Line of the Night: December 11

Duncan was close to posting a 20/20 game again, despite only playing 24 minutes.

Duncan was close to posting a 20/20 game again, despite only playing 24 minutes.

Detroit and New Orleans went into overtime where the Pelicans managed to top the Pistons despite a big night from Greg Monroe.  Jason Smith had a monster night on the glass, grabbing 16 rebounds.  Orlando downed the Charlotte Bobcats.  Doc Rivers returned to Boston for the first time where the Clippers managed to get a win over Doc’s former team.  Rivers, who had been concerned he might receive a smattering of boos, received a healthy ovation to start the game.  Chris Paul led the way with a near triple-double.  The Thunder made short work of the Grizzlies.  Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 27 points and handed out a game-high 9 assists.  The Starting line-up for the Bucks only made a combined 7 field-goals, going 7/28 as both coaches brought the benches out early for drastically different reasons. The Spurs won but an embarrassing margin.  Tim Duncan had a huge night, posting a 21 points and 16 rebounds in only 24 minutes of playing time. The T-Wolves took advantage of the short-handed 76ers and pulled back to .500.  Kevin Loved scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.  Nikola Pekovic had a 20/10 game and Ricky Rubio had a solid all-around performance.  The Bulls were without MVP candidates Mike James and Derrick Rose, as well as Luol Deng as the Knicks managed a win led by Carmelo Anthony’s 30/10 game.  Utah had a scoring burst as they ran up the scoreboard on the Kings and posted 122 points in regulation.  Rookie point guard Trey Burke posted 9 assists and didn’t commit a single turnover in the game.  And the Warriors edged out the Mavericks by a basket.  David Lee contributed a double-double, Andrew Bogut grabbed and evening-high 18 rebounds and Stephen Curry posted a 30/10 game in the victory.

The Knicks current woes cannot be blamed on Carmelo Anthony, who has not only been scoring and rebound very well, but also has been passing the ball well lately.

The Knicks current woes cannot be blamed on Carmelo Anthony, who has not only been scoring and rebound very well, but also has been passing the ball well lately.

I love a good 30/10 game, so Curry and Anthony both deserve some attention, with a slight edge going to Anthony given Curry’s high turnover rate last night, but my pick for Line of the Night goes to Kevin Love.  The T-Wolves have been struggling, just as Love has struggled with his shot a little over the past couple of weeks, but he came through last night, posting 26 points and grabbing 15 boards while handing out 5 assists and grabbing a couple of steals (something he’s been doing quite consistently lately).  All of this in a much needed win, as the T-Wolves had slipped under .500 and need to maintain a good record if they hope to make the playoffs.

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Top Performers:

Kevin Love continues to dominate the glass and pass well, helping the T-Wolves keep up in a tough Western conference.

Kevin Love continues to dominate the glass and pass well, helping the T-Wolves keep up in a tough Western conference.

Stephen Curry: 33 points (13/25), 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

DeMarcus Cousins: 21 points (7/14), 11 rebounds, 2 assists

Carmelo Anthony: 30 points (9/21), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Kevin Love: 26 points (9/21), 15 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Tim Duncan: 21 points (9/12), 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

Russell Westbrook: 27 points (7/12), 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Chris Paul: 22 points (8/16), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

Jrue Holiday: 19 points (8/14), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Jason Smith: 22 points (8/14), 16 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Greg Monroe: 28 points (13/22), 10 rebounds, 2 assists

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