Top 10 stat lines of 2013-14

By Jon Hartzell, for NBA.com

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Look near the benches after an NBA game, and you’ll see the floor littered with stat sheets. These white pieces of paper usually show pretty unremarkable lines and instead are used to assess the team as a whole. But on some nights, individual stat lines stand out from the rest and allow us to see who is truly outstanding.

Here are the top 10 stat lines of the 2013-14 regular season:

10. Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors


VIDEO: Terrence Ross drops 51 points in a loss to the Clippers

January 25, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Clippers – 51 points (16-for-29 FG, 10-for-17 3PT FGA) and nine rebounds

No one expected Terrence Ross to score 51 points. No one expected him to score 40. Or 30. Going in to this game against the Clippers, the second-year guard’s career high was 26 points. He shattered this mark, connecting on 10 of 17 3-pointers, which is the second-most 3-pointers made in a 50-point game in NBA history (Stephen Curry - 11, 2013). Unfortunately for the sold-out Toronto crowd, the Raptors lost to the Clippers 126-118 despite the career night from Ross.

9. Timofey Mozgov, Denver Nuggets


VIDEO: Denver’s Timofey Mozgov nabs a 20-20 game against the Warriors

April 10, 2014 vs. Golden State Warriors – 23 points (10-for-15 FG), 29 rebounds and three assists

Speaking of the unexpected … how about Timofey Mozgov? Prior to this game, Mozgov collected more than 15 rebounds just twice during his four-year career and scored more than 20 points only five times. He did both on this Thursday night to became just the third player to collect 23-plus points and rebounds and shoot 60 percent or better since 1985-86, joining distinguished big men Dikembe Mutombo and Charles Oakley. Mozgov’s career-night led the short-handed Nuggets to a 100-99 victory at Oracle Arena.

8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder


VIDEO: Kevin Durant erupts for 51 points against the Raptors

March 21, 2014 vs. Toronto Raptors – 51 points (15-for-32 FG, 7-for-12 3PT FGA), 12 rebounds and seven assists

Kevin Durant‘s fourth-career 50-point game came during a double-overtime thriller in Toronto. Durant rallied the Thunder (who lost Russell Westbrook to injury during the third quarter) and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in double-OT. This stat line marked his 34th straight game with 25 or more points and placed him in company with Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as the only players to collect 50-plus points, 12-plus rebounds and seven-plus assists in a game since 1985-86 (Jordan, of course, did it twice). Durant scored 38 of those 51 points in the second half of OKC’s 119-118 win.

7. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves


VIDEO: A red-hot Kevin Love drops in 45 points against the Clippers

December 22, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Clippers – 45 points (15-for-23 FG, 13-for-15 FT), 19 rebounds and six assists

High-point, high-rebound games are nothing new for Kevin Love. The rebound machine has notched a game with 30 or more points and 15 or more rebounds 27 times in his career. This game is unique, though. His 45 points are the second-most he’s ever scored and he did it while shooting 65.2 percent. When you add in the 19 rebounds and six assists, this stat line becomes remarkable. Love is just the fourth player in the past 40 seasons to record 45-plus points, 19-plus rebounds and six-plus assists in a game and the first since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1996.  However, the Timberwolves lost 120-116 in L.A.

6. Corey Brewer, Minnesota Timberwolves


VIDEO: Corey Brewer has 51 points as the Wolves hold off the Rockets

April 11, 2014 vs. Houston Rockets – 51 points (19-for-30 FG, 2-for-6 3PT FGA) and six steals

Kevin Love wasn’t the only player in Minnesota putting up monster stat lines. Corey Brewer joined the party near the end of the season with an exceptional all-around game that saw him collect 51 points and six steals. Brewer certainly benefited from the lackluster defense of James Harden to score his 51 points. But no player in the NBA is bad enough on defense to allow 50-plus points simply because of their deficiencies. Scoring outbursts like that require impressive offensive displays, no matter the defender, and Brewer provided one. He joins Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry as the only players to gather 50-plus points and six-plus steals in a game since steals became an official statistic in 1973-74. The Timberwolves defeated the Rockets 112-110.

5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder


VIDEO: Kevin Durant crosses the 30-point plateau for the 10th straight game

January 25, 2014 vs. Philadelphia 76ers – 32 points (12-for-17 FG, 7-for-7 FT), 14 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals

The lone triple-double on this list was a special one for Durant. He was the first player since 1985-86 to collect 30-plus points, 14-plus rebounds, 10-plus assists and two-plus steals while shooting 70 percent or better. He did it against the hapless Sixers, yes. But this game marked Durant’s return from a shoulder injury and extended his streak of 30 or more points to 10 games. He continued this run for six more days before it was snapped against Brooklyn at 12 games. This streak is the fourth longest run of 30 or more points in NBA history and the longest since Tracy McGrady powered through 14 games in 2003. (Wilt Chamberlain‘s 65-game streak appears to be safe.) The Thunder defeated the Sixers 103-91.

4. LeBron James, Miami Heat


VIDEO: LeBron James torches the Bobcats (and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist) for 61 points

March 3, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats – 61 points (22-for-33 FG, 8-for-10 3PT FGA), seven rebounds, four assists

LeBron James, the best basketball player in the world, arguably played the best game of his career on an early-March night in Miami against Charlotte. And he wore a mask. James collected 61 points against a defensively strong Bobcats (now Hornets) squad to set a career and Heat-franchise scoring record. He set career highs for points in a quarter (25) and FGs in a game (22) and tied his career-high for 3-pointers (8).  His field goal percentage (66.7) was the highest in a 60-point game since Shaquille O’Neal scored 60 points on 68.6 percent shooting in 2000. Think Miami will miss this guy? The Heat defeated the Bobcats 124-107.

3. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks


VIDEO: Carmelo Anthony nets 62 points in a romp of the Bobcats

January 24, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats – 62 points (23-for-35 FG, 6-for-11 3PT FGA) and 13 rebounds

This is what happens when Carmelo Anthony is efficient. The talented scorer set a career-high, New York Knicks-high and Madison Square Garden-high with 62 points on an incredible 65.7 percent overall and 100 percent from the free-throw line. Anthony had 56 points after three quarters and added 13 rebounds just for kicks to join Jordan, Shaq, David Robinson and Karl Malone as the only players to collect 60-plus points and 13-plus rebounds since 1985-86. He also scored the most points without a turnover since turnovers were first recorded in 1977-78. Oh, and New York won 125-96.

2. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans


VIDEO: Anthony Davis puts up a 40-point, 21-rebound performance against the Celtics

March 16, 2014 vs. Boston Celtics – 40 points (14-for-22 FG, 12-for-12 FT), 21 rebounds and three blocks

Look at that stat line and remember, Anthony Davis is just 21. Granted, this game went into overtime, so Davis played a full 48 minutes. But Davis became the youngest player since O’Neal to record a 40-point, 20-rebound game and the fourth-youngest in history to accomplish the feat. Add in his 12-for-12 shooting from the free-throw line and three blocks and you have a stat line that has rarely been seen in NBA history. For good measure, the Pelicans won 121-120.

1. Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers


VIDEO: Chris Paul dominates the Warriors with an epic performance

October 31, 2013 vs. Golden State Warriors – 42 points (12-for-20 FG, 16-for-17 FT), 15 assists and six steals

Apparently, no one told Chris Paul to save his best for last. The All-Star point guard erupted for this historic stat line on Halloween, during the Clippers’ second game of the season. He’s the first player to record at least 40 points, 15 assists and 5 steals in a game since steals were first recorded in 1973-74 and joins James and Iverson as the only players to collect 40 points and 15 assists in the past 20 seasons. This remarkable night for a remarkable player should go down as the best stat line of the 2013-14 season. (And, the Clippers won, 126-115.)

37 Comments

  1. MrEtCetera says:

    What about that kid from Syracuse?

  2. FaySpinoza says:

    they forgot MCW first game as rookie against Heat: 22pts, 12 ast, 9stls and 7 rebds!

  3. ko0kiE says:

    camelo anthonys performance was most impressive… he could easily have scored 70.. maybe even reach 80 if they kept him in.

  4. CM Diaz says:

    Melo was amazing in that game… But I must voice my opinion on watching Kidd-Gilchrist playing that weak defense… wow what a bust. How unfortunate for the Bobcats.

    I also agree that Andre Drummonds performance against the. 76ers: 31 points, 19 rebounds, 6 steals (all career highs) & 2 blocks deserves some recognition.

  5. Cuki says:

    I think Andre Drummond performance against the. 76ers: 31 points, 19 rebounds, 6 steals (all career highs) & 2 blocks maybe deserve the 9 spot. :)

  6. hsnrsy says:

    Melo was outstanding! With 7 min left and his consistency he should maybe reach 80 !?!?

  7. Erwin 'Toyz' says:

    all the stats in the world…but no ring for CP3 yet… tsk tsk tsk…

  8. malteseluv2014 says:

    WHERE IS MCW???????????

  9. A-hole says:

    Hello! The title says TOP 10 stat lines of 2013-14! You feel me? ^^

  10. Yeti says:

    MCW opening night should be on here. even if it’s number 10.

  11. Sergo says:

    I dont understand how davis,s performance better than melos or james

  12. Mike says:

    Numbers, number numbers… it’s easy to forget the most important stat of the year… 4-1 BABYYYY!!!

  13. Caldron Pool says:

    Chris Paul was balling so hard in that game. Best PG in the game. Hopefully the Clips don’t implode this season.

    • Boss says:

      When people call Chris Paul the best pg in the game I have to wonder do they ever notice how Tony Parker continually dominates everytime they face one another? Since this is a blog about numbers do the math TP in the best PG and finisher hands down among point guards aside from maybe Steph Curry

      • okckd35 says:

        Westbrook dominates paul too.

      • Knowledge says:

        Why do people think that matchups have anything to do with players comparing individually to one another? Are you aware that Basketball is a team game and players don’t just defend each other one-on-one pretty much ever?

      • Cp3bestpg says:

        cp3 is a lot better than a player that literally needs 100 screens from the greatest pf to ever play and has had to play with pop and ginobli his entire career but hey I also guess defense doesn’t account for anything cp3 is head and shoulders a better player than parker and westbrick both highly overrated

  14. james says:

    MCW debut???

  15. Chuck says:

    You should only make this list if the opponent was a playoff team (1-8 in the West, 1-6 in the East)

  16. OKC says:

    I know it doesn’t really deserve to be in the top 10 but Russell Westbrook had the 2nd fastest triple of all time and the fastest in the modern era of bball.

  17. naqi syed says:

    terrence ross is the boss

  18. OO says:

    No MCW on this list? the guy almost got a quadruple- double in his first game against the 2x defending champions no less! what a fail

  19. lol Corey Brewer scored 51 on the rockets even with Dwight in the middle….terrible coaching

    • not telling you says:

      keep in mind that Harden, Parsons and Terrence Jones were all out of action, and also with beverley getting injured early. know some more game facts before you post something stupid

      • Ben says:

        I dunno if you watched that game. I did. The only one of those players out of action was Beverley. You must be thinking of a different game. Harden went 33/10/8 with 6 steals, Chandler P 27/7/7/4. Both were sizzling.

        It was probably one of the greatest regular season games I have ever watched. Phenomenal. Two or three period ending buzzer beating threes. A game winner with under 10 seconds to go. Players lighting it up from everywhere. Just amazing. The Durant v Toronto game was pretty phenomenal too.

  20. Marcus says:

    You know you are garbage on defense when you let Corey Brewer torch you for 51 points.

    • mik0 says:

      I guess scoring 51 points is not that hard when you have James Harden -worst defender in NBA now- defending, even for a mediocre at best player like Corey Brewer

  21. saad0105050 says:

    Why do you say “since 1985-86″ or “in past 40 years”? What used to happen before then? Is it because Russell/Robinson/Chamberlain/Moses Malone would make these stats look easy?

    • krishawn-Mia says:

      Its because that was the last time such a feat was accomplished

    • wellalrighty says:

      many records weren’t well kept prior to then and aren’t searchable … doesn’t discount the accomplishments

    • tom says:

      because that’s part of what makes it special, regardless of what happened in a different nba era

      • saad0105050 says:

        Ok, if that means “such a feat did not occur in a long time”, I can understand that. Thanks guys for your replies.