A fun-filled Friday night in the NBA ended well for the Bulls, Nuggets, Kobe, and even the Pistons as they finished the night victorious. There were 11 games on the schedule last night and for Dwyane Wade (injured ankle), the Celtics offense, the Blazers, and the hapless Wizards the 3-day weekend got off to a miserable start.
Here’s all of what went down on the court last night in 9 A-lists of 5 to start your Saturday off with.
1. Kobe Bryant-LAL: Bryant scored 40 for the third game in a row, this time at home against the Cavs. Bryant finished with 42 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals as he let the Lake show to 9-4 overall and 8-1 at home.
2. Deron Williams-NJ: Williams had one of the best games of the year with 35 points, 14 assists, and 2 rebounds to lead theNets over the Steve Nash-less Suns and raise New Jersey’s record to 3-9.
3. Kevin Love-Min: K-Love led the Wolves over the Hornets with 34 points, 15 rebounds, an assist, and 3 blocks. The win gets the Wolves to 4-7 while dropping New Orleans to 3-8.
4. LeBron James-Mia: James did all he could for the Heat finishing with 35 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. With the injury to D-Wade his numbers could be elevated like this for the foreseeable future.
5. Derrick Rose-Chi: Rose led the Bulls past the Celtics in Boston to get Chicago’s record to 11-2. Rose finished with 25 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. When he and Deng (see below) are at this level they’re very difficult to beat.
1. Luol Deng-Chi: Deng had more huge minutes (43) last night against the Celtics. Wednesday against Washington he has 12 points and 15 boards, but last night he stepped up even more and finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a block.
2. LaMarcus Aldridge-Por: Aldridge had 29 points, 7 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block but the Blazers fell short in San Antonio falling to 7-4.
3. Ty Lawson-Den: Lawson had 24 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals and dictated tempo late while leading the Nuggets past the Heat.
4. Kyle Lowry-Hou: Lowry had 25 points, 9 assists, 2 steals, and 7 rebounds as he led the Rockets past the Kings.
5. Tony Parker-SA: Parker helped the Spurs get to a perfect 8-0 at home by leading them over Portland with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, and 2 steals.
5 Across-the-board contributors
1. Jonas Jerebko-Det: The Pistons won their 3rd game of the year last night and their first on the road behind Jerbko’s 22 points, 9 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist.
2. MarShon Brooks-NJ: Brooks had 20 points on 8-15 from the field with 2 3-pointers, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, an assist, and even a block. Brooks and Williams make quite the scoring backcourt for the Nets.
3. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe continued his great season with 19 points, 9 boards, 5 assists, a steal, a block, and most rarely for him a win for the Pistons.
4. Chris Bosh-Mia: Bosh had 17 points, 3 blocks, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists in Miam’s loss to Denver.
5. Gerald Wallace-Por: Wallace had 12 points, 12 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, and a block in the Blazers loss in San Antonio.
5 Assassins (long-range specialists)
1. Jodie Meeks-Phi: Meeks was deadly shooting 10-11 from the field and hitting 6 treys. He finished with 26 points, 2 steals, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds.
2. Anthony Morrow-NJ: Morrow continued his solid play since being inserted into the lineup by Avery Johnson. Last night, he connected on 4 3-pointers while scoring 16 points, grabbing 5 rebounds, and adding a steal and block.
3. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings hit 3-4 from downtown while finishing with 19 points, an assist, and 4 rebounds.
4. Jason Terry-Dal: Terry hit 3 treys off the benchas he helped down the Bucks with 17 points, 2 stelas, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.
5. Marco Bellinelli-NO: Bellinelli finished 8-14 with 3 3′s and 20 points to go with 2 steals an assist, and a rebound.
5 Action packed guards
1. Tyreke Evans-Sac: Evans hit half his shots while scoring 27 points to go with 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. He played 42 minutes.
2. Kyrie Irving-Cle: Irving had 21 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals but the Cavs fell short in LA 97-92.
3. Rudy Fernandez-Den: Rudy came off Denver’s bech with 15 points, 1 steal, 4 assists, and 2 rebounds.
4. Raymond Felton-Por: Felton had a poor shooting night but finished with 13 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals.
5. Kemba Walker-Cha: Walker hit 6 of 8 from the field and finished with 16 off the buench along with 2 steals, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds.
5 Acquiring rebounds
1. Samuel Dalembert-Hou: He already had pretty much settled in as the team’s starting Center but with 21 points and 16 boards to go with 4 blocks and a steal last night locked it in for sure
2. Marcin Gortat-Phx: Gortat had 10 boards and 20 points while shooting 10-14 from the field.
3. Anderson Verejao-Cle: Verejao followed up his 17 board performance 2 nights ago with 14 rebounds, 2 assists, and 11 points as he got the job done even against the Lakers towering big men.
4. Nene-Den: Nene had 12 boards to go with his 17 points, 4 assists, and a block against the Heat in Denver.
5. Andrew Bynum-LAL: Bynum had 15 points, 11 boards, 3 assists, and 3 blocks as the Lakers downed the Cavs.
1. Rajon Rondo-Bos: Rondo dished 11 assists even with poor shooting by his teammates. He finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds to go with his 4 steals. He’s a great guard to own even though usually he doesn’t explode for points. His value is his versatility and his assists.
2. D. J. Augustin-Cha: Augustin had 13 assists to go tiwh 7 points, and a rebound in Charlotte’s loss to the lowly Pistons.
3. Jose Calderon-Tor: Calderon finished with 15 points and 9 assists but couldn’t get Toronto past the Pacers as they fell to 4-8
4. Ricky Rubio-Min: Rubio got his first NBA start and finished with 9 assists, 12 points, 3 steals, and 6 rebounds.
5. Derek Fisher-LAL: Fish is slowly hitting his stride. His scoring is still not good (9 total points in his last 3 games), but he had 10 assists last night to so with 3 steals and a rebound.
1. Chris Kaman-NO: Kaman earned the top of our anti-hero list for his 2 points on 0-10 from the field. He did contribute 9 boards, a steal, and a block. 0-10, really…
2. Danny Granger-Ind: Granger played just 18 minutes in Toronto before being ejected. He started the night 1-8 from the field with 4 points, 2 blocks, and a rebound.
3. Jamal Crawford-Por: Crawford couldn’t find his shot off the bench with just 2-11 shooting and 5 points to go with his 2 assists.
4. Kevin Garnett-Bos: Garnett could only connect on 4 of the 11 shots he took and finished with 8 points, and 7 rebounds. The Celtics need way better shooting from the big 3 in order to succeed.
5. DeMarcus Cousins-Sac: Cousins was in fould trouble early and that along with his sickness limited him to just 18 minutes. He finished 1-7 from the floor with 4 boards, 4 points, 3 blocks, and a steal
1. Samuel Dalembert-Hou: See above for his big night last night. He’s owned in les than half of leagues and should be good for points/blocks/rebounds every night. If he and Kyle Lowry develop a connection he’ll be a huge addition to any fantasy team.
2. Kawhi Leonard-SA: Leonard got the start again and this time shot 5-9 for 11 points with 5 rebounds, an assist, 2 stelas, and 3 rebounds. He played 35 minutes and should continue to see major floor time while Ginobili recovers. He’s still available in 96.5 % of leagues. The Spurs play 4 games in 5 days next week so weekly players might want to throw him in for the week starting Monday.
3. Evan Turner-Phi: Turner was in double-digits for the 3rd night in a row and plays tonight at Washington if you need an extra guard and are in one of the 70% of leagues where he’s available. He finished last night with 12 points, 5 boards, and 2 assists.
4. George Hill-Ind: Hill’s numbers have been extremely inconsistent but last night he got 31 minutes of play time (partly due to the Granger ejection) and took advantage of the time to lead the Pacers in points with 22 and add 2 rebounds, an assist, a block, and 5 steals. If Hill gets the PT, he’s definitely worth an add. So far this year though, that’s a pretty big if. He’s owned in 21% of leagues.
5. Kevin Seraphim-WSH: Washington is just horrible and proved it again last night getting thrashed in Philly 120-89. Seraphim though, has shown a little upside and is an absolute beast when it comes to blocks. He played 22 minutes last night and scored 12 points on 5-8 from the field with 5 boards, 2 assists, and 3 blocks. On Wednesday, he had 3 blocks and 2 steals in just 9 minutes against the Bulls. If he got the minutes on a regular basis he might be worth an look since nobody owns him at this point. Monitor his minutes, especially if you need a block boost.