The NBA had 7 games last night as they seized “Big Monday” and filled in for the college hoopsters as they gear up for their tournament. The “first four” start tonight at 6:40 and the NIT first round also gets underway this evening. Before settling in for a full night of hoops, here’s what went down in the pros last night.
The Celtics got a big win in LA over the Clippers as the Clippers slide continued. The Knicks continued their fall as well as they lost in Chicago to the Bulls. The Wolves got a win on the road in Phoenix in a wild 127-124 shootout, and the Jazz, Bucks, and Spurs got wins as well. The most dramatic finish was in probably the ugliest game of the night as Bismack Biyombo blocked Trevor Ariza’s dunk at the buzzer to secure the Bobcats a win over the Hornets in New Orleans.
Here’s 5 lists of 5 to get you caught up on the fantasy highlights from last night.
1. Kris Humphries-NJ: Humphries had a career-high 31 points on 11-15 shooting and added 18 rebounds along with 3 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist. Humphries dominated for the Nets but the Bucks were too much for New Jersey as they slid to 14-29 on the season.
2. Al Jefferson-Uta: Jefferson had 33 points, hit the first three in his career, and had 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist. The Jazz won behind Jefferson’s big night and moved to 20-21 overall and 15-6 at home.
3. Brandon Jennings-Mil: Jennings made 12-23 from the field including 6-11 from three-point range while piling up 34 points to go with his 7 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He led the Bucks to another win as they moved to 18-24 to catch the Knicks for the last spot in the Easter Conference side of the NBA Playoffs.
4. Tony Parker-SA: Parker had 31 points on 13-18 shooting with a three-pointer and a perfect 4-4 from the line. He added 7 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal, and a block in the Spurs win as they moved to 27-13 overall and 16-4 at home.
5. Derrick Rose-Chi: D-Rose led the Bulls with 32 points with 7 assists and 6 boards. He shot just 12-29, but still played great as he helped the Bulls hold off the Knicks to get the win 104-99 to move to 35-9 to move 2 games ahead of idle Miami in the race for the best record in the East.
5 others scoring
1. Rodney Stuckey-Det: Stuckey couldn’t get the Pistons the win in Salt Lake City as they fell to 3-16 away from the Palace. Stuckey still had a nice game though as he scored 29 points to go with 7 assists, 4 boards, and 2 steals.
2. Kevin Love-Min: Love led the Wolves to a road win scoring 30 points with 7 boards and an assist while hitting 5-9 on three-pointers. The win got the Wolves back above .500 and just a half-game back of the Rockets for the 8-spot in the West.
3. Jared Dudley-Phx: Dudley has stepped it up scoring the last few games and last night had 28 points on 10-15 shooting with 2 threes, 9 rebounds, a steal, a block, and an assist.
4. Paul Pierce-Bos: Pierce led the Celtics with 25 points and 3 threes to go with 7 assists and 3 boards as Boston used a big 2nd half to pass and beat the Clippers to get to 22-19 on the year.
5. Nikola Pekovic-Min: Pekovic had 24 points for Minnesota to go with 8 boards, 2 steals, and an assist. He continues to be one of the best pickups of the season.
5 storming the paint
1. JaVale McGee-Was: McGee had 21 points, 15 rebounds, an assist, block, and steal against the Spurs as the Wizards tried to keep up with San Antonio in the AT&T Center. Washington couldn’t keep up in the end as they fell to 9-31.
2. Blake Griffin-LAC: Griffin had 24 points, 9 boards, 4 assists, and a block in a losing effort for LA. CP3 struggled, however, and Blake’s big night wasn’t enough to carry the Clippers as they fell to 23-17.
3. Drew Gooden-Mil: Gooden scored 23 to help the Bucks get past the Nets and added 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal.
4. Chris Kaman-NO: Kaman had a nice double-double with 16 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 12 points. He struggled shooting, hitting just 6 of 19 from the field, but still helped your team with his rebounding primarily.
5. Tyson Chandler-NY: Chandler had 3 blocks and 10 boards with 2 assists and 13 points in the Knicks loss to the Bulls.
5 starting their team’s offense
1. Steve Nash-Phx: Nash finished with 10 assists, 3 rebounds, and 25 points as he and the Suns had 3 quarters of 34 points, but still fell just short of Minnesota as they fell to 19-22.
2. Rajon Rondo-Bos: Rondo had 10 assists and 12 points with 3 slteas and 2 boards as Celtics fans breathe easier after Danny Ainge assured them that Rajon will remain in Boston beyond this week’s trading deadline.
3. Jarrett Jack-NO: Jack was just an assist shy of a double-double as he scored 15 points to go with 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and a block. The Hornets fell just short of beating the Bobcats as they fell at home to drop to 10-32 overall.
4. Jeremy Lin-NY: Lin had 8 assists and 3 turnoerst to go with 3 blocks, 3 steals, and 15 points. He’s turned into a very nice fantasy point guard even while the Knicks are free-falling down the Eastern Conference standings having lost 6 in a row to fall into a tie for 8th.
5. Luke Ridnour-Min: Ridnour stepped over to the point in place of the fallen Ricky Rubio and picked up 9 assists to go with 10 points and a block in 33 minutes of time in the Wolves victory over the Suns.
5 stepping up (and worth thinking about adding)
1. Jordan Farmar-NJ: Farmar started and played 36 minutes for the Deron Williams-less Nets and ran the offense dishing out 7 assists while making 2 three-pointers on his way to 17 points. He’s still owned in less than 15 percent of leagues, but whil Williams is out, he should have some good fantasy value.
2. Mike Dunleavy-Mil: Dunleavy had another solid game off the bench for the Bucks. Even without his best shooting night he contributed 15 points, 6 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals in his 36 minutes. Dunleavy has become extremely important in the Bucks rotation and is worth an add in many of the 75 percent of leagues where he’s available.
3. Taj Gibson-Chi: Gibson had 15 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Bulls. He has had a big role in the Bulls rotation recently and has double-digit points in 4 of his last 5 while averaging over a block and a half and 7 rebounds. He’s owned in less than 4 percent of leagues and is worth an add to see if he continues to play this big off the bench.
4. Bismack Biyombo-Cha: Biyombo had a league-high 4 blocks last night with 12 points and 7 boards. One of his blocks saved the game and he continues to be a solid source of blocks and boards moving forward. His ownership has climbed to 43%. In his last 5 games he’s played as least 29 minutes while averaging 8 points, 10 boards, and almost 3 blocks a game.
5. Gerald Green-NJ: Green followed his 26 point explosion by playing even more minutes (30) and scoring another 11 points last night while grabbing 6 boards. He’s still owned in just 0.2% of leagues, but with the lack of depth in Jersey it looks like he’ll be getting some playing time at least until Deron Williams and others return from injury. He’s still a risky add, but with that much time and involvement he might be a short-term solution for your fantasy team just like he is for the Nets.