Line of the Night: 3.28.14

Kevin Love got to watch the game from the bench in the 4th quarter, after securing a win for the T-Wolves with a triple-double.

Kevin Love got to watch the game from the bench in the 4th quarter, after securing a win for the T-Wolves with a triple-double.

The Lakers were embarrassed yet again, allowing the Timberwolves to score 143 points in regulation.  Kevin Love didn’t even play 30 minutes, but was still managed to record his second career triple-double, while Nikola Pekovic posted 26 points and only took 10 shots in his return.  Struggles continued for the Pacers last night as they dropped a game to the Wizards.  Paul George only hit 6 or 22 shots for the Pacers, while John Wall’s 20 points was enough for a game-high.  DeMar DeRozen posted a game-high 30 points, helping to lift the Raptors past the Celtics by a single basket in a tightly contested matchup.    Goran Dragic dropped 32 points on the Knicks to lead the Suns to their 44th win and keep the Suns in the playoff hunt.  Jason Kidd got another balanced team effort from the Nets to help lift them to a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Paul Pierce scored 22 points on only 6 attempted field-goals, which was good enough for a game-high. 

LeBron James, sizing up Detroit's defense.

LeBron James, sizing up Detroit’s defense.

Kevin Love wasn’t the only player to post a triple-double in limited minutes, as LeBron James led the Miami Heat past the increasingly awful Detroit Pistons with a triple-double of his own.  The triple-double spoiled a celebration of the Piston’s first run as champions with the original Bad Boys reuniting (though Dennis Rodman was absent).  Though James’s 17 point production total was low, nobody on the Pistons scored more than 12 points, so the total was good enough for a game-high.  Like Love’s triple-double, James’s came in less than 3o minutes of playing time, and neither touched the floor during the 4th quarter, though neither recorded their respective triple-doubles as quickly as Russell Westbrook’s triple-double earlier this seasonKevin Durant managed to keep his streak of games with 25 or more points alive with a 29-point performance against the Kings, leading the Thunder to a win. Tyreke Evans posted a career-high 15 assists to lead the Pelicans to a win over the Utah Jazz, helping the Pelicans to overcome the loss of Anthony Davis.  Derick Favors had a solid outing in the loss, posting a double-double and blocking four shots.

Nikola Vucevic brings down one of his 23 rebounds against the Bobcats.

Nikola Vucevic brings down one of his 23 rebounds against the Bobcats.

Three Charlotte starters managed to break 20 points (Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker and Josh McRoberts), but it was not enough to overcome a rebounder’s triple-double from Nikola Vucevic, who hauled down 13 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds, lifting the Magic to their second straight win.  The Memphis Grizzlies got 20+ points from Zach Randolph and Mike Conley, but Stephen Curry posted an evening-high 33 points, managing to overcome Memphis’s defense and leading the Warriors to a win.  After narrowly dropping a game to the Spurs in their last game, the Denver Nuggets had a chance to improve upon their effort and redeem themselves.  Instead, they dropped another game to the Spurs, but in a far more embarrassing fashion.  No Spurs starter played even 30 minutes, and the still managed to destroy the Nuggets by 31 points.  And finally, LaMarcus Aldridge struggled in his second game back, but the Portland Trailblazers were able to earn a win over the Chicago Bulls, in part because the Bulls couldn’t even managed to shoot .400 from the floor.

Kevin Durant shot 9/11 from the floor last night.

Kevin Durant shot 9/11 from the floor last night.

Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and LeBron James all had stellar games in less than 30 minutes, with James and Love both recording triple-doubles.  As impressive as those triple-doubles were, Nikola Vucevic also posted a rare stat combination, posting a rebounder’s triple-double with double digits in both offensive and defensive rebounds.  Of those players who posted triple-doubles, though, it was Kevin Love who had the highest FG%.  Durant, though posted a much high FG% himself, as did Paul Pierce, while Tyreke Evans post very impressive assist numbers.  This is simply too close to call, but I’m going with Love’s triple-double, though I think anybody who picks Durant, James of Vucevic has a legit argument.

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Tyreke Evans who dished out a career-high 15 assists, drives to the hoop against Utah

Tyreke Evans who dished out a career-high 15 assists, drives to the hoop against Utah

Top Performances: 

Nikola Vucevic: 24 points (11/22), 23 rebounds, 1 assist

Paul Pierce: 22 points (5/6), 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Kevin Love: 22 points (6/10) 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 steal 

Goran Dragic: 32 points (11/17), 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

LeBron James: 17 points (7/13), 12 assists, 10 rebounds, 1 steal

DeMar DeRozen: 30 points (12/27), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Kevin Durant: 29 points (9/11), 6 assists, 2 steal, 2 blocks, 1 rebound

Derick Favors: 18 points (6/9), 11 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists

Tyreke Evans: 22 points (9/20), 15 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Stephen Curry: 33 points (13/22), 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal

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