Line of the Night: December 17th

LaMarcus Aldridge continues to post MVP numbers.

LaMarcus Aldridge continues to post MVP numbers.

The NBA’s leading scorer was at it again last night, posting a game-high 30 points as he led the OKC Thunder past the Denver Nuggets.  Kevin Durnat’s fellow All-Star, Russell Westbrook, contributed to the winning effort with a near triple-double.  J.J. Hickson had a game-high 14 rebounds for Denver, while Ty Lawson posted a game-high 13 assists.  Pau Gasol had a near 20/10 game to help lift the Lakers over the Grizzlies.  Zach Randolph posted a game-high 16 rebounds.  Damian Lillard not only posted an evening-high in points (36) and assists (10), while almost getting a triple-double, but also hit his second game-winning shot in as many games, leading the Trailblazers past the Cavaliers.  LaMarcus Aldridge continued his MVP level play with another big rebounding night.  The Kings fell to the Bobcats despite a huge night from DeMarcus Cousins, likely because small forwards Rudy Gay and Travis Outlaw went 2-15.  Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans showed how badly they missed Anthony Davis in the paint, losing a game to the Warriors who saw David Lee grab an evening-high 17 rebounds, with Andrew Bogut chipping in 10, while not one Pelican grab more than 8. 

DeMarcus Cousins continues to have a career year: 30 points + 17 rebounds?  Amazing!

DeMarcus Cousins continues to have a career year: 30 points + 17 rebounds? Amazing!

On a night where Lillard would have otherwise been a clear cut choice for Line of the Night, DeMarcus Cousins made this a difficult decision.  With 30 points on 9/13 shooting, and 17 boards to go with 6 assists and 3 steals, it’s hard not to pick DMC.  Still, Lillard not only posted more points, even if his FG% was a little lower, he also posted more assists and hit the game winning shot, while DMC’s game came in a losing effort.  Tonight it is a tie for Line of the Night.  Lillard and DMC share the honour.

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Damian Lillard got to a slow start this season, but if the last two games have proved anything, it's that his rookie season was no fluke.

Damian Lillard got to a slow start this season, but if the last two games have proved anything, it’s that his rookie season was no fluke.

Stephen Curry: 28 points (11/19), 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

David Lee: 21 points (10/15), 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

DeMarcus Cousins: 30 points (9/13), 17 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals

LaMarcus Aldridge: 26 points (11/22), 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Damian Lillard: 36 points (11/23), 10 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block

Zach Randolph:  18 points (7/22), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 30 points (11/23), 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Russell Westbrook: 21 points (9/16), 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 8 turnovers

Ty Lawson: 17 points (6/11), 13 assists, 4 steals, 3 rebounds

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