Line of the Night: 2.28.14

Magic Dragic gets by Anthony Davis on his way to a career-high 40 points.  Both players had stellar games.

Magic Dragic gets by Anthony Davis on his way to a career-high 40 points. Both players had stellar games.

Anthony Davis had an amazing night, scoring 32 points on only 18 shots, but Goran Dragic managed to trump that performance with a career-high 40 points to lead all players in scoring as the Suns beat the Pelicans, capping off what is likely the best month of Dragic’s career.  Kevin Durant also had a stellar night, posted a game-high 37 points to lead the Thunder past the Grizzlies.  The Spurs, still without All-Star point guard Tony Parker, managed to put together a solid team effort to top the Bobcats.  Stephen Curry went to Madison Square Garden and a triple-double on the Knicks, leading the Warriors to a relatively easy win.  Carmelo Anthony led his team in points and rebounds in the loss.  Derrick Williams had a career night, and Rudy Gay posted a game-high 32 points, but the absence of DeMarcus Cousins, who was serving a suspension, was too big a hit on the Kings as the Lakers managed a win, led by Jordan Farmar, who came off the bench to score 30 points and was 8/10 from beyond the arc.  The Bulls likewise relied on a bench player to lead them to a win, getting game-highs in rebounds and points from Taj Gibson as they beat the Dallas Mavericks.  And finally, the Jazz got another solid all-around performance from Gordon Hayward, but Kyrie Irving, not to be outdone by Stephen Curry, posted his own triple-double, the first of his career, leading the Cavs past the Jazz.  Spencer Hawes and Triston Thompson both posted double-doubles for the Cavs. 

Stephen Curry splits the defense on his way to a triple-double.

Stephen Curry splits the defense on his way to a triple-double.

With some stellar performances last night, this one is a tough call.  Dragic’s career-high led all scorers, but his all-around game was a little lacking.  Durant was the second leading scorer and had a solid all-around game, but not nearly as good an all-around game as Hawes, Hayward and Davis, who all posted solid defensive stats and did well on the boards.  Coupled with that, two players posted triple-doubles: Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry.  Curry’s FG% was a little lower, but he also got to the line more and got his triple-double in only 30 minutes of playing time.  For that reason, I’m leaning heavily toward Curry.  But that said, Anthony Davis has a solid argument in his favour considering his high FG% and defensive stats.  Still, Curry is my pick for Line of the Night.

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Kyrie Irving going up against Utah's defense on his way to his first career triple-double.

Kyrie Irving going up against Utah’s defense on his way to his first career triple-double.

Top Performances:

Jordan Farmar: 30 points (9/14), 7 assists, 1 steal

Goran Dragic: 40 point (14/21), 5 assists, 3 rebounds

Taj Gibson: 20 points (7/15), 15 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal

Kyrie Irving: 21 points (7/16), 12 assists, 10 rebounds, 1 block

Stephen Curry: 27 points (9/19), 11 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 block

Carmelo Anthony: 23 points (7/26), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Derrick Williams: 26 points (10/20), 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Rudy Gay: 32 points (11/22), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 37 points (12/24), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 32 points (14/18), 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

Spencer Hawes: 13 points (6/12), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Gordon Hayward: 18 points (7/13), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals

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