After this weekend's slate of games, the first trimester of the eagerly anticipated 2010-11 NBA season will nearly be in the books.
This year has already produced some fantastic moments and memories: Utah's string of consecutive double-digit point comebacks, buzzer beaters from Rudy Gay, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bogut and Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin's incredible display of relentless aerial attacks on the rim and the resurgence of Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and the New York Knicks are a few that immediately spring to mind.
There have been countless amounts of impressive individual performances already through the first 25-plus games of 2010. Eleven different players have broken the 40-point plateau.
The 20-rebound mark has been crossed 15 times, with Kevin Love accomplishing the feat on five separate occasions.
And we've seen players tally 15 or more assists in 23 games.
Still, there were some games from certain individuals that we probably won't be forgetting about anytime soon for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was a 40-point game that seemed to come out of nowhere. Maybe it was an All-Star putting up career-high numbers. Or maybe it was a game that featured several "wow!" moments, like Griffin's dunk against Danilo Gallinari or Russell Westbrook's posterization of Shane Battier.
Without further ado, let's countdown the most impressive performances through the first two months of the season. To clarify, this list isn't necessarily the 15 best overall stat lines of the season (otherwise we could just dedicate this entire piece to Kevin Love). Instead, it's the 15 lines that either made you say "whoa, where did that come from?" or will almost-definitely be remembered when discussing this particular season five or 10 years from now.
Starting at the bottom...