Doing Lines: Grading the Stars

Every night there are some stupendous, silly, stupid, or downright outlandish individual lines from around the lig. Doing Lines

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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.

* 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.

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