Line of the Night: Pi Day Edition

Kenneth Faried, the Mamimal, tearing apart the Heat.

Kenneth Faried, the Mamimal, tearing apart the Heat.

Anthony Davis seems to have stepped his game up to a never level as of late.  Last night he posted a career-high 36 points to lead all scorers.  The effort was in vain, however, as the Trailblazers topped the Pelicans despite the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge.  Nicolas Batum hauled in an evening-high 18 rebounds for the Trailblazers.  The San Antonio Spurs won an exhibition game against the D-League’s Los Angeles Lakers.  Greg Popovich pulled his starters out early, giving none of them even as many as 22 minutes, and five bench players scored in double-figures.  The Clippers earned a road win over the Utah Jazz, helping to maintain their division leading record.  The Memphis Grizzlies went north of the boarder to square off against the Raptors.  Kyle Lowry led all playmakers in assists with 12, taking the Raptors past the Grizzlies to answer the age-old pataphysical question: Who would win a fight between a Raptor and a Grizzly bear?  Thaddeus Young posted a 25/10 game for the D-League’s Philadelphia 76ers, but they were unable to overcome the Indiana Pacers.  Four of Washington’s starters recorded double-doubles last night, as the Wizards topped the Orlando Magic.  Kenneth Faried posted a 20/10 game to help the Nuggets hand the Heat their second straight loss.  The Warriors fell short against the Cavs as two of the league’s top young point guards, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving, went head-to-head.  Curry had that better game, but it was the Cavs who came away with the win.  Spencer Hawes led the Cavs in points and rebounds.  Al Jefferson tore apart another All-Star power forward, outrebounding Kevin Love and holding him to 18 points on 7/17 shooting while Jefferson posted 25 points and brought down 16 rebounds.  The Bobcats are now only 2 games under .500.  And finally, the Phoenix Suns employed a team-effort to put down the Boston Celtics. 

Two of the best young point guards went head-to-head.  Curry won the match-up, but Irving won the game.

Two of the best young point guards went head-to-head. Curry won the match-up, but Irving won the game.

My pick for Line of the Night goes to Anthony Davis.  I would have liked to see a few more rebounds and maybe a couple of more blocks, but Davis’s FG% locks this up for him. Easily the highest scoring output of the evening, and aside from Ray Allen, one of the most efficient.  Thaddeus Young and Al Jefferson both had great lines, but both shot well under .500, while players like Kenneth Faried and Spencer Hawes simply didn’t score enough to keep up pace.

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Line of the Night winner Anthony Davis, scoring 2 of his career-high 36 points.

Line of the Night winner Anthony Davis, scoring 2 of his career-high 36 points.

John Wall: 21 points (7/18), 11 assists, 5 rebounds

Ray Allen: 22 points (7/9), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Trevor Ariza: 21 points (6/16), 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Stephen Curry: 27 points (8/17), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals

Nicolas Batum: 22 points (8/16), 18 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Kenneth Faried: 24 points (9/15), 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist

Al Jefferson: 25 points (12/26), 16 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

Thaddeus Young: 25 points (10/31), 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals

Kyle Lowry: 22 points (6/14), 12 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Paul George: 25 points (9/15), 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Anthony Davis: 36 points (15/27), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Marcin Gortat: 19 points (6/13), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal

Spencer Hawes: 22 points (8/18), 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

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