Line of the Night: November 13

Tony Wroten went from NBA obscurity to his first triple-double last night.

Tony Wroten went from NBA obscurity to his first triple-double last night.

The Houston Rockets got double-doubles from three starters, but it was not enough as they fell to the 76ers in an overtime thrillers.  James Anderson (?) scored a game-high 36 points and Tony Wroten (?) post a triple-double for the 76ers.  Anthony Davis had another MVP performance, but the Pelicans still managed to earn the disheartening title of ‘First Team To Lose To Utah’.  Utah got double-doubles from three starters.  Greg Popovich brought out the bench early to mop up what was left of the Wasthington Harry Potters Wizards in a blowout.  Martel Webster posted a 20/10 game off the bench for the losing team.  The Nets are likely regretting signing a wife-beating, drunk-driving rookie coach to handle this team of veterans, as the Nets slow start got worse last night when they lost to the Sacramento Kings.  The Portland Trailblazers managed

Tony Wroten wasn't the only bench player to escape obscurity last night, as James Anderson post a career high in points, leading all scorers last night with 36 points

Tony Wroten wasn’t the only bench player to escape obscurity last night, as James Anderson post a career high in points, leading all scorers last night with 36 points

a win over the Phoenix Suns.   Arron Affalo post a game-high 36 points as he led the Magic past the Bucks.  The T-Wolves ran up the score against the Cavs: Kevin Love had a game-high 33 points.  Rudy Gay got revenge on his former team as the Raptors downed the Memphis Grizzlies.  Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both posted double-doubles in what may be a preview of the Western-Conference Finals, but it was not enough as the Clippers got big nights from Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.  The Lakers got double-doubles from three starters, including a 20/10 game from Pau Gasol, but the Denver Nuggets still managed to come away with a win.  The Charlotte Bobcats snapped Boston’s 4-game winning streaks behind a 20/10 game from Al Jefferson, and New York got a much needed win against the Atlanta Hawk behind a miraculous event: Andrea Barngani reached double-digits in rebounds. 

There were a lot of solid games last night, namely from two relative unknown players who have spent their NBA careers riding the bench but came up huge last night (James Anderson and Tony Wroten).  I’d love to give Line of the Night to one of those guys, but I’m going to have to go with Dwight Howard, not so much for his 23 points and 15 rebounds, but for his 6 blocks and 2 steals.  Those are some impressive defensive stats to go along with a solid out on the glass.  He also posted 6 assists, which isn’t typical of Dwight. 

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Top Performers

Dwight Howard posted 6 blocks last night, on his way to Line of the Night honours.

Dwight Howard posted 6 blocks last night, on his way to Line of the Night honours.

Al Jefferson: 22 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks

Pau Gasol: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 22 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Chris Paul: 14 points, 16 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Kevin Durant: 33 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Rudy Gay: 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks

Ricky Rubio: 16 points, 16 assist, 6 rebounds, 3 steals

Kevin Love: 33 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists

Arron Affalo: 36 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals

Martel Webster: 21 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists

Gordon Hayward: 27 points, assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 29 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block

Tony Wroten: 18 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, 1block

James Anderson: 36 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Jeremy Lin: 34 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds, 8 turnovers

Dwight Howard: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks, 2 steals

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