Line of the Night: 3.24.14

James Harden on his way to 2 of his game-high 31 points.

James Harden on his way to 2 of his game-high 31 points.

Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green were all given the night off as the Spurs faced the 76ers in a game that saw the two longest streaks in the NBA meet up.  Both streaks were preserved.  The Spurs won despite resting three starters and not playing any of the replacement starters more than 28 minutes, extending their winning streak to 14 games, while the D-Leaguers that are currently impersonating the 76ers strung together their 25th consecutive loss: one win away from the record.  Ramon Sessions had a solid performance, scoring a game-high 28 points, but the Clippers made short work of the Bucks thanks to a 20/10 game from Blake Griffin.  The Detroit Pistons managed to find a team that even they could beat as they visited the Utah Jazz.  Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 32 points in the loss. For the 35th consecutive game, Kevin Durant has scored 25 points or more, and last night his total, 27 points, served as a game high that lifted the Thunder past the Nuggets.  Tyreke Evans got a chance to start for the Pelicans last night, and responded with game highs in assists, (7) and steals (3), and an evening high in points (33), while Anthony Davis grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, leading the Pelicans to a win over the Nets.  The defensive minded Grizzlies seemed to be able to create problems for All-Star Kevin Love, who had an uncharacteristically off night, which the Grizzlies capitalized on, beating the Timberwolves and sending them below .500 for the first time in weeks.  Mike Conley posted game highs in points (23) and assists (7) in the win.  The Pacers’ recent struggles continued as they dropped a game to the Chicago Bulls while the conference rivals, the Miami Heat, managed to bounce back after a disappointing lost to defeat the Portland Trailblazers, though it took some last second heroics to pull the win off.  LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points in the win.  The Phoenix Suns earned a road win against the Atlanta Hawks, earning their 42nd win of the season and ensuring that they would finish above .500 by the end of the season.  And finally, the Houston Rockets earned win over the Charlotte Bobcats.  James Harden scored a game-high 31 points, while Al Jefferson posted a 20/10 game for the Bobcats. 

 

 

LeBron James led the Heat to a narrow victory over the Trailblazers.

LeBron James led the Heat to a narrow victory over the Trailblazers.

My pick for Line of the Night is Tyreke Evans.  He outscored LeBron and hit as many shots, despite taking four less attempts than LeBron, and also posted double digits in rebounds and handed out more assists.  LeBron and James Harden both had great games, but Evans has a distinct edge with his FG%, rebounding and playmaking.  Honourable mention goes out to Andre Drummond, who despite not posting much in the way of assists or blocks, did shoot a very impressive 9/10 from the field!  And also, kudos to Mike Conley, who has been playing great basketball all season and has truly been a huge reason why the Memphis Grizzlies have been able to win as much as they have.   

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Tyreke Evans earned Line of the Night and led the Pelicans to an overtime win against the Nets.

Tyreke Evans earned Line of the Night and led the Pelicans to an overtime win against the Nets.

Ramon Sessions: 28 points (13/21), 7 assists, 6 rebounds

Andre Drummond: 19 points (9/10), 14 rebounds, 2 steals

Ty Lawson: 25 points (5/11), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals

Mike Conley: 23 points (9/12), 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 27 points (10/21), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

LeBron James: 32 points (13/23), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals

Tyreke Evans: 33 points (13/19), 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Anthony Davis: 24 points (9/17), 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist

Al Jefferson: 20 points (8/17), 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

James Harden: 31 points (11/19), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 27 points (10/19), 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Gordon Hayward: 32 points (10/19), 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

 

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