Line of the Night: 3.18.14

Isaiah Thomas posted his first triple-double to lead the Kings past the Wizards in overtime.

Isaiah Thomas posted his first triple-double to lead the Kings past the Wizards in overtime.

The Portland Trailblazers had a close call against the Bucks.  Though playing without All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, the Blazers should still have been able to handily defeat the team with the league’s worst record, yet the Bucks managed to push the Trailblazers into overtime, where the Blazers eventually won.  Isaiah Thomas posted his first triple-double, outplaying John Wall and leading the Kings past the Wizards in the second of three overtime games last night.  DeMarcus Cousins was back in the line-up and posted a 20/10 game himself to contribute to the winning effort.  The Golden State Warriors were able to give their starters a bit of a rest and get their bench some in-game experience as they soundly defeated the Orlando Magic.  The Toronto Raptors got solid all-around games from DeMar DeRozen and Kyle Lowry, but it was not enough to overcome a game-high 34 points from Jeff Teague and a triple-double from Paul Milsap as the Hawks extended their winning streak to 5 games with a win an overtime win against the Raptors.  And finally, LeBron James visited his old stomping ground and posted an evening-high 43 points to lead the Miami Heat to a win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland.  The injury prone Kyrie Irving was out of the line-up and will likely miss the rest of the season, making 64 his new career high for most games played in a single season. 

Paul Millsap also posted the first triple-double of his career in an overtime win.

Paul Millsap also posted the first triple-double of his career in an overtime win.

Paul Millsap and Isaiah Thomas both posted impressive 3D games, though neither shot well from the floor (both, in fact, were 6/16), and neither had stellar defensive stats.  LeBron James, on the other hand, took only three more shots than either of them, and scored double what Millsap scored, while posting nearly 20 more points than Thomas.  This was in part due to his efficiency, and in part due to his ability to get to the line.  But James didn’t just post the best scoring numbers of the evening, he also posted the best defensive stats of the evening, getting 3 blocks and 2 steals.  Though his rebounding and assist totals were not as impressive as either Millsap, or Thomas, James’s scoring, FG%, ability to get to the line while racking up fouls for the opposition, and defensive stats make him a pretty easy choice for Line of the Night.

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LeBron James scored an evening-high against his former team.

LeBron James scored an evening-high against his former team.

Top Performances:

Kyle Lowry: 20 points (8/16), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Jeff Teague: 34 points (11/18), 5 assists, 4 steals, 3 rebounds

Paul Millsap: 19 points (6/16), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal

Zaza Pachulia: 17 points (7/14), 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists

DeMar DeRozen: 29 points (8/18), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Isaiah Thomas: 24 points (6/16), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 block

DeMarcus Cousins: 24 points (9/17), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

LeBron James: 43 points (14/19), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals

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