Line of the Night: November 25th

Kemba Walker had a big game last night.

Kemba Walker had a big game last night.

The Bucks’ woes continued last night as they dropped a game to the Detroit Pistons. Only one starter managed to break double digits for the Bucks.  Brandon Jennings had his best game as a Piston, going .500 from the floor and handing out 13 assists.  Boston managed a win over the Bobcats despite a big night from Kemba Walker.  Ty Lawson and J.J. Hickson both had solid nights for the Nuggets as they earned a win over the Mavs.  The T-Wolves got another MVP performance from Kevin Love, but it was not enough to overcome the Pacers, who maintained the league’s best record.  Paul George and George Hill posted a game-high 26 points each.  Goran Dragic was flirting with a triple-double last night, but the Heat still managed to put the Suns down.  LeBron James exploded for 35 points.  Wade posted a 20/10 in the winning effort.  Portland overcame a 30/15 night from Carmelo Anthony to earn their 11th straight win, the league’s longest current winning streak.  Greg Popovich brought the bench out

Carlos Boozer looked like the only professional basketball player in Utah last night.

Carlos Boozer looked like the only professional basketball player in Utah last night.

early as the Spurs used their second line to defeat the Pelicans.  Not a single Spurs’ starter cracked 25 minutes in the game as the Spurs maintained both the league’s longest winning streak (tied with Portland) and the league’s best record (tied with Indianan).   The Rockets earned a win over the Grizzlies, and finally, the Bulls and the Jazz had a competition to see who could play shittier.  Neither team managed .400 from the floor, and though the game went into overtime, neither team broke the 90 points.  The Jazz ended up with the “win”. 

A lot of solid performances tonight.  Melo’s 30/15 game was impressive, but his FG% was not. LeBron scored one more point than Melo and took 11 fewer shots. Love’s 17 boards was an evening high, but his FG%, like Melo’s, was a little low.  Boozer had a solid 25/15 game with a nice percentage, but, again, LeBron outscored Boozer and took far fewer shots.  George

George Hill helped the Pacers maintain the league's best record last night.

George Hill helped the Pacers maintain the league’s best record last night.

Hill has an edge over teammate Paul George considering his defensive stats, but does that give him an edge over James, who scored 9 more points than Hill?Hill posted 5 steals and 1 block to LeBron’s 1 steal and 1 block, and though Hill posted 2 fewer rebounds, he handed out 3 more assists.  This is a tight race, but I’ll give it to LeBron, who drew more fouls and committed less fouls as well.  Those kind of numbers don’t get a lot of attention, but they can create 10 point difference in a game. 

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Top Performers. 

Reigning MVP LBJ posted another MVP caliber performance last night, earning LOTN honours.

Reigning MVP LBJ posted another MVP caliber performance last night, earning LOTN honours.

Carlos Boozer: 26 points (12/23), 16 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assists, 1 steal

Carmelo Anthony: 34 points (13/25), 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Dwayne Wade: 21 points (9/13), 12 assists, 6 rebounds

LeBron James: 35 points (11/14), 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

George Hill: 26 points (9/13), 7 assists, 5 steals,  3 rebounds, 1 block

Paul George: 26 points (10/16), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals

Kevin Love: 20 points (6/20), 17 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

JJ Hickson: 22 points (8/11), 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, 1 block

Ty Lawson: 19 points (7/11), 11 assists, 3 rebounds

Kemba Walker: 28 points (11/17), 6 rebounds, 5 assists

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