The Stat Line of the Night — 12/7/10 — Luis Scola
The Houston Rockets were expected to play better than they have so far this season, but don’t blame Luis Scola, who is having a career year. While the Rockets stumbled out of the gate, they appear to be righting the ship with wins like the one they earned last night against the Detroit Pistons. Scola was a huge part of that, averaging 21 points and almost 9 rebounds per game.
Luis Scola was able to put the Rockets on his back, with some help from Kyle Lowry and Kevin Martin, and carry them to the victory. He scored 35 points on an array of post moves, jumpers, and easy buckets. He was 16-of-25 from the field, 3-of-4 from the free throw line, and he snagged 12 rebounds, 4 of which were at the offensive end. He had some key buckets in the fourth quarter as well that helped put the Pistons away after they were threatening to make a run. He also had a block and an assist in the effort. His +/-, which I will be the first to admit is a dubious statistic at best, was a whopping +30. I’d like to have him on the court for my team.
The Rockets may not be the team that can upend the Lakers in the Western Conference, but if they continue to have strong performances like last night’s, they may be able to quietly creep back into the playoff picture. For now, Luis Scola captures the “Stat Line of the Night”.