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Zubac delivered 26 points (12-14 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds, and one assist in 28 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win versus the Thunder.
Zubac was incredible, recording career highs in scoring and rebounding while earning more minutes than Tyson Chandler and JaVale McGee combined. Zubac has accumulated three double-doubles through 25 appearances this season, and he seems to be gaining the trust of coach Luke Walton. With that being said, until Zubac is regularly earning 20-plus minutes, his appeal will likely remain limited to deep and daily leagues.
Hart had 12 points (3-6 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and one block in 33 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder.
Hart thrived off the bench while earning 10 more minutes than starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Hart was one of four Lakers to earn at least 30 minutes, and he filled up the box score while delivering an efficient scoring performance. He has recorded three double-doubles in nine January games, this after posting just one through October, November, and December.
Ball contributed 18 points (7-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 10 assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 33 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder.
Ball has scored in double figures in three straight games while providing consistently well-rounded production in every category except blocks. Ball remains an inefficient shooter, but that doesn't stop him from being aggressive and making an impact on the stat sheet. With LeBron James (groin) out through Monday, Ball will continue to share lead playmaking duties with Brandon Ingram for at least the next two contests.
Kuzma collected 32 points (11-20 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 36 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime win against the Thunder.
Kuzma was spectacular, contributing in every category except blocks while scoring 30-plus points for the fifth time this season. Moreover, he matched his career high in steals, and continues to keep the team afloat in the absence of LeBron James (groin). With James sidelined through Monday, Kuzma will remain the go-to offensive option for at least two more tilts.
Adams accumulated 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-6 FT), 15 rebounds, four steals, and one assist in 41 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers.
Adams has grabbed at least 15 boards five times through 43 appearances this season, and he matched his season high in steals in this one. Adams has swiped at least two steals in seven consecutive contests. Moreover, he is contributing career-high per-game averages in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals.
Ferguson tallied 21 points (6-13 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers.
Ferguson matched his season high in scoring, and has posted 21 points in two of the last four tilts. With that being said, he combined to score 12 points on just 12 field-goal attempts in the last two games, and Alex Abrines (personal) returned to practice on Wednesday. Ferguson has showcased his skills while receiving extended minutes with Abrines sidelined of late and remains the better two-way player, but the 20-year-old shooting guard is still highly inconsistent overall.
George registered 27 points (9-19 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds, and three steals in 44 minutes during Thursday's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers.
George came fairly close to delivering a triple double, matching his season high assist total while contributing in every category except blocks. He has canned five treys in consecutive contests, as well as in four of the last seven games. George will look to keep it rolling during Saturday's matchup with the 76ers.
Noel had four points (2-3 FG), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 12 minuted during Thursday's 138-128 overtime loss to the Lakers.
Noel returned to the lineup following a three-game absence due to a concussion. He played sparingly, but it was good to see him back in action after he suffered a scary fall back on Jan. 8 versus the Timberwolves. Noel's status as a backup big man behind Steven Adams limits his value to deeper leagues.
Hardaway had just eight points (2-7 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) in Thursday's loss to the Wizards.
Hardaway was cleared to play after missing the team's last game with a hamstring issue, but he wasn't overly aggressive, as his seven field goal attempts matched a season-low. The Michigan product will get three days off as the Knicks travel back from London before Monday's home matchup with the Thunder.
Kornet had 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-6 3PT, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, five steals, two assists and a block in Thursday's loss to Washington.
Kornet returned to the starting lineup Thursday after coming off the bench in the Knicks' last game, and he saw 34 minutes of action for the second straight contest. While Kornet has started all but one game since Christmas, his production -- and minutes -- have been rather volatile.