Dwight Howard Helps Lakers End January Slide

It’s too bad the Knicks play only once this week. Not even Carmelo Anthony (27 PTS, 7 REB) is worth starting in weekly-lineup formats if you have another option. The big fantasy news is the promotion of Chris Copeland (22 PTS, 4 REB) to the starting five alongside Melo.With Marcus Camby (foot) out for a while, Copeland and Amare Stoudemire will get plenty of minutes, just not this week. The Hornets got crushed in the second quarter and never recovered. Eric Gordon had 22 points and after a few disappointing games, Anthony Davis (13 PTS, 8 REB) played a solid 33 minutes.

Other January 13 Games

IND @ BRK: Despite the surprise return of Paul George (15 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST, 6 STL) from a flu bug, the Pacers were no match in a back-to-back. SG Lance Stephenson lasted just six minutes before leaving with a sore foot, so Gerald Green (15 PTS, 5 REB) had to play 33 minutes. The Nets were without Gerald Wallace (ribs) but Deron Williams (22 PTS, 9 AST, 5 REB) ignored his thigh bruise and Joe Johnson (20 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST) hit three triples. We had all but written off Kris Humphries (10 PTS, 9 REB in 17:20) who was the best player off the Brooklyn bench.

MIL @ TOR: It was definitely not a good day for the Raptors. Jose Calderon (21 PTS, 8 AST) played through a calf injury and Amir Johnson (22 PTS, 14 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK) has not one but two sprained ankles, which equals a league record. Ed Davis (20 PTS, 12 REB) also played well, but the bench was awful and Kyle Lowry (zero points in 17 minutes) must be furious at his limited role. The Bucks finished strong to improve to 3-1 since the coaching change. Larry Sanders (11 PTS, 8 REB, 2 BLK) and rookie John Henson (19 PTS, 6 REB, 2 BLK) were strong up front and Brandon Jennings (19 PTS, 10 AST) continues to play well.

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