Line of the Night: 3.10.14

Blake Griffin as he experiments with a revolutionary post move which involves him feigning an attempt at the splits before driving to the basket.

Blake Griffin as he experiments with a revolutionary post move which involves him feigning an attempt at the splits before driving to the basket.

Michael Carter-Williams posted a triple-double, but the 76ers still lost their 17th straight game, the longest in the NBA this season.  For the Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire posted a game-high 23 points.  The Suns visited the Clippers and dropped to a game to the division leaders.  Chris Paul posted a game-high 11 assists, DeAndre Jordan led all Clippers in rebounds with 17 and Blake Griffin scored an evening-high 37 points.  Al Jefferson posted game-highs in points, steals and rebounds to help the Bobcat successfully defend their home court against the Nuggets.  The Brooklyn Nets got a balanced effort from their roster to overcome a solid all-around game from Kyle Lowry, beating the Toronto Raptors and gaining some ground on the division leaders.  Marcin Gortat led all rebounders with 18 boards, but the Washington Wizards despite outrebounding the Heat 50-33, fell to the defending champions: 99-90.  LeBron James posted game-highs in points, assists and steals.  The Bucks managed a rare win, topping fellow cellar dweller Orlando.  Brandon Knight posted a game-high 24 points for the Bucks.  And finally, the Hawks paid their first visit to Utah since pilfering All-Star power forward Paul Millsap from the Jazz.  Kyle Korver scored a game-high 26 points, leading the Hawks to a win.  Rookie sensation Trey Burke led the was for Utah with 23 points. 

Michael Carter-Williams burned the Knicks for a triple-double, but NY eventually handed the Sixers their 17th straight loss.

Michael Carter-Williams burned the Knicks for a triple-double, but NY eventually handed the Sixers their 17th straight loss.

Not as much to choose from as last night, but some solid games.  Blake Griffin and Michael Carter-Williams are easily at the top of the list.  Griffin outscored MCW by 14 points and though both players shot the ball well, Griffin shot at a much higher rate (14/16 compared with 8/12).  Griffin, though, failed to break double digits in any other category, while MCW at least doubled Griffins rebounding, assist and steals total.  I’m going with the triple-double on this occasion, but Blake Griffin is certainly worth or praise here as well. 

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Al Jefferson, successfully working the post against Denver.

Al Jefferson, successfully working the post against Denver.

Top Performances:

Marcin Gortat: 14 points (7/15), 18 rebounds, 4 assists

Kyle Lowry: 21 points (8/16), 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals

Blake Griffin: 37 points (14/16), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

LeBron James: 23 points (10/15), 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals

Al Jefferson: 26 points (11/23), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Michael Carter-Williams: 23 points (8/12), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals

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