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Marreese Speights scored 15 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT) with four rebounds in 12 minutes in Tuesday night's win over the Rockets. It was his second straight game with 15 points off the bench.
Speights, who had lost a good deal of playing time while shooting a career-low 39-percent from the field, is taking advantage of regular minutes since Festus Ezeli went down with a knee injury. He's averaged 10.1 points on 47-percent shooting in the last seven games, similar production as last season when Speights was a regular part of the rotation and averaged 10.4 points on 49-percent shooting. He'll continue to get playing time nightly with Ezeli out at least six weeks.
Marcus Thornton tallied 15 points (5-12 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, one rebound, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during the Houston Rockets ' 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
Thornton is putting up 10.5 points, two rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 threes, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 18 minutes per contest through four games this month. These numbers are nearly identical to his season averages, and the 28-year-old forward is typically hit-or-miss in his role as a scorer off the Rockets' bench.
Ty Lawson missed all four of his field goal attempts while handing out one assist in 16 minutes during the Houston Rockets ' 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
With averages of 5.2 points, two assists, one rebound, and 0.2 steals in 19 minutes per appearance over the last five games, Lawson continues to be one of the most disappointing draft picks in fantasy. The 28-year-old point guard is producing career-lows across almost every statistical category, and barring injuries or a trade, it's tough to picture Lawson turning things around this season.
James Harden (hand) went off for 37 points (10-21 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 11-13 FT), five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 40 minutes during the Houston Rockets ' 123-110 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday.
Harden has been hot lately, with averages of 30.6 points, 7.8 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 threes, 2.8 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 37 minutes per contest over the last five games. He hasn't been missing much from the outside, as evidenced by his 47 percent mark from beyond the arc over the same time span. Nevertheless, he has also been earning 10.4 free-throw attempts per game, so he clearly isn't falling in love with the jumper or forgetting to attack the basket. The only blemish of late is that he still turning the ball over a whopping four times per matchup.
Andre Iguodala produced 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and six assists in 31 minutes during the Golden State Warriors ' 123-110 win versus the Rockets on Tuesday.
Iguodala has earned 30 minutes or more 16 times this season, and he is among the most well-rounded reserves in basketball. It's tough for him to put up a ton in terms of raw stats when he's coming off the bench, but Iguodala is still a jack of all trades who has significantly improved his ability to hit the open outside shot these last few years.
Andrew Bogut provided 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 FT), 11 rebounds, six blocks, three steals, and one assist in 29 minutes during the Golden State Warriors ' 123-110 victory over the Rockets on Tuesday.
Bogut recorded his 1,000th career block on Tuesday while posting his fourth double-double of the season. His six blocks and three steals were both season-highs as well, and the Warriors' big man bullied the Rockets badly. With Festus Ezeli (knee) out for at least the next six weeks, Bogut is the team's lone true rim-protecting presence, though coach Steve Kerr is unlikely to push his veteran center much prior to the playoffs.
Harrison Barnes contributed 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 32 minutes during the Golden State Warriors ' 123-110 win over the Rockets on Tuesday.
That's back-to-back 19-point showings for Barnes, and he has needed only 26 shot attempts to score those 38 points. Over the last five games, the soon-to-be restricted free agent forward has averaged 13.6 points on 50 percent from the field, 4.6 rebounds, two threes, 1.2 assists, and 0.6 steals in 34 minutes per matchup. The Warriors are right back in action on Wednesday against the Suns.
Stephen Curry recorded 35 points (12-24 FG, 7-16 3Pt, 4-4 FT), nine assists, five rebounds, and one steal in 38 minutes during the Golden State Warriors ' 123-110 win over the Rockets on Tuesday.
Curry now has 17 35-plus point performances, 14 showings with seven or more made three-pointers, and 15 contests with nine or more dimes this season. He has also recorded a steal in every game during 2016--with 2.2 takeaways per game since the turn of the new year.
Raymond Felton contributed 17 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 28 minutes during the Dallas Mavericks ' 121-119 overtime loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.
Felton didn't commit a single turnover, and he is delivering 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists to 0.4 turnovers, one three, and one steal in 27 minutes per game through five February match-ups. He has scored in double figures in five of the last six contests, and continues to play well in his contract year.
Chandler Parsons provided 24 points (8-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-7 FT), one rebound, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during the Dallas Mavericks ' 121-119 overtime loss to the Jazz on Tuesday.
Despite a six-point stinker versus the Spurs last Friday, Parsons is averaging 17.4 points on 48 percent from the field, 5.6 rebounds, two assists, two threes, 0.8 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 33 minutes per contest through the first five games in February. Parsons and the Mavericks now have nine nights to rest before facing the Magic on Feb. 19.