Line of the Night: 3.19.14

Carmelo Anthony backing in on Paul George, on his way to a game-high 34 points and the Knicks 7th straight win.

Carmelo Anthony backing in on Paul George, on his way to a game-high 34 points and the Knicks 7th straight win.

The New York Knicks are officially undefeated with Phil Jackson as their president.  The Knicks faced off against the East’s best team, who have struggled as of late, and took full advantage.  Carmelo Anthony posted a game-high 34 points to help lift the Knicks past the Pacers.  Anthony Davis missed a game last night due to how exhausting his recent awesomeness has been, and the Raptors took full advantage, beating the Pelicans behind a game-high 31 points from DeMar DeRozen, answering the age-old pataphysical question: who would win a fight between a raptor and a pelican.  Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph both posted 20/10 games as the Grizzlies made short work of the Utah Jazz.  Deron Williams is starting to look like he was worth that max contract as he posted 25 points and 8 assists to lead the Nets past the Bobcats.  Joe Johnson also managed to break the 20-point barrier while contributing 8 rebounds to the winning effort (more than any member of Brooklyn’s front court). 

Ricky Rubio drives past a much larger Shawn Marion.

Ricky Rubio drives past a much larger Shawn Marion.

The Miami Heat got embarrassed by the Boston Celtics last night as Rajon Rondo came within a point of recording a triple-double (I swear, if this guy could shoot he’d win MVP every year).  Philadelphia is still on the road to history as they lost their 22th straight game, putting them 5 loses away from breaking the record set by the Cavaliers in 2011.  The Chicago Bulls were on the winning end of Philly’s losing effort.  It took an overtime period to do it, but the Timberwolves earned a win over the Mavericks by the narrowest of margins: 123-122.  Ricky Rubio had a career night that put Rondo to shame, equaling Rondo’s assist and rebound totals while adding 22 points for his third career triple-double.  Kevin Loves posted an evening-high 35 points in the winning effort.  On most evenings in the NBA, two players who posted 15 assists would have to share the evening-high, but not on a night when Aaron Brooks is having the game of his career.  The Denver Nuggets hosted the Detroit Pistons and Brooks decided to played the best basketball of his life, posting a game-high 27 points and dishing out an evening-high 17 assists to eclipse the totals posted by Rondo and Rubio. 

Kawhi Leonard somehow finds a way to get through Mike 'Antoni's efense.

Kawhi Leonard somehow finds a way to get through Mike ‘Antoni’s efense.

The D-League players wearing Lakers’ jerseys got stomped by the Spurs last night.  Pau Gasol is doing an excellent job mentoring these young players and gave the Lakers a solid all-around game that feature 22 points and 10 rebounds, but to beat a team like the Spurs, Gasol likely would need some veteran help, perhaps from the like of Chris Kaman?  Oh, wait, Kaman WAS there, he just got ANOTEHR DNP:CD.  I don’t know why the Lakers didn’t release this guy at the trade deadline.  I think the GM needs to talk to the coach before signing players to make sure that the organization isn’t going to spend a couple of million dollars on a guy that’s just going to ride the pine.  Tony Parkers posted a game-high 25 points, while Duncan lead the team in rebounds and assists and Kawhi Leonard contributed a 20/10 game to the winning effort.  And finally, the Phoenix Suns pulled their starters out relatively early and let the bench finish up the Magic who are one loss closer to getting that first overall pick, but at the rate Philly and Milwaukee are dropping games, they losing efforts may not be pathetic enough. 

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for over 40 points and 20 rebounds.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph combined for over 40 points and 20 rebounds.

A lot of solid performances.  A stellar game from Kawhi Leonard as he dropped numbers in each category for the Spurs, and an evening-high 17 assists to go along with a very impressive 27 points from Aaron Brooks would normally be a lock for Line of the Night.  Ricky Rubio, however, manage to best Brooks’s performance, posting a triple double, but also adding some impressive defensive stats which were lacking from Brooks’s line.  Rubio snagged 4 steals and got a block, all while shooting an uncharacteristically high percentage, going 8/12 from the floor.  Kevin Love’s evening-high 35 points was impressive, but less so as it wasn’t accompanied with this typical 15+ rebounds (this guy really does have us spoiled, and while some of the 20/10 games posted by the likes of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, and Zach Randolph were solid, none eclipsed the night that Rubio was having. 

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Top Performances:

Aaron Brooks had a career night with 27 points and an evening-high 17 assists.

Aaron Brooks had a career night with 27 points and an evening-high 17 assists.

Rajon Rondo: 9 points (4/8), 15 assists, 10 rebounds

Aaron Brooks: 27 points (10/19), 17 assists, 6 rebounds

Kevin Love: 35 points (11/20), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

Marc Gasol: 20 points (6/14), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks

Deron Williams: 25 points (8/15), 8 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Randolph: 21 points (8/16), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

DeMar DeRozen: 31 points (9/19), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Carmelo Anthony: 34 points (12/23), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Pau Gasol: 22 points (8/18), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks, 1 steal

Ricky Rubio: 22 points (8/12), 15 assists, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block

Kawhi Leaonrd: 22 points (8/12), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

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