Line of the Night: 2.8.14

The Detroit Pistons surprised the Denver Nuggets and earned their second straight win as they ran away with the game.  Brandon Jennings posted an evening-high 35 points in the win (and surprisingly didn’t need to take 43 shots to do it), and Andre Drummond brought down 15 boards, and Josh Smith was 2 assists shy of a triple-double.  The Suns took full advantage of the absence of David Lee and Andrew Bogut and Goran Dragic managed to out-duel Stephen Curry as the Suns topped the Warriors and Dragic scored a career-high 34 points on only 13 field-goal attempts.  The win actually gave the Suns a lead over the Warriors in the standings.  The Miami Heat got embarrassed by the lowly Utah Jazz last night as Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined for a paltry 7/25 from the field (it was like they turned into Brandon Jennings for the night).  LaMarcus Aldridge post a solid all-around game as the Trailblazers beat the shorthanded Timberwolves.  Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 25 points, which is actually a paltry number for a career-high considering he took 6 more shots than Dragic and scored 9 fewer points.  Dwight Howard posted a solid 20/10 game as the Rockets topped the Bucks.  After getting a couple of nights off to rest his weary bones, Tim Duncan returned to the Spurs’ line-up to post a double-double, but it was Patrick Mills who posted a game-high 32 points (his highest total this season) off the bench that spurred the San Antonio past the Charlotte Bobcats.  Al Jefferson was a rebound shy of a 20/10 game and did put up some nice defensive numbers.  And finally, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Atlanta Hawks both failed to break the 80 points mark in a game that the Grizzlies managed to win despite scoring only 79 points (2 more points than they needed to win).  Good defense?  Or terrible offense?  Paul Millsap and Zach Randolph both posted some solid all-around numbers.

Two old-school big men battled in out in the post as Al Jefferson and Tim Duncan battled in the paint.

Two old-school big men battled in out in the post as Al Jefferson and Tim Duncan battled in the paint.

As an old-school Pistons fan, I was happy to see Jennings and Smith do well, despite my criticism of both players.  Both had stellar games, and along with Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge, are deserving of consideration for Line of the Night.  Goran ‘Magic’ Dragic, though, is the clear choice for Line of the Night.  He posted a career high and scored only one less point than Jennings, despite taking 9 fewer shots, not to mention his solid assist numbers and his 2 steals are icing on the cake.  Honourable mention goes to Millsap, Jefferson and Randolph who all had solid defensive numbers last night. 

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Top Performances:

Goran 'Magic' Dragic posted a career-high 34 points to lead the Suns to a win.

Goran ‘Magic’ Dragic posted a career-high 34 points to lead the Suns to a win.

P.J. Tucker: 16 points (5/10), 15 rebounds, 4 steals

Stephen Curry: 28 points (10/20), 9 assists, 2 rebounds

J.J. Hickson: 15 points (7/14), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Patrick Mills: 32 points (10/13), 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Paul Millsap: 20 points (8/16), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals

Goran Dragic: 34 points (10/13), 10 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steals

Bandon Jennings: 35 points (11/22), 12 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound

Josh Smith: 30 points (14/27), 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

Al Jefferson: 26 points (12/21), 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks, 3 assists

Dwight Howard: 27 points (11/19), 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Andre Drummond: 18 points (8/13), 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists

LaMarcus Aldridge: 26 points (12/16), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

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