Line of the Night: 3.22.14

Anthony Davis making short work of the Heat.

Anthony Davis making short work of the Heat.

LeBron James posted a near triple-double for the Heat, but it was not enough to overcome another 30/10 game from Anthony Davis who exploited the weak underbelly of the Heat roster: its lack of a true center.  The Indiana Pacers continued their struggles as only two players broke double-digits and Paul George continued his shooting woes, in part due to the stifling defence of the Memphis Grizzlies, who successfully defended their home court.  Mike Conley posted a game-high 21 points, while Zach Randolph pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.  The 76ers have missed their 24 straight game, dropping a contest to the Chicago Bulls.  Joakim Noah led the Bulls in points and blocks, while Taj Gibson posted a double-double off the bench.  Enes Kanter and Derrick Faovrs posted double-doubles for the Jazz who defeated the Orlando Majic by the narrowest of margins in a contest where neither team reached the 90-point plateau.  Matthew Dellavedova and Anderson Varejao both posted double-doubles off the bench for Cleveland (I think Mike Brown is starting the wrong people), but it was not enough to lift the Cavs to a win as the Rockets got an evening-high 37 points from James Harden who also dished out a game-high 11 assists and 4 steals.  The Charlotte Bobcats bounced back after consecutive loses with a blowout win over the Portland Trailblazers that saw three starters break the 20-point benchmark.  Al Jefferson led the way with a game-high 28 points.  Though the Spurs had given Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili the night off, they still managed to pull out a win over the Warriors.  Andrew Bogut grabbed an evening-high 17 rebounds, but only scored 2 points.  And finally, the Detroit Pistons continue to struggle as they dropped a game to the Los Angeles Clippers.  Chris Paul scored a game-high 28 points and handed out an evening-high 15 assists and led all players in steals, and Blake Griffin had a solid all-around game in the winning effort.

Brandon Jennings watches the guy he was guarding go in for a layup.

Brandon Jennings watches the guy he was guarding go in for a layup.

My pick for line of the night goes to James Harden. Chris Paul certainly has a case with evening highs in both steals and assists, but Harden wasn’t far behind in either category, and also managed to score 9 more points than Paul despite taking an equal number of shots.  Harden’s ability to get to the line certainly helps his case, but his limited turnovers also play a role.  Neither Paul, nor Harden turned the ball over much, but Harden only turned it over once, which halved Paul’s total.  Of course, Anthony Davis deserves mention here for another 30/10 performance, and one that came against the defending champion Miami Heat.  The Pelicans upset the Heat for a win and Davis’s performance was a huge part of that.

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James Harden posted an evening-high 37 points to lead the Rockets past the Cavs.

James Harden posted an evening-high 37 points to lead the Rockets past the Cavs.

Top Performances:

Thaddeus Young: 28 points (10/26), 7 rebounds, 1 assist

Chris Paul: 28 points (10/15), 15 assists, 6 steals, 4 rebounds

Henry Sims: 18 points (8/15), 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists

Al Jefferson: 28 points (13/22), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks

LeBron James: 25 points (10/18), 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 30 points (13/22), 11 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Joakim Noah: 20 points (8/10), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Blake Griffin: 25 points (12/17), 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

James Harden: 37 points (9/15), 11 assists, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 block

Gerald Henderson: 23 points (8/11), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block



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