Hassan Whiteside
Heat's Hassan Whiteside: Turns in 16 points, 15 rebounds
Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
12:05 AM
News: Whiteside put up 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-4 FT), 15 rebounds and two blocks in 30 minutes Saturday during a 109-97 win over the Bucks.

Whiteside righted the ship after struggling to impact the game against Dallas on Thursday. The seven-foot Whiteside wrestled the Bucks' big men away from the rim, and earned himself free reign around the vital painted area. He consistently challenged shots, and even unsuccessfully went up to stuff a Giannis Antetokounmpo baseline dunk. More often than not, it seems, Whiteside is just chasing statistics, but he brought important physicality on Saturday which the Heat leveraged into a win.

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Kawhi Leonard
Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: Posts career-high 41 vs. Cavaliers
Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
12:05 AM
News: Leonard recorded 41 points (15-30 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 8-8 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 46 minutes during a 118-115 overtime win over the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Leonard maintained his recent red-hot offensive stretch by setting a new career high with 41 points across a season-high 46 minutes as the game went to overtime. He also helped force LeBron James into seven turnovers in the road victory against the defending champs. Leonard has been absolutely absurd over the past five games, with averages of 35.6 points on 59.8 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.4 three-pointers and 1.4 steals per game.

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Kyrie Irving
Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving: Scores efficient 29 vs. Spurs
Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
12:05 AM
News: Irving contributed 29 points (13-22 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT), nine assists, three rebounds and two steals across 41 minutes during a 118-115 overtime loss to the Spurs on Saturday.

Irving tied LeBron James with a team-high 29 points in the loss. His nine assists were a team high and the most he's handed out since he totaled 12 assists on Dec. 29 against the Celtics. After Irving had shot below 50 percent in four straight contests, he has rebounded by shooting at least 50 percent in two straight games. He will look to maintain the hot shooting against the Pelicans on Monday.

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David Lee
Spurs' David Lee: Double-doubles in win vs. Cavaliers
David Lee, C, SA
12:05 AM
News: Lee supplied 14 points (7-11 FG), 11 rebounds, three assists and one block across 36 minutes during a 118-115 overtime victory against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Lee got his second consecutive start for the injured Pau Gasol (finger) and went for his second consecutive double-double. He also received more than 30 minutes for the second game in a row after he hadn't played over 30 minutes once all season. The minutes look to be there with Gasol sidelined indefinitely, and Lee will likely continue to provide nice all-around numbers in the Spaniard's absence.

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Dejounte Murray
Spurs' Dejounte Murray: Another good game in start vs. Cavaliers
Dejounte Murray, PG, SA
12:05 AM
News: Murray tallied 14 points (7-10 FG), six assists and two rebounds across 22 minutes during a 118-115 overtime win against the Cavaliers on Saturday.

Murray got his second consecutive start with Tony Parker (foot) sidelined and was effective once again. Backup point guard Patty Mills got nine more minutes than Murray, but Murray still outscored Mills and handed out twice as many assists. The rookie has received his two highest minute totals of the season in the last two games, and has shown that he can be a nice asset when given the minutes. Murray should be in line for another start against the Nets on Monday.

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Kevin Love
Cavaliers' Kevin Love: Double-doubles in return from one-game absence
Kevin Love, PF, CLE
12:00 AM
News: Love (back) returned to the floor and produced 13 points (4-15 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds and three assists across 36 minutes during a 118-115 overtime loss to the Spurs on Saturday.

Love returned from a one-game absence but struggled with his shot in the loss. His shooting has been a big problem lately, as over his last five games played, he is shooting just 30.3 percent from the field. Love did at least manage to snag his fifth double-double of the new year. He will look to find his shot against the Pelicans on Monday.

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Dion Waiters
Heat's Dion Waiters: Erupts for season-high 33 points
Dion Waiters, SG, MIA
1/21/2017
News: Waiters posted 33 points (12-19 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 4-8 FT), three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 33 minutes Saturday during a 109-97 win over Milwaukee.

Waiters has never been gun-shy, and when he's feeling it like he was Saturday, his confidence becomes untouchable. He hit step-back after step-back over every defender the Bucks sent his way. Waiters needed a boost to snap out of a new-year funk. He's still only shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from deep after Saturday's performance.

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Goran Dragic
Heat's Goran Dragic: Drops 25 on Milwaukee
Goran Dragic, PG, MIA
1/21/2017
News: Dragic turned in 25 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), six assists, a rebound and a steal in 33 minutes Saturday during a 109-97 win over the Bucks.

After trouncing the Mavericks on Thursday with 32 points, Dragic dominated Milwaukee's rangy perimeter defenders with his craftiness out of the pick-and-roll. Once Dragic has his man leaning in one direction, he slings the ball out the other way and slaloms his way through a thicket of bodies. Dragic is on a roll now, scoring 21.9 points per game on 52.6 percent FG shooting in January.

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Paul Millsap
Hawks' Paul Millsap: Scores game-high 22 in Saturday's win
Paul Millsap, PF, ATL
1/21/2017
News: Millsap scored 22 points (9-14 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-6 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, two blocks, an assist and a steal in 36 minutes during Saturday's 110-93 win over the 76ers.

The Joel Embiid-less Sixers had little answer for Atlanta's frontcourt Saturday, as Millsap and Dwight Howard combined for 35 points and 25 boards. It was Millsap's 12th double-double on the season.

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Jabari Parker
Bucks' Jabari Parker: Struggles with shot in bench role
Jabari Parker, PF, MIL
1/21/2017
News: Parker came off the bench Saturday, finishing with 16 points (7-18 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 32 minutes during a 109-97 loss to Miami.

Thon Maker got the start in place of Parker, probably just so coach Jason Kidd can continue to tinker with his rotations before the playoffs roll around. The experiment didn't pay off, however, as Parker seemed to be out of a rhythm despite totaling close to his season average of 34 minutes. His shot selection looked a little forced, and he had a tough time finishing around Hassan Whiteside. Parker will probably return to the starting lineup against the Rockets on Monday, since Maker didn't show off anything even remotely impressive.

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