Line of the Night: 3.13.14

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both scored a game-high 29 points last night.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both scored a game-high 29 points last night.

Kevin Durant scored an evening-high 29 points in 30 minutes, checking out of the game early, with the other Thunder starters, after building an embarrassing, insurmountable lead against a Lakers squad that looks more like a D-League roster than an NBA team.  Russell Westbrook matched Durant’s total, but only needed 23 minutes to accomplish the feat.  Serge Ibaka led all players with 7 blocks.  On a side note, Chris Kaman got a DNP despite being one of only three healthy big men on the Lakers’ roster?  I guess Antoni prefers rookie power forwards who can’t rebound or shoot over .438 over a veteran big man that can board, defend and hit shots.  I wonder if the Lakers will give Antoni an extension.  The Milwaukee Bucks improved their chances at landing the first overall pick in this year’s draft by losing to the Atlanta Hawks.  Jeff Teague and Ersan Ilyasova both posted a game-high 22 points for the Hawks and Bucks respectively.  And finally, the Chicago Bulls hosted the Houston Rockets.  James Harden was held to single digits, shooting 2-7 from the floor, while Joakim Noah showed Dwight a thing or two about defense, holding the All-Star centers to a meager 12 points.  Howard was the only Houston starter to break double figures.  Mike Dunleavy Jr. posted a game-high 21 points, 18 of them coming in the 3rd quarter.  Noah was one assist shy of a triple-double in the win.

Joakim Noah was one assist shy of a 3D game, leading the Bulls past the Rockets.

Joakim Noah was one assist shy of a 3D game, leading the Bulls past the Rockets.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Russell Westbrook.  He led all scorers despite playing the fewest minutes of last night’s top performers.  He also posted an evening-high in assists and steals, making it kind of hard not to pick him since he led all players in three categories.  Honourable mention goes to Serge Ibaka who led all players in the other two categories: rebounds and blocks.  He had an especially impressive defensive outing.  And of course Noah gets some kudos for his near triple-double and stellar defense. 

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Serge Ibaka led all players in rebounds and blocks last night.

Serge Ibaka led all players in rebounds and blocks last night.

Top Peformances:

Jeff Teague: 22 points (7/10), 8 assists, 3 assists, 2 blocks

Serge Ibaka: 15 points (6/9), 13 rebounds, 7 blocks, 2 steals

Joakim Noah: 13 points (3/6), 10 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals

Mike Dunleavy: 21 points (8/15), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Ersan Ilyasova: 22 points (10/20), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 29 points (8/17), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Russell Westbrook: 29 points (9/17), 9 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds, 1 block 

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