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Fantasy Basketball 2012: Paul George and Other Studs from November 21

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Fantasy Basketball November 21 Best Performers

November 21
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From great scoring performances to solid showings on defense featuring plenty of steals and blocks, elite individual performances can help owners win categories in Week 4 matchups. On Tuesday, November 20, New York Knicks SF/PF Carmelo Anthony, Philadelphia 76ers PG Jrue Holiday and Los Angeles Lakers C Dwight Howard made up the top three studs from yesterday. From Anthony’s 29-point showing in fewer minutes against the New Orleans Hornets to Holiday’s near triple-double against the Toronto Raptors, these players certainly provided great fantasy performances for their owners in Week 4.

With 14 games on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, fantasy squads had plenty of opportunities to improve their statistics in different categories. Who else provided fantasy owners with great numbers on this day of NBA action?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Honorable Mentions:

10. Knicks C Tyson Chandler – 21 points (5-7 free throws), 13 rebounds

9. Golden State Warriors PF/C David Lee – 20 points, 13 rebounds, six assists

8. Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo – 22 points (6-7 free throws), 15 assists, two steals

7. Atlanta Hawks SF/PF Josh Smith – 25 points, 12 rebounds, two steals, four blocks

6. Miami Heat PF/C Chris Bosh – 24 points (5-6 free throws), 18 rebounds

* The players’ percentage owned numbers for Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Basketball leagues and player statistics are accurate as of Wednesday, November 21, 2012. Player ranks are determined according to ESPN’s Daily Leaders list. FGM-A = Field Goals Made-Attempted, FTM-A = Free Throws Made-Attempted, 3PM-A = 3-Pointers Made-Attempted, GP = Games Played, PTS = Points, REB = Rebounds, AST = Assists, STL = Steals, BLK = Blocks, TO = Turnovers.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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1. Paul George, Indiana Pacers

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1. SG/SF Paul George, Indiana Pacers (vs. New Orleans Hornets, 99% owned)

Statistics: 34 minutes, 13-21 FGM-A, 2-3 FTM-A, 9-13 3PM-A, 37 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 0 BLK, 0 TO

Season averages: 13 GP, .409 FG%, .893 FT%, 2.2 3PTM, 15.2 PTS, 6.8 REB, 3.2 AST, 1.2 ST, 0.7 BLK, 2.8 TO

George had himself a night against the Hornets just one day after New Orleans gave up big offensive performances to the Knicks. Scoring a season-high 37 points, including nine 3-pointers in the second half, he chipped in big for the Pacers’ overtime win at home.

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2. LeBron James, Miami Heat

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2. SF/PF LeBron James, Heat (vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 100% owned)

Statistics: 43 minutes, 11-21 FGM-A, 4-8 FTM-A, 2-4 3PM-A, 28 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 1 TO

Season averages: 12 GP, .524 FG%, .642 FT%, 1.3 3PTM, 24.8 PTS, 9.1 REB, 6.6 AST, 0.9 ST, 1.0 BLK, 2.0 TO

No longer hampered by the flu, James was just two assists shy from achieving his first triple-double of the season against the Bucks. Playing heavy minutes once again, this is an encouraging sign for his fantasy owners, as he continues to contribute in all categories and aspect of the game.

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3. Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

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3. PF/C Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves (vs. Denver Nuggets, 99% owned)

Statistics: 35 minutes, 12-25 FGM-A, 8-14 FTM-A, 2-9 3PM-A, 34 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 3 TO

Season averages: 1 GP, .480 FG%, .571 FT%, 2.0 3PTM, 24.0 PTS, 14.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 2.0 ST, 1.0 BLK, 3.0 TO

In his much-anticipated season debut, Love had a great game after such a quick return from his hand injury. While his accuracy wasn’t so great from the field, he score 16 points in the first quarter and finished the day with a big double-double after missing a good chunk of games. His return will definitely affect the value of various Timberwolves like Nikola Pekovic, Derrick Williams and Andrei Kirilenko.

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4. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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4. SF Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder (vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 100% owned)

Statistics: 47 minutes, 7-19 FGM-A, 19-21 FTM-A, 2-6 3PM-A, 35 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 5 STL, 0 BLK, 6 TO

Season averages: 12 GP, .498 FG%, .889 FT%, 1.4 3PTM, 25.4 PTS, 10.1 REB, 4.7 AST, 1.9 ST, 1.3 BLK, 4.0 TO

Only making seven shots from the field, Durant found a different way to damage the Clippers and win the game for his team. From going 19-for-21 from the free throw line to his five steals on defense, he made his mark in the team’s overtime win.

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5. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

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5. SG Kobe Bryant, Lakers (at Sacramento Kings, 100% owned)

Statistics: 39 minutes, 11-20 FGM-A, 11-13 FTM-A, 5-9 3PM-A, 38 PTS, 3 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 0 BLK, 7 TO

Season averages: 12 GP, .532 FG%, .873 FT%, 2.3 3PTM, 30.4 PTS, 5.6 REB, 5.4 AST, 1.7 ST, 0.0 BLK, 4.3 TO

The leading scoring of the day with 38 points, Bryant’s big effort on offense was not enough for a Lakers win, as Los Angeles lost their first game with Mike D’Antoni as head coach. Despite the loss, his big effort now puts him at averaging over 30 points per game this season, a mark that could stand in the team’s new offense.