Line of the Night: 3.27.14

Jordan Hill lead all players in rebounds last night, but it was not enough to lift the Lakers past the Bucks.

Jordan Hill lead all players in rebounds last night, but it was not enough to lift the Lakers past the Bucks.

The Houston Rockets were not about to let themselves be the team that the 76ers finally ended their losing streak against, and so handily defeated the 76ers: 120-98.  James Anderson scored a game-high 30 points for the 76ers, whiles James Harden posted a triple-double for the Rockets.  The loss marked the 26th straight loss for the Sixers, and ties the record for the longest losing streak in NBA history, a record set by the LeBronless Cavs the year following his departure from Cleveland. The 76ers will have an opportunity to mark their place in infamy as the team with sole possession of the league’s longest losing streak on Saturday as they host the Detroit Pistons.  The Los Angeles Lakers showed fans around the league just how bad they’ve become as they dropped a game to the league’s worst team: The Milwaukee Bucks.  Jordan Hill had a stellar game for the Lakers, but the D-League players that have been wearing Lakers’ jerseys for the last month were unable to play up to Hill’s level.  Brandon Knight scored a game-high 30 for the Bucks.  Basketball fan in LA do have something to cheer about, however, as the Clippers continue to play at a high level and last night was no exceptions.  Chris Paul scored an evening-high 31 points, and both DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin contributed double-doubles to help lift the Clippers past the Mavericks.  And finally, LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the line-up for the Portland Trailblazers, and helped them to get back on track with a win over the Atlanta Hawks.  Aldridge posted game-highs in points and rebounds in the win.

Chris Paul scored an evening-high 31 points to lead the Clippers past the Mavericks.

Chris Paul scored an evening-high 31 points to lead the Clippers past the Mavericks.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to James Harden.  Harden was the only player to record a triple-double last night, lead all starters in assists, shot the ball well, and posted 26 points.  Chris Paul did outscore Harden, but he had a slightly lower FG%, less assists, and less rebounds, and though his assist-to-turnover ratio was better than Harden’s, he also committed 3 more fouls.  Jordan Hill is certainly in the conversation with 28 points on 13/17 shooting and an evening-high 16 rebounds, but he recorded no assists and his defensive numbers were unimpressive (though the stat line does not tell you everything about a defensive effort).  Honourable mention goes out to Dwight Howard who went 6/6 from the floor, and Terrance Jones who easily posted the best defensive stats of the night.

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James Harden recorded a triple-double in a win over the 76ers.

James Harden recorded a triple-double in a win over the 76ers.

Top Performances:

Jordan Hill: 28 points (13/17), 16 rebounds, 1 steal

Brandon Knight: 30 points (12/21), 3 assists, 1 block

DeAndre Jordan: 16 points (7/9), 15 rebounds, 1 steal

James Anderson: 30 points (11/18), 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Chris Paul: 31 points (9/18), 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Blake Griffin: 18 points (8/14), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks

Terrance Jones: 20 points (8/15), 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Dwight Howard: 17 points (6/6), 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals

James Harden: 26 points (9/17), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal

LaMarcus Aldridge: 25 points (9/21), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

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