• Wednesday was a roller-coaster ride, both in real life and in fantasy. Favorites fell, while others rose to the challenge. The NBA had a huge serving of monster games on Wednesday, from, 20-20 lines delivered by big men or a record-setting triple-double by the usual suspects Russell Westbrook.

    Most fantasy teams are either in midst of their league finals or semi-finals, depending on what the commissioner set. That said, for this Thursday’s daily dish, we’re going to zero-in on players who are worth adding for some last-minute value and of course celebrating amazing fantasy performances which mad waves in fantasy.

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    Atlanta Hawks 99, Philadelphia 76ers 92

    Robert Covington‘s absence from this game with a sore knee was a huge blow to his owners, who odds are, sorely missed his multi-cat production.

    Kent Bazemore returned to action after missing several games. He came off the bench and was impressive as he filled the stat sheet with 19 points, four rebounds, four dimes, four treys, two steals, and a block. He looks healthy but remains a risky add outside of very deep leagues because of his inconsistency. If your team is desperate, he could be worth a gamble.

    Dwight Howard had his way against a soft Philly interior and dropped a 22-20-4 line for his owners.

    Richaun Holmes quietly filled the stat sheet with 25 points, eight boards, a three, a steal, and a block.

    Dario Saric couldn’t get it going, hitting only 5-of-18 shots from the field.

    Oklahoma City Thunder 114, Orlando Magic 106 (OT)

    Russell Westbrook made NBA history by delivering the highest scoring triple-double ever recorded. He willed his team into overtime and eventually the victory with 57 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, five treys, three steals, and seven turnovers. If that’s not enough to give him another notch in the MVP race between him and James Harden, then I don’t know what would be.

    Terrence Ross and Evan Fournier combined for 47 points and eight triples in this game, but it was Aaron Gordon who would deliver the unconventional goods with 13 points, five rebounds, a trey, four steals, and block with zero turnovers.

    Milwaukee Bucks 103, Boston Celtics 100

    Malcolm Brogdon sank the game-winning jumper but his heroics were not confined to that one shot. He also was a boon in fantasy for his owners as he scored 16 points, dished out nine assists, grabbed four boards, got a steal and a block.

    The statistical gem of the night probably went to Giannis Antetokounmpo who filled up the stat sheet real good with 22 points, nine rebounds, two treys, three assists, three steals, and three blocks.

    The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas who hit 5-of-9 shots from deep en route to a game-high 32 points. He also grabbed five rebounds, dropped four dimes, and got three steals.

    Jae Crowder was a tad disappointing as he missed all six attempts from downtown and finished with a quiet 13 points, two rebounds, and three assists.

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    Miami Heat 105, New York Knicks 88

    This was a slaughter. Not only because the Knicks were without Derrick Rose (knee), but because Carmel Anthony played and he sucked. So they sucked. His comments after the game about not knowing his role with the team could be a signal that he’s going to be faded or even completely shut down for the season.

    From a statistical standpoint, Kristaps Porzingis was the lone bright spot for New York. He finished the game with 20 points, eight rebounds, a three, and three blocks.

    Finally! After pretty much an entire season, Josh Richardson busted out of his shell and exploded for an excellent game his fantasy owners could write home about. J-Rich was a beast with 17 points, three treys, five steals, and a block. Still no Dion Waiters (ankle) in sight. Which means more games like this one could be on the horizon for Richardson.

    The Heat got big games from Goran Dragic, who dropped a 20-7-9-2 line, and James Johnson, who bounced back in this game with a stat-sheet-stuffing performance. He scored 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, hit two triples, handed out four assists, got three steals, and blocked two shots.

    Charlotte Hornets 110, Toronto Raptors 106

    Charlotte’s depth came into play here. Marco Bellinelli and Frank Kaminsky delivered for them off the bench with 21 and 13 points, respectively. Marco is worth a stream target if your team is in the market for three-pointers.

    Marvin Williams had a good game as he scored 18 points, pulled down 12 rebounds, and hit four treys.

    Cody Zeller was a big disappointment as he dropped a zero-point, six-rebound dud in 27 minutes.

    On the other side of the big-man coin, Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas had a great game with 14 points, 15 rebounds, a steal, three blocks, and zero turnovers.

    DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 28-6-8, but it would be his partner in the backcourt, Cory Joseph who would wow his owners with a full stat line. CoJo scored 18 points, pulled down seven rebounds, dished out five dimes, hit two treys, got two steals, and blocked two shots.

    Dallas Mavericks 118, New Orleans Pelicans 121

    The Pelicans’ Twin Towers of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins were like dueling tornados that ripped through the Mavericks’ porous defense. They combined for 59 points, 29 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Jrue Holiday was not to be outdone, as he chipped in 18 points, seven assists, two triples, and two blocks of his own.

    Nerlens Noel had his hands full. Obviously. He was slowed down by foul trouble and ended the game with seven points, six boards, a steal, and a block. Dirk did his damage from mid-range, as usual, and was successful with 23 points, seven rebounds, and two treys.

    Seth Curry (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence and logged 34 minutes as the starting point guard. He scored 18 points, hit two triples, and handed out three assists. Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea rounded out the three-headed star PG and combined for 23 points, 12 assists, and four treys.

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    Indiana Pacers 97, Memphis Grizzlies 110

    With Marc Gasol (foot) still out of commission, Mike Conley stepped up in a big way and had a sick game for the Grizz. Conley scored 36 points, on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc, grabbed three rebounds, handed out six assists, and got four steals. This was one his best two-way games all season.

    Age was just a number for Vince Carter, who defied Father Time and exploded for 21 points, four treys, and eight rebounds. He’s good stream fodder for threes, with Memphis still having two games left this week.

    In a surprising move, Brandan Wright slid into the starting lineup for JaMychal Green (shoulder). Even though we haven’t seen Wright’s shadow on the court all season long, his 13 points and two blocks in 28 minutes makes him a viable add for an extra boost in blocks.

    Jeff Teague bombed in the box score but not in a good way. He was limited to four points and five dimes. Paul George filled it up with 22 points, three boards, four assists, three triples, two steals, and two blocks and it was not enough. Yeah, we’re not likely seeing him in a Pacer jersey in 2017-18.

    Thaddeus Young surprisingly came alive with a 16-13 double-double. Could his wrist finally be feeling better? If so, he’s worth a grab in standard leagues for a shot at him returning to some of his pre-All-Star break glory.

    Golden State Warriors 110, San Antonio Spurs 98

    Draymond Green was a hot mess in this one with four points, six rebounds, four dimes, two steals, and seven turnovers. The “Splash Brothers”, on the other hand, were just hot as they combined four eight treys, en route to 52 points. Curry added 11 dimes and was the catalyst for the Dubs’ comeback against a tough matchup in the Spurs.

    Andre Iguodala hit 6-of-9 shots from the field to finish the game with 14 points, two triples, six boards, and two steals. Picking him up last week in a few leagues has been a clutch move for my fantasy teams.

    Kawhi Leonard had an off night, at least relative to the standards we’ve grown accustomed to measuring him against. He connected on just 7-of-20 shots from the field to end the night with 19 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers.

    Pau Gasol showed shades of his former/younger self in this game with 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, a trey, a steal, and a block.

    Tony Parker fizzled in 24 minutes with zero points, two assists, and two steals. He should not be on any fantasy rosters right now.

    Utah Jazz 112, Sacramento Kings 82

    This one was over early and definitively. The Jazz dominated the hapless Kings from start to finish. Gordon Hayward (quad) returned from a one-game and picked up where he left off without missing a Jazzy beat. He scored 20 points, pulled down seven boards, handed out four assists, and hit three treys.

    Rudy Gobert got a 16-15 double-double but failed to deliver any defensive stats.

    Rodney Hood busted out of his slump with 18 points, making all five of his shots from downtown, while also adding two assists and two steals. He’s a risky add, but worth the gamble if your team needs threes.

    George Hill and Derrick Favors missed this game.

    Buddy Hield, who had been tearing it up over the last couple of weeks fell flat for his owners with two points. It was Ben McLemore who found his groove and dropped 22 points off the bench. Hield owners shouldn’t worry too much. He’s still the guy to own out of the Sacramento guard logjam-slash-revolving-door-of-rest-days.

    Skal Labissiere got a start for a resting Kosta Koufos and had a decent line with nine points, seven rebounds, a steal, and a block.

    Washington Wizards 124, Los Angeles Clippers 133

    The Clips finally got their act together and they did it in this game with extreme prejudice. Their big men, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin each exploded for double-double performances. DeAndre dropped 23-18-1-2, while Blake flirted with a triple-double with 26 points, 10 boards, and nine assists.

    J.J. Redick was the leader on offense for LAC with 31 points on 7-of-11 shooting from deep. Chris Paul had 27 points and 13 dimes.

    John Wall did his darnedest to keep his team in it and finished with a game-high 41 points, that came with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals, and six turnovers.

    Bradley Beal hit 5-of-11 shots from downtown and complemented Wall with 27 points and four dimes of his own.

    Otto Porter was disturbingly quiet in this one with four points to his name. Hopefully he bounces back in their next game.

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