Line of the Night: December 18th

Kevin Love doesn't always flatuate on court, but when he does, he makes sure to spoil the air... and drop 29 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

Kevin Love doesn’t always flatuate on court, but when he does, he makes sure to spoil the air… and drop 29 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

The Memphis Grizzlies continue to struggle without defensive anchor Marc Gasol as they lost to the Dallas Mavericks.  Kevin Love and the T-Wolves had something to prove when they went up against the Trailbalzers, and they got the job done behind a near triple-double from Kevin Love.  The Bucks made New York earn their win last night, forcing the game into double-overtime.  Brandon Knight scored a game-high 36 points in the loss.  Deron Williams was able to keep John Wall off the line for the most part last night, but it didn’t help enough as the Wizards beat the Nets: 113-107.  The Pistons are now within one win of .500 after a win over the Boston Celtics.  Brandon Jennings posted a game-high 28 points and handed out 14 assists as well in what may have been his best game as a Piston.  Hopefully the Celtics were impressed enough with Jennings that they’ll give up Rondo for him in return.  DeMarcus

Tyreke Evans has struggled with his shot all season, and that did not change last night, but his all-around game was stellar.

Tyreke Evans has struggled with his shot all season, and that did not change last night, but his all-around game was stellar.

Cousins had another solid night, but it wasn’t enough as the Kings got embarrassed by the Hawks.  Kyle Korver was 8/10 from behind the arc, while Jeff Teague was two boards short of a triple-double. The Bobcats visited Canada and brought the Raptors to overtime where the Bobcats put them away by a basket.  DeMar DeRozen posted a game-high 30 points.  Rookie Trey Burke had his finest game as an NBA player last night, finally managing to better than .100 from the floor and posting a career high 30 points, while nearly earning his first career triple-double as the Jazz beat Orlando, a fellow Andrew Wiggins Sweepstakes entree.  If Trey Burke keeps shooting like this, Michael Carter-Williams may not run away with the Rookie of the Year award.  In the main event, the Miami Heat got their revenge on the Indiana Pacers for their recent loss in Indy.  LeBron James and Paul George had stellar all-around games.  The Spurs cleared the bench out early as they put the Suns away.  Manu Ginobili had a solid game off the bench.  The Bulls visited Houston and failed to come away with a win, dropping the game to a well-rounded effort from the Rockets.  And Anthony Davis was back in the line-up for the Pelicans, coming off the bench to chip in a 20/10 game, while Tyreke Evans came off the bench to give the team a triple-double.  But it was not enough to overcome the Clippers who came away with a win: 108-95. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan both had 20/10 games, though Jordan’s 20 was an evening-high 20 rebounds.

Not only did DeAndre Jordan go 6/6 and record 5 blocks, he pulled in an evening-high 20 rebounds.

Not only did DeAndre Jordan go 6/6 and record 5 blocks, he pulled in an evening-high 20 rebounds.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Kevin Love.  One assist shy of a triple-double while posting 29 points and 15 rebounds?  That is pretty impressive.  Tyreke Evans’ triple-double is impressive, but his .200 shooting percentage is not, and though Jordan’s rebounding, defence and shooting percentage were all stellar, there was an utter absence of assists.  I would have liked to see stronger defensive stats from Love, but his game was clearly the best of the night.  The best news of the evening was the return of Anthony Davis though.  It is a shame to see a talented player like that sitting on the side lines. 

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Playing alongside LeBron Jame, it can be easy to forget how good Dwyane Wade is.

Playing alongside LeBron Jame, it can be easy to forget how good Dwyane Wade is.

Blake Griffin: 21 points (8/16), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block

DeAndre Jordan: 14 points (6/6), 20 rebounds, 5 blocks

Anthony Davis: 24 points (10/18), 12 rebounds, 3 steals

Tyreke Evans: 11 points (2/10), 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 1 block

Manu Ginobili: 24 points (9/17), 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Paul George: 25 points (8/16), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Dwyane Wade: 32 points (15/25), 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist

LeBron James: 24 points (8/14), 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Trey Burke: 30 points (12/20) , 8 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Al Hordford: 25 points (12/19), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks, 1 steal

Jeff Teague: 18 points (6/11), 15 assists, 8 rebounds

DeMarcus Cousins: 28 points (10/20), 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal

Brandon Jennings: 28 points (9/21), 14 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Carmelo Anthony: 29 points (9/29), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 bocks

Brandon Knight: 36 points (13/25), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 9 turnovers

Nikola Pekovic: 30 points (14/19), 9 rebounds, 1 assist

Kevin Love: 29 points (10/18), 15 rebounds, 9 assists, 1 steal

Kyle Korver: 28 point (10/15 + 8/10 from 3pt range), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

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