Last night was not a good on for Tyreke Evans (13) as here he loses control of the ball next to Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Fantasy Basketball-Starting 5-February 12


Saturday night in the NBA featured 8 games headlined by the continuing Lin Dynasty as the Knicks remained undefeated in the Jeremy Lin era winning in Minnesota. Other big games included a double-OT thriller in Big D and Jason Richardson leading a frenzied comeback for he Magic against the Bucks. The Nuggets rediscovered their winning ways, but the Bobcats still haven’t found any way to score or play defense…

Here’s 7 lists of 5 to wrap up last night’s action and to put a little bow on top check out our 10 additions to consider for week 8. Waiver wire work can win your league, just ask the guy who took a flier on a guard named Lin. Here’s what went down last night:

5 Top fantasy stars

Jason Richardson hangs from the rim after dunking the ball in Milwaukee last night. He earned our MVP-for-a-day for his outside shooting mostly on his way to 31 points. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

1. Kevin Love-Min: Love returned to his dominant self in his second game back from suspensio scoring 32 points on  10-21 shooting with 2 3-pointers. He dominated the glass as well with 21 rebounds while collecting a steal, a block, and 3 turnovers in his 43 minutes played.

2. LaMarcus Aldridge-Por: Aldridge had 33 points and 12 boards to go with an assist and a steal but didn’t get enough help in double OT as the Blazers fell to the Mavs in Dallas dropping to 15-13 overall.

3. Chris Paul-LAC: Paul had 18 points and 14 assists to power the Clippers past the Bobcats in Charlotte. He added 4 rebounds and 2 steals while played 30 minutes with a +/- of +28. With the win, the Clippers are now 17-8.

4. Jason Richardson-Orl: Richardson lit it up from outside hitting 9 of the 11 3-pointers he attempted on his way to 31 points. He added 4 boards, an assist, and 2 steals as he carried Orlando to a win in Milwaukee to get to 17-11 on the year.

5. Ty Lawson-Den: Lawson broke out of his scoring slump in a big way last night in Indianapolis tying his season high with 27 points on 10-17 from the field and 2-3 from deep. He added 3 boards, 2 assits, and 2 steals. While Danilo Galinari is out, the Nuggets need nights like this from Lawson to survive. This win snapped a 5 game slide and got the Nuggets record to 16-12 on the year.

5 Multi-category contributors

1. Nikola Pekovic-Min: Pekovic had another big double-double with 21 points and 13 boards while adding 2 assists, a steal, and a block. Double-check and make sure he’s not still available in your league (he is in 17%). His scoring won’t always be that high, but his rebounds should consistently be around 10+.

2. Hedo Turkoglu-Orl: Turkoglu had his best game in quite a while finishing with 19 points, 6 assists, 5 boards, and a block. His last 2 games have been lightyears ahead of his previous efforts, so maybe he’s fully over his knee injury and back to fantasy usefulness.

3. Jared Dudley-Phx: Dudley scored 20 points on 8-13 while also grabbing 10 boards and accumulating 2 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist for the Suns. He played a team-high 37 minutes and is definitely a key part of their offense moving forward.

4. Gerald Wallace-Por: Wallace had a nice overall effort last night for Portland as he scored 10 points (3-4 from the field) while also finishing with 10 boards, 4 steals, an assist, and a block.

5. Ersan Ilyasova-Mil: Ilyasova had a big night off the bench for the Bucks as he contributed 16 boards, 17 points, 2 assists, a steal, and a block in his 33 minutes of action. The Bucks couldn’t overcome the hot-shooting Magic as they fell to 12-15.

5 Patrollin’ the paint

February 11, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) drives past Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (1) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

1. Dwight Howard-Orl: Howard’s shots weren’t falling (5-15) and he could only score 11 points. He did add 4 blocks and 14 boards though as he contributed apart from scoring in this one to his fantasy owners and to the Magic who beat the Bucks in Milwaukee.

2. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin played 31 minutes scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 boards to go with 3 assists and a blocked shot. The Clippers routed the Bobcats, so Griffin got a little bit of a rest in this one, but still put up good numbers in his limited time.

3. Tim Duncan-SA: Duncan had 13 points, 10 boards, 2 blocks, and 5 assists to lead the Spurs past New Jersey as they improved to 19-9 on the season.

4. Marcin Gortat-Phx: Gortat tied with Howard for the lead in blocks last night with 4 while scoring 15 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He shot 6-9 fromt he field and played well during his 36 minutes.

5. DeAndre Jordan-LAC: Like most of the Clippers starters, Jordan played limited minutes (24) but still managed to score 11 points, grab 12 rebounds, and block 2 shots.

5 Shooters

1. Danny Granger-Ind: Granger led the Pacers with 26 points on 10-18 from the field with 2 3′s, 2 boards, and an assist. The Pacers couldn’t close out the Nuggets in Indy as they fell to 17-10 on the year.

2. Aaron Afflalo-Den: Afflalo had 20+ points for the second game in a row as he finished with 23 points on a super-efficient 8-11 shooting while knocking down 1 three and adding 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He’s a good add headed into next week since the Nuggets will need him to pick up the scoring slack while Danilo Gallinari is out.

3. Marcus Thornton-Sac: Thornton went 4-6 from downtown and 8-13 overall on his way to 21 points along with 2 boards, 2 steals, and 2 assists.

4. Steve Novak-NY: Novak played 29 minutes off the bench hitting 4 3-pointers on his way to 15 points to go with 6 rebounds. He’s played himself into a role on this new-look Knicks team, but no one knows what that role will look like once Carmelo and Amare return.

5. Iman Shumpert-NY: Shumpert had a nice night off the bench for the Knicks finishing with 20 points (tied with Lin for the team lead) while addding 4 steals, a rebound, and 2 assists.

5 Passing out Assists

Feb 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) makes the game-winning free throw during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Knicks defeated the Timberwolves 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

1. Steve Nash-Phx: Nash dished 15 assists in the Suns victory over the Kings while hitting just 2-7 from the field for 4 points to go with 4 rebounds. The win takes the Suns record to 12-15.

2. Jeremy Lin-NY: Lin’s shot was off (8-24) but he still managed to score 20 points while hitting key FT’s to get the Knicks another win. Lin added 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals while proving he can get New York a victory even when he’s not on fire with his shot.

3. Ramon Sessions-Cle: Sessions dished 8 assists in 32 minutes while grabbing 2 boards, adding a steal, and scoring 19 points. He’s a risky add since Kyrie Irving appears to be returning soon, but could be a great addition if Irving missed more time with his concussion.

4. Ricky Rubio-Min: Rubio had 8 assists, 3 steals, a block, and 2 rebounds while scoring 12 points. The Wolves loss to the Knicks drops them to 13-15

5. Jason Kidd-Dal: Kidd had 8 assists for Dallas in their double-overtime win while adding a steal and 8 boards to his 5 points. He’s at least re-entering the fantasy discussion if you’re desperate for assists.

5 Other solid starts

1. DeMarcus Cousins-Sac: Cousins scored 26 points on 8-18 shooting and added 9 rebounds and an assist against Phoenix last night. The Kings lost dropping their record to 10-17.

2. David West-Ind: West made 10 of his 11 shots to score 22 points in his 32 minutes while adding 7 boards, a blocked shot, and 2 assists.

3. Deron Williams-NJ: D-Will had 27 points on 9-23 shooting while making 2 3′s, grabbing 4 boards, and dishing 8 assists.

4. Antawn Jamison-Cle: Jamison scored a team-high 20 points on 8-16 shooting to go with 8 boards and an assist. Cleveland couldn’t get the win at home without the injured Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao as they fell to 10-16 on the year.

5. Jrue Holiday-Phi: Holiday had 20 points, 5 assists, 4 boards, a steal, and a block to lead a typically balanced Sixer attack in their win in Cleveland. Philadelphia is now 19-9 on the season.

5 Off-target

1. Reggie Williams-Cha: Williams shot 1-12 for a Bobcats team that shot 35% overall. He finished with just 2 points, 2 assits, a rebound, and a steal in 28 minutes of action while starting for the injured Gerald Henderson.

2. Tyreke Evans-Sac: Evans played 30 minutes and did contribute 5 assists and 6 rebounds but shot just 1-9 while scoring 4 points.

3. MarShon Brooks-NJ: Brooks returned to the starting lineup but shot just 2-10 while scoring 7 points and adding 4 rebounds and 2 assists. His shooting percentage and scoring will come back as he reacclamates to the starting lineup and gets back in the flow of things. Keep an eye on him since he could have some serious value if he returns to the level he was before.

4. Bill Walker-NY: Walker started at SG for NY and played 24 minutes but he missed all 5 of his shots from the field. He finished with 3 points (on FTs), 2 assists, a steal, and 2 rebounds.

5. Tristan Thompson-Cle: Thompson will play a bigger role with Varejao on the sidelines with a broken wrist. The Cavs and their fans are hoping to have him shoot much better than his 0-6 last night. He still contributed 8 rebounds and 2 blocks while scoring merely 2 points.

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