Line of the Night: 2.24.14

Carmelo Anthony received his Eastern Conference Player of the Month award, and then scored 44 points in a loss to Dallas.

Carmelo Anthony received his Eastern Conference Player of the Month award, and then scored 44 points in a loss to Dallas.

One night after Kevin Durant posted his 9th 40+ point game of the season, Carmelo Anthony was sure not to be outdone, going off for 44 points as the Knicks played host to the Dallas Mavericks.  This is the second 44 point Anthony had against Dallas this season, and the outcomes of both games was the same: Dallas won despite the scoring burst.  Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Vince Carter all scored 20 or more points for the Mavericks, while Dirk Nowitzki hit an ugly last-second shot to secure the win.  Andre Drummond saw limited minutes due to early foul trouble, and the Warriors took full advantage, beating the Pistons: 104-96.  Stephen Curry had a near triple-double in the win.  The Clippers ran up the scoreboard on the Pelicans, beating, with both teams scoring 110 or more point in regulation.  Anthony Davis posted a game-high 26 points, but the Clippers put out an excellent team effort to earn the win.  The two worst teams in the east went head-to-head in Philadelphia with the Bucks coming out on top of the 76ers.  Milwaukee posted 130 points in regulation, to Philadelphia’s 110 and got a big spark from O.J. Mayo off the bench.  Thaddeus Young posted game-highs in points, assists and steals.  And finally, the Utah Jazz managed to top the Boston Celtics

Thaddeus Young grabbed an evening-high six steals in a loss to the Bucks.

Thaddeus Young grabbed an evening-high six steals in a loss to the Bucks.

With only a few games and not amazing all-around performances, Carmelo Anthony is an easy choice.  Jose Calderon, Kely Olynyk and DeAndre Jordan all had high percentages, but not shot a high volume.  Thaddeus Young and Jordan both put up solid defensive stats, but neither scored anywhere near as much as Anthony, who bested Young by 18 points.  That said, Young’s game was certainly not worthy, as was Anthony Davis’s, but Melo takes this one. 

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Top Performances:

Chris Paul posted an evening-high 13 assists to help lift the Clippers past the Pelicans.

Chris Paul posted an evening-high 13 assists to help lift the Clippers past the Pelicans.

Jose Calderon: 20 points (6/9), 6 assists, 3 rebounds

Stephen Curry: 19 points (6/15), 9 assists, 8 rebounds

Chris Paul: 19 points (6/10), 13 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steal

Kelly Olynyk: 21 points (8/13), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Anthony Davis: 26 points (7/16), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 bocks

Thaddeus Young: 28 points (11/19), 7 assists, 6 steals, 5 rebounds

Carmelo Anthony: 44 points (14/29), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

Josh Smith: 18 points (9/24) 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

DeAndre Jordan: 14 points (7/10), 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

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