The Stat Line Of The Night — 5/17/11 — Dirk Nowitzki and Tyler Seguin
Allow me to start of by saying that this was probably the toughest Stat Line decision I have ever had to make.
On the one hand we have the Dirk Nowitzki, who put up an incredible 48 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocks during Game One of the Dallas Mavericks’ Western Conference Finals series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. What made Nowitzki’s point total even more impressive was the manner in which he did it. Despite leading his team in scoring by a landslide, Dirk didn’t even lead his team in field-goal attempts. What he did lead his team in, however, was efficiency, as he was 12-of-15 from the field, and an NBA playoff record 24-of-24 from the free-throw line. His outstanding offensive performance would help the Mavs hold off the Thunder for a crucial 121-112 home victory.
On the other hand we have Tyler Seguin, who sat in the press box for Boston’s first two playoff series, but he has certainly made his mark on the Bruins’ Eastern Conference Finals series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. After recording a goal and an assist in Game One of the series – a Bruins loss – Seguin went off for two goals and two assists in Game 2 of the series last night. It was a performance that likely had every Boston fan saying to themselves, “Thank you Kessel,” as the rookie’s four-point performance helped the Bruins salvage a much-needed split at home and even the series at 1-1 with a 6-5 victory.
Both Nowitzki and Seguin came up big for their respective teams in their respective sports during a crucial Conference Finals playoff game. As a result, we couldn’t help but award both players with our “Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, May 17, 2011.