Line of the Night: 2.20.14

The two best players in the world went head-to-head last night.

The two best players in the world went head-to-head last night.

One might assume that after having played a game in Los Angeles last night, and having to take a trip to San Francisco the next day, that James Harden and Dwight Howard might be exhausted.  Harden, though, led all scorers with 39 points, and Dwight Howard led all rebounders with 21 boards.  It was not enough, however, as the Golden State Warriors managed to pull off a narrow victory to end the league’s longest current winning-streak at eight games.  Kenneth Faried had an efficient night from the floor as he went 11/15 to help lead the Nuggets past the Bucks.  And in the main event, the two best players on the planet went head-to-head as the Miami Heat visited the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Though Kevin Durant and LeBron James had excellent numbers, it was Dwyane Wade’s near triple-double, coupled with an efficient night from Chris Bosh that helped propel the Heat to the win.  Russell Westbrook returned from injury in the game, but was a little sluggish.

James Harden's beard scored an evening-high 39 points last night.

James Harden’s beard scored an evening-high 39 points last night.

Some solid lines from last night’s games, despite the fact that there was only three of them.  Dwight evening-high in rebounds and blocks secures his place in the conversation for Line of the Night, but his meager offensive output makes it hard to make a case for him.  Dwyane Wade’s near triple-double and insanely efficient shooting makes him a tempting choice, and Chris Bosh’s efficiency makes him an equally appealing choice as he not only went 6/9 from the field, but manage to draw enough fouls to get 24 points out of those 9 field-goal attempts.  And of course LeBron James and Kevin Durant had stellar nights.  My choice for Line of the Night though is James Harden.  Harden outscored the next closest player by 6 points, and outscored Wade and Bosh by 15.  I’m tempted to give this to Wade, but Harden’s scoring total is just too much to ignore.

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Dwyane Wade's near triple-double helped lift the Heat past the Thunder.

Dwyane Wade’s near triple-double helped lift the Heat past the Thunder.

Top Performances:

David Lee: 28 points (11/22), 14 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Stephen Curry: 25 points (8/15), 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 rebounds

James Harden: 39 points (14/27), 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Kennet Faried: 26 points (11/15), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Kevin Durant: 28 points (10/22), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

LeBron James: 33 points (15/22), 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists

Dwyane Wade: 24 points (11/17), 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals

Dwight Howard: 11 points (4/13), 21 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists   

Chris Bosh: 24 points (6/9), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

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