Line of the Night: 3.11.14

The Rockets visited the Thunder last night and had an opportunity to make a statement.  Instead, the Rockets gave several lackluster performances, with the exception of James Harden, and though they kept the score relatively close, Kevin Durant posted his 11th 40+ point game of the season and the Rockets couldn’t keep Serge Ibaka off the boards.  Minnesota took full advantage of the fact they were playing the league’s worst team, posting a win that put the Timberwolves back over .500 behind a solid performance from Kevin Love.  The Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors both relied on balanced team efforts in their match-up, but it was the Warriors who came away with the win.  Damina Lillard scored a game-high 32 points, but the Grizzlies were able to overcome the performance to earn a win and successfully defend their home court.  Marc Gasol was flirting with a triple-double as he led the way for the Grizzlies.  Joakim Noah led the Bulls in rebounds, assists and blocks, but he was unable to lift them past the Spurs and their balance attack that saw Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili reach the 20-point bench mark.  DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond went head-to-head as two of the best young centers test themselves against each other. Neither played to their full potential, but Cousins clearly had the better game.  Despite this, it was the Pistons who somehow managed a win.  And finally, the Indiana Pacers were able to end their untimely losing streak as they hosted the Boston Celtics.  Andrew Bynum made his debut and pulled in 10 rebounds in 16 minutes of playing time.

Damian Lillard posted a game-high 32 points.

Damian Lillard posted a game-high 32 points.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Kevin Durant.  There weren’t a lot of stellar performances, as there were two nights ago, but there were some.  DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond both posted an impressive number of blocks (6 and 5 respectively), but their offensive numbers were far from astronomical.  James Harden’s all-around game was great, but his FG% was a little on the low side (though certainly not embarrassing).  Durant, however, shot over.500, and posted 42 points on only 22 shots, meaning that not only did his shoot well, but he also managed to draw a lot of fouls.  It is a close one, but I think Durant clearly edges out his former teammate.

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Marc Gasol posted an impressive all-around game to lead the Grizzlies past the Trailblazers.

Marc Gasol posted an impressive all-around game to lead the Grizzlies past the Trailblazers.

Top Performances:

Damian Lillard: 32 points (8/21), 7 assists, 4 rebounds

Marc Gasol: 19 points (8/14), 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 block

Kevin Love: 27 points (10/22), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks

Kevin Durant: 42 points (12/22), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

James Harden: 28 points (9/21), 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block


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