Kuzma had 24 points (8-17 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Thursday's 126-111 loss to the Rockets.
Kuzma finished with at least 20 points for the sixth straight game Thursday, dropping 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting. He has been scoring the ball at an elite level of late but has also been quietly improving his passing game. Over that same stretch of games, Kuzma is averaging almost five assists per game which certainly increases his fantasy appeal.
The spotlight was on the final meeting between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but Kuzma actually paced all scorers on the night. The second-year pro's scoring tally was his best since Oct. 22, and served as his second highest of the season overall. Kuzma has been locked in with his shot since the calendar flipped to December, posting a success rate of 50 percent or better in four of the first five contests of the month and draining multiple threes in all five games as well. Moreover, he continues to be a steady and impressive force on the boards, hauling in between seven and 12 rebounds in each of the last seven games.
Kuzma turned in 20 points (8-16 FG, 4-8 3Pt), nine rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and a steal across 34 minutes in Saturday's 111-88 win over the Grizzlies.
It's a small sample size, but Kuzma's superb numbers over the past two games go a long way towards eliminating any doubt about his increased value in Brandon Ingram's (ankle) absence. After absorbing Ingram's output in a 27-point effort on Friday, he followed up with a full stat line in the decisive win over Memphis. While he's an apt contributor with a typical game script, he should be considered a chalk play in all formats as long as Ingram is sidelined.
Kuzma finished with 27 points (12-22 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 133-120 loss to the Spurs.
Kuzma dropped 27 points in Friday's loss to the Spurs, his highest points total since the third game of the season. He has now scored in double-digits in seven consecutive games and is flourishing next to LeBron James. There were some questions coming into the season around the fit of the new look Lakers team but Kuzma has managed to expand on his impressive rookie season and should be rostered everywhere.
Kuzma was an ideal complement to the efforts of LeBron James, who led the Lakers with 42 points. Kuzma's efforts helped make up for the in-game loss of Brandon Ingram after the latter exited early with an ankle issue. The 23-year-old has opened December with a pair of 20-point efforts, and he's been even more impressive on the boards of late -- factoring in Wednesday's production, Kuzma has hauled in between eight and 12 rebounds over his lat four contests.
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