Line of the Night: December 21st

Hipster Russell Westbrook burned his tongue on a pizza because he ate it before it was cool. Oh, and he scored 31 points to led the Thunder to a win over the Spurs!

Hipster Russell Westbrook burned his tongue on a pizza because he ate it before it was cool. Oh, and he scored 31 points to led the Thunder to a win over the Spurs!

The Western Conference champions from each of the last two seasons met up last night with the Thunder coming out on top by a comfortable margin: 113-100.  Serge Ibaka posted a double-double and Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 31 points.  The Pelicans were a Ryan-Anderson three-pointer shy of forcing an overtime against the Trailblazers who got a game-high 29 point from Damian Lillard.  Eric Bledsoe led the Suns with 25 points as they beat the Dallas Mavericks.  The Kings for their first win in four games as they strolled past the Orlando Magic.  Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and dished out 9 assists.  Zach Randolph gave the Grizzlies a 25/15 game as they beat the New York Knicks.  Carmelo Anthony posted a game-high 30 points.  Three starters posted double-doubles for the 76ers, but it was not enough to defeat the Bucks who came out on top: 116-106.  The Clippers beat the Nuggets as Crawford got a taste of the starting line-up and responded with a game-high 27 points.  Blake Griffin grabbed 16 boards.  The Warriors blew out the Lakers who were without Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol: 102-83.  Andrew Bogut posted a 20/10 game, but rather than 20 points and 10 rebounds, he got 20 rebounds and 10 points.  Dwight Howard finally met somebody who is a worse free-throw shooter than he is as the Rockets toppled the Pistons.  Dwight posted an evening-high 35 points, and threw in 19 boards in the win.  He also got what may be a career high in assists with 5.  Brandon Jennings, not surprisingly, shot less than .200 from the floor, going 2/11.  Chicago downed Cleveland as nearly three starters posted 20/10 games. Joakim Noah posted 18 boards.  Utah earned a win against the Bobcats, and finally, Washington topped Boston: 106-99.

For a guy who can't jump, Zach Randolph gets an awful lot of rebounds.

For a guy who can’t jump, Zach Randolph gets an awful lot of rebounds.

Dwight Howard made this an easy call.  Posting an evening high in points, and being just 1 rebounds shy of the evening high?  Who else can you pick for Line of the Night, especially considering he did this against Andre Drummond. Dwight’s passing ability, though not as notorious as his free-throw shooting, is generally still subpar for a player of his immense talent, so his 5 assist is also impressive and his defensive stats were icing on the cake. 

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Dwight Howard was an easy choice for Line of the Night.

Dwight Howard was an easy choice for Line of the Night.

Dwight Howard: 35 points (13/18), 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Andrew Bogut: 12 points (6/12), 20 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Blake Griffin: 24 points (8/17), 16 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Khris Middleton: 27 points (11/15), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Caron Butler: 22 points (8/21), 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block

Michael Carter-Williams: 19 points (7/16), 12 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Spencer Hawes: 25 points (10/15), 11 rebounds, 2 assists

Thaddeus Young: 30 points (11/19), 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Carmelo Anthony: 30 points (11/22), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Zach Randolph: 25 points (9/18), 15 rebounds, 1 assist

Isaiah Thomas: 23 points (8/15), 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Damian Lillard: 29 points (11/21), 5 assists, 2 rebounds

Russell Westbrook: 31 points (13/22), 8 assists, 4 rebounds

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