Doing Lines: Grading the Stars

Every night there are some stupendous, silly, stupid, or downright outlandish individual lines from around the lig. Doing Lines lets you know which one tops the list.

Kobe Bryant got the game-winner and the requisite SportsCenter attention, but the lig's other stars didn't go quietly into the night. In fact, a number of stars had much better lines than Bean. Sorry, Holmes: 33 points on 32 FGAs is not that amazing. To wit, check out what the rest of the league did.

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* LeBron James:30 points on 15 FGAs, with 11 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and a block.

* Dwyane Wade:31 points on 15 FGAs, eight assists, three rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

* Dirk Nowitzki:44 points on 26 FGAs and 14 rebounds.

* Kevin Martin:30 points on 13 FGAs.

* Dwight Howard:25 points on 10 FGAs, 15 rebounds and four steals.

Basically, what I'm tryin' to say: you give any other Alpha in the league 32 shots against any defense, and there's a good chance they'll be able to score 33 points, too. Not to diminish Kobe as a whole -- his season has featured good shooting on the whole; just keep his gaudy point total in perspective. A number of gaudy scorers are more efficient than the MVP.

Doing Lines: Grading the Stars originally appeared on NBA FanHouse on Wed, 14 Jan 2009 09:20:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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