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Wesley Matthews vs. Arron Afflalo

There are a couple ways to be labeled among the league’s top 3-point artists. Some might point out who makes the most long balls over the course of the season. Others may identify 3-point percentage as the true mark of a player’s long-range shooting ability. But the best way to affirm a spot among the league’s best and discredit the naysayers: Rank highly in both categories. That’s exactly what tonight’s starting shooting guards, Portland’s Wesley Matthews and Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, are doing during the 2013-14 campaign. They represent two of the eight NBA players who rank among the game’s best 20 players this season in both 3-pointers made (Matthews-91, 4th / Afflalo-67, 18th) and 3-point percentage (Matthews-42.3%, 14th / Afflalo-41.9%, 19th). And their stellar 3-point shooting has contributed to increased scoring averages as well. Matthews is averaging a career-best 16.5 points per contest, good for third on a Portland team that leads the NBA in scoring (109.0). Afflalo’s 20.9 points a night is nearly a five-point rise from his previous season high of 16.5 points (recorded last season). Afflalo’s scoring bump makes him the league’s 15th-highest scorer and has even garnered some All-Star attention, something both players will look to increase with yet another good performance tonight.

Wesley Matthews

• Averaging career highs in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (4.3) in 2013-14
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in 3-pointers made (91) and 14th in 3-point percentage (42.3%)
• Scored at least 13 points in a career-best 13 straight games from Dec. 9-Jan. 4

Arron Afflalo

• His career-best 20.9 points per game rank 15th in the NBA in 2013-14
• Ranks in the NBA’s top 20 in both 3-pointers made (67) and 3-point percentage (41.9%)
• On pace to increase his season scoring average for the seventh straight season