Ben Gordon and the Best One-Game Wonder Performances This Season
As the NBA regular season gets ready to wind down, it's time to start reflecting. One of the more fun things to look back at are those big individual performances fans will remember.
This article takes a look at some of the best performances of the season by guys that are under the radar. Guys like Kevin Love, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Deron Williams didn't make this article because their performances were not surprising. These are the best players in the World; they are going to have games like that.
Instead, this article looks at guys who surprised people and opposing defenses with great performances. For one night, these guys played like the best players in the world.
On March 21, Ben Gordon scored 45 points in a 115-116 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The highlight of Gordon's performance was that Gordon went 9-for-9 from the three-point range.
These are the type of performances that the Pistons thought they would get from Gordon when they signed him to that $55 million contract. Gordon has been way too inconsistent, but fans can point to this game as one where Gordon played like the guy who earned that contract.
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On April 3, Glen Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 102-95 loss to Gordon's Detroit Pistons. Davis stepped up with Dwight Howard unable to play in this game due to injury.
These are the type of performances that Davis probably thought he was capable of doing in Boston if he wasn't blocked by Kevin Garnett.
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George has a bright future in the league. He is establishing himself as a premier scorer—one who can dunk or shoot threes. He may have had his best performance as a pro on February 3 against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.
George scored 30 points in a 98-87 win and went 7-11 from the three-point range.
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The second overall pick this year, Williams has been up and down the entire season. Williams had the best game of his young career in February against the Clippers. Williams had 27 points in a 109-97 win. He went 4-4 from the three-point range.
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Much was expected of Favors coming into the league. He is starting to show off that ability, and he will get even better once he gets consistent minutes. Favors showed his potential against Golden State on March 17 in a 99-92 win for the Jazz.
Favors had 23 points and 17 rebounds.
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People might have forgotten that Vasquez was a first-round pick. The lanky point guard had a terrific game on February 1 against Phoenix. Going up against Steve Nash, Vasquez had 20 points and 12 assists. Vasquez could be a nice building block for the Hornets in the post-Chris Paul era.
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The Kings knew that they would have a rookie playmaker at point guard, they just thought that it would be Jimmer Fredette.
But the second-round pick Thomas has shown what he lacks in height, he makes up for with heart. Thomas outplayed Tony Parker in a 112-117 loss to the Spurs on March 28. Thomas has 28 points and 10 assists.
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Gallinari has the game to put up huge scoring nights, and he saved one of his best games for his old team, the New York Knicks. Gallinari had 37 points against the Knicks in 119-114 double overtime win.
Gallinari went 18-20 from the free-throw line. His performance probably gave Mike D'Antoni an upset stomach that night.