Most of the basketball focus was on the college ranks last night, but the NBA had plenty of drama of its own in 6 games last night. The Heat blew the doors of the Nets, but other than that all the games were competitive. The Magic were way up on lowly Charlotte before the ‘Cats stormed back and stole the W. The Lakers looked to cruise past the Pistons in Detroit, but they came back too. Even after Kobe tied the game at the end of regulation, Detroit didn’t let down and won in OT. In other action, Boston outlasted Houston in OT, Atalanta survived a cold-shooting 4th quarter to hold off Indiana, and Dallas rode Dirk’s big second half to a win over the Knicks.
Here’s 5 quick lists of 5 to get you caught up on the most significant fantasy lines as we wake up this Wednesday.
5 Who Dominated
1. Andrew Bynum-LAL: Bynum had 30 points and 14 boards while adding 3 blocked shots and 2 assists to lead the Lakers, but ultimately LA fell short and dropped 23-15 on the year and 6-13 away from home.
2. Josh Smith-Atl: Smith had another big game for the Hawks finishing with 27 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block. Atlanta held on in Indiana to get to 23-15.
3. Rodney Stuckey-Det: Stuckey’s game-high 34 points cam on 13-20 shooting with 1-1 from deep and 7- 7 from the line. He played 42 minutes and was at the forefront of the Pistons coming back from just 9 in the 3rd quarter with 24 in the 4th and the 10 they needed to win in OT. The win bumps Detroit’s record to 13-26.
4. Paul Pierce-Bos: Pierce scored 30 points to lead Boston’s comeback. He added 6 boards, 2 steals, and 2 assists as Boston won to get to 20-17 overall and 15-8 at home.
5. LeBron James-Mia: LeBron had 21 points on 9-11 shooting in 30 minutes while adding 9 boards and 6 assists. He led the Heat in their route of the Nets as they moved to 29-9. There is concern for his running-mate D-Wade who left after rolling his ankle and didn’t return to the court in the second half.
5 Who Scored
1. Corey Maggette-Cha: Maggette scored 29 points o 9-17 shooting with 7 rebounds and a steal as the Bobcats got the much needed win over Orlando improving to 5-31 overall.
2. Dirk Nowitzki-Dal: Nowitzki had a big second-half for Dallas and finished with 28 points on 8-18 from the field and a perfect 12-12 from the line. His peripherals weren’t great-3 rebounds, a steal, and an assist-but he did have a nice night scoring to lead Dallas to the W to get their record to 23-17.
3. Amare Stoudemire-NY: Stoudemire had a team-high 26 while pulling down 7 boards and adding a steal and an assist.
4. Kobe Bryant-LAL: Kobe knocked in 8-26 from behind his Zorro like(then later his clear) mask. He finished with 22 points including 2 three-pointers whild adding 5 rebounds and 7 assists.
5. Ray Allen-Bos: Allen his 3 threes and 7-15 overall while scoring 21 points to go with 2 steals, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. He hit a big shot towards the end of regulation as Boston stormed back to force OT, where they eventually won.
5 Who Rebounded
1. Dwight Howard-Orl: Howard has 6-13 from the field and 3-8 from the charity stripe on his way to 15 points and 17 rebounds with 2 blocks and a steal. The Magic started fast but scored just 13 in the 4th as they fell to Charlotte by 16 to drop to 25-15 on the year.
2. Samuel Dalembert-Hou: Dalembert had 17 rebounds as well and added 11 points, a steal, and an assist.
3. Pau Gasol-LAL: Gasol scored 20 while adding 4 blocks, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. It was a great total game for Pau. Although he didn’t have a Rondo-esque trib-dub, he did help his trade value with this performance..
4. Kevin Garnett-Bos: Garnett had 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals while scoring 13 points.
5.Luis Scola-Hou: Scola had 18 points and 14 rebounds with 3 assists in his 44 minutes. He shot an effective 6-11 from the field but Houston fell to the Celtics dropping their record overall to 21-18.
5 Who Struggled
1. Greg Monroe-Det: Monroe didn’t score mush shooting just 1-10 and finishing with a meager 2 points. He grab 15 rebounds with 3 assists and a steal, so it wasn’t all bad, but the Pistons need more if they want to make winning more of a habit. His fantasy owners are used to a much better performance and Monroe will look to bounce back Friday against Atlanta.
2. Vince Carter-Dal: Carter shot 1-8 while scoring only 3 points in 23 minutes for Dallas. He did contribute 2 assists, 7 rebounds, and a steal. Roddy Beaubois is pressing him for time and he needs to step up his shooting for the Mavs and his fantasy owner’s sake.
3. Lamar Odom-Dal: Odom played 23 minutes like Carter and had similar scoring woes shooting 1-9 and finishing with 3 points. He only had 4 boards, a block, and an assist. He’s virtually un-ownable in all formats until he finds some kind of groove for Dallas.
4. Carmelo Anthony-NY: Melo is the most important player on the Knicks with apologies to Linsanity. He was not on his game last night shooting just 2-12 and scoring only 6 points to go with 8 rebounds and an assist. His struggles derailed the Knicks as they fell to Dallas to drop to 18-20 on the season.
5. Hedo Turkoglu-Orl: After being held scoreless Monday, Turk did score 6 points on 2-10 shooting but he only contributed 1 rebound, 1 block, and 1 assist while turning to ball over 4 times.
5 Who Increased their Value
1. Bismack Biyombo-Cha: Biyombo’s 10 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 blocks would be impressive in any game. When his team is coming back and he’s playing vs Dwight Howard, it’s even more so. Biyombo is owned in just 11 percent of leagues but if you need boards and blocks he’s a great option.
2.Roddy Beaubois-Dal: Owned in just 13.7% of leagues, Roddy had 18 points, a steal, assists, and 2 rebounds in just 20 minutes. The Mavs have seen what he can do in the starting lineup, so hopefully they’ll replace Carter with Beaubois so that his up-and-down production can maintain a high level.
3.Gerald Henderson-Cha: Henderson is back from his injury and owned in just 59.4% of leagues. He had 16 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, and a block in 37 minutes last night against Orlando and looks to have reestablished himself in the Bbcats starting lineup.
4. Steve Novak-NY: Novak continued his run of threes and points with 13 points and 4 more threes. He’s still owned in just 23.5% percent of leagues and has made 4 or more threes and scored 12 or more points in each of his last 5 games.
5. Norris Cole-Mia: If Dwyane Wade misses time after rolling his ankle, Cole could see an expanded role. Cole had 13 points, 4 assists, a steal, and a rebound in 22 minutes against the Nets last night. It’s unclear what Wade’s prognosis is and how much of Cole’s time was due to the blowout. Cole’s always able to score coming off the Miami bench and is available in 92+ percent of leagues