James Harden G HOU 1 hour ago1 Comment
Harden erupted for 48 points (14-30 FG, 8-19 3Pt, 12-15 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block across 42 minutes Saturday in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win over the Lakers.
Heading into the contest, the Lakers coach Luke Walton set the modest goal of holding the red-hot Harden to fewer than 50 points. Los Angeles was barely able to achieve the feat, as Harden still cleared the 40-point plateau for the 10th time in 13 games. The MVP contender has also cleared the 30-point threshold in each of the past 19 contests, averaging a remarkable 42.5 points (on 43.5 percent shooting from the field), 8.9 assists, 7.6 rebounds, 5.9 triples and 2.1 steals in 39.3 minutes per game over that stretch.
Eric Gordon SG HOU 1 hour ago
Gordon (knee) started at small forward and contributed 30 points (7-16 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 11-12 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 32 minutes Saturday in the Rockets' 138-134 overtime win over the Lakers.
After an eight-game absence due to a bruised knee, Gordon returned to action Wednesday against the Nets and was limited by some renewed soreness, but he didn't seem to be restricted at all in his second game back from the injury. Gordon ranked as the clear No. 2 option behind superstar James Harden, finishing second in field-goal, three-point and free-throw attempts among all Rockets players. He should maintain a similarly elevated role on offense for at least Monday's game in Philadelphia, though Gordon's usage could suffer thereafter with point guard Chris Paul (hamstring) closing in on a return to the lineup.
Kyle Kuzma F LAL 1 hour ago
Kuzma contributed a team-best 32 points (12-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals across 44 minutes Saturday in the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss to the Rockets.
Kuzma carried the team on his back in the first half as the Lakers amassed a 64-46 edge, scoring 24 of his points across the two quarters. While his production slowed down thereafter, Kuzma still cleared the 30-point mark while shooting better than 50 percent for the second straight game. The Lakers lost Lonzo Ball to a sprained ankle during the contest and are expected to remain without LeBron James (groin) and Rajon Rondo (hand) again Monday against Golden State, potentially setting up Kuzma for another game with higher-than-normal usage.
Blake Griffin F/C DET 1 hour ago
Griffin finished with 38 points (12-23 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 13-15 FT), six rebounds, three assists and three steals across 38 minutes Saturday in the Pistons' 103-101 loss to the Kings.
With frontcourt mate Andre Drummond (concussion) sidelined, Griffin benefited from a sizable uptick in usage, with his 39.9 percent mark representing an increase of 10 percentage points from his season-long average. It's uncertain if Drummond will clear the concussion protocol in advance of Monday's favorable matchup with the Wizards, making Griffin someone to consider in daily lineups in the event the center is unable to suit up for that contest.
Paul George SG/SF OKC 1 hour ago
George supplied 31 points (8-20 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 11-11 FT), six rebounds, five assists and three steals across 40 minutes Saturday in the Thunder's 117-115 win over the 76ers.
While George failed to hit at least half his shots for the eighth game in a row to drop his field-goal percentage to an ugly 39.6 percent over that span, he provided the game's biggest bucket with a go-ahead three-point play with just over five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In just about every other area except for field-goal percentage and blocks, George is offering above-average-to-elite production. The forward is averaging career-best marks in points (26.7), rebounds (8.0), steals (2.3) and three-pointers (3.4) per game and has been a better overall fantasy contributor than teammate and former MVP Russell Westbrook, whose ugly shooting from the field, free-throw line and distance has limited the impact of his NBA-best 13 triple-doubles.
Melvin Frazier Jr. F ORL 2 hours ago
The Magic recalled Frazier from the G League's Lakeland Magic on Sunday.
Orlando isn't expected to practice Sunday after back-to-back games against the Nets and Bucks on Friday and Saturday, respectively, so Frazier's recall signals that he'll likely travel with the team to Atlanta in advance of Monday's tilt with the Hawks. The rookie second-round pick likely won't see meaningful run if he suits up for that contest, as he's averaging just 5.3 minutes per game over three appearances at the NBA level this season.
DTDIke Anigbogu C IND 2 hours ago
Anigbogu (knee) returned to action Friday in the G League Fort Wayne Mad Ants' 123-105 loss to the Grand Rapids Drive. He sat out the second half of the back-to-back sat Saturday in the Mad Ants' 107-92 loss to the Lakeland Magic.
It's unclear if Anigbogu was sidelined Saturday just as a precaution coming off the injury or if it was a result of a setback suffered in Friday's contest. The second-year center is averaging just shy of a double-double across 17 appearances this season for Fort Wayne with 11.2 points (on 46.4 percent shooting from the field) and 9.9 boards per game.
Tony Parker PG CHA 8 hours ago
Parker scored 14 points (4-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and collected a rebound along with four assists across 18 minutes Saturday against Phoenix.
Parker has been extremely efficient off the bench for Charlotte of late, putting together back-to-back 14-point performances despite logging just 18 minutes in each of those contests. He's off to another solid start to the month of January, averaging 9.4 points, 1.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists through eight matchups to begin 2019.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF CHA 8 hours ago
Batum tallied 15 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, six assists and a steal across 32 minutes Saturday against Phoenix.
Batum had been held to just seven points in each of his previous two contests, but he shot an impressive 66.7 percent from both the field and from beyond the arc in a 135-115 victory. Despite Saturday's strong final line, the 30-year-old forward is averaging 9.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 45 contests this season, making him a risky fantasy play if used on a nightly basis. While Batum is certainly capable of a productive showing, he's yet to show much consistency in doing so.
Jeremy Lamb SG/SF CHA 8 hours ago
Lamb totaled 18 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds and six assists across 24 minutes Saturday against Phoenix.
Lamb put together his most impressive shooting performance of 2019, knocking down 66.7 percent of his attempts from the field and 71.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. Despite a solid 18-point outing, he also managed to add valuable contributions on the boards and in the assist column. The 26-year-old guard has finished with double-digit scoring totals in each of his previous three contests, and he'll look to extend that streak Sunday at Indiana.