Line of the Night: St. Paddy’s Day Edition

Chandler Parsons had a big hand in leading the Rockets to a win over the Jazz.

Chandler Parsons had a big hand in leading the Rockets to a win over the Jazz.

Joakim Noah was flirting with a triple-double against last night, coming up 1 point and 1 assist shy of the benchmark, but it was in vain as Kevin Durant’s evening-high 35 points led the Thunder to a win over the Bulls.  The 76ers extended their losing streak to 21 games, a franchise record and bringing themselves to within 5 loses of the NBA record, set by the Cleveland Cavaliers the season following LeBron’s departure. The Pacers were on the winning end, getting a combined 49 points from Paul George and Lance Stephenson.  Omer Asik started at center for the Rockets last night, replacing the ailing Dwight Howard, responding with a double-double and along with a game-high 30 points from Terrance Jones, helped the Rockets to decimate the Jazz: 124-86.  The Denver Nuggets got double-doubles from Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson and ended the Clippers’ 11-game winning streak, despite a combined 54 points from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.  The Dallas Mavericks got a team effort from their players to win their third straight game and earn a win over the Boston Celtics.  The Charlotte Bobcats, who were one win away from a .500 records, are now two games behind that benchmark as the Atlanta Hawks handed them a loss.  Paul Millsap scored a game-high 28 points.  And finally, the Phoenix Suns dropped a game to the Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn: 108-95.  Daron Williams posted a game-high 28 points, and rookie Mason Plumblee gave the Nets a double-double and Joe Johnson had a solid all-around game.

Deron Williams led the Nets to another win last night with a team-high 28 points.

Deron Williams led the Nets to another win last night with a team-high 28 points.

Blake Griffin’s performance would have ranked a little higher had he not shot a woeful 7/25 from the field, and though Deron Williams shot a jaw-dropping 11/13, his totals simply were not high enough to put him in the conversation with Kevin Durant last night.  Terrance Jones posted the second highest point total of the evening, only 5 points behind Durant, and contributed some solid defensive stats with 4 blocks and 1 steal, but his rebounding and assist numbers were better than doubled by Durant.  Though I could have liked to see something in the defensive columns from Durant, he still wins Line of the Night with relative ease. 

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Kevin Durant, who appears to be guarded by  Leprechaun in this image, scored an evening-high 35 points.

Kevin Durant, who appears to be guarded by Leprechaun in this image, scored an evening-high 35 points.

Top Performances:

J.J.Hickson: 21 points (9/14), 11 rebounds

Kevin Durant: 35 points (11/21), 12 rebounds, 5 assists

Chris Paul: 29 points (10/19), 7 assists, 3 steals, 2 rebounds

Paul Millsap: 28 points (12/20), 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Deron Williams: 28 points (11/13), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Joe Johnson: 19 points (7/11), 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Blake Griffin: 26 points (7/25), 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals

Terrance Jones: 30 points (11/15), 5 rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal, 1 assist

Kenneth Faried: 18 points (6/14), 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

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