Line of the Night: December 8th

Kobe Bryant made his season debut last night.

Kobe Bryant made his season debut last night.

In last night’s main event the Indiana Pacers went up against the OKC Thunder.  Durant and George both came to play, but it was Durant whose team came out on top: 118-94.  The Boston Celtics were not going to allow the Knicks to win their third straight and trounced the Knicks by over 40 points.  Boston’s bench was brought out early to mop up the mess.  The Miami Heat visited the Detroit Pistons and came away with a win. Dwight Howard hosted his former team as the Houston Rockets handily defeated the Orlando Magic.  James Harden was 2 rebounds short of a triple-double and Dwight posted a 20/20 game in the winning effort.  The biggest news of the night, of course, was the return of Kobe Bryant.  The Lakers visited the Toronto Raptors, but Bryant was limited to less than 30 minutes of playing time and shot a meager 2/9 from the field.  None of LA’s starters reached double figures in points, but every player who entered the game off the bench did, with Xaxier Henry scoring 17 points in 14 minutes.  Amir Johnson had the best game in the contest, posting a game-high in points (32), rebounds (10), and blocks (2).

If Dwight Howard and James Harden played as well as they did last night every night, the Rockets would be unbeatable.

If Dwight Howard and James Harden played as well as they did last night every night, the Rockets would be unbeatable.

There are a couple of legit choices for Line of the Night, especially with 30/10 games from both Durant and Johnson, and near triple-doubles from Westbrook and Harden, not to mention a great defensive game from Terrance Jones.   My pick for Line of the Night, though, has to go to Dwight Howard.  A 20/20 game is always impressive, especially when it is against your former team and it is coupled with strong defensive stats.

To see how the readers at ProSportsDaily voted, go here, and cast your own vote.  And be sure to follow me on Twitter @JasonJHorn. 

Top Performers:

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both posted MVP numbers last night.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both posted MVP numbers last night.

Amir Johnson: 32 points (14/17), 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist

James Harden: 27 points (7/17), 10 assists, 8 rebounds

Terrance Jones: 16 points (6/13), 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 steals

Dwight Howard: 20 points (6/12), 22 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals

LeBron James: 24 points (10/15), 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 36 points (14/23), 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Russell Westbrook: 26 points (11/17), 13 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal

Paul George: 32 points (9/17), 5 rebounds, 3 steals

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