Tyreke Evans G/F MEM 3 hours ago
Evans scored 22 points (9-15 FG, 4-5 3Pt) while adding three assists, two rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes during Friday's 96-94 win over the Hawks.
He seemed none of the worse for wear after missing Wednesday's contest with a minor hip issue. Evans is enjoying his best season in a long time, seeing a much higher usage rate than expected due to Mike Conley's Achilles injury, and his 18.3 points per game would be best performance in that category since he was a 19-year-old rookie for the Kings in 2009-10.
Dennis Schroder PG ATL 3 hours ago
Schroder scored 18 points (5-18 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block in 37 minutes during Friday's 96-94 loss to the Grizzlies.
It was a solid bounceback effort for the point guard after he scored only nine points in Thursday's loss to the Pistons. The double-double was just his second of the season, but Schroder is still averaging a solid 19.6 points, 6.4 assists, 3.0 boards, 1.0 three-pointers and 0.9 steals over his last nine games despite the lack of support he's getting from a Hawks roster at the beginning of a full rebuild.
Kent Bazemore SG/SF ATL 3 hours ago
Bazemore scored 19 points (8-15 FG, 3-8 3Pt) while adding five rebounds, five assists and three steals in 33 minutes during Friday's 96-94 loss to the Grizzlies.
His desperation three-pointer at the buzzer clanked off the front of the rim, but otherwise it was a strong performance for Bazemore. The 28-year-old has been alternating solid scoring nights with poor ones lately but has continued to provide value in other categories, resulting in a fantasy-friendly average of 13.2 points, 5.3 boards, 5.3 assists, 2.3 threes and 1.7 steals over the last six games.
Kyle Lowry PG TOR 3 hours ago
Lowry scored 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt) while adding 12 assists, 10 rebounds and four steals in 31 minutes during Friday's 120-87 win over the Nets.
It was his 11th career triple-double and second of the season. Lowry would have had an even more productive night, but he played just a couple of minutes in the final frame to grab his 10th rebound before joining the rest of the Raptors' starters on the bench in a blowout win. While he continues to struggle with his shot, the point guard is still making a solid contribution otherwise, averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.6 steals over his last seven games.
DeMar DeRozan SG/SF TOR 3 hours ago
DeRozan scored 31 points (14-19 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-4 FT) while adding three rebounds, two steals and an assist in 29 minutes during Friday's 120-87 win over the Nets.
He had 20 points at the half and got the entire fourth quarter off, otherwise DeRozan likely would have had a shot at tying or topping his season high of 37. He's now scored 30 or more in two straight games and three of his last eight, averaging 26.5 points, 5.9 assists, 5.1 boards and 1.3 steals per game over that span.
Joel Embiid PF/C PHI 3 hours ago
Embiid scored 34 points (11-20 FG, 0-3 3PT, 12-13 FT) to go with eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks across 49 minutes in Friday's 119-117 triple overtime loss to Oklahoma City.
In a test of endurance, Embiid prevailed with a game-high 34 points in Friday's triple-overtime marathon against Oklahoma City. In a career-high 49 minutes, the center labored through lingering back pain a game removed from playing 39 minutes in Tuesday's overtime win against Minnesota. Embiid's gutsy effort secured his seventh straight game of 20 or more points. All of the superb stats aside, Embiid's stamina is the greatest takeaway from what was a spectacular performance against the Thunder.
Jahlil Okafor C BKN 3 hours ago
Okafor scored 10 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt) while adding four rebounds and a steal in 23 minutes off the bench during Friday's 120-87 loss to the Raptors.
While the third overall pick in the 2015 draft has a solid night on the offensive end, Toronto's big men also were able to exploit Okafor's defensive liabilities frequently, making the former Sixer's debut with Brooklyn something of a mixed bag. The Nets have little to lose by giving him a consistent role in their frontcourt rotation, but Okafor also has plenty of competition for minutes as he tries to get his career back on track.
Russell Westbrook PG OKC 3 hours ago
Westbrook scored 27 points (10-33 FG, 2-5 3PT, 5-12 FT) to go with 18 rebounds, 1 assists and two steals across 52 minutes in Friday's 119-117 triple overtime win against Philadelphia.
After putting up eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds at the half, Westbrook exploded down the stretch for his tenth triple-double of the season. Despite the eye popping numbers across the board, the guard is still in a shooting funk. Shooting 30.3 percent from the floor against Philadelphia, Westbrook has shot 30 percent or lower in three out of his last four games. Shooting a career-low 38.4 percent for the year, he is still averaging 22.7 points, 10 assists and 9.6 rebounds. Owners will have to take the good with the bad when it comes to Westbrook this season.
JJ Redick SG PHI 4 hours ago
Redick scored 19 points (7-18 FG, 4-13 3PT, 1-1 FT) to go along with three rebounds and six assists across 51 minutes in Friday's 119-117 triple overtime loss to Oklahoma City.
The sharpshooting guard is hard to ignore as of late. Entering Friday's contest, Redick was averaging 22.6 points over his previous five games. Falling short of his third consecutive 20-plus point game, Redick did fall in love with his three-point shot, taking a season-high 13 three-pointers on Friday. In the first half, Redick entered the break with 15 points on the strength of his three-point game, sinking 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. However, he was ice cold in the second half and the ensuing overtimes, going 0-of-6 from long range.
Paul George SG/F OKC 4 hours ago
George scored 24 points (8-23 FG, 5-11 3PT, 3-4 FT) to go along with five rebounds, one assist and three steals across 45 minutes in Friday's 119-117 triple overtime win against Philadelphia.
Despite sitting with three fouls and six points in the first quarter, George ended up sinking 5-of-11 shots from beyond the arc. Friday's three-point show as the only redeeming part of what was a 34.7 percent shooting performance. George continues to shoot poorly for the season, dipping to a career-low 40.8 percent from the floor. The end result of 24 points is palatable. However, the continued poor shooting is hard to swallow for the career 43 percent shooter.