Line of the Night: 2.21.14

Carmelo Anthony earned Line of the night with an evening-high 44 points.

Carmelo Anthony earned Line of the night with an evening-high 44 points.

The New York Knicks and Orlando Magic went into double overtime, which allowed Carmelo Anthony to take almost as many shots as he would like to take every game, which earned him 44 points on an impressive 16/28 shooting.  The total, though, was not enough to earn the Knicks the win as they ultimately fell in the second overtime.  The Magic got 30+ points from snubbed All-Star contender Aaron Afflalo and rookie sensation Victor Oldadipo, who was 1 rebound shy of a triple-double.  Al Jefferson posted another 30/10 game as he lead the Bobcats to a win over the Pelicans, putting them within 4 wins of .500 and helping them to solidify their playoff position.  The Dallas Mavericks visited the Philadelphia 76ers and saw Thaddeus Young put together a stellar performance that was highlighted by an evening-high 7 steals, but the Mavs weathered the performance and came away with a win.  Luol Deng gave the Cavaliers a 20/10 game, but they were unable to capitalize on his performance as the Raptors put together a solid team effort to earn a win. 

Greg Monroe was one of four Piston starters to post double-doubles en route to a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Greg Monroe was one of four Piston starters to post double-doubles en route to a win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Detroit Pistons played host to the Atlanta Hawks and put on a clinic for the home crowd as 4 starters managed to post double-doubles in a Detroit win, demonstrating what the team is capable of when its most talented players are performing at their full potential.  Greg Monroe led the team in points, rebounds and blocks.  The Bulls brought the bench in early to mop up the Nuggets.  D.J. Augustin came off the bench to provide the winning team with a team-high 22 points and 8 assists.  The Clippers fell to the Girzzlies as Chris Paul continues to be a little sluggish since his return from injury.  Paul still has amazing assist numbers, and Blake Griffin looked like an MVP, but ti was not enough to get past a balance attack from the Grizzlies.  The Suns went against the Spurs and took full advantage of the fact that Tony Parker is out of the line-up, putting together a strong team effort and earning a win over the defending conference champs.  The Trailblazers were without MVP candidate LaMarcus Aldridge, but were still able to earn a win over the Jazz, despite a 25/10 performance from Enes Kanter.  Robin Lopez pulled in 18 boards and Damian Lillard scored a game-high 28 points.  The final game was a classic rivalry, but there was now match-up between Wilt and Russell, or Bird and Magic.  Instead it was Rajon Rondo leading the charge against breakthrough star Kendall Marshall and a depleted Lakers rosters.  Both teams relied on a balanced team effort, but it was the Lakers that came away with the win.   

Blake Griffin had another MVP night, but the Clippers ultimately fell to the Grizzlies.

Blake Griffin had another MVP night, but the Clippers ultimately fell to the Grizzlies.

Greg Monroe had an All-Star night, as did Victor Oladipo, but the clear choice for Line of the Night is Carmelo Anthony.  The fact that Anthony played 50 minutes in a double overtime game does not dilute his accomplishments in the least.  It is his FG%, not simply his point total, that makes him deserving of Line of the night.  To go 16/28 is impressive, but to maintain a FG% over .500 when you are playing 50 minutes in a game?  It would have been nice to see him contribute the kind of defensive stats that Greg Monroe posted, but a 40 point game coupled with double-digit rebounding is impressive regardless of how many minutes one plays.  Honourable mention goes out to a few players who didn’t make my ‘Top Performances’ list: Andre Drummond, Dirk Nowitzki and Markieff Morris all posted amazing percentages, and Shawn Marion wasn’t far behind them. 

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Top Performances:

Victor Oladipo demonstrated the kind of potential he has with an All-Star performance last  night.

Victor Oladipo demonstrated the kind of potential he has with an All-Star performance last night.

Arron Afflalo: 32 points (11/18), 3 rebounds, 3 assists

Chris Paul: 18 points (4/13), 14 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Al Jefferson: 33 points (14/30), 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks

Blake Griffin: 28 points (10/21), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Victor Oladipo: 30 points (11/23), 14 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals

Carmelo Anthony: 44 points (16/28), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Thaddeus Young: 30 points (12/29), 13 rebounds, 7 steals, 6 assists

Robin Lopez: 12 points (4/8), 18 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Marc Gasol: 17 points (7/16), 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists, 1 steal

Greg Monroe: 22 points (10/17), 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

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