Line of the Night: Novemeber 2nd

Anthony Davis missed the elusive 5X5 game by a single assist, but still earned his second LOTN in as many nights

Anthony Davis missed the elusive 5X5 game by a single assist, but still earned his second LOTN in as many nights

Anthony Davis was one assist away from a 5X5 game, which would have only been the second one in the last 10 years, and would have been far more impressive than the one Nicholas Batum posted last season.  The Pelicans got their first win of the season, and Davis started his bid for MVP and MIP by posting: 25 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, and 6 blocks!  The Bobcats were on the losing end of that performance.  The second coming of Magic Johnson, also known as Michael Carter-Williams, continued his bid for the ROY and proved that his debut game wasn’t just a fluke as he posted 26 points,

Michael Carter-Williams is fast turning into an elite NBA player.

Michael Carter-Williams is fast turning into an elite NBA player.

10 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals as the 76ers, who were expected to finish with an awful record, earn their third win in the first three games, defeating the Chicago Bulls.  Shawn Marion (21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks) might not have scored more than Z-Bo (21 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal), but that didn’t stop the Mavs from handing the Grizzlies a loss.  Monta Ellis, whom seemed determined to score at least 20 points regardless of how many shots it took, shot under .400 for the game and only managed 18 points, but his teammates compensated for the trigger-happy ‘shooting’ guard.  The Kings got a great rebounding night from the bench, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden State Warriors, led Klay Thompsons evening-high 27 points (to go

Nicholas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the season against the Spurs!

Nicholas Batum recorded the first triple-double of the season against the Spurs!

along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal) and double-doubles from David Lee (15 points, 12 rebounds) and Stephen Curry (22 points, 12 assists), earned their second win of the season.  If these three keep this up all season, GWS will be hoisting a banner come summer.  The Pacers strolled to their third win of the season with a win over the Cavs, who offered a lackluster performance.  Paul George posted 21 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.  Rudy Gay, who appears to be on the trading block with the rest of the Toronto Raptors, dropped 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a win over the Bucks.  The aforementioned Nicholas Batum posted the first triple-double of the season with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, as the Trailblazers as they earned a win over the Spurs.  Aside from Batum’s 3D performance, three Portland starters score 20 or more points in the game.  And the Houston Rockets remained undefeated after their third game of the season with a win over the Utah Jazz.  Chandler Parsons lead the way with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, and was one of four Rockets to get as many or more shots than Dwight Howard (James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia being the others).  I can’t help but wonder how long it will be before Dwight starts asking for more shots, regardless of how well the team might be doing. 

 

I’m picking Anthony Davis for line of the night.  It’s not too often somebody posts 6 steals AND 6 blocks in a game, much, but MCW is a close second with Nicholas Batum running close behind. 

 

Despite playing alongside All-Stars David Lee and Andre Iguadala, and emerging star Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson has managed to show that is a legit first option on offense.

Despite playing alongside All-Stars David Lee and Andre Iguadala, and emerging star Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson has managed to show that is a legit first option on offense.

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Top Performers

 

Anthony Daivs: 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals, 6 blocks

Michael Carter-Williams: 26 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Klay Thompson: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Nicholas Batum: 11 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 1 block

 

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