Line of the Night: 3.20.14

Stephen Curry and David Lee continue to be one of the best PG/PF duos in the league.

Stephen Curry and David Lee continue to be one of the best PG/PF duos in the league.

Brandon Knight managed to post a team-high 27 points, and the Bucks scored 110 points, but that total was not enough to get past the Warriors who got a 30/10 game from Stephen Curry and a 20/10 game from David Lee.  Two of the best young point guards in the league squared off as John Wall and the Washington Wizards visited the Damian Lillard and Portland Trailblazers.  Wall posted more assists and scored more points than Lillard, but it was the Trailblazers that came away with the win.  Rookie Gorgui Dieng (?), who has been flying under the radar all season, but posting solid per36 rebounding numbers, had a breakout game last night, posting his first 20/20 game of his career for the Minnesota Timberwolves.  One might assume that couple with Kevin Love’s 29 game-high points, that would have been enough to secure the win, but the Rockets actually trounced the T-wolves in the context: 129-106.  And finally, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to top the Cleveland Cavaliers, who despite being short their lone All-Star: Kyrie Irving (out with a season ending injury again), managed to stay relatively close to the Thunder by the final whistle.  Kevin Durant’s streak of 25+ point games continues as he posted an evening-high 35 points, while also adding 11 rebounds and 6 assists.  Dion Waiters scored a team-high 30 points for the Cavaliers and rookie shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova posted a double-double off the bench.    

Gorgui Dieng, featured here during his Louisville days, posted his first career 20/20 less than a year removed from last year's March Madness tournament.

Gorgui Dieng, featured here during his Louisville days, posted his first career 20/20 less than a year removed from last year’s March Madness tournament.

It’s nice to see two rookies who haven’t gotten much times have breakout games.  Dellavedova hasn’t been shooting too well, but most rookies don’t, especially shooting guards, but seeing him handle the ball well enough to reach double-figures in assists was nice.  Dieng’s game was even more impressive, with 22 points and 21 rebounds, and being a sucker for a big rebounding night, I’m tempted to give Line of the Night to Dieng, but his FG% simply was not as impressive as Durant’s.  Durant outscored Dieng by 13 points, and also managed to post double-digits in the rebounding column (though Dieng posted 10 more boards than Durant).  Durant also had a slight edge with assists.  Dieng had 3 personal fouls to Durant’s 2, but Durant had 1 turnover while Dieng avoided causing any turnovers.  Had Dieng shot at a higher percentage, I’d give this one to him easily, but Durant’s high efficiency gives him a distinct edge, so I’m going with Kevin Durant for Line of the Night.

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Kevin Durant's streak of games with 25+ points was extended in a win over the Cavs last night.

Kevin Durant’s streak of games with 25+ points was extended in a win over the Cavs last night.

Top Performances:

Damian Lillard: 23 points (8/18), 10 assists, 6 rebounds

James Harden: 28 points (9/16), 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Gorgui Dieng: 22 points (6/16), 21 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Stephen Curry: 31 points (9/14), 11 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Dion Waiters: 30 points (11/25), 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds

Kevin Durant: 35 points (12/21), 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block

Wesley Matthews: 28 points (8/16), 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 rebound

David Lee: 22 points (9/11), 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

John Wall: 24 points (8/18), 14 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Kevin Love: 29 points (10/19), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

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