Ranking the year's best performances
POSTED: Dec 29, 2014 8:41 AM ET
As the year comes to a close, we count down the top five stat lines from 2014:
Stephen Curry goes off for 32 points and 15 assists in the Warriors big home win over the Timberwolves.
April 14, 2014 vs. Minnesota Timberlwoves
32 points (10-for-21 FG, 7-for-13 3P, 5-for-5 FT), 15 assists, five rebounds, three steals and five turnovers
Curry scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half, but the Warriors found themselves down double-digits. So he changed it up in the second half to dish out eight of his 15 assists as the Warriors rallied to win their 50th game of the 2013-14 season. Curry became the first player to record 15-plus assists and seven-plus 3-pointers since the shot was adopted in 1979 to make it an historic line. The addition of five rebounds, three steals and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe make it remarkable.
GameTime: Melo Makes History
The GameTime panel breakdown Carmelo Anthony's historic 62 point game at MSG.
January 24, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats
62 points (23-for-35 FG, 6-for-11 3P, 10-for-10 FT), 13 rebounds and zero turnovers
This is what happens when Carmelo Anthony is efficient. The talented scorer set a career-high, New York Knicks-high, Madison Square Garden-high and 2014-high with 62 points on 65.7 percent overall and 100 percent from the free-throw line. Anthony had 56 points after three quarters and added 13 rebounds just for kicks to join Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson and Karl Malone as the only players to collect 60-plus points and 13-plus rebounds in the last 25 seasons. He also scored the most points without a turnover since turnovers were first recorded in 1977-78. Oh, and he did in it just 39 minutes as New York won 125-96.
Watch every bucket from LeBron James' career-high and franchise-record 61 points leading the Heat to victory over the Bobcats.
March 3, 2014 vs. Charlotte Bobcats
61 points (22-for-33 FG, 8-for-10 3P, 9-for-12 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two turnovers
James played arguably the best game of his career on an early-March night in Miami against Charlotte. And he did it while wearing a mask. James collected 61 points against a defensively strong Bobcats (now Hornets) squad to set a career and Heat-franchise scoring record. He set career highs for points in a quarter (25) and FGs in a game (22) and tied his career-high for 3-pointers (8). His field goal percentage (66.7) was the highest in a 60-point game since Shaquille O'Neal scored 60 points on 68.6 percent shooting in 2000. And the Heat defeated the Bobcats 124-107.
Anthony Davis has 26 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocks in the Pelicans opening night win over the Magic.
October 28, 2014 vs. Orlando Magic
26 points (10-for-22 FG, 6-for-9 FT), 17 rebounds (nine offensive), nine blocks, three steals, two assists and zero turnovers
Davis started the 2014-15 season off with a bang to became the first player to record 26 points, 17 rebounds, nine blocks and three steals in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon (at age 27) in 1989-90. He also became the first to record nine blocks in an opener since Nate Thurmond in 1974 and only the third player to ever do it since blocks became official. To make the line even more ridiculous, he added two assists, zero turnovers and accomplished it all in just 36 minutes as New Orleans beat Orlando 101-84.
Anthony Davis records the franchises first 40/20 game with a career-high 40 points and 21 rebounds to lift the Pelicans over the Celtics in overtime.
March 16, 2014 vs. Boston Celtics
40 points (14-for-22 FG, 12-for-12 FT), 21 rebounds, three blocks, three assists, one steal and one turnover
Oh, hello again, Mr. Davis. Look at that stat line and remember that Anthony Davis is still just 21 years old. Granted, this game went into overtime, so Davis played a full 48 minutes. But Davis became the youngest player since Shaquille O'Neal to record a 40-point, 20-rebound game and the fourth-youngest in history to accomplish the feat. Add in his 12-for-12 shooting from the free-throw line, three blocks and three assists and you have a stat line that has rarely been accomplished in NBA history. For good measure, the Pelicans won 121-120.
Week 10 Schedule Breakdown
Four games: BKN, CHA, CHI, CLE, HOU, IND, MIA, MIL, ORL, PHX, SAC, UTA, WAS
Three games: ATL, BOS, DAL, DEN, DET, LAC, LAL, MEM, MIN, NOP, NYK, PHI, SAS, TOR
Two games: GSW, OKC, POR