Line of the Night: 2.13.14

Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson celebrate during a win against the Nets.

Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson celebrate during a win against the Nets.

It was the final game before the All-Star break, but Kevin Durant decided to put on a show for the fans before the festivities started.  The Oklahoma City Thunder visited Los Angeles, and Durant must have thought that since Lakers’ fans have been unable to watch a league-leading scorer drop 40+ points, he’d feel the void, and so he did scoring an evening-high 43 points (more than double the next highest scorer for the evening), and also pulled down 12 rebounds while handing out 7 assists.  It was Durant’s 8th 40+ point game of the season, a total that matches the number of 40+ points games posted by last season’s leader scorer Carmelo Anthony, but a total that comes with two months left in the season.  It was the seventh-straight home loss for the Lakers: a franchise worst.  Hey, Jim Bus, great call on bringing ‘Antoni in!  Serge Ibaka posted an evening-high 5 blocks while Kendall Marshall continues to display shades of Stockton as he posted an evening-high 17 assists in the loss.  In the only other game of the evening, the Chicago Bulls hosted the Brooklyn Net.  Carlos Boozer returned to the line-up, and both he and Joakim Noah posted double-doubles for the Bulls as they defeated the Nets.  The Bulls defence seemed to be the deciding factor in the game as the Nets shot a measly .388 from the floor.  Boozer and Paul Pierce both scored 15 points, which was good for a game-high in this match up, and Joakim Noah posted game-highs in rebounds, blocks and assists. 

Kendal Marshall continues to hand out assists like he was John Stockton, posting 17 assists against the Thunder last night.

Kendal Marshall continues to hand out assists like he was John Stockton, posting 17 assists against the Thunder last night.

There were a couple of solid all-around games, namely from Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler. Likewise, Kendall Marshall continues to put up assist numbers that astound, even if he is still working out the finer parts of his game and adapting to the NBA.  Kevin Durant, though, is obvious and only choice for Line of the Night.  Not only did he more than double the next highest scorer, only one player posted more rebounds than him, and only one player posted more assists than him.  To go along with those impressive numbers, Durant also added 3 steals.

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Kevin Durant earned Line of the Night with his 8th 40+ point game of the season.

Kevin Durant earned Line of the Night with his 8th 40+ point game of the season.

Top Performances:

Kevin Durant: 43 points (14/33), 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Serge Ibaka: 10 points (4/9), 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists

Kendall Marshall: 14 points (6/13), 17 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Chris Kaman: 19 points (7/13), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block

Joakim Noah: 14 points (6/10), 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks

Jimmy Butler: 14 points (6/8), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks

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