Jan 8, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) dunks over Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries (43) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Basketball-Top Performers from January 8, 2014

Jan 8, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots over Orlando Magic power forward Glen Davis (11) at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

There were nine games across the NBA last night with some great finishes, mild upsets, and the end of the Warriors winning streak at 10 as they fell to the Nets. If you’re looking for the fantasy basketball standouts, you’ve come to the right place as we look back each morning at the top performers of the night before. Here’s the best stat lines and a sleeper to know from Wednesday night’s action.

LaMarcus Aldridge-Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers bounced back from their tough loss in Sacramento with a win over the Magic led by Aldridge who had 36 points on 16-25 from the field to go with nine rebounds, three blocks, a steal, and an assist. He’s definitely continuing to emerge as an elite fantasy option on a nightly basis.

James Harden-Houston Rockets

Jan 8, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) reacts after scoring a basket during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Harden led the league in scoring last night with 38 points in the Rockets win over the Lakers. He shot 14-23 from the field including 2-7 from downtown while adding a handful of steals, four rebounds, and four assists.

Nicolas Batum-Portland Trail Blazers

Batum finished with a triple-double against the Magic with 14 points, 14 assists, and ten rebounds. Batun him a pair of threes while a steal and a block as well as the Blazers got the win 110-94.

Blake Griffin-Los Angeles Clippers

Griffin was huge in the Clippers win over Boston including setting up more Griffin poster moments starring Kris Humphries. He finished with 29 points in his 41 minutes while dishing out eight assists to go with six rebounds and a pair of steals.

Stephen Curry-Golden State Warriors

Although the Warriors win streak came to an end, Curry still turned in a solid night. He only hit 2-10 three-pointers but still finished with 34 points to go with seven assists, five rebounds, and three steals.

Goran Dragic-Phoenix Suns

Dragic continued to come up huge for the Suns in the absence of Eric Bledsoe leading them to a win last night in Minnesota. Dragic finished with 26 points, nine assists, and six rebounds while allding a steal and a pair of three pointers and only turning the ball over three times in 41 minutes.

Channing Frye-Phoenix Suns

Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) reacts during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Our sleeper line of the night also comes from the Suns as Channing Crye continue his recent success with another strong game. H scored 22 points giving him five straight games in double-digits. Over that span, he’s hit four or more three-pointers in every game but one and five rebounds or more in all but one of those contests as well. He offers a unique blend of three-point shooting, boards, and a few blocks, but what he brings can be a help to many fantasy teams. It’s surprising that he’s still available in almost 40% of ESPN leagues, so check your wire if you need a boost since Frye and bring some value while he’s getting the minutes and hitting his shots.

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