Ingles was playing heavy minutes with Rodney Hood (knee) sidelined. If Hood is unable to go Saturday against Indiana, Ingles will likely draw another start at the two based on this solid performance.
Nowitzki sunk to new lows with this effort, but at least he had a double-digit rebound total to salvage the stat line. The 18-year veteran is a shell of his former self, and he is on pace to score his fewest points per game since his rookie campaign. He remains useful for depth at the forward position, but he is obviously no longer a fantasy cornerstone player.
Although Dekker was off from three-point land, he registered his highest point total since December 14th against Sacramento. Dekker was in attack mode all night, an encouraging sign for his fantasy value, and also created second-chance opportunities with four offensive rebounds. He'll look to build on this performance Saturday against the Grizzlies.
After crushing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, Durant eviscerated another former teammate in James Harden on Friday. He was remarkably efficient, scoring points in bunches in almost every way imaginable. Durant is now averaging 28.0 points in January while shooting a ridiculous 57.8 percent from the field.
Shocker. Green had a great all-around game. Although the fifth year forward is averaging less points and rebounds than last season, due to the addition of some guy named Kevin Durant, Green is still more than capable of stuffing the stat sheet. Through nine games in January, Green is nearly averaging a triple double with 10.8/9.1/8.8 splits in just 34 minutes a game.
Randolph bounced back from a poor performance against the Wizards on Wednesday with his third double-double in the last four games. He also drained a season-high two three-pointers in the process and shot at least 50 percent in a game for the first time since Jan. 6 against the Warriors. Randolph has upped his game offensively so far in January, as his 15.0 points per game average so far this month eclipses his 12.4 points per game average across December.
While Covington isn't normally a go-to shooter, averaging 10.3 points per game on 36.5 percent shooting on the season, he knocked down two three-pointers in the last 40 seconds of Friday's game to seal the victory over the Trail Blazers. When he's hot though, he can fill the stat sheet. On the season, he now has four 20-point games, four double-digit rebounding efforts, nine games with at least three steals, and eight games with at least two blocks. It's not always clear when or where Covington's production will come, but he's a solid option for steals and blocks in year-long fantasy leagues, and is a high-risk high-reward option in DFS
In addition to dropping a season-high 24 points, the five three-pointers and two steals both tie season-highs for the 6-10 forward. Ilyasova has carved a niche in the 76ers offense after being traded from the Thunder early in the season, averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Friday also marked the eighth time this season that the 29-year-old had hit the 20-point mark. He'll look to continue his hot shooting Saturday against the Hawks.
Davis failed to speak to reporters following the game, as he was receiving treatment for the injury. He finished the contest 22 points (10-17 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-3 FT), 9 boards, 4 assists, one steal, and two blocks across 27 minutes. The big man had been dealing with thumb and hip injuries heading into the game, so the quad is another one to add to the list. The Pelicans do not play again until Monday's tilt with the Cavaliers, so Davis will have a few days to recover from the aforementioned nagging injuries. Is status for the game is unclear at this time.
The 18 points were the most Green's scored since Dec. 14 when he went for 19 against the Clippers and the two blocks tied a season high. He's been fairly consistent on the offensive end lately, as he's scored in double figures in four straight games, which ties his longest such stretch so far this season. Green is on pace for the worst offensive season of his career, as his 9.5 points per game and 39.2 field goal percentage averages would be career worsts. So we'll see if he can continue to build off the good play of late against the Warriors on Sunday.