Monday night the NBA had six games on the schedule, but the night once again belonged to Kevin Durant as he continued his crazy scoring streak and hit the game-winner on top of it. He wasn’t the only fantasy basketball player to get his team off to a great start to the week, although he definitely leads the list of Monday’s top performers:
Kevin Durant-Oklahoma City Thunder
Durant has scored 30 points or more in 11 games in a row after dropping 41 last night on the Hawks. The Durantula knocked in 15-25 from the field adding a handful of three pointers, three blocked shots, four rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He is quickly locking up the top overall draft spot for next year with his amazing run.
Paul Pierce-Brooklyn Nets
Pierce survived his emotional return to Boston in his previous game, but he put up much better numbers last night against the Raptors in a losing effort. He finished with 33 points including seven made three pointers and added six reboudns, two assists, and a steal.
Kyle Lowry-Toronto Raptors
It was Lowry’s Raptors that knocked off Pierce and the Nets on Patrick Patterson’s buzzer beater. Lowry had the best Raptor stats, though, finishing with 31 points along with five steals, seven assists, and five rebounds.
Kevin Love-Minnesota Timberwolves
The Wolves also got a big road win as they knocked off the Bulls in Chicago. Love finished with 31 points including a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line despite making just 1-7 three-point attempts. He added eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal in his 36 minutes.
Gerald Green-Phoenix Suns
Green continues to see plenty of playing time for the injured Eric Bledsoe although he’s struggled to put up consistent numbers. Last night was the good Green as he scored 30 points in just 28 minutes on a scorching 10-12 from the field and 4-5 from long range. He added little in the way of other stats–two rebounds, two assists, three blocks, and a steal–but his man fantasy value has always been his scoring ability when his shots are falling which they were last night in Philadelphia.
Carlos Boozer-Chicago Bulls
Boozer had a nice multi-category night last night for his owners scoring 20 points against Minnesota while adding 14 rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Part of his increased production was due to the absence of Joakim Noah, so don’t expect this to be the new norm although it’s definitely nice when you can get it.
Jason Thompson-Sacramento Kings
Thompson gets the sleeper-of-the-day status for last night’s performance after being featured in the Top Ten Waiver Wire Pickups for the week. Last night he lived up to his spot pulling in 11 rebounds giving him three double-digit games in a row. He also made 7-10 from the field and added two blocks and an assist to his 19 points. He is still owned in just 4% of ESPN leagues and should continue to put up solid numbers while DeMarcus Cousins remains sidelined.