Line of the Night: 3.12.14

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high to lead the Knicks past the Celtics.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high to lead the Knicks past the Celtics.

The Nets starting front court was still on the sidelines, but that didn’t seem to slow them down much as they managed a win over the defending champions in Miami.  Paul Pierce scored a game-high 29 points taking only 12 shots, while keeping LeBron James to under .500 from the floor.  Denver got 20 points or more from three members of its front court (Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson and Wilson Chandler) as they topped the Orlando Magic.  Memphis beat New Orleans by a basket as two of the best defensive centers in the game, Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis, went head-to-head.  Davis easily won the match-up, even if the the Pelicans lost the game.  The Knicks got an evening-high 34 points from Carmelo Anthony to help them top the Celtics.  The Bobcats got another 25/10 game from Al Jefferson as they pulled to within 3 games of .500 with a win over the Wizards.  The Raptors made sure to keep up with the Nets in the standings with a win over the Detroit Pistons.  DeMar DeRozen posted a game-high 25 points to help lift the Raptors to the win. 

Rudy Gay leads the Kings to a win over the 76ers.

Rudy Gay leads the Kings to a win over the 76ers.

Rudy Gay dropped a game-high 27 points on the 76ers, helping the Kings give them their 18th straight loss.  Dirk Nowitzki was looking like his old self last night, going 12/14 from the floor to score a game-high 31 points and lead the Mavs past the Jazz.  Nicolas Batum had a big night on the glass, and Damian Lillard posted a game-high 31 points, but the Trailblazers were unable to overcome a balanced team effort from the Spurs.  Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all posted double-doubles as the Clippers earned a win over the Warriors.  Griffin posted games highs in rebounds, points and steals, while DeAndre Jordan posted an evening-high 6 blocks.  And finally, Kyrie Irving posted team-highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, leading the Cavs past the Suns. 

Blake Griffin (left) and Chris Paul (right) led the Clippers past the Warriors last night.

Blake Griffin (left) and Chris Paul (right) led the Clippers past the Warriors last night.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Anthony Davis.  Part of my wants to give it to Dirk Nowtizki after his stellar shooting night, but he failed to post any defensive stats or get any assists, and his rebounding numbers, though decent, were not overwhelming in the least.  Blake Griffin would have been the easy pick if he had shot the ball as well as Dirk, and the same could be said of Carmelo Anthony.  As it stands, Davis’s defensive stats are ahead of everybody in consideration, and though his shooting percentage wasn’t as impressive as Dirks, it was impressive nonetheless as he scored 29 points on only 14 shots. Honourable mention goes out to Rudy Gay and Paul Pierce, both of whom had excellent evening.

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Anthony Davis goes up to block Zach Randolph.

Anthony Davis goes up to block Zach Randolph.

Top Performances:

Dirk Nowtizki: 31 points (12/14), 8 rebounds,

Paul Pierce: 29 points (9/12), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

Rudy Gay: 27 points (5/12), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 stelas

Blake Griffin: 30 points (13/28), 15 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists

Al Jeffferson: 26 points (13/20), 10 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

Kenneth Faried: 26 points (11/18), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Nikola Vucevic: 20 points (8/17), 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Carmelo Anthony: 34 points (11/25), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Kyrie Irving: 23 points (9/19), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 29 points (9/14), 10 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

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