Line of the Night: December, Friday the 13th

Joakim Noah's stellar defensive effort and amazing night on the glass helped him earn Line of the Night, and more importantly a win for the Bulls.

Joakim Noah’s stellar defensive effort and amazing night on the glass helped him earn Line of the Night, and more importantly a win for the Bulls.

Kevin Love dropped 42 points last night to lead all scorers and even pulled down 14 rebounds as well, but despite this, and the fact the Nikla Pekovic also had a double-double, the T-Wolves still fell to the Spurs who got a near triple-double from Tim Duncan.  The 76ers were still without ROY candidate Michael Carter-Williams as they fell to the Toronto Raptors.  Even Turner posted a 20/10 game.  The Suns spoiled Rudy Gay’s debut for the Kings, though Gay did have a solid game, as did DeMarcus Cousins.  Kyrie Irving posted a game-high 31 points to lead the Cavs past the Magic.  The Lakers failed to secure their first win since the return of Kobe Bryant, losing to Thunder.  Kevin Durant scored a game-high 31 points while Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook were both one point shy of 20/10 games.  Kobe dished out an evening-high 13 assists. The Pelicans managed to stay above .500 despite missing Anthony Davis as they handed the Memphis Grizzlies a loss.  The Bulls beat the

Kevin Love had another MVP night, posting 42 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Kevin Love had another MVP night, posting 42 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

Bucks by the narrowest of margins as Joakim Noah fell two rebounds shy of a 20/20 game and put up some nice defensive stats.  John Henson also have a nice defensive outing for the Bucks.  The Bobcats fell victim to the Pacers: 99-94.  Lance Stephenson was 3 assists shy of his third triple-double of the season.  Three starters for the Warriors record double-doubles, but it was not enough to beat the Houston Rockets.  Andre Blatche came off the bench to give the Nets a 20/10 game, but Detroit answered back with two starters (their own ‘Andre’, aka: Mr. Drummond, and Greg Monroe) both getting 20/10 games of their own, helping Detroit to a victory over the struggling Nets.  I still don’t know why Maurice Cheeks is giving more shots to guys shooting  .231 and .214 (Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings) than a guy shooing .727 (Drummond), but hey, as long as they won.  Utah got a big game out of Gordon Hayward as they earned a rare win, this one over the Denver Nuggets.   The Knicks lost to the Celtics again: mundane games were had by all, and the Washington Wizards fell to the Atlanta Hawks by a basket.  Trevor Booker (?) had a big game for the Wizards in the loss that saw three starters post double-doubles.  Al Horford scored a game-high 34 points.

Lance Stephenson continues a career year as he nearly posted a 20/10/10 triple-double.

Lance Stephenson continues a career year as he nearly posted a 20/10/10 triple-double.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Joakim Noah.  I was tempted to go with Kevin Love, given that he had 42 points and 14 rebounds, but though Love scored literally double the point that Noah did, Noah’s percentage was a very impressive .666 from the field, and he eclipsed Love in every other category: more rebounds, more assists, most steals and more blocks.  Such a strong defensive effort deserves some praise.    

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:

Al Horford had one of his best games of the season in a win over the Wizards.

Al Horford had one of his best games of the season in a win over the Wizards.

Al Horford: 34 points (15/23), 15 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals

Gordon Hayward: 30 points (11/18), 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Lance Stephenson: 20 points (9/14), 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals

Joakim Noah: 21 points (10/15), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Russell Westbrook: 19 points (7/19), 12 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals

Kevin Durant: 31 points (10/13), 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 1 block

Eric Bledsoe: 28 points (11/16), 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks

DeMarcus Cousins: 15 points (5/16), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, 1 block

Evan Turner: 21 points (7/18), 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals

Kevin Love: 42 points (15/27), 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

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