Line of the Night: 2.9.14

Kevin Durant blew past NEw York to post an evening-high 41 points, and earn Line of the Night.

Kevin Durant blew past NEw York to post an evening-high 41 points, and earn Line of the Night.

The Orlando Magic are slowly becoming known as the giant slayers.  Shortly after defeating the Thunder, the Magic squared off against the Pacer and managed to top them as well, beating the two teams with best records in the league despite possessing one of the worst records themselves.  The Kings got 30 points from Isaiah Thomas, but it was not enough to top the Wizards.  Carmelo Anthony went a paltry 5/19 against the Thunder, being outscored by Kevin Durant in the game by 26 points as the Thunder topped the Knicks behind an evening-high 41 points from Kevin Durant.  Durant also happened to be a single assist shy of a triple-double for the game.  The Bulls managed to top the Lakers behind a 20/10 game from Joakim Noah despite the fact that the Lakers for two double-doubles off the bench, one of which was a 20/10 game from Chris Kaman who posted a game-high 27 points.  The 76ers got embarrassed by the Clippers.  Blake Griffin posted a 20/10 game, as did DeAndre Jordan, but Jordan did it the hard way with 20 rebounds.  Chris Paul made his return and despite playing limited minutes, still managed to bring in 4 steals.  Marc Gasol had a solid all-around game for the Grizzlies, posting 3 or more in every statistical category, but the Cavaliers came away with the win behind a game-high 28 points from Kyrie Irving.  Mason Plumblee and Mirza Teletovic both posted double-doubles off the bench to help the Nets top the Pelicans.  And finally, the Boston Celtics dropped a game to the Dallas Mavericks: 102-91.  Rick Carlisle used his starting sparingly, and Rajon Rondo was two rebounds shy of his first triple-double of the season. 

Blake Griffin posted All-Star numbers last night.

Blake Griffin posted All-Star numbers last night.

Some solid games around the league.  Among the post impressive were Blake Griffin’s performance, as well as DeAndre Jordan.  These guys make up an unbeatable front court when they are on top of their games.  But Kevin Durant is the obvious choice.  Not only did how outscore the next highest scorer by 11 points, he was also a single assist shy of a triple-double and had solid defensive stats to go along with the rest of his MVP numbers.  Only five other players have manage to meet or top Durant in each statistical category compared to last night’s performance: Jordan, Bird, Carter, Wade and LeBron (who did it twice).  That puts Durant in rare company and makes it hard to even consider anybody else for Line of the Night.

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Top Performances:

Noah posted a 20/10 game to lead the Bulls past the Lakers.

Noah posted a 20/10 game to lead the Bulls past the Lakers.

Blake Griffin: 26 points (11/14), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Isaiah Thomas: 30 points (11/24), 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Chris Kaman: 27 points (13/23), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

Miles Plumblee: 22 points (8/10), 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Kyrie Irving: 28 points (9/17), 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Joakim Noah: 20 points (6/10), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 41 points (12/22), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

DeAndre Jordan: 10 points (4/5), 20 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Anthony Davis: 24 points (11/19), 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block

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