Top NBA Daily Stats Leaders for Thursday, February 23, 2012: Fan’s Review

Whether it's a high-scoring star player or an essential role player on the defensive end, top producers in the NBA are typically very important to a team's success on any given day. Whether viewers are looking for the biggest contributors or the next players to scout for their fantasy basketball teams, leaders in various categories highlight some of the best players of the day. Here's a look at the best single-game performers in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks on Thursday, February 23, 2012.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
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Points: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder - 33 points

Durant's 33 points led the Thunder to their twelfth straight home win and makes them tied with the Miami Heat for the best record in the NBA. In 40 minutes, Durant went 12 of 22 from the field, two of eight from three-point range, and seven of seven from the free throw line. Other leading scorers of the day include DeJuan Blair with 28 points, Chris Bosh with 25 points, and Kobe Bryant with 24 points.

Rebounds: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder and Zaza Pachulia, Atlanta Hawks - 13 rebounds

In 33 minutes, one of Ibaka's 13 rebounds were on the offensive end. In 40 minutes, six of Pachulia's 13 rebounds were on the offensive end. Other leading rebounders of the day include Blair, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and Andrew Bynum with 12 rebounds apiece.

Assists: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs - 12 assists

After sitting out the team's last game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Parker helped lead the charge for one of the hottest teams in the NBA with a decisive win over the Denver Nuggets. In 35 minutes, Parker also contributed to the Spurs win over the Nuggets with 16 points, one rebound, and one steal. Other leading passers of the day include LeBron James with eight assists and Nugget guards Andre Miller and Julyan Stone with seven assists apiece.

Steals: LeBron James, Miami Heat - 5 steals

James' five steals are a season-high and marks the first time he has recorded five or more steals since March 30, 2011 against the Washington Wizards. Other leading ball stealers of the day include Durant, J.R. Smith, Jeremy Lin, and Danny Green with three steals each.

Blocks: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic and Joel Anthony, Miami Heat - 5 blocks

In a Magic loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Howard blocked Josh Smith twice, Pachulia, Marvin Williams, and Jeff Teague. In a Heat win over the New York Knicks, Anthony blocked Carmelo Anthony three times, Tyson Chandler, and Lin. Other leading blockers of the day include Tim Duncan and Ibaka with three blocks each.

Sources:

NBA Daily Stats Leaders - February 23, 2012, ESPN

Thunder top Lakers 100-85, tie Miami as NBA's best, AP

LeBron James Game Log 2010-11, Yahoo! Sports

Orlando Magic vs. Atlanta Hawks - Play by Play - February 23, 2012, ESPN

New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat - Play by Play - February 23, 2012, ESPN

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Updated Friday, Feb 24, 2012