Line of the Night: 2.3.14

Kevin Durant posted a near triple-double with 31 points.

Kevin Durant posted a near triple-double with 31 points.

The Mavs and the Cavs met up in Dallas, and though Kyrie Irving posted a game-high 27 points, the Mavs ran away with the game: 124-107.  The Nets snapped their three game losing streak and handed the 76ers their third straight loss in the process.  Paul Pierce posted a game-high 25 points.  The Clippers got a 30/10 game out of Blake Griffin (Griffin’s 36 points was the evening-high) and DeAndre Jordan was one point shy of a 20/10 game, but strong frontcourt play was not enough as the Clippers fell to the Nuggets by the narrowest of margins: 115-116.  Kenneth Faried scored a team-high 28 points.    

Carmelo Anthony scored an evening-high 36 points, but the Knicks lost to the Bucks.

Carmelo Anthony scored an evening-high 36 points, but the Knicks lost to the Bucks.

The Orlando Magic didn’t put up much of a fight against the Pacers, who brought their bench out early to mop up the mess.  Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe both posted double-doubles, and Brandon Jennings had a solid all-around game, but the Pistons failed to top the Heat.  Dwyane Wade posted a game-high 30 points, his highest total of the season, and LeBron James was 2 rebounds shy of a triple-double.  In Milwaukee, Carmelo Anthony match Blake Griffin’s evening-high 36 points, and JR Smith chipped in 30 points off the bench, but no other Knick broke double figures and the Knicks fell to the Bucks. Tony Parker posted game-highs with 32 points and 9 assists to lead the Spurs past the Pelicans.  Anthony Davis hauled in an evening-high 16 boards and Tim Duncan led all players with 6 blocks.  Kevin Durant posted a game-high 31 points to lead the Thunder past the Grizzlies and almost recorded a triple-double as well.  DeMarcus Cousins was back in action last night and led the Kings past the Bulls with a 25/15 game, and led his team in points, rebounds and assists.  Kyle Lowry had a woeful shooting night, going 1/8 from the field, but the Raptors were still able to top the Jazz behind a game-high 23 points from DeMar DeRozen.  And finally, the Trailblazers got All-Star performances from its All-Star representatives, but it was not enough to beat a hungry Wizards team who finally put themselves over .500 for the first time since 2009. 

Blake Griffin matched Melo's evening-high, but earned Line of the Night honours due to his rebounding numbers.

Blake Griffin matched Melo’s evening-high, but earned Line of the Night honours due to his rebounding numbers.

A lot of good performances last night.  Six players scored 30 or more points.  Of those, Kevin Durant as closest to a triple-double with 8 boards and 8 assists, but Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin were the only players to reach double figures in another category.  Griffin, though his team lost, scored the most points and managed to get to the line more than Wade, who shot a slightly higher percentage.  Between the three players, their assists+rebound totals are virtually identical, and their defensive stats are too close to be much of a difference maker.  It’s a close call, but I think I’ll give the edge to Griffin considering his ability to get to the line and the fact that he scored more than the other two while also grabbing more rebounds. 

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Top Performances:

Dwyane Wade was one of only 2 players to post a 30/10 game last night, leading the Heat past the Pistons.

Dwyane Wade was one of only 2 players to post a 30/10 game last night, leading the Heat past the Pistons.

JR Smiths: 30 points (9/17), 7 rebounds, 3 assists

Damian Lillard: 25 points (8/19), 8 assists, 6 rebounds

Carmelo Anthony: 36 points (13/25), 5 rebounds, 3 assists

Dwyane Wade: 30 points (13/19), 10 rebounds, 5 assists

Kyrie Irving: 27 points (8/18), 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 36 points (13/21), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Ty Lawson: 27 points (10/19), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Tony Parker: 32 points (12/23), 9 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks

Anthony Davis: 17 points (6/21), 16 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 assist

Serge Ibaka: 21 points (10/17), 12 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

LaMarcus Aldridge: 20 points (10/18), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block

DeMarcus Cousins: 25 points (8/15), 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 31 points (11/21), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Tim Duncan: 21 points (10/20), 7 rebounds, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

John Wall: 22 points (7/15), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks

LeBron James: 24 points (9/19), 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Brandon Jennings: 26 points (7/15), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Kenneth Faried: 28 points (11/13), 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

DeAndre Jordan: 19 points (7/10), 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

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