December 4, 2017, 4:20 am
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Magic – 105 @ Knicks – 100
In the first game of the day the Magic picked up a big win in Madison Square Garden. The Magic ran a tight rotation in this one with the five starters each playing at least 34 minutes and only three bench players getting more than ten.
Orlando was led by Nikola Vucevic who logged a double-double with 34 points, twelve boards, three assists and a block.
The Knicks were without Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr in this game so Michael Beasley and Damyean Dotson started in their places. Beasley had a decent game with 21 points on 10-of-19 shooting but Dotson didn’t do anything.
Warriors – 123 @ Heat – 95
The Warriors went to South Beach and put a smackdown on the Heat. GSW outscored Miami 37-17 in the third quarter and never looked back.
Stephen Curry led the way for the defending champs with 30 on 11-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from deep.
Draymond Green was quiet with only 4-7-9 and that about does it for fantasy relevance on the Warriors. Everyone is doing pretty much what everyone expected.
The Heat side saw a couple of bench players make some noise in the blowout as Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Johnson both played over 25 minutes. Olynyk finished with 14-7-5 and a block while Johnson posted 13-2-2-1.
Bam Adebayo continues to start but was clearly outplayed by Olynyk and could cede the starting center spot in the near future.
Josh Richardson managed his fourth straight game in double-figures and finished with 12. Richardson has started to gain some consistency for owners after being terrible early.
Goran Dragic was the high man for the Heat with his 20 points but added only three boards, one assist and two steals. He should be the leading scorer for them most nights while Hassan Whiteside is out.
Clippers – 106 @ Wolves – 112
The decimated clippers squad lost another one but Austin Rivers scored 30 with five boards and five assists, and should be owned as long as L.A. is playing on one leg.
Another must-own player is Lou Williams, who had a double-double with 23 points and 10 assists. Both guards are going to see a ton of shots because of the injuries to so many players on this team.
The last Clipper with any fantasy relevance is DeAndre Jordan, and he put up a double-double of his own with 17 and 12 rebounds.
The Wolves got a great game from Jimmy Butler, who finished the night with 33 points, eight boards, four dimes, an assist and a block on 10-of-20 from the floor.
Spurs – 87 @ Thunder – 90
The Spurs all-reserve team held their own with the Thunder on the strength of a 17-point, 11 board double-double with five dimes and three steals from Dejounte Murray. He got the start for a resting Tony Parker but will likely be out of the rotation again come the next game.
The only other fantasy relevant players on the San Antonio side were Davis Bertans and Joffrey Lauvergne, who scored 16 and 12 points respectively. Both can be avoided as their fantasy production will be non-existent soon.
The Thunder got lucky in this one and almost wasted a 22-10-10 triple-double from Russell Westbrook, who shot 9-of-22 from the floor and had seven turnovers.
The man in this one was breakout big Steven Adams with his 19-point, 10 rebound double-double with an assist, a block and three steals. After a couple of six-point duds Adams has had back-to-back games with at least 19 points and is returning great value.
Rockets – 118 @ Lakers – 95
The prime-time game had the Rockets handling their business in Hollywood and getting a win over the Lakers. James Harden is still good and had another 36 points with nine dimes, four boards, two steals and four 3-pointers on 13-of-22 from the floor.
Chris Paul continues to round into form and scored 21 in this one while handing out six assists, grabbing four boards and stealing two. Him and Harden are only going to get more comfortable together as the season goes on.
Kyle Kuzma is another great pickup for those lucky owners and he had another double-double tonight with 22-12. He’ll continue to get minutes, probably at the expense of Brook Lopez, who only played 19 and finished with 10-5-2 and two blocks.
At the four tonight was Larry Nance Jr. who put up 15 points with eight boards, one assist, two steals and a block while Julius Randle saw just 15 minutes and scored only five points. There are a lot of bigs in L.A. and someone’s numbers are going to suffer.
Brandon Ingram wasn’t as good as he was in the last two but still put up 18-9-5-1 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 4-of-7 from deep to finish with 16 points, three rebounds and assist and two steals.