Line of the Night: 3.7.14

The Manimal lead the Nuggets in scoring and rebounding  to help take them past the Lakers.

The Manimal lead the Nuggets in scoring and rebounding to help take them past the Lakers.

After losing seven straight games, the Knicks managed to pull out their second straight win, blowing out the Utah Jazz behind a 29-point performance from Carmelo Anthony, especially impressive since it came along with 8 assists, which may be quadruple Anthony’s career-high in assists (I’m not sure though, I’ll have to look that one up).  The Warriors played host to the Atlanta Hawks and were able to defend their home court with a balanced team effort.  The Rockets likewise successfully defended their home court against the Pacers; James Harden scored a game-high 28 points.  One night removed from their historic loss which saw the Lakers allow 142 points in regulation, the Lakers made a slight improvement, allowing 132 points, but still soundly losing, this time to the Denver Nuggets.  Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson both took the opportunity of a ‘Antoni run ‘defense’ to post 30+ point games while also reaching double digits in rebounds and assists respectively.  LaMarcus Aldridge gave an MVP performance last night, but it was not enough for the Trailbalzers to defeat the Mavericks.  Journeyman Jeff Adrien had a career night for the Bucks, coming off the bench to post his first 20/10 game, but it was not enough to lift the Bucks past the Pelicans. Milwaukee is now in sole possession of the league’s worst record, while Anthony Davis showed fans in Milwaukee why he made the All-Star team.

Kevin Love, who was recently snubbed for Western Conference player of the month, losing the award to Blake Griffin, got it done last night, leading the T-Wolves to a win.

Kevin Love, who was recently snubbed for Western Conference player of the month, losing the award to Blake Griffin, got it done last night, leading the T-Wolves to a win.

The Timberwolves kept Andre Drummond off the court by getting him in foul trouble early, but Greg Monroe stepped up, hauling in 15 rebounds.  The Timberwolves, though, still manage a win over the Pistons behind an MVP performance from Kevin Love.  Ricky Rubio was flirting with a triple-double, but as usual struggled from the floor.  The Brooklyn Nets, who recently got above .500 for the first time this season, dropped a game to the Boston Celtics in Boston as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce returned to their old stomping grounds.  Garnett, though, was not in the line-up.  Rondo had a near triple-double, but he also posted caused 7 turnovers.  Early-season trade partners, Toronto and Sacramento, met up north of the border for Rudy Gays’ first game back in Canada since being trade from the Raptors.  DeMarcus Cousins posted a game-high 24 points, but it was a balanced team effort on the part of the Raptors that secured the win.  Al Jefferson posted a game-high 28 points to lead the Bobcats past the Cavaliers, while Kemba Walker contributed a game-high 14 assists.  And finally, propelled by double-doubles from both Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies managed a win over the Chicago Bulls

Ty Lawson is the only player this year to post as many as 30 points and 17 assists in a single game.

Ty Lawson is the only player this year to post as many as 30 points and 17 assists in a single game.

There were a lot of solid performances last night, and several deserving of Line of the Night honours.  Among them, Anthony Davis, whose stellar defense, solid rebounding and efficient scoring, led the Pelicans to a win.  The same could be said of Kenneth Faried, who performed very well, while LaMarcus Aldridge posted solid numbers himself, though his FG% was a little low.  MY pick goes to Ty Lawson though.  Lawson didn’t post any numbers in the defensive column, but what he did do was dish out 17 assists while also managing to post 30 points.  He is the only player to accomplish that combination this season.  I normally like to reward defensive efforts, like those put out by Davis and Faried, but Lawson’s point and assist totals are just too much for me to ignore.  And a special kudos to Jeff Adrien, who had a career game coming off the bench.

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Top Performances:

Anthony Davis posted MVP numbers last night as the Pelicans topped the Bucks.

Anthony Davis posted MVP numbers last night as the Pelicans topped the Bucks.

Ty Lawson: 30 points (12/22), 17 assists, 4 rebounds

Greg Monroe: 20 points (8/17), 15 rebounds, 1 assist

Monta Ellis: 17 points (6/13), 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Rajon Rondo: 20 points (6/14), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 4 steals

Kevin Love: 28 points (10/18), 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

James Harden: 28 points (10/17), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Jeff Adrien: 20 points (5/8), 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

Tyreke Evans: 25 points (7/13), 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

LaMarcus Aldridge: 30 points (13/28), 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

Al Jefferson: 28 points (12/18), 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

Kemba Walker: 20 points (5/13), 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 29 points (14/22), 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Kenneth Faried: 32 points (13/20), 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block, 2 assists

Carmelo Anthony: 29 points (10/19), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

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