Line of the Night: 3.26.14

Al Jefferson helped to lift the Bobcats past the Nets with a 35/15 performance.

Al Jefferson helped to lift the Bobcats past the Nets with a 35/15 performance.

The Charlotte Bobcats were in dire need of a win last night if they’d hope to possibly finish at .500 by the end of the season, and they responded by earning an overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets.  It was Al Jefferson who led the charge for the Bobcats, posting game highs in points (35) and rebounds (15), while teammate Kemba Walker posted a game-high 12 assists.  The Nets, though, still have the best winning percentage among all eastern conference teams since January.  The Memphis Grizzlies got a 20/10 game out of Zach Randolph, helping them earn a win over the Utah Jazz.  Enes Kanter and Derick Favors both posted double-doubles for the Jazz.  John Wall scored a game-high 29 points against the Phoenix Suns, but it was the Suns who came away with the victory.  The Raptors only got 7 points from their bench, the starting line-up manage to do well enough to secure a victory over the Boston Celtics.  Rajon Rondo led all playmakers with 15 assists, while Jared Sullinger posted a game-high 26 points off the bench. 

Carmelo Anthony scored a game high to lead the Knicks pat the Kings.

Carmelo Anthony scored a game high to lead the Knicks pat the Kings.

The New York Knicks visited the Sacramento Kings and Carmelo Anthony put on a bit of a show, scoring a game-high 36 points to lead the Knicks to a win.  DeMarcus Cousins, though, was the best player on the court in Sacramento that night, posting a 30/10 game and coming 2 assists away from a triple-double.  The Cavaliers got a big lift from their bench as Anderson Varejao grabbed 16 rebounds, to lead the team, and Matthew Dellavedova led the team in points and assists, helping the Cavs down the Detroit Pistons by the narrowest of margins.  Ricky Rubio posted an evening-high 6 steals, Gorgui Dieng had another solid outing with a 15/15 game, and Kevin Love added a double-double to help bring the Timberwolves back up to .500 with a win over the Hawks.  Chris Paul had an awful night from floor, going 0/12 and the Pelican capitalized, beating the Clippers, though the margin was only a single basked.  Anthony Davis shot poorly as well, but recorded an evening-high 6 blocks.

Tim Duncan had an amazing all-around game to take the Spurs past the Nuggets.

Tim Duncan had an amazing all-around game to take the Spurs past the Nuggets.

The Denver Nuggets visited the San Antonio Spurs and Kenneth Faried posted a 20/10 game against the Spurs’ front court, but it was not enough to earn a victory as the Spurs themselves got a big night from veteran big man and former MVP Tim Duncan who had an amazing all-around game that was highlighted by games highs in points (29) and rebounds (13).  That’s what happens when Pop gives Duncan 36 minutes!  And in the main event, the two best teams in the east (though neither has been playing as such as of late) faced off in what may very well be a preview of the conference finals this year as the Miami Heat visited the Indiana Pacers.  LeBron James scored an evening-high 38 points, but only one other member of the Heat roster managed to break double-figures and the Pacers, relying on a team effort, managed to beat the evil empire by the narrowest of margins, though neither team play particularly well. 

With a near triple-double, and solid defensive stats, DeMarcus Cousin is an easy pick for Line of the Night.

With a near triple-double, and solid defensive stats, DeMarcus Cousin is an easy pick for Line of the Night.

A number of great performances last night.  Al Jefferson posted an impressive 35/15 game, but he did little else because score and rebound.  Both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony had impressive scoring nights, though James had a higher FG%.  Kenneth Faried and Mena Walker both had solid 20/10 games, and it was nice to see Gorgui Dieng have another promising outing.  But Line of the night comes down to two players: Tim Duncan and DeMarcus Cousins.   It is Cousins who has the distinct edge in the comparison.  Though Duncan won his game, Cousins had a higher FG%, more points on fewer shots, more rebounds, and assists and he was even with Duncan in terms of defensive stats.  Duncan also had one more turnover, though he did have 2 fewer personal fouls. 

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Paul George defends LeBron James, a re-match of last years ECF.

Paul George defends LeBron James, a re-match of last years ECF.

Top Performances:

Al Jefferson: 35 points (15/27), 15 rebounds, 1 assist

LeBron James: 38 points (11/19), 8 rebounds, 5 assists

Paul George: 23 points (8/19), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Kemba Walker: 20 points (8/21), 12 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Deron Williams: 29 points (11/21), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Gorgui Dieng: 15 points (6/8) 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Tim Duncan: 29 points (12/20), 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Kenneth Faried: 24 points (8/15), 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, 1 assist

Anthony Davis: 16 points (5/19), 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 4 assists, 2 steals

Carmelo Anthony: 36 points (12/21), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

DeMarcus Cousins: 32 points (10/15), 15 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

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