Russell Westbrook PG OKC 2 hours ago
Westbrook had 25 points (9-18 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-10 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Saturday's 111-96 loss to the Knicks.
The Thunder suffered yet another loss on Saturday, as the team struggled to contain the New York offense. Steven Adams (concussion) was missing and it showed on both ends of the floor. Westbrook appeared somewhat tired towards the back end of the game, not surprising after his 52 minutes performance the previous night. He will get a night off before facing the Denver Nuggets on Monday.
Paul George SG/F OKC 2 hours ago
George finished with 18 points (6-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 36 minutes during Saturday's 111-96 loss to the Knicks.
George and the Thunder suffered another tough defeat, going down to an understrength New York team. He has been good so far this season, without being spectacular. The Thunder still look lost on offense, relying on a lot of isolation plays to find their points. The team was without Steven Adams (concussion) for this game, and it showed on the defensive end. They were also coming off a triple-overtime game against the 76ers the previous night. They will look to try and turn things around against the Nuggets on Monday.
Courtney Lee SG/SF NYK 2 hours ago
Lee had 20 points (5-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes during Saturday's 111-96 victory over Oklahoma City.
Lee had another nice game Saturday, helping the Knicks to an upset victory over the Thunder. He continues to be a nice surprise for the Knicks this season, and has picked up some of the slack since Tim Hardaway Jr (leg) went down. He is currently third on the team in scoring, second in steals and third in three-point makes. He will look to keep things rolling against the Hornets on Monday.
Michael Beasley F NYK 2 hours ago
Beasley finished with 30 points (11-18 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 37 minutes during Saturday's 111-96 victory over the Thunder.
Beasley was in the starting lineup for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (knee), and thrived, finishing with 30 points on just 18 field-goal attempts. He has been wildly inconsistent this season, but has managed to score in double-figures in six of his last eight games. He will never offer much more than scoring, and this tends to only come when there is an injury to one of the starters. Porzingis could return as soon as Monday against the Hornets, which would send Beasley back to a bench role.
Ekpe Udoh F/C UTA 2 hours ago
Udoh finished with nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, six blocks, three assists and three blocks in 32 minutes during Saturday's 109-100 loss to the Cavaliers.
Udoh received the start on Saturday with Rudy Gobert (knee) and Derrick Favors (eye) both out. While he was only able to score nine points, he added a collective nine defensive stats as well as seven rebounds. Gobert is going to miss about a month of action, however, Favors could return as soon as Monday against Houston, which could send Udoh back to the bench. He is only worth a look as a streaming option if you are in need of blocks.
Donovan Mitchell G UTA 3 hours ago
Mitchell tallied 26 points (11-16 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 102 FT), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 36 minutes during Saturday's 109-100 loss to Cleveland.
Mitchell was fantastic again in a losing effort, scoring 26 points on only 16 shot attempts. He continues to be a shining light for the Jazz, eclipsing the 20 points barrier for the eighth time in the last 10 games. With Rudy Gobert (knee) set to miss another month of action, Mitchell is going to see his offensive skills called on a lot more, and he should continue to be an elite scorer moving forward.
LeBron James F CLE 3 hours ago
James finished with 29 points (9-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 10-10 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 109-100 victory over Utah.
James was the dominant player once again Saturday, recording his second consecutive triple-double, and his third in the last four games. Cleveland was favored against an understrength Jazz team, however, with little support from his teammates, James was called upon to do most of the heavy lifting in a tough encounter. After four straight home games, Cleveland will travel to Washington to face the Wizards on Sunday.
Jeremy Lamb SG/SF CHA 9 hours ago
Lamb scored 15 points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3PT, 7-7 FT) to go with five rebounds in 24 minutes during Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.
Lamb increased his career-high 14.4 points per game with a bench-leading 15 points against Portland. While it was not the most impressive night from the floor (36.3 percent), the guard made the most of his trips to the free throw line by sinking all seven shots. Lamb is scoring 4.7 more points per game than his previous career-high of 9.7 points set in 2016-17. As a result, Lamb is Charlotte's leading source of offense from the bench by far.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF CHA 9 hours ago
Batum scored 23 points (9-17 FG, 5-9 3PT) to go with four rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 loss to Portland.
After scoring in the single-digits in four straight games, Batum exploded for a season-high 23 points against Portland. The Charlotte forward was deadly efficient from long range, sinking a season-high five three-pointers on nine attempts. While his breakout performance from beyond the arc was impressive, expectations should be tempered as Batum is still a 26.9 percent three-point shooter on the season. Batum will look to build upon his offensive momentum when Portland takes on New York on Monday.
CJ McCollum G POR 9 hours ago
McCollum scored 25 points (10-17 FG, 4-6 3PT, 1-2 FT) to go with two rebounds and three assists across 38 minutes in Saturday's 93-91 win against Charlotte.
McCollum added to his impressive December with a game-high 25 points on Saturday. For the month, the guard is averaging 21.8 points over seven games. In addition, Saturday's performance as McCollum's fifth consecutive game with at least 20 points. After sinking 4-of-6 three-pointers against Charlotte, McCollum is shooting a career-best 44. 3 percent from beyond the arc. McCollum will look for another 20-plus point game against Minnesota on Monday.