Line of the Night: 2.18.14

Blake Griffin gets past Tim Duncan here, but it was the Spurs who earned the win.

Blake Griffin gets past Tim Duncan here, but it was the Spurs who earned the win.

The Miami Heat took a trip out to Texas to visit the Dallas Mavericks.  LeBron James went off with an MVP performance that saw him post an evening-high 42 points, leading the Heat to a win.  The Spurs went out to Hollywood to visit the Clippers.  Tim Duncan was 3 assists, shy of a triple-double, while Blake Griffin managed an All-Star performance by scoring a game-high 35 points, while DeAndre Jordan hauled in a game-high 18 rebounds.  Despite a stellar performance from Griffin and Jordan, the Spurs came out on top, in part due to the spark provided by Patrick Mills who came off the bench to score 25 points.  The Detroit Pistons, got an amazing 22-rebound performance from Andre Drummond, which was good enough for an evening-high, and each member of Detroit’s starting frontcourt recordd double-doubles, but the Pistons failed to capitalize on this performance as the Charlotte Bobcats managed to secure the win behind another 30/10 performance from Al Jefferson.  Jefferson was also 3 assists shy of a triple-double for the game.  The Suns and Nuggets went into double overtime and Gerald Green responded by scoring a career-high 36 points to lead the Suns to the win.  Goran Dragic posted an evening-high 14 assists in the win.  Paul George scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Pacers past the Hawks, who continue to struggle without Al Horford.  Carmelo Anthony posted a 20/10 game for the Knicks and Tim Hardaway Jr. posted a game-high 23 points off the bench, but it was the Grizzlies who came away with the win.  The Cellar-Dweller Championship was held in Milwaukee last night as the Magic faced the Bucks.  The home team came away with the win.  Kyrie Irving had his first game since winning the All-Star Game MVP award as the Cavs visited the 76ers, but it was double-doubles from Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett that secured the win for the Cavs.  This marked Bennett’s second double-double of the season after a slow start.  And finally, the Raptors visited the capital and handed the Wizards loss, further securing their playoff position.  Kyle Lowry posted a 20/10 game in the win, and recently crowned Slam-Dunk champ John Wall posted a team-high 22 points.

Al Jefferson continues to demonstrate that he deserved a spot on the All-Star team.

Al Jefferson continues to demonstrate that he deserved a spot on the All-Star team.

Gerald Green deserves kudos for his career-high, but his all-around game wasn’t strong enough to put him in contention for Line of the Night.  Al Jefferson proved he deserved a spot on the All-Star team with another 30/10 performance, while Blake Griffin managed to outdo him by 3 points, and Andre Drummond’s 22-rebound performance was amazing, but the clear cut choice for Line of the Night is LeBron James.  Scoring 42 points on only 23 shot is impressive, especially when it comes with 9 boards and 6 assists. 

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LeBron James, breaking the Dallas defense on his was to an evening-high 42 points.

LeBron James, breaking the Dallas defense on his was to an evening-high 42 points.

Top Performances:

Gerald Green: 36 points (11/22), 5 rebounds

Kyle Lowry: 24 points (8/19), 10 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Goran Dragic: 21 points (6/15), 14 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Al Jefferson: 32 points (15/28), 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal

Blake Griffin: 35 points (14/24), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

LeBron James: 42 points (16/23), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Andre Drummond: 16 points (8/15), 22 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

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