We had eight games around the NBA yesterday and several players put up monster games. Here are the top five individual performances from last night:
5. Dirk Nowitzki – Dallas Mavericks – 21 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists
Dirk Nowitzki is finally finding his superstar form again, and followed up his season-best performance of 30 points and 13 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers, with yet another huge game. The Mavs fell short to the Milwaukee Bucks, but Nowitzki crashed the boards for a ridiculous 20 rebounds, something he hadn’t done since 2007. He also added 21 points on an acceptable 8-16 shooting.
4. Marcus Thornton – Sacramento Kings – 36 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds
Thornton’s scoring off the bench has been rather inconsistent this season, but he had a monster game against the Heat last night. Thornton’s season-high 36 points kept the Kings in the game, as he seemingly couldn’t miss from beyond the arc, connecting on 8 of his 12 three-point attempts.
3. Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors – 38 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 14-20 FG
The Indiana Pacers won the game against the Warriors last night, and although the game was highlighted by the brawl, Steph Curry put on a show last night. He started the game off extremely hot, hitting shots from just about everywhere. Curry had a very efficient night overall and scored a season-high 38 points.
2. Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat – 39 points, 7 assists, 8 rebounds
In a double overtime, you can always expect to see big numbers. Wade has been looking terrific lately and scored a season-high 39 points. He did miss some critical free throws down the stretch, which would have allowed Miami to finish the game on time, but other than that he had a balanced and all around solid performance.
1. LeBron James – Miami Heat – 40 points, 16 assists, 8 rebounds
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, LeBron James shows you something new. James scored a season-high 40 points last night, while also adding a career-high 16 assists, falling just two rebounds short of a triple double. Oh, and he also shot over 60% from the field, and went 11-12 at the free throw line.