The stars were out in force last night as they triend to keep the on-the-court action from giving up the headlines to Kobe’s expected return on Sunday. His Lakers were in Sacramento without him as part of a 10-game slate that fave fantasy hoops owners plenty of numbers to crunch. Here’s the top statistical performers from across the league last night:
James Harden-Houston Rockets
Harden led the Rockets past the visiting Warriors with a league-high 34 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, and a block. He has seemingly put his foot issue behind him and continues to provide elite-level production when he’s healthy.
Kevin Durant-Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant dropped 29 on the Pelicans as the Thunder went to NOLA and came out with a W. He hit a pair of three-pointers while adding eight rebounds, three blocked shots, four assists, and three steals. Durant’s production remains in top form on a nightly basis.
John Wall-Washington Wizards
Wall, Harden, and Dion Waiters were the only players to reach 30 points last night as Wall stopped right on 30 while adding eight assists, three blocked shots, two steals, and three rebounds. He was 0-5 on three-pointers, but other than that turned in a solid fantasy night.
Trevor Ariza-Washington Wizards
Ariza joins his teammate Wall on this list with his double-double from last night as he scored 22 points while knocking in five three-pointers, grabbing 12 boards, contributing four assists, nabbing four steals, and blocking two shots. It was a strong overall game for Ariza who continues to turn in very well-rounded stat lines.
LaMarcus Aldridge-Portland Trail Blazers
You know you’re having a good season when a 20-point, 15-rebound night doesn’t even seem exceptional just more a normal-level of production. Aldridge added four assists and two steals in the Blazers romp over the Jazz as they continue to dominate at home.
Dwight Howard-Houston Rockets
Howard had a typically monster night himself dropping in 22 points to go with his 18 rebounds. He did miss eight of his 20 free throws but added an assist, three steals, and a block in the Rockets home win over Golden State.
Jordan Crawford-Boston Celtics
Crawford continues to dish out the dimes finishing last night with eight assists to go with four rebounds, two three-pointer’s, and his 20 points. Until Rajon Rondo comes back, look for Crawford to continue running point as long as he keeps doing it so well.
John Henson-Milwaukee Bucks
Still available in a third of ESPN leagues, Henson continues to contribute while the rest of the Bucks front line battles injuries. Last night in a win against the Wizards, Henson pulled down 17 rebounds to go with a block, four assists, and a season-high 19 points. If you need big-man production see if he’s available.
Markieff Morris-Phoenix Suns
Morris started out on fire last night on his way to 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Raptors. He’s a streaky producer so see if he can keep this roll going in his next game before you throw him into your lineup.
Dion Waiters-Cleveland Cavaliers
Waiters had a game-high 30 points in the Cavs loss to the Hawks. He made just one three-pointer but addd two rebounds and an assist to his 13-20 shooting night. He doesn’t offer much in peripherals, but has scored at least 20 points in all but one of his last five games.
Tony Wroten-Philadelphia 76ers
Playing for an injured Michael Carter-Williams, Wroten nearly turned in his own triple-double as he led the team in shots taken with 22. On those 22 shots he scored 21 points with nine assists, eight rebounds, a steal, and a block. He normally won’t get this much run, but he does have some value if you here MCW is sidelined.
Andrew Bynum-Cleveland Cavaliers
Bynum had 20 points and 13 boards giving him a pair of 20-10 games in his last three games played. He added two assists and two blocks but Cleveland ultimately still fell at Atlanta.
Khris Middleton-Milwaukee Bucks
Middleton is our sleeper of the day after his monster night against the Wizards. He played a grueling 47 minutes but made the most of it with 29 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block. Middleton has hit 11 three’s in his last three games and is definitely worth looking at picking up since he’s currently owned in just 0.9% of ESPN leagues.
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