Line of the Night: December 19th

Kawhi Leonard, as he dunks on this evening's LOTN winner.

Kawhi Leonard, as he dunks on this evening’s LOTN winner.

Tim Duncan took the night off, but the Spurs still managed to put down the Warriors by a bucket.  Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs’ starters with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Marco Belinelli came off the bench to post a team-high 28 points.  The Warriors had two players reach the 30-point plateau: David Lee and Stephen Curry, and Andrew Bogut grabbed an evening high 18 rebounds.  In the evening’s only other game, the Thunder beat the Bulls, despite a 20/10 game from Joakim Noah.  Kevin Durant tied David Lee for the evening-high with 32 points, while Russell Westbrook contributed a 20/10 game himself.

Bogut, Curry and Lee all put up impressive numbers, but it was not enough to beat the Spurs.

Bogut, Curry and Lee all put up impressive numbers, but it was not enough to beat the Spurs.

Tough call for Line of the Night.  A 30/15 game is pretty impressive, but Curry’s field goal percentages was low, while David’s Lee’s defensive stats were as good as the numbers Noah or Durant posted.  Bogut’s rebound total was impressive, but he failed to crack double digits in points.  I have to go with Durant.  Not only did he post an evening-high in points, and get solid rebounding and assists numbers, but he also had solid defensive stats and the best field goal percentage among the top 5 leading scorers last night.

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Top Performers:

Kevin Durant posted another MVP caliber performance.

Kevin Durant posted another MVP caliber performance.

Joakim Noah: 23 points (8/17), 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 32 points (13/20), 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 1 block

Russell Westbrook: 20 points (7/12), 10 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Andrew Bogut: 8 points (3/3), 18 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 2 assists

David Lee: 32 points (13/22), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Stephen Curry: 30 points (12/28), 15 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds

Marco Belinelli: 28 points (10/16), 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Kawhi Leonard: 21 points (8/14), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

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