The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/27/11 – Landry Fields
When awarding a “Stat Line of the Night,” one must remember that while big numbers are always impressive, nothing is more important that getting your team the win. It is difficult to award such accolades to a player on a losing team, and while some may feel as though the individual’s performance is more important than the team’s outcome, I am not one of those people.
That is why Dwyane Wade’s game-high 34 points and 16 rebounds, to go along with a team-high 5 assists, was simply not enough to win the award on this night as his Heat fell to the New York Knicks, 93-88. So who does receive the honor you ask? None other than Knicks rookie guard Landry Fields, who had a solid all-around effort with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and the victory. His night was highlighted by a high-flying put-back dunk off an Amare Stoudemire free-throw miss, and two three pointers in the fourth quarter during the Knicks’ 17-8 run.
It was a statement game for the Knicks on their home-court and they certainly made quite the statement in front of their fans, outscoring the Heat 29-15 in the fourth quarter after heading into the final frame trailing by nine. It was a great team effort as three players finished with at least 19 points, but it is Landry Fields who earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, January 27, 2011.