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Dec 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks power forward Elton Brand (42) defends Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson (25) during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball: Top Performers from 12/28/13

Dec 28, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (left) looks to pass as Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (7) defends at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Minnesota defeated Milwaukee 117-95. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA packed Saturday with a dozen games including a great nightcap from the Heat and Blazers that definitely had the feel of a playoff game. In case you missed any of the fantasy stars, here are the top performers from yesterday’s box scores:

Kevin Love-Minnesota Timberwolves

Love had a monster game leading Minnesota past Milwaukee with 33 points on an extra-efficient 11-17 from the field including 4-6 on three-pointers. As usual, he contributed nice numbers across the board with 15 boards, six assists, and a steal as well.

Kyle Lowry-Toronto Raptors

Lowry matched Love’s production almost blow for blow as the Raptors beat the Knicks and another PG dominated New York. Lowry finished with 32 points and added 11 assists to go with eight rebounds, a steal, and four three-pointers of his own.

Chris Bosh-Miami Heat

Dec 28, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) puts up a shot on Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) as center Robin Lopez (42) and point guard Damian Lillard (0) look on during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Heat won the game 108-107. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

In the game of the day, Bosh led the Lebron-less Heat to a huge win in Portland scoring 37 points and making three three-pointers including the game-winner. He didn’t add quite as much as Love and Lowry to his scoring but still turned in a solid 10 boards, two steals, and an assist.

Dwight Howard-Houston Rockets

Howard had 18 rebounds and 24 points in another big double-double for the Rockets offseason acquisition. He added a blocks, a steal, and three assists in his 42 minutes of action in Houston’s win over New Orleans.

Blake Griffin-Los Angeles Clippers

With more points than anyone in the NBA last night, Griffin led the Clippers to a win over the Jazz with 40 points and 10 rebounds while adding three assists, a steal, and a block.

Paul Millsap-Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks edged the Bobcats as they played their first game without Al Horford. Millsap picked up the slack scoring a season-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal.

Thaddeus Young-Philadelphia 76ers

Young scored 30 points for the second game in a row but once again Phily went down on the road. He finished with four three-pointers and 10 boards to go with his four steals, but ultimately the Suns beat the Sixers by 14. If Young really did request a trade, he’s definitely stepping up his game to show his worth.

Al Jefferson-Charlotte Bobcats

Big Al pulled in 23 rebounds for the Bobcats last night as they lost to the Hawks in overtime. He scored 24 points as well while adding an assist and a steal.

Kyrie Irving-Cleveland Cavaliers

Irving dropped 32 on the Celtics in a losing effort, but didn’t get enough help from his teammates to get the win. His other statistical contributions weren’t as huge as some of the others on the board, but he did add three assists, two boards, and a steal.

Miles Plumlee-Phoenix Suns

Plumlee is a must-add if he’s still available in your league (like he is in 30% of ESPN leagues). He poured in 22 points last night agains Philadelphia adding 13 rebounds and three blocks to go with an assist and a steal.

Louis Williams-Atlanta Hawks

Dec 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Lou Williams (3) in action against the Charlotte Bobcats during the fourth quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Williams helped the Hawks beat the Bobcats with 28 points helping to make up for the absence of Al Horford. With Horford out, the Hawks will need scoring from somewhere and Williams has shown he can have outbreaks of scoring like last night. He hit four three’s and added five rebounds, an assist, and a steal in his 34 minutes. It’s hard to count on Williams on a daily basis, but if you need instant offense he’s an option to consider.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks Blake Griffin Chris Bosh Fantasy Basketball Fantasy Basketball Sleeper Houston Rockets Kyle Lowry Louis Williams Miami Heat Miles Plumlee Philadelphia 76ers Top Performers Toronto Raptors

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