I used the GameScore advanced metric available at www.basketball-reference.com to rank the top performers from last night's action.
Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 22.7
Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points and with 33:26 on the floor. He made five of his first six three point shots, eventually going five-for-10 from deep and eight-for-15 overall. He also drained three-of-four from the foul stripe, dished out four assists, grabbed four rebounds, and stole the ball three times. He finished with a game-high plus-25 rating and only turned the ball over once. He did not commit a foul on the night.
It was a lot more consistent than we have been for more of the 48 minutes, in both competitiveness and execution. - Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who now sits at 999 career victories.
Tony Parker (SAS) 16.1
Spurs guard Tony Parker put on a nine-for-12 shooting clinic, also making two-of-three from deep and his only free throw attempt, finishing the game with 21 points. He played 29:14, posted a plus-16 rating, and had four assists, three rebounds, three turnovers and two fouls.
This year has just been hard for this year for all those reasons, for all the injuries, but every team has got injuries so we're not trying to find excuses. - Parker, speaking about how the Spurs were completely healthy for only the second time this season.
Tyler Johnson (MIA) 13.0
Johnson continued to make it hard on Heat management to not offer him a contract for the balance of the season by leading the Heat off the bench with 18 points. He did it on a seven-for-10 shooting performance, making both of his outside shots and both of his foul shots. In addition, he had two steals and two rebounds in 25:24. He would finish up the game with a minus-9 rating, three turnovers and two fouls.
I mean they're making the right play like every single, well like 90 percent of the time. They're getting wide open jump shots, they're being aggressive and you just don't know what they're going to do. - Bosh, talking about the Spurs
Manu Ginobili (SAS) 11.1
Ginobili only scored six points on the night, playing 24:23 off the bench. He scored all his points on three pointers, making two-of-four attempts, adding a game-high nine assists, four rebounds, two steals and a plus-10 rating. He also committed two fouls and turned the ball over twice.
That's elite-level ball-handling, ball movement, passing and IQ and shooting. And great coaching. It's the full package. - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, stating the evident.
Chris Andersen (MIA) 9.7
Andersen made his 17th start of the season and his first in two weeks at center filling in for injured Hassan Whiteside. The Birdman made five-of-seven shots from the field for 10 points, grabbing five boards and dishing out one assist in 21:38. He posted a minus-3 rating overall, committing one foul.
The turnovers led to some pick-sixes, it got them going. They got some easy looks from that and had a big offensive quarter, 30 in the first and we were never able to get back into the game. - coach Spoelstra
Chris Bosh (MIA) 9.1
Luol Deng (MIA) 8.7
Tim Duncan (SAS) 8.2
Marco Belinelli (SAS) 6.5
Matt Bonner (SAS) 6.0
Danny Green (SAS) 4.9
James Ennis (MIA) 4.8
Justin Hamilton (MIA) 4.6
Mario Chalmers (MIA) 4.6
Norris Cole (MIA) 4.5
Patrick Mills (SAS) 4.5
Shabazz Napier (MIA) 4.1
Tiago Splitter (SAS) 2.8
Cory Joseph (SAS) 2.4
Boris Diaw (SAS) 2.3
Udonis Haslem (MIA) 0.3
Reggie Williams (SAS) -0.1
Aron Baynes (SAS) -0.6
Around the NBA
Russell Westbrook (OKC) 45.4
Westbrook led the NBA by averaging well over a point per minute in his 39:42 against the New Orleans Pelicans. He finished with 48 on 15-of-28 shooting, with three-of-five from outside, 11 assists, nine rebounds, four steals, and a plus-5 rating. He went to the line 15 times, making all 15 shots. Unfortunately for the Thunder, he couldn't milk three more points out of them in their 116-113 defeat. Westbrook had four fouls and three turnovers.
He got whatever he wanted. He was really, really aggressive, getting to the rim, shooting jump shots. He was great tonight. He carried us. - OKC forward Kevin Durant
Anthony Davis (NOP) 34.8
The other side of that same coin would see Davis post the second best totals in the NBA last night. He notched a double-double with 41 points and 10 boards, hitting 15 of his 23 shots and 10-of-10 from the foul stripe. He also made his first three-point shot this season, and third of his career at the buzzer for the final 116-113 margin. He would pitch in three assists, two blocked shots, three turnovers and two fouls.
If you don't want to be great, step aside and let somebody else be great. Everybody just wanted to be great tonight. I know I had to be great. I want to be great, so you have to be able to accept the challenges. - Davis
Third Star (tie)
Tobias Harris (ORL) 29.8
Harris was the main reason the Magic hung with the Lakers for 48 minutes, evenutally defeating the Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles team. The Magic finished them off with a six-point win, 103-97 in overtime. Harris played an NBA-high 45:24, scoring 34 points on 14-of-18 shooting. He made two-of-five from beyond the arc, all four of his foul shots, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. He would finish with a plus-4 rating, two turnovers and one foul.
It was a huge win for J.B; I think everybody was pulling for him in his first game. He deserves it more than anybody. ... That's the challenge, our task right now: Can we turn it around or will we just lie down and roll over ourselves? I thought this was a step in the right direction. - Harris, speaking about James Borrego's debut as the interim coach of the Magic.
Third Star (tie)
Marcus Morris (PHO) 29.8
The elder Morris twin scored a career-high 34 points on an 11-of-17 performance off the bench in 32:44. He made five-of-seven from deep, seven-of-eight from the line, grabbed a dozen boards, blocked a shot and even stole the ball twice. He posted a game-high plus-16 rating as the Suns defeated the Utah Jazz, 100-93.
Marcus Morris got hot and just accelerated the whole process. That was the story of the game. - Jazz coach Quin Snyder
Blake Griffin (LAC) 27.9
The Clippers dropped a 16 point decision to the Toronto Raptors, 123-107, but it wasn't for lack of trying. They jumped out to a 30-10 first quarter lead before gradually fading. Griffin scored 26 points, shooting nine-for-15 and making eight-of-nine from the stripe in the loss. Griffin earned a minus-14 rating, dished out nine assists, grabbed six rebounds, stole the ball once and finished with one rejection. He also committed one foul and turned the ball over once.
Guys need to step up, we need to find a way and we need to be better. You can't get too low, but our sense of urgency needs to go sky high right now. - Griffin, about the Clippers three-game losing streak.
Next up for the Heat, the New York Knicks, Monday night at 7:30.