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Three stars of the Night: Kobe, Durant and a defensive gem

Nov 19, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

Kevin Durant AP

Seeing names like Kobe and Durant on the three stars of the night can get a bit routine, even when they are both putting up a triple double. But we have a first at the three stars — someone making it because of their defensive efforts. And it’s well deserved. Honorable mention to DeMarcus Cousins (29 points in a losing effort) and Carmelo Anthony (26 points and 9 boards), but they just miss the cut.

Third Star: Jrue Holiday (he shut down Kyrie Irving to key Sixers win)

Kyrie Irving came into Sunday fifth in the NBA in points averaged per game at 24.4, ahead of Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard and others. Irving is the heart of the Cavaliers offense. Holiday was in his jersey all night long and shut him down about as much as one can — Irving had just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting, with four assists and five turnovers. That was why the Sixers got another win.

Second Star: Kobe Bryant (22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists)

The Lakers are starting to run some of what Mike D’Antoni wants, and that means a lot of pick-and-roll in the half court. With Steve Nash out with a broken leg, it has fallen to Kobe Bryant to be the guy running the offense — and for a couple games in a row he has put up monster numbers. In this case, a triple double in a comfortable win over the Rockets.

First Star: Kevin Durant (25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists)

This is Kevin Durant’s first triple double, which leads us to say “really?” Doesn’t it feel like he has four already? Nope, the Warriors were the “defense” in the way of his first. Durant has done more ball handling and playmaking this season, his game has been growing and building, so it makes sense this is the next step in the evolution. You get the feeling this is the first of a whole bunch.

  1. rickyspanish - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Kobe and Durant rockin a triple double is scary. The west is looking super competitive again.

  2. 00maltliquor - Nov 19, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Kobe f’d around and got a triple double

    Witness greatness

    I am a witness

  3. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:32 AM


    I have always thought that Durant had some trip double already. That’s how good I see him. All around. Multi-faceted on both ends of the floor.

    Kobe might just as well shift slowly from scorer to facilitator… and still end up being the man. He doesn’t need to jack up points with all the other offensive options available. Cruising to “just around” 20+ppg with fewer shot attempts would just make him fine and dandy. Scoring titles this time in his career don’t mean a thing anymore.

  4. rickeye9 - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    ok cool, just diss the warriors defense like that, even though they are a top 5 defense this year, you really know your basketball. as a warriors fan I’m upset and as a KD fan I am too. don’t diminish what he accomplished
    Someone who actually watches basketball

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