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Celtics' Malcolm Brogdon: Flirts with double-double in return
Brogdon ended with 20 points (6-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, nine assists, one block and one steal over 26 minutes during Sunday's 137-93 win over San Antonio.
Brogdon led the bench in scoring while leading the Celtics in assists en route to a near double-double performance after missing Friday's game due to back pain. Brogdon has posted at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds in three games this season.
Bulls' Zach LaVine: Pours in 32 in Sunday's win
LaVine chipped in a game-high 32 points (13-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and four assists over 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-108 victory over the Lakers.
The veteran wing topped 30 points for the second straight game and the sixth time in 12 March contests as he leads the Bulls' playoff charge. LaVine is averaging a whopping 30.3 points, 4.8 assists, 3.6 boards and 3.2 threes over that stretch, and if Chicago ultimately misses out on the play-in tournament, it won't be because of his efforts.
Bulls' Nikola Vucevic: Ejected Sunday
Vucevic was ejected from Sunday's 118-108 victory over the Lakers after totaling four points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes.
The veteran center got two quick technical fouls while arguing a call in the second quarter, but Chicago was able to pull out a victory without him. Vucevic had seven double-doubles in his prior eight games before the ejection, and he'll be spoiling to record another one Monday against the Clippers as the Bulls fight to make the postseason.
Hornets' Mark Williams: Double-double in Sunday's win
Williams notched 15 points (5-9 FG, 5-7 FT), 16 rebounds and one assist over 32 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 win over the Mavericks.
After coming off the bench Friday in his return from a thumb injury, Williams was back in the starting five and came through with his eighth double-double of the year, as well as his biggest performance on the glass since he ripped down 20 boards against the Heat in late February. The rookie center figures to remain productive over the final weeks of the season as long as he can stay healthy.
Hornets' Gordon Hayward: Leading scorer in Sunday's win
Hayward had a team-high 22 points (8-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds and four assists over 32 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 win over the Mavericks.
After a tough stretch earlier in March, Hayward has popped for more than 20 points in three of the last four games, with the Hornets winning all three of them. The veteran forward's performance Sunday came with both Kelly Oubre (shoulder) and Terry Rozier (foot) in street clothes though, and Hayward will likely return to his complementary role in the offense once they get healthy.
Hornets' P.J. Washington: Double-double against Mavs
Washington posted 21 points (9-22 FG, 3-8 3Pt), 12 rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal over 31 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 victory over the Mavericks.
It's his first double-double in over a month, and his third of the season. Washington has found some consistency lately, scoring in double digits in nine of the last 10 games and averaging 16.8 points, 5.7 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.9 threes, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals over that stretch.
Mavericks' Maxi Kleber: Productive in return to bench
Kleber closed with 14 points (4-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 loss to the Hornets.
After starting the prior five games, Kleber moved back to the second unit Sunday and had his best scoring performance since October, setting a new season high for made threes in the process. The 31-year-old's lack of consistent offense makes him a generally unappealing fantasy option, but his ability to contribute in both threes and blocks can allow him to pop on occasion as a bargain DFS tournament dart throw.
Mavericks' Tim Hardaway: Hits for 15 in return
Hardaway amassed 15 points (5-14 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal over 36 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 loss to the Hornets.
The veteran wing had missed the last two games due to an illness, but Hardaway provided solid production off the bench in his return. With Luka Doncic set to be suspended for Monday's game against the Pacers after picking up his 16th technical foul of the season Sunday, Hardaway could pick up some of the scoring slack against Indiana.
Mavericks' Kyrie Irving: Solid production in loss
Irving registered 18 points (5-15 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, three assists, one block and two steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 110-104 loss to the Hornets.
The veteran guard has been struggling to get his shot to fall over the last week or so while dealing with a nagging foot injury and bouncing in and out of the lineup, but Irving has been able to supplement his scoring on the defensive end and has recorded at least one steal and one block in three straight games. He'll be flying solo Monday in Indiana, as Luka Doncic picked up his 16th technical foul of the season against Charlotte and faced an automatic one-game suspension. The last two times Irving played without Doncic, he poured in 38 points against the Lakers before laying 28 on the Grizzlies.
Kings' De'Aaron Fox: Questionable Monday
Fox (hamstring) is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota.
Fox sat out Saturday against the Jazz due to a sore right hamstring, but he'll be in the mix to return for Monday's matchup. If he remains out, Davion Mitchell and Matthew Dellavedova should continue to see increased minutes for the Kings.