Line of the Night: November 27th

Goran (right), not to be confused with Gorn (left), posted a 30/10 game last night, helping the Suns end the Trailblazers' winning streak.

Goran (right), not to be confused with Gorn (left), posted a 30/10 game last night, helping the Suns end the Trailblazers’ winning streak.

The Pistons could not string together three in a row as they fell to the short-handed Bulls.  Luol Deng posted a game-high 27 points.  Jerryd Bayless came off the bench to post a team-high 22 points as the Grizzlies earned a win over the Celtics.  Jeff Green scored a game-high 26 points and Jared Sulligner posted a 20/10 game.  The Pacers took their starters out early as they maintained the league’s best record with a win over the Bobcats.  Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson both posted double-doubles.  A Spurs loss to the Thunder assured that the Pacers were now the sole owners of the league’s best record.   The Nets suffered another disappointing loss, this one to the Lakers.  Nick Young came off the bench to score a game-high 26 points.  Michael Carter-Williams

Victor Olapido is emerging as a top candidate to the ROY.

Victor Oladipo is emerging as a top candidate to the ROY.

continues to rack up the steals, and Evan Turn posted a near triple-double, but the Magic came away with a win over the 76ers. Nikola Vucevic posted a game-high 16 rebounds.  Carter-Williams biggest competition for the ROY award, Victor Oladipo, came away with a very impressive 5 steals: one more than Carter-Williams.  LeBron paid a visit to his old stomping ground and led the Heat past the Cavs with an MVP performance that likely gave Cavs’ fans a reason to hate and miss James.  Dion Waiters came off the bench to lead the Cavs with 24 points.  The Rockets got a win over the visiting Hawks.  Francisco Garcia and Aaron Brooks both came off the bench for the Rockets to score 21 points apiece.  The Spurs winning streak was snapped in a re-match of the 2012 Western Conference Finals.  Reggie Jackson came off the bench for the Thunder to score 23 points and Kevin Durant posted a

LeBron James posted another MVP performance.

LeBron James posted another MVP performance.

game-high 24 points.  Washington is now within one win of .500 and coach Randy Whittman may have bought himself a little job security.  Marcin Gortat scored a game-high 26 points.  The T-Wolves continued to slide as the dropped a game against the surging Nuggets.  1-4, the Nuggets have won 6 of their last 8 games.  The T-Wolves, on the other hand, started out strong, winning 5 of 7 games, but have now lost 5 of the last 7 games.  Kevin Love’s FG% the last few games has not helped the T-Wolves out.  He grabbed a game-high 15 boards, but was 7/19 from the field.  The Mavericks managed a win over the short-handed Warriors.  Stephen Curry scored game-high 29 points and David Lee posted a 20/10 game.  The Portland Trailblazers also saw their winning streak come to an end as they fell to the Phoenix Suns in a high-scoring game.  Goran Dragic posted a game-high 31 points and dished out 10 assists.  With the Spurs and the Trailblazers both losing, that Miami with the league’s longest current winning streak at 8 game.  And finally, the Knicks fell to the Clippers.  Chris Paul left the game early with a strained hamstring and Blake Griffin posted his 9th straight double-double. 

Nikola Vucevic posted impressive numbers, earning LOTN.

Nikola Vucevic posted impressive numbers, earning LOTN.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Nikola Vucevic.  LeBron James had another MVP performance with a near triple-double, and Goran Gragic posted a 30/10 game, but Vucevic had a crazy high FG%, and rebounds+assists total was higher than both James and Dragic, while his steals+blocks total was also higher than both player.  Marcn Gortat deserves mention here as well, going 11/12 from the floor! 

To see how the readers at ProSportsDaily voted, go here, and be sure to cast your own vote.

Top Performers:

Evan Turn continued his push for the MIP award with a near triple-double.

Evan Turn continued his push for the MIP award with a near triple-double.

Channing Frye: 25 points (10/12), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Goran Dragic: 31 points (10/18), 10 assists, 5 rebounds

David Lee: 20 points (7/14), 12 rebounds, 3 assists

Stephen Curry: 29 points (9/19), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Kevin Love: 19 points (7/19), 15 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal

Marcin Gortat: 25 points (11/12), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks

Serge Ibaka: 17 points (7/15), 11 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal

Kevin Durant: 24 points (10/23), 13 rebounds, 4 assists

LeBron James:  28 points (9/19), 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals

Victor Oladipo: 18 points (7/11), 5 assists, 5 steals, 3 rebounds

Nikola Vucevic: 21 points (10/13), 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 3 blocks

Evan Turner: 17 points (7/14), 11 rebounds, 8 assists,

Jarred Sullenger: 23 points (10/18), 12 rebounds, 3 assists

Luol Deng: 27 points (11/17), 6 rebouds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block

Taj Gibsn: 23 points, (11/13) 8 rebounds, 1 assist

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