Anthony Davis: center of attention
led the Pelicans with an absolute monster line: 25 points, eight
rebounds, four assists, six steals and six blocks. First round? Second
round? No matter when you picked him, you're happy with his body of work
so far. Jrue Holiday added 14 points, eight assists and two threes. The lack of steals is disappointing.
Tyreke Evans reanimated somewhat, scoring 15 points (6-of-16 shots), grabbing six rebounds and dishing seven assists in 31 minutes.
Ramon Sessions showed up for the future Hornets (22 points and six assists). Kemba Walker
wasn't great, making just 7-of-19 shots for 14 points. He gave you (and
me) goose eggs in threes, steals and assists. Seriously, how? Lots of
forgettable Bobcats box scores here.
Indiana 89, Cleveland 74
Lance Stephenson's phenomenal play continued as he went for 22 points, five 3-pointers, five rebounds and three assists. Paul George keeps proving that he's a No. 1 guy with lines like this: 21 points (8-of-17 shooting, 2-of-2 free throws), 13 rebounds, three 3-pointers, three assists and two steals.
Tristan Thompson had an off night, hitting just 1-of-5 shots for two points. He also wasn't as active on the glass (four rebounds). But the minutes are there (35 on the night). Anderson Varejao was his steady self (14 points, six rebounds and three steals). Dion Waiters managed 17 points on 7-of-21 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds and four steals. Kyrie Irving was pretty meh for a guy you likely had to take in the first round (15 points on 6-of-17 shooting, five rebounds and a three).
Philadelphia 107, Chicago 104
Remember when the Philadelphia 76ers were supposed to suck? Yeah, they've beaten the Heat, the Bulls and the Wizards. So much for tanking and only winning 16 games. Michael Carter-Williams returned to the stratosphere with 26 points, 10 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers. He's looking more and more like the frontrunner for rookie of the year.
Spencer Hawes continued to bring the pain, making 8-of-11 shots for 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, a steal, three blocks and two 3-pointers. Getting all of that from you center is golden.
James Anderson forgot that Halloween was over. He's still a ghost, missing all four of his shots. His line: one point, three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Not sure how much longer the minutes will be there. Tony Wroten played well in 23 minutes off the bench (11 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, a steal and a block).
Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 22 points (9-of-16 shots and made all four freebies) and 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose's shot was off, making just 4-of-14 for 13 points to go with four rebounds and six assists. Rose also turned it over eight times. Ouch.
Luol Deng (20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals) and Jimmy Butler (nine points, six rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks) each posted versatile lines.
Toronto 97, Milwaukee 90
Rudy Gay managed to lead the Raptors in scoring despite making just 4-of-14 shots. Gay double-doubled with 18 points and 15 rebounds to go with three steals. DeMar DeRozan contributed 17 points, a three, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Jonas Valanciunas played just 16 minutes and finished with an ugly seven points and six rebounds.
You can't feel good about anything going on in the Brew City. Larry Sanders played just 22 minutes and had a four-point, four-rebound and one-block night. Yuck. O.J. May inexplicably was moved to the bench. He led the team with 16 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, eight assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes. Good line for a bad team. Rookie Nate Wolters started at the point, dished 10 assists and scored seven points in 36 minutes. I doubt he gets enough minutes to stay fantasy relevant when Brandon Knight returns.
Ersan Ilyasova stated and scored 14 points and collected four rebounds and two assists. Zaza Pachulia played just 14 minutes (six points and three rebounds). John Henson played 25, scored 13 points and grabbed just three boards. Still wouldn't touch either of them.
Dallas 111, Memphis 99
Shawn Marion returned to the Matrix: 21 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. His shot wasn't dropping 6-of-17 from the field, but he did make 9-of-10 free throws. Nice line from a guy going near the end of drafts. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 24 points, three 3-pointers, six rebounds, an assist and two steals.
Mike Conley looked good with 24 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, a block and a three. Marc Gasol added 23 points but just five boards. Zach Randolph is still kicking along with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Tony Allen disappeared (0-for-6 for zero points in 20 minutes).
Houston 104, Utah 93
Chandler Parsons reminded you why he's worth a mid-round pick: 24 points, two 3-pointers, 12 rebounds, six assists and a block. Own him. Start him. Dwight Howard hit 7-of-10 free throws for 15 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, a seal and an assist. James Harden matched D12 on freebies for 23 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. If you need help with threes, dial up Francisco Garcia. He knocked down three more on the way to 12 points. He's now made 13 on the season.
Richard Jefferson led the Jazz with 18 points. Nope.
Alec Burks finally did a little bit of everything: 15 points, a three, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block. So there is hope. Enes Kanter had 16 points and eight boards. Derrick Favors went for 12 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Gordon Hayward added 15 with a three, five boards and two assists. I'm a fan of all of these guys this season.
Portland 115, San Antonio 105
Nicolas Batum pulled off a triple-double: 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. That's why he was drafted in the second round of fantasy drafts. Damian Lillard hit 7-of-16 shots for 25 points with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds and seven assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks.
Here's a gentle reminder that Greg Popovich doesn't carry about your fantasy team: Kawhi Leonard played 29 minutes and managed a quiet nine points, one rebound, one assist and two steals. It could have been worse. Tiago Splitter played 18 scoreless minutes while Danny Green played 17 and couldn't score.
Tim Duncan returned to action, logged 31 minutes and dominated with 24 points (12-of-23 shots) and seven rebounds.
Golden State 98, Sacramento 87
Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points (10-of-17 shots) with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. He's looking like a steal compared to his ADP. Stephen Curry hit five 3-pointers en route to 22 points and 12 assists.
Uninspired DeMarcus Cousins showed up, playing 18 minutes for eight points and seven rebounds. Dreadful, especially when Travis Outlaw posts your best fantasy line: 15 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, an assist, a block and a three. Ben McLemore had a career night with 19 points, three 3-pointers, four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Hopefully this is just the start for the rookie.