Seeing 20-20 clearly in 2013-14

 

Over the course of a long NBA season, there are plenty of individual achievements and gaudy stat lines that make us sit up and take notice. But there are arguably none more worthy of catching our eyes than the appropriately named 20-20 club, which requires stellar work toiling on the boards to go with a big scoring game. Call them doubled-up double-doubles, if you will. And in the case of this top 10 list of stand-out games from the 2013-14 season, 20-20 is just a start:

10. Jared Sullinger, Boston Celtics
January 15, 2014 vs. Toronto Raptors — 25 points, 20 rebounds


VIDEO: Jared Sullinger runs wild against the Raptors

Nine losses in a row. A second straight pro season languishing near the bottom of the standings. It was enough to make a guy like Sullinger want to scream. Or reach out and grab a game by the throat. Which is what he did in a dominating third quarter against the Raptors, shooting 6-for-6 from the field, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He became the first Celtic since Kevin Garnett in 2007 to have a 20-20 game and it had the desired effect, producing an 88-83 Boston win.

9. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
January 17, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Clippers — 26 points, 20 rebounds


VIDEO: Carmelo Anthony burns the Clippers for 26 points

On the surface, it was another dominating performance by Anthony in his drive to his summer of free agent courtship, piling up points and rebounds. It was his fifth game of 15 or more rebounds in a season when he cleaned the glass better than at any other time in his career. But of course, there are more rebounds to grab when you shoot just 4-for-23 from the field. And even though the Clippers were playing without the injured Chris Paul, they had Blake Griffin rumbling to 32 points and Jamal Crawford coming off the bench for 29 and DeAndre Jordan with a double-double (11 points, 16 rebounds) in an easy 109-95 win at Madison Square Garden.

8. Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
April 11, 2014 at Chicago Bulls — 26 points, 26 rebounds


VIDEO: Andre Drummond puts up a 20-20 game in a road loss to the Bulls

The bad news is that Drummond’s impressive double-double line wasn’t enough to save his Pistons from suffering a 106-98 to the Bulls. The good news is that it’s very, very early in what has all the earmarks of becoming a memorable career. By devouring rebounds all night to tie to his career high, Drummond became the first player in NBA history to register seven games of 20 or more rebounds before his 20th birthday.

7. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
Jan. 20, 2014 at Houston Rockets — 27 points, 20 rebounds


VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge’s big game helps Portland halt a late January swoon

With a 126-113 win, the Rockets were happy enough to end the Blazers’ five-game winning streak and prevent them from sweeping through the Texas triangle after wins in Dallas and San Antonio. However this was just a glimpse of what Aldridge would do three months later in the first round of the playoffs. He would score 46 points with 18 rebounds in Game 1 at Houston and then 43 points with eight rebounds in Game 2 as the Blazers delivered the real knockout when it counted.

6. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacrmento Kings
March 9, 2014 at Brooklyn Nets — 28 points, 20 rebounds


VIDEO: DeMarcus Cousins put up a monster game, but the Kings still got blown out

The Nets set a league-wide season low by grabbing just one offensive rebound in the entire game. On the other hand, Boogie Cousins hauled in 20 boards to go with his 28 points, yet it still wasn’t enough to stop Brooklyn from running away with an easy 104-89 win. Former King Marcus Thornton was a sizzling 11-for-15 from the field for 27 points and scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to sink his former team.

5. Tobias Harris, Orlando Magic
January 24, 2014 vs. Los Angeles Lakers — 28 points, 20 rebounds


VIDEO: Orlando’s Tobias Harris puts up a career-best effort in a win over the Lakers

Maybe Harris was just sniffing the blood in the water when the weakened, beaten Lakers limped into town. He came out smoking, scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds in the first quarter to start the Magic on their way to a 114-105 whipping of L.A. It was the best game of the 22-year-old’s career. His first 19 rebounds of the game came at the defensive end. If he hadn’t grabbed No. 20 under the Magic’s own bucket with 1:26 left in the game, he would have become only the second player since 1985-86 (when rebounds were sorted offensive and defensive) to grab at least 19 rebounds, all on defense. Dirk Nowitzki has done it twice.

4. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
November 23, 2013 at Golden State — 30 points, 21 rebounds


VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge picks up the third 20-20 game of his career

It’s not often that a guy drops a 30-20 game on somebody’s head and it isn’t remembered as the biggest blow of the night. But when the Blazers put the finishing touches on their 113-101 road win, all everybody was talking about was the third quarter scrum under the basket that resulted in six technical fouls and three ejections. Draymond Green, Mo Williams and Wesley Matthews were all sent to the locker room. The Blazers came out of the mess inspired, holding Golden State scoreless for a six-minute stretch of the fourth quarter and Aldridge closed out the third 20-20 game of his career.

3. Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic
November 6, 2013 vs. Los Angeles Clippers — 30 points, 21 rebounds


VIDEO: Nikola Vucevic shines from the free throw line en route to a 20-20 game

Vucevic was a workhorse all night long for the Magic and laid the foundation against the visiting Clippers. But it was the big man’s clutch performance at the foul line that clinched things. He went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 23.3 seconds to sew up Orlando’s 98-90 win. Vucevic was a perfect 8-for-8 on the night from the stripe and shot 11-for-19 from the field as the Magic ran off their first three-game win streak in 11 months.

2. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
December 12, 2013 vs. Houston Rockets — 31 points, 25 rebounds


VIDEO: LaMarcus Aldridge slices up the Houston Rockets’ defense

It started out like the kind of night Aldridge might want to forget as he missed his first five shots of the game and was 1-for-8 early in the second quarter. But the Rockets insisted on guarding him with single coverage, a plan that would prove foolish and costly in the playoffs. L.A. found his rhythm and his shooting stroke, hitting 11 of his next 14 while also lassoing a career-high 25 rebounds. “That’s the best game I’ve seen L.A. play — ever,” said teammate Nicolas Batum. “He has improved every year, and right now he is the best power forward in the league, no doubt.”

1. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
March 16, 2014 vs. Boston Celtics — 40 points, 21 rebounds


VIDEO: Anthony Davis dominates the Celtics with a 40-point, 21-rebound effort

Anybody who thought Davis’ addition to the West All-Star team by commissioner Adam Silver for the February game in New Orleans was simply a case of home-cooking got their answer. And so did the Celtics as Davis dominated in an all-around dominant performance. Davis set a franchise record with his sixth straight game of at least 28 points — six of them coming in the overtime period — gobbled up almost everything off the glass and also blocked three shots. Davis’ 40-point game was the first by a New Orleans player since David West in 2010. “I think he’s unreal,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “I came into the game…thinking, yeah, he’s an All-Star. And I leave here after twice playing him saying, ‘If there are 10 guys better in the league, I haven’t seen them.’ He’s really a special player.”

6 Comments

  1. Pablo says:

    No Tim Duncan with shis 23 Pts and 21 Reb with 37 years old in the win vs Atlanta on 12/02/2013
    no love for the Big Fundamental…
    jaja

  2. Tremill says:

    AD is going to be a freak superstar next few years!

  3. jake s. says:

    I realize that Mozgov isn’t the scorer that Davis is but i think the biggest difference between Mozgov’s 23/29, and Davis’ 40/21 is that Davis can produce similar numbers multiple times a season. Mozgov has high basketball IQ, but i don’t think he can repeat that performance multiple times in a season.

  4. ml carr says:

    Anthony Davis is a beast!

  5. mfc13 says:

    No Timofey Mozgov with that ridiculous 23 points, 29 rebounds?

  6. Fr3D says:

    Mozgov’s 23/29 game has got to be number 11 then 🙂