NBA Player News
|12/7/2013||James Harden, G-F||Harden continued his recent tear with 34 points in Friday's win over Golden State.
Analysis: Harden has scored 31-plus in three of his last four games. He was 13 of 22 Friday after, two nights after a miserable 3-for-17 shooting performance against Phoenix.
|12/7/2013||Dwight Howard, F-C||Howard registered his 12th double-double with 22 points on only eight shots to go along with 18 rebounds in Friday's win over Golden State.
Analysis: It marked Howard's second-consecutive game with 18 rebounds. He's again among the league's rebounding leaders with 12.6 per game.
|12/7/2013||Terrence Jones, F||Jones had 16 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over Golden State, his fifth double-double of the season.
Analysis: After being most irrelevant during his rookie season, Jones has emerged as a surprising possible fantasy contributor and is at least worth a bench stash, particularly for owners who are thin at forward. He's averaging 12.5 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last 13 games.
|12/7/2013||Kevin Durant, F||Durant scored 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting in Friday's win at New Orleans.
Analysis: Durant is shooting 43.8 percent over his last four games while averaging 30.3 points.
|12/7/2013||Russell Westbrook, PG||Westbrook had 25 points and recorded four steals in Friday's win at New Orleans.
Analysis: Westbrook was 8 of 16 from the field, marking his first game with at least 50.0 percent shooting since Nov. 16. His 40.0 field-goal percentage is his lowest since his rookie season of 2008-09.
|12/7/2013||Serge Ibaka, F-C||Ibaka had 17 points and 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season in Friday's win at New Orleans.
Analysis: Ibaka, who also blocked three shots, has been a double-double machine of late with five in his last seven games. He's averaging 15.7 points and 10.7 rebounds during that stretch.
|12/7/2013||Ryan Anderson, F-C||Anderson had another rough shooting night, going 5 for 17 with 18 points in Friday's loss to Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Anderson is just 11 for 36 over his last two games including a 2-for-11 clip from 3-point range.
|12/7/2013||Jrue Holiday, PG||Holiday had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists in Friday's loss to Oklahoma City.
Analysis: Holiday has really come on strong of late for his new team, averaging 18.4 points, 9.8 assists and 6.4 rebounds over his last five contests.
|12/7/2013||Markieff Morris, F-C||Morris made his first 11 shots en route to a 25-point performance and the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their fifth straight loss, 106-97 on Friday night.
Analysis: Morris, who also grabbed 11 rebounds, finished 11 of 14 from the field, tying his career high in field goals made. His scoring total was three shy of his career best.
|12/7/2013||Amir Johnson, F-C||Johnson scored a season-best 22 for the Raptors on Friday, but they fell 106-97 to Phoenix.
Analysis: Johnson has scored a combined 38 points in his last two games after totaling 40 in his previous seven contests.
|12/7/2013||Wesley Matthews, G-F||Matthews scored a team-best 24 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 130-98 on Friday night for their 15th victory in 16 games.
Analysis: Matthews was averaging 13.3 points in his previous four games.
|12/7/2013||Jodie Meeks, SG||Meeks made two huge 3-pointers in the final minutes to finish with 19 points, lifting the Los Angeles Lakers past the Sacramento Kings 106-100 Friday night in what was expected to their last game before Kobe Bryant returns.
Analysis: Meeks made five 3-pointers while scoring in double figures for the sixth consecutive game. He had 20 points in a loss to Portland on Sunday.
|12/7/2013||DeMarcus Cousins, F-C||Cousins had 20 points and 11 rebounds in his return from an ankle injury, a 106-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Analysis: Cousins has scored 20 or more points in a season-high three straight games.
|12/7/2013||Ben McLemore, SG||McLemore scored a career-high 20 points in Sacramento's 106-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Analysis: The rookie guard and No. 7 overall draft pick is averaging 13.4 points in his last five games after averaging 8.3 in his first 12.
|12/7/2013||Dwyane Wade, G||Wade participated in the Miami Heat's shoot-around on Saturday in advance of their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Analysis: Wade has missed the last two games for the Heat, both losses. He missed the game against the Pistons on Tuesday because of soreness in his knee and then missed the game on Thursday in Chicago because of an illness.
|12/7/2013||Michael Carter-Williams, PG||Carter-Williams sat out the 76ers' game Saturday night against Denver, the second straight game he has missed because of a skin infection on of his right knee. The rookie spent his third night in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Analysis: Carter-Williams is averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists and leads the NBA with 3.1 steals per game. He was honored Tuesday as the NBA Eastern Conference rookie of the month.
|12/7/2013||Luol Deng, F||Deng is not going to play against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night because of tightness in his left calf.
Analysis: Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng has been dealing with the injury since the teams met in Detroit on Nov. 27, a 99-79 win. Chicago has lost six of eight. Chicago's leading scorer, Deng is averaging 19.4 points per game and 26.2 over his last six.
|12/7/2013||Derrick Favors, F-C||Favors and Marvin Williams have been ruled out for Utah's game against the Sacramento Kings.
Analysis: Favors has a sore lower back and Williams will miss his second straight game with inflammation in his right foot. Favors started each of the Jazz's first 21 games at forward or center. He is averaging 13.5 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds.
|12/6/2013||Luol Deng, F||Deng had 20 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Deng is averaging 26.2 points in the last six games.
|12/6/2013||Taj Gibson, F-C||Gibson scored 19 points as the Chicago Bulls beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 107-87 on Thursday night.
Analysis: Gibson is averaging 21.5 points and shooting 66.7 percent (36 of 54) in his last four games.
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