Line of the Night: November 15th

Josh Smith, not with the Pistons, was one block shy of a 5X5 game last night.

Josh Smith, not with the Pistons, was one block shy of a 5X5 game last night.

Kevin Love had a nice all-around game, posting 28 points, 10 rebounds and throwing in 3 steals and 2 blocks (this brought his career steals and blocks count to 3 and 2 respectively), but it was not enough as the Denver Nuggets earned a “W” against the T-Wolves.  Denver got double-doubles from three starters (Ty Lawson, J.J. Hickson and Keneth Faried).  Jeff Teague posted a game-high 33 points as the Hawks beat the 76ers.  LaMarcus Aldridge led the Trailblazers in scoring and rebounds as they toppled the Boston Celtics.  The Bobcats and the Cavaliers both played poorly as the teams combined to shoot .402 from the floor for the game.  The Bobcats came out on top, but it was an ugly win.  Roy Hibbert, who shot .800 from the floor last night, was 2 blocks away from getting a triple-double the hard way as he

Dwyane Wade (left) posted 8 steals last night, whilst Roy Hibbert (right) posted 8 blocks.

Dwyane Wade (left) posted 8 steals last night, whilst Roy Hibbert (right) posted 8 blocks.

helped led the Pacers to their 9th straight win.  The Pacers are the only undefeated team remaining in the league.  The Bucks served as fodder for the Pacers.  Zach Randolph posted a 20/10 game and Marc Gasol was flirting with a triple-double as the Memphis Grizzlies put down the Lakers.  In a re-match of the 2010 NBA finals, the Miami Heat earned a victory over the Dallas Mavericks.  LeBron James scored and evening high 39 points while Dwyane Wade posted and evening high 8 steals.  The Brooklyn Nets beat the Phoenix Suns by a single basket: Joe Johnson scored a game-high 27 points.  Promising big-men DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond went head-to-head last night in Sacramento, and the Pistons came away with a win as Drummond went ape-shit on the glass and grabbed 18 rebounds.  Josh Smith had a stellar all-around game and was a single block short of a 5X5 game.  DeMar DeRozen posted a game-high 37 points, but the Raptors still fell to the Chicago Bulls.  And, finally, the Spurs, who have the second best record in the league right now and sit atop the standing in the west, downed the team with the worst record.  The Jazz were led by Derrick Favors who nearly posted a 20/20 game.

Marc Gasol, subject of some awkward publicity photos, nearly posted a triple-double last night to go along with 3 steals and 3 blocks.

Marc Gasol, subject of some awkward publicity photos, nearly posted a triple-double last night to go along with 3 steals and 3 blocks.

It is a tough call for Line of the Night.  LBJ’s point total is stellar, but Josh Smith’s all-around game was amazing.  Teague was the only player last night to record a 30/10 game, but Love was close and he had, uncharacteristically, 3 steals and 2 blocks.   Derrick Favors nearly posted a 20/20 game and got 3 steals and blocks as well, while Marc Gasol nearly posted a triple-double with 3 blocks and steals.  Not to mention the Wade and Hibbert posted 8 steals and blocks respectively.  My pick, though, goes to Josh Smith.  The steals and blocks totals are what makes the difference for me, but this one is too close to call.

Find out how the readers at ProSportsDaily voted here, and cast your own vote. 

Top Performers

Derrick Favors nearly posted a 20/20 game last night.

Derrick Favors nearly posted a 20/20 game last night.

Derrick Favors: 20 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

DeMar DeRozen: 37 points, 1 assist, 1 rebounds

Josh Smith: 21 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, 4 blocks

Andre Drummond: 15 points, 18 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

Dwyane Wade: 17 points, 8 assists, 8 steals, 5 rebounds

LeBron James: 39 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Dirk Nowitzki: 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal

Zach Randolph: 28 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists

Marc Gasol: 18 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals, 3 block

Roy Hibbert: 24 points, 10 rebounds, 8 blocks, 1 assist

Kevin Love: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks

Jeff Teague: 33 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

LaMarcus Aldridge: 27 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

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