Line of the Night: 3.21.14

Kevin Durant scored an evening-high 51 points.

Kevin Durant scored an evening-high 51 points.

The Toronto Raptors hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Raptors got 20 or more points from four players, including a team-high 33 from DeMar DeRozen in an exciting double-overtime game that was decided by the narrowest of margins.  Despite getting so many All-Star calibre games from their players though, the Raptors were on the losing end as the Thunder trumped the Raptors with Kevin Durnat’s evening-high 51 points, which was 3 assists, shy of being a triple-double; since 1986, only Michael Jordan has exceed a statistical combination like that.  Reggie Jackson also gave the Thunder a 25/10 game off the bench.  Anthony Davis returned to the line-up last night and had gave another MVP performance with a 30/10 game that led the Pelicans past the Hawks.  Avery Bradley scored a game-high 28 points, but Joe Johnson’s team-high 27 was enough to lead the Nets past the Celtics.  Dallas earned their 42nd win of the season against the Nuggets behind a game-high 26 points from Monta Ellis.  A balanced team effort and a triple-double from Paul George helped the Pacers top the Bulls. 

John Wall splits the defense in LA.

John Wall splits the defense in LA.

John Wall led all playmakers with 14 assists last night, and also chipped in a game-high 28 to help the Wizards get a win over the Lakers.  Drew Gooden gave the Wizards a double-double in less than 20 minutes of play, and Marcin Gortat chipped in a double-double and a game-high 5 blocks for the Wizards.  Steve Nash returned to action for the Lakers and handed out a team-high 11 assists off the bench.  The Miami Heat bounced back after their loss to the Celtics, using a balanced team effort to top the Grizzlies.  Zach Randolph had game-highs in points and rebounds. Given that the 76ers were losers of 22 straight games heading into their match-up with the Knicks, it was fair to expect the Knicks, being winners of 7 consecutive games, to convincingly defeat the lowly D-League team posing as the 76ers.  This was not the game.  There is an old adage that a “W” is a “W”, but in the case of the Knicks, last night’s win was one of the most embarrassing in recent memory as they only managed to beat the 76ers by a single point.  Double-doubles from Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler helped to eclipse a near-triple-double from rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams.  The Suns’ starting backcourt led the team to a win over the lowly Detroit Pistons, helping them to stay in the playoff hunt.  And finally, the San Antonio Spurs brought their bench out early to let them hand the Kings a 20-point loss. 

Anthony Davis blocks a shot against the Atlanta Hawks as he continues his MVP level play.

Anthony Davis blocks a shot against the Atlanta Hawks as he continues his MVP level play.

Kevin Durant’s game is clearly head-and-shoulders above all other players last night and is the obvious and only choice for Line of the Night.  That said, there were several note-worthy shooting performances.  Joe Johnson, Monta Ellis, Avery Bradley, Anthony Davis and Amir Johnson all shot well from the floor (though the frontcourt players were obviously taking higher percentage shots).  Also not worthy was Amir Johnson’s defensive efforts, which included an evening-high 5 blocks (matched by Marcin Gortat) and 2 steals.  Had Durant, whose game of 25+ points has been extended yet again, had played more on the level of your typical All-Star, Anthony Davis would have been the clear choice as he continued the MVP-level of play he has been performing for the last two weeks, but as it stands, honourable mentions aside, Durant is the only choice for Line of the Night. 

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Top Performances:

Paul George didn't shoot the ball well last night, but he did post a triple-double, which was good enough to lead the Pacers to a win over the Bulls.

Paul George didn’t shoot the ball well last night, but he did post a triple-double, which was good enough to lead the Pacers to a win over the Bulls.

Joe Johnson: 27 points (10/16), 4 assists, 2 rebounds

Zach Randolph: 25 points (12/20), 14 rebounds, 4 assists

Monta Ellis: 26 points (11/14), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Paul George: 10 points (3/13), 12 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal

John Wall: 28 points (11/21), 14 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Reggie Jackson: 25 points (7/15), 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

DeMar DeRozen: 33 points (9/23), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Avery Bradley: 28 points (12/19), 4 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 51 points (15/32), 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 34 points (11/19), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Amir Johnson: 25 points (12/19), 12 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists, 2 steals

Michael Carter-Williams: 22 points (10/21), 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

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