Doing Lines: Tony Parker's 55 and 10 Help Spurs to Their First Victory
Man, this is a crazy night to talk about individual stats, since there were a few that simply jump out of the box score and slap you upside the head. I already touched on Amare Stoudemire's (almost) career night, so let's start off with the Spurs' Tony Parker making absolutely sure that his team wouldn't start the season 0-4.
It took San Antonio two overtimes to beat the T'Wolves in Minnesota, and Parker played seemingly every minute of them. He finished with a line of 55 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds, while playing over 50 minutes in the process. In the absence of Manu Ginobili, it's clear that someone on the Spurs needed to step up and carry the team, and that's exactly what Parker did tonight. It was a career high for him, and just an amazing all-around performance.
That LeBron Guy Is Pretty Good: The Cavaliers are better than the Bulls, and should beat them the majority of the times the teams take the floor. But LeBron's 41 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four steals -- in just 35 minutes -- isn't something you see every night.
Amare's (Almost) Career Night: Stoudemire got his own post for his performance, but let's expand on it a bit, shall we? Amare scored his 49 points by hitting 17 of his 21 field goal attempts, and by going a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line. He also had 11 rebounds, six assists, five steals, and two blocked shots. I don't play fantasy basketball, but if I did, I'd be trading for this guy like, yesterday.