10 game from Trevor Ariza, but the Houston Rockets came away with the win by the narrowest of margins with big games from James Harden, Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons.  Amare Stoudemire was looking like he did in his Phoenix days, scoring 20 points off the bench and grabbing 8 boards, while Carmelo Anthony posted an evening-high 36 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.  The

Carmelo Anthony scored an evening-high 36 points last night.

Carmelo Anthony scored an evening-high 36 points last night.

Knicks, though, were unable to capitalize as the Kings came away with the win.  Jimmer Ferdette score a career-high 24 points.  Andre Drummond and Josh Smith both provided the Pistons with double-doubles, but the lowly Cavs came away with the win behind a big night from Triston Thompson.  The Nets got a game-high 25 points from Paul Pierce as they topped the Bobcats.  Marco Belielli was 2 assists shy of a triple-double as the Spurs put away the Celtics.  The Hawks continue to struggle to find a way to win as they drop a game to the Raptors.  DeMar DeRozen scored a game-high 31 points. The Grizzlies earned their 29th win of the season at the expense of the Orlando Magic.  The Dallas Mavericks took advantage of a poor shooting night for the Pacers, as they handed Indiana their 12th loss of the season behind a strong game from Monta Ellis.  Portland dropped another important game, this time to the Clippers.  Blake Griffin tied the evening-high with 36 points and Chris Paul posted 20/10 game. And finally, LeBron James was not to be outdone and posted 36 points himself, to tie Anthony and Griffin for the evening high as he led the Heat to a win over the Warriors by the narrowest of margin.  The Warriors were a single field goal away from winning the game and got strong performances from David Lee and Stephen Curry, but it was not enough to trump an MVP performance from LeBron James. 

LeBron James replicates the Jerry West silhouette as he drives to the basket, on his way to another MVP performance.

LeBron James replicates the Jerry West silhouette as he drives to the basket, on his way to another MVP performance.

There were a number of stellar performances last night and several players played at an MVP level.  The Clippers got MVP games from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, while the Knicks saw Carmelo Anthony play at an equally high level.  Likewise, the Timberwolves got another monster performances from Kevin Love seems to be putting up 30/10 games almost every night.  It seems that LeBron James has a clear edge over each of these players.  Not only did he score an evening-high 36 points, but he out rebounded all of the players who scored 30 or more points, and posted more assists than any of the players who scored 30 or more, coming up 1 assists shy of a triple-double.  On top of that, his last three points came in the form of a last second shot that secured the win for Miami who only won by a single pointGriffin did score as any points with fewer shots and a higher FG%, but James had 9 assists to Girffin’s 1 (which is out of character for Griffin).  An honourable mention goes out to Ricky Rubio who posted an amazing 7 steals to lead all players.

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Top Performances:

Ricky Rubio pilfered 7 steals last night!

Ricky Rubio pilfered 7 steals last night!

Blake Griffin: 36 points (13/21), 10 rebounds, 1 assist

Marco Belinelli: 16 points (6/12), 11 rebounds, 8 assists

John Wall: 19 points (6/19), 14 assists, 3 steals, 1 rebound

Ricky Rubio: 11 points (4/6), 12 assists, 7 steals, 1 rebound

Triston Thompson: 25 points (12/16), 15 rebounds, 1 assist

David Lee: 21 points (8/15), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Carmelo Anthony: 36 points (12/28), 11 rebounds, 2 assists

Chris Paul: 20 points (10/15), 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Kevin Love: 32 points (11/20), 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block

Stephen Curry: 29 points (8/14), 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

James Harden: 35 points (8/14), 6 rebounds, 6 assists1 steal

LeBron James: 36 points (14/26), 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals

DeMar DeRozen: 31 points (11/19), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Chandler Parsons: 18 points (7/15), 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Andre Drummond: 16 points (7/13), 17 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist

Monta Ellis: 23 points (7/18), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Trevor Ariza: 32 points (11/20), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Dwight Howard: 24 points (7/9), 16 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist

Michael Carter-Williams: 19 points (6/13), 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals

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