By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on May 8, 2014
With the 2014 NBA Playoffs underway, we’ve already seen some big moments, big shots, and big performances. However, we shouldn’t forget some of the ridiculous moments and performances that we were treated to over the regular season. Which 10 single-game showings were the best of the 2013-14 season?
Tyreke Evans’ big night late in the season went somewhat under-the-radar, but that doesn’t make it any less staggeringly good. The sixth man for New Orleans dropped 41 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals while shooting 14-26 from the floor. Honestly, this game from him would’ve been higher if it weren’t for his 1-7 shooting from long-range.
Durant’s work in late March against Toronto gets docked since it was an overtime game, but the MVP was still unreal. KD finished the night with 51 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one steal. Sure, he shot less than 50 percent from the floor and took 20 threes, but that final line is just too impressive to ignore.
Some may argue that the fact that Harden shot just 12-28 from the floor should knock this game off the list, but I’m not of that opinion. To me, the fact that Harden contributed all over the box score with 41 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, six steals and one block is definitely worthy of a great deal of praise.
There were a plethora of Kevin Love games this season that could’ve made this list, but this one was just unreal. The Wolves power forward ended up with 45 points, 19 rebounds and six assist on the night while shooting an extremely efficient 15-23 from the floor. It’d have been nicer had it come in a win, but his line is still of great merit.
Chris Paul started off the season with a bang, delivering a huge performance on Halloween night. The crafty point guard finished the night with 42 points, 15 assists, two rebounds and six steals while shooting 12-20 from the floor and 16-17 from the line. It’s no mistake that he’s regarded as the best point guard in the game and performances like that validate it.
There’s no doubt Terrence Ross is the most unlikely candidate to make this list, but he went bonkers in January against the Clips. Ross finished with 51 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal while shooting an absurd 10-17 from distance. Once again a win would’ve made it more impressive, but he was so unconscious on that night I can’t deny him his due.
In just his second year, this Anthony Davis guy already showed how superb he is on a basketball court. On this night, the young big man finished with 40 points, 21 rebounds, three assists, one steal and three blocks. 40 and 21 are impressive numbers alone, but when you factor in the defensive impact, Davis’ night was just surreal.
Durant makes his second appearance on this list with an even more ridiculous performance. Mid-season, KD busted 54 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block on the Warriors while shooting 19-28 from the floor. It’s almost like this guy played like the best player in the league this year or something.
Carmelo Anthony can score the basketball quite well and he did so to ridiculous lengths in January against Charlotte. Melo put up 62 points and 13 rebounds on the Cats while shooting 23-35 from the floor and 6-11 from three. It would have been unreal if he had some defensive stats or assists to go along, but anytime a guy drops 60+, he’s doing something really right.
While the top-three on this list are near interchangeable, but LeBron’s ridiculous night against Charlotte has to top the list. LeBron put up the ridiculous line of 61 points on 22-33 shooting and 8-10 shooting from three while adding seven rebounds and somehow still dishing out four assists as well. It’s games like that one where everyone is rightfully in awe of Mr. James.
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