Line of the Night: 3.8.14

Blake Griffin helped lead the Clippers past the Hawks with a game-high 27 points.

Blake Griffin helped lead the Clippers past the Hawks with a game-high 27 points.

The Atlanta Hawks put a scare into the Los Angeles Clippers and coming to within a basket of beating the Clippers on their home court.  The Clippers, though, were able to come away with a win, beating the Hawks by the narrowest of margins behind double-doubles from Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan, and a game-high 27 points from Blake Griffin.  The Bucks held John Wall to 9 points on 4/14 shooting, and forced 7 turnovers from the All-Star point guard, but it was the Wizards who came away with the win over the league’s worst team, behind a game-high 28 points from Trevor Ariza.  The Orlando Magic got double-doubles from Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic, and Tobias Harris scored a team-high 23 points off the bench, but it was not enough to beat the Spurs, who came out on top: 121-112.  Tony Parker posted an evening-high 30 points in the win, and Manu Ginobili posted 24 points off the bench. 

Big Z, otherwise known as Zydrunas Ilgauskus, had his jersey retired in Cleveland last night.

Big Z, otherwise known as Zydrunas Ilgauskus, had his jersey retired in Cleveland last night.

The Charlotte Bobcats struggled from the floor due to the stifling strength of the Grizzlies’ defence, shooting under .400 from the floor as a team and ultimately losing: 111-89.   The Grizzlies relied on a balance team effort on offence, with Mike Conley posting a game-high 20 points and Kosta Koufus posting a double-double off the bench.  The 76ers hosted fellow cellar dwellers, the Utah Jazz, and improved their chances in this year’s draft lottery by losing another home game.  Tony Wroten tied Tony Parker’s evening-high 30 points off the bench, while teammate Michael Carter-Williams posted a meager 4 points on 2/13 shooting.  And, finally, after losing 7 straight games, the Knicks posted their 3rd straight victory with a win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland.  Kyrie Irving matched the evening-high, posting 30 points in the loss with a near triple-double, while newly acquired teammate Spencer Hawes posted a 20/10 game in the loss.  The Knicks were led by double-doubles from both Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, and a team-high 26 points from Carmelo Anthony.  During the game, the Cavaliers held a retirement ceremony for Zydrunas Ilgauskus

Tony Wroten shot an impressive 12/14 from the floor on his way to an evening-high 30 points

Tony Wroten shot an impressive 12/14 from the floor on his way to an evening-high 30 points

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Kyrie Irving.  He scored as many points as Tony Parker and Tony Wroten, and though both had more impressive shooting percentages, Wroten especially, Irving posted a near triple-double with 8 boards and 8 dimes, easily outdoing Wroten in both categories and besting Parker as well.  Trevor Ariza and Blake Griffin were the next highest scored, both with better FG% than Irving, but again, Irving either matched or best both in assists and rebounds.  Kudos to Amar’e Stoudemire.  It was nice to see him back in the starting line-up, and nice to see him post a solid double-double.    

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Top Performers:

Kyrie Irving posted a near triple-double against the Knicks.

Kyrie Irving posted a near triple-double against the Knicks.

Tony Parker: 30 points (11/19), 5 assists, 1 rebound

Trevor Ariza: 28 points (9/12), 7 rebounds, 2 assists

Chris Paul: 19 points (7/14), 10 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound

Kyrie Irving: 30 points (11/25), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals

Tony Wroten: 30 points (12/14), 4 steals, 1 rebound, 1 assist

Blake Griffin: 27 points (11/19), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Tobias Harris: 23 points (11/16), 8 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks

Manu Ginobili: 24 points (10/17), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Nikola Vucevic: 19 points (8/16), 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Gordon Hayward: 22 points (7/15), 8 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds

Amar’e Stoudemire: 17 points (7/16), 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks

Derrick Favors: 15 points (6/9), 14 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Spencer Hawes: 21 points (7/15), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Carmelo Anthony: 26 points (10/23), 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks

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