Josh Harrellson (PF/Detroit): Although he has only been with the Detroit Pistons for a few months, Harrellson’s contributions on the court as a bench player are starting to receive some recognition. Last night, the former Cat played only 13 minutes. But he shot 4-of-6 from the field and made two threes, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Starting C Andre Drummond also praised the effort that Jorts had last night. The Pistons have now won four in a row, with two of the wins coming against two of the perennial powers in the Eastern Conference in the Bulls and Heat. The Pistons will look to make it five straight tonight as they take on the Heat in Detroit.
Marquis Teague (PG/Chicago): After being moved to the Bulls D-League affiliate in Iowa, Teague was recalled when Bulls PG Mike James went down with a knee injury that should sideline him for a few weeks. Just like last season when Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich went down, Teague found himself as the No. 2 guard after Nate Robinson in the lineup. Facing the responsibility of stepping up for the Bulls, he did just that. Teague played 17 minutes and finished with 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Other notable highlights from around the League:
Demarcus Cousins (C/Sacramento): Cousins led all scorers with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field; he also added seven rebounds, three blocks, and three assists in leading the Kings to a 112-102 overtime win against the Jazz. The Kings are only 5-13 on the season.
Patrick Patterson (PF/Sacramento): Patterson also contributed with some big plays in this game, and he finished with seven points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes.
Chuck Hayes (PF/Sacramento): The other frontcourt contributor, Hayes, had five points and eight rebounds.
Enes Kanter (C/Utah): Going head to head with Cousins, Kanter finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in the loss. The Jazz are 4-18 on the season.
Daniel Orton (C/Philadelphia): Having started at the beginning of the season, Orton is now playing off the bench. He only played seven minutes last night, but had four points for the Sixers in a 103-92 loss to the Nuggets.
Brandon Knight (PG/Milwaukee): Knight had a rough shooting night (3-12) and finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Bucks, who dropped one at home against the Nets, 90-82.
Nazr Mohammed (C/Chicago): Mohammed had two points and two rebounds in the Bulls loss to the Pistons.
Tayshaun Prince (SF/Memphis): Prince struggled shooting (2-of-7) and finished with four points in the Grizzlies blowout loss to the Warriors, 108-82.