Monday's hoops lines of the night

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G Chris Paul - Hornets
Vs. Philly
27 points, 15 assists, 10 rebounds

G Dwyane Wade - Heat
Vs. Atlanta
35 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks

C Shaquille O'Neal - Suns
@ Washington
29 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks

Follow along, after the jump...

One of my favorite basketball bloggers is Fanhouse's Tom Ziller. Right before the season started, he ranked the league's 50 best players. Paul came in at #2.

TZ's entire piece on Paul - which puts his greatness at age 22 last season into historical perspective - is a must read. Here's his conclusion:

To claim Greatest Point Guard status, Paul needs to sustain some semblance of his indicated performance.

But the seed is without question in place. Paul is such an order of magnitude better than any other point guard in the league and any other point guard we've seen in two decades ... it's simply absurd to deny him the respect and attention he has demanded.

The NBA isn't Chris Paul's oyster. Chris Paul is the oyster. Relax, and enjoy the pearls.

Yep, CP3 really is that good.

Leading scorers

35 - Dwayne Wade, Miami Heat

29 - O'Neal
28 - Caron Butler, Washington Wizards
27 - Antawn Jamison, Wizards

Leading dime droppers

15 - Paul
Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

11 - Chris Duhon, New York Knicks
9 - Luke Ridnour, Milwaukee Bucks

Leading rebounders

15 - Amare Stoudemire

14 - Luis Scola, Houston Rockets
13 - Jamison
David Lee, New York Knicks
Udonis Haslem, Miami Heat
12 - Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 76ers

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