The Stat Line Of The Night — 3/16/11 — C.J. Miles
Since trading away All-Star point guard Deron Williams, things appear to have gone downhill quickly for the Utah Jazz. A team that appeared to be sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, the Jazz now find themselves on the outside looking in. Heading into last night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah trailed the Memphis Grizzlies by two games for eighth place in the Western Conference. Thanks to a scoring outburst from C.J. Miles, that lead is now down to 1.5 games.
The forward out of Skyline High School in Texas has only averaged 12.6 points per game this season, but his production has steadily increased throughout the month of March. He reached his peak last night, as he recorded a career-high 40 points during a 119-104 Jazz victory. Almost half of his points came from three-point land, where he went 6-for-7. Miles also added four rebounds and two assists, but he was clearly a scorer, first and foremost, on this night.
The win not only moved the Jazz closer to a playoff spot, but it also gave them their first back-to-back wins since January 14. Including last night’s victory, they have only won nine of their last 29 games. If they wish to make the post-season, they will need to start stringing some wins together soon. More performances like this one from C.J. Miles would certainly help, as he earns our “Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, March 16, 2011.