Best dynamic duo performances of the season

Long story short, these two are really good.

We’re coming to the deadline for the BounceX3 t-shirt contest. The gist is you try and guess the best individual performance left in the season. If you guess the best performance you win an awesome t-shirt. If you’ve guessed and missed I’ve given you a second chance. It was this second chance that lead to today’s post.

Matt A. took a second shot and guessed Chris Paul against his former Hornets. Chris Paul did in fact trash his old team putting up a Points over Par (PoP) of +15.0 (sadly not enough to get Matt A. past my virtually impossible standards for guessing twice.) What was even more impressive is that Blake Griffin put up a PoP of +10.8. This lead me in search of games this season where two players on the same team have put up a PoP of +10 or better. Of the roughly 1000 games that have been played I was able to come up with 20. Let’s run down them.

Ibaka and Durant combine for +28.7 against the Denver Nuggets on 2/19

  • Serge Ibaka +14.5 PoP 14 PTS (79.9 TS%) 15 TRB (8 ORB) 11 BLK 0 AST 1 STL 1 TOV
  • Kevin Durant +14.2 PoP 51 PTS (78.7 TS%) 8 TRB (2 ORB) 0 BLK 3 AST 4 STL 5 TOV

Yes, this happened and it wasn’t pretty. Moving on.

CP3 and Mo Williams combine for +27.5 at San Antonio on 3/9

  • Chris Paul +16.5 PoP 36 PTS (75.1 TS%) 4 TRB (1 ORB) 0 BLK 11 AST 4 STL 1 TOV
  • Mo Williams +11.0 PoP 33 PTS (83 TS%) 2 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 2 AST 1 STL 0 TOV

Paul makes his first appearance on the list but with a different dance partner. Paul and Williams outplayed one of the better backcourts in the league in San Antonio no less.

Mbah a Moute and Dunleavy combine for +26.0 at Golden State on 3/16

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute +13.3 PoP 22 PTS (65.6 TS%) 17 TRB (9 ORB) 1 BLK 2 AST 3 STL 1 TOV
  • Mike Dunleavy +12.7 PoP 24 PTS (112.8 TS%) 3 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 4 AST 0 STL 0 TOV

Mbah a Moute almost gets a double double without needing defensive rebounds and Dunleavy turns up his shooting to 11. Sure the opponent is the Warriors, but still impressive.

Paul and Griffin light up New Orleans for +25.8 on 4/22

  • Chris Paul +15.0 PoP 33 PTS (62.6 TS%) 4 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 13 AST 8 STL 2 TOV
  • Blake Griffin +10.8 PoP 21 PTS (75.2 TS%) 15 TRB (6 ORB) 0 BLK 2 AST 1 STL 1 TOV

Paul and Griffin are good. This is kind of adding salt to the wound for Chris Paul. I mean hasn’t New Orleans suffered enough at his hand this year?

Night and Monroe embarrass Cleveland for +25.6 on 4/17

  • Brandon Knight +14.3 PoP 28 PTS (108.7 TS%) 2 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 7 AST 0 STL 2 TOV
  • Greg Monroe +11.3 PoP 12 PTS (68.5 TS%) 13 TRB (1 ORB) 2 BLK 3 AST 4 STL 1 TOV

Monroe is good and this game isn’t a huge surprise. The Cavs without Varejao though make even Brandon Knight look good.

Lowry and Dalembert take down Sacramento on 1/13 with +25.4

  • Samuel Dalembert +14.8 PoP 21 PTS (82.3 TS%) 16 TRB (7 ORB) 4 BLK 0 AST 1 STL 1 TOV
  • Kyle Lowry +10.6 PoP 25 PTS (67.5 TS%) 7 TRB (2 ORB) 0 BLK 9 AST 2 STL 2 TOV

Another “revenge” game against a former team here. Dalembert and Lowry are two favorites around here, so nice to have a game with both of them playing great.

Thompson and Evans get +25.0 in practice against Charlotte on 4/22

  • Jason Thompson +12.9 PoP 14 PTS (68.6 TS%) 11 TRB (2 ORB) 1 BLK 7 AST 5 STL 1 TOV
  • Tyreke Evans +12.1 PoP 22 PTS (92.6 TS%) 3 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 3 AST 2 STL 0 TOV

I mean we knew Charlotte just stopped trying but wow. Maybe there’s hope for Kings fans that Evans may be back though, even if the team may not be.

Miller and Lawson take down defending champs on 12/26

  • Ty Lawson +12.6 PoP 27 PTS (80.5 TS%) 4 TRB (1 ORB) 0 BLK 4 AST 3 STL 2 TOV
  • Andre Miller +12.3 PoP 18 PTS (92.2 TS%) 5 TRB (2 ORB) 1 BLK 5 AST 3 STL 3 TOV

Great Nugget point guards from past and present combined to take down Dallas. Oddly though, not much passing was involved.

Battier and Bron elevate their game to +24.6 in Utah on 3/2

  • Shane Battier +13.4 PoP 18 PTS (128.6 TS%) 4 TRB (2 ORB) 4 BLK 3 AST 0 STL 1 TOV
  • LeBron James +11.2 PoP 35 PTS (69.1 TS%) 10 TRB (1 ORB) 3 BLK 6 AST 0 STL 0 TOV

I couldn’t help but laugh at this. First, the top player isn’t Bron. Second, the other part of the dynamic duo isn’t Wade or Bosh, it’s Battier! Doing this in Utah is actually pretty impressive.

Thompson and Thornton combine for +24.1 against Boston on 3/16

  • Jason Thompson +13.3 PoP 21 PTS (85.2 TS%) 15 TRB (4 ORB) 0 BLK 4 AST 1 STL 1 TOV
  • Marcus Thornton +10.8 PoP 36 PTS (67.6 TS%) 4 TRB (1 ORB) 0 BLK 4 AST 5 STL 1 TOV

Alright, I get Charlotte. How did Boston let this happen? Seriously, Sacramento is on this list twice!

Durant and Westbrook combine for +23.8 against Chicago on 4/1

  • Kevin Durant +12.3 PoP 26 PTS (77 TS%) 10 TRB (0 ORB) 1 BLK 4 AST 1 STL 1 TOV
  • Russell Westbrook +11.5 PoP 27 PTS (65.4 TS%) 3 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 5 AST 4 STL 0 TOV

No Rose in this game just to clarify. The duo of Durant and Westbrook did have a pretty impressive statement game none the less. Speaking of statement games.

Parker and Leonard outplay OKC on 2/4 for +23.1

  • Kawhi Leonard +12.0 PoP 15 PTS (95.2 TS%) 6 TRB (1 ORB) 1 BLK 5 AST 1 STL 0 TOV
  • Tony Parker +11.1 PoP 42 PTS (61.3 TS%) 3 TRB (0 ORB) 1 BLK 9 AST 2 STL 0 TOV

The Spurs have one of the strongest backcourts in the West with Parker, Ginobili and Leonard are all playing well. Case in point, they played great against OKC.

Harden and Westbrook combine for +23.1 against Phoenix on 3/7

  • James Harden +13.1 PoP 30 PTS (89.1 TS%) 4 TRB (0 ORB) 2 BLK 1 AST 2 STL 1 TOV
  • Russell Westbrook +10.0 PoP 31 PTS (63.2 TS%) 3 TRB (1 ORB) 0 BLK 10 AST 4 STL 3 TOV

OKC is seriously scary. They have many great players and as we can see almost any combo of them can go off on your team on a given night.

Jones and Battier destroy Pistons for +22.9 on 4/8

  • James Jones +12.0 PoP 18 PTS (112.5 TS%) 1 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 0 AST 4 STL 1 TOV
  • Shane Battier +10.9 PoP 4 PTS (66.7 TS%) 5 TRB (3 ORB) 0 BLK 5 AST 3 STL 0 TOV

Of course Miami was going to make this list multiple times. Of course, neither time would Wade or Bosh be included. Battier and Jones made the Pistons look foolish…well more foolish than usual.

Haywood and Jefforson take down Cavs for +22.2. on 3/5

  • Gordon Hayward +11.7 PoP 23 PTS (87.1 TS%) 4 TRB (1 ORB) 0 BLK 5 AST 1 STL 0 TOV
  • Al Jefferson + 10.5 PoP 25 PTS (64 TS%) 13 TRB (3 ORB) 3 BLK 7 AST 1 STL 0 TOV

I’m not too surprised by the opponent (Cleveland is the team players seem to enjoy breaking out against.) I would have expected this to be Millsap and Jefferson.

Kaman and Smith combine for +22.2 against T-Wolves on 4/7

  • Chris Kaman +12.0 PoP 21 PTS (92.8 TS%) 10 TRB (2 ORB) 4 BLK 4 AST 1 STL 2 TOV
  • Jason Smith +10.2 PoP 26 PTS (77 TS%) 10 TRB (5 ORB) 0 BLK 0 AST 3 STL 0 TOV

I really don’t know how to react to this one. I’m pretty sure this game never happened and it’s just in the records to mess with my head.

Paul and Griffin combine for +21.9 against Nets on 3/7

  • Chris Paul +11.5 PoP 22 PTS (83.3 TS%) 6 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 10 AST 5 STL 5 TOV
  • Blake Griffin +10.4 PoP 28 PTS (62.3 TS%) 17 TRB (6 ORB) 1 BLK 2 AST 2 STL 2 TOV

The only duo on this list twice can beat up bad teams. Clippers fans should be happy these two are back for at least one more season together.

Ilyasova and Jennings combine for +21.8 against Nets on 4/21

  • Ersan Ilyasova +11.6 PoP 17 PTS (57.6 TS%) 17 TRB (6 ORB) 2 BLK 3 AST 3 STL 1 TOV
  • Brandon Jennings +10.2 PoP 30 PTS (65.7 TS%) 6 TRB (3 ORB) 0 BLK 6 AST 4 STL 4 TOV

I’m a bit surprised to see two different sets of Bucks on this list. Although, given the opponents and time of year I guess I’m not that surprised.

Calderon and Bargnani combine for +21.1 against Cleveland on 1/4

  • Jose Calderon +10.7 PoP 13 PTS (81.3 TS%) 6 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 11 AST 0 STL 1 TOV
  • Andrea Bargnani +10.4 PoP 31 PTS (81.2 TS%) 7 TRB (0 ORB) 1 BLK 3 AST 0 STL 2 TOV

The best and worst Raptor team up to have a combined great game. In his great game we notice Bargnani still can’t really be bothered to rebound that much.

Granger and Collison combine for +21 against Minnesota on 2/1

  • Danny Granger +10.7 PoP 36 PTS (70.3 TS%) 7 TRB (3 ORB) 0 BLK 2 AST 0 STL 2 TOV
  • Darren Collison +10.3 PoP 20 PTS (70.4 TS%) 6 TRB (0 ORB) 0 BLK 8 AST 2 STL 2 TOV

I have no real opinion on this game. Nice of Granger to live up to his contract for a game I guess.

Will be interesting to see if any of these duos can pull a similar feat in the playoffs. I’ll be waiting.

-Dre

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